A game of sporting declarations, good bowling and poor Dolphins batting

2009-12-14 00:00

THE KZN Dolphins fell 88 runs short of their victory target in their SuperSport Series match against the Warriors at Kingsmead yesterday, in a match that was brought to life by two sporting declarations on Saturday.

The Dolphins will lament some very poor shots yesterday, as conditions were at their best for batting and they only needed a further 240 runs to win.

Garnett Kruger, playing his first SuperSport Series match for his new franchise, grabbed 5/71 as the Eastern Cape outfit made regular breakthroughs in the morning session.

Frustratingly for the Dolphins, all of the middle order got to double figures, before giving their wickets away.

Saturday’s efforts to make a game of it were certainly a credit to both sides’ managements, but the Dolphins will be kicking themselves for missing out on what was a very charitable declaration by Johan Botha.

After the Dolphins had stopped their first innings at 70 without loss, they then had the Warriors on the ropes at 96 for six. Quinton Friend, continuing his fine form with the ball, nabbed three more scalps to finish with eight in the match.

But the Warriors chose to be bold on Saturday afternoon, and they were rewarded with the wicket of Dolphins captain Imraan Khan before bad light intervened.

The Dolphins then resumed on 34 for one yesterday, and immediately were on the back foot as Kruger hit his straps.

He received able support from Lonwabo Tsotsobe (3/37), but in truth, it was the Dolphins who hit the self-destruct button.

Cameron Delport and David Miller both flattered to deceive, scoring freely and powerfully, but they both fell to shots that left much to be desired.

Jon Kent hung around manfully as wickets fell all around him, and he was still there at the end, unbeaten on 27.

The Dolphins, needing just over two runs an over on the day, barely made it past lunch — a massive disappointment by all accounts.

Yusuf Abdulla briefly threatened to make things interesting after the break, but his dismissal sealed the bottom-of the-table Dolphins’ fate.

Fittingly, it was Kruger who struck the final blow, but much credit has to go to man of the match Colin Ingram for his first-day 93.

Not only did he add stability to a sinking ship, he was the only batsman to show any real application on a sporting pitch.

In the bigger scheme of things, his knock was the decisive contribution to a match that saw plenty of good bowling — and some rather mindless batting.

It is now back to the drawing board for the Dolphins, as they prepare for their next assignment on Thursday against the Eagles in Kimberley.

 

Scoreboard

Warriors first inn248

Dolphins first innings70 without loss dec

Warriors second innings96/6 dec

Dolphins second innings (target: 275 runs)

I Khan lbw b Tsotsobe0

B Barnes lbw b Kruger16

D Smit c & b Theron24

AM Amla c Botha b Kruger10

C Delport c Theron b Botha18

J Kent not out27

D Miller c Botha b Kruger27

K Zondo c Jacobs b Kruger2

J Louw c Jacobs b Tsotsobe3

Q Friend b Tsotsobe9

Y Abdulla c Kreusch b Kruger25

Extras (b 4, lb 9, w 1, nb 11)25

Total (all out, 53.3 overs)186

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-45, 3-62, 4-87, 5-88, 6-126, 7-145, 8-148, 9-158, 10-186

Bowling: L Tsotsobe 16 6 37 3 2,31 (2nb); G Kruger 15,3 2 71 5 4,58 (7nb); J Theron 11 3 43 1 3,90, D Brown 6 3 6 0 1,00 (1w); J Botha 5 0 16 1 3,20

Result: Warriors won by 88 runs

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