Dolphins and Cobras both still in the hunt

2007-12-01 00:00

AN extraordinary day’s play yesterday left the KZN Dolphins and Western Cape Cobras still in the hunt in this SuperSport Series match.

At day two’s end, the Dolphins are an effective 215 for seven, so whoever wins the first session today could well be on track to victory.

Resuming at 68 for five yesterday in reply to the Dolphins’ first innings 164, the Cobras fell apart for just 82 via fine bowling by Saidi Mhlongo and Johann Louw.

The prize wicket of Ashwell Prince went to impressive left-arm seamer Mhlongo in the day’s second over — a juggling catch to first slip Hashim Amla.

Next over, the in-form Louw bowled Thami Tsolekile.

Next over again, Mhlongo brought off a phenomenal caught-and-bowled to see the end of Rory Kleinveldt. Then a well-judged catch at mid-on by Quinton Friend off Louw said goodbye to Tyron Henderson.

A shaky 68 for five had become a terminal 70 for nine.

The Dolphins took an 82-run lead into their second innings and the majestic Hashim Amla added 67 for the second wicket with Imraan Khan, who fell for 30 to add to his first innings 37.

Amla was in magnificent form and hit 10 fours in a 60-ball knock of 53. However, an inspired Monde Zondeki got Khan and the Amla brothers in quick succession and the game turned.

A run rate of almost four to the over and a lead of 169 with eight wickets in hand crumbled as five scalps fell for only 46.

Zondeki led the way, but fellow quick Pepler Sandri and left-arm spinner Con de Lange were also superb. There was nothing particularly untoward in the pitch. Put simply, good bowling and catching ruled the day.

There were a number of matters of concern, however.

An hour was lost in the morning due to not enough sawdust being available at the ground to dry up the wet patches off the table. This meant an emergency trip to a retailer, but this would not have been necessary had the extra covers in the storeroom been used to cover a wider area than just the table. The outfield is too slow as the two municipal lawnmowers broke down.

The grassy edges have been untidily cut.

This is not about pointing fingers. It’s about what is and isn’t acceptable.

SCOREBOARD

KZN Dolphins first innings 164

Cape Cobras first innings

A Puttick c Smit b Louw 2

C de Lange c Plunkett b Louw 9

H Davids c Plunkett b Mlongo 14

A Prince c H Amla b Mhlongo 24

J Kemp c Plunkett b Friend 6

S van Zyl lbw b Friend 0

T Tsolekile b Louw 6

R Kleinveldt c&b Mhlongo 0

T Henderson c Friend b Louw 0

M Zondeki b Mhlongo 8

P Sandri not out 4

Extras (b4, lb1, w3, nb1) 9

Total (in 32 overs) 82

Fow: 1/14, 2/19, 3/45, 4/52, 5/52, 6/68, 7/70, 8/70, 9/70.

Bowling: Louw 12-4-34-4, Friend 6-1-17-2 (1w), Mhlongo 10-3-18-4 (1nb), Plunkett 2-1-6-0, Smit 2-0-2-0.

Dolphins second innings

I Khan c Tsolekile b Zondeki 30

D Watson c Puttick b Kleinveldt 5

H Amla c Puttick b Zondeki 53

A Amla c De Lange b Zondeki 6

W Madsen c Davids b Sandri 17

J Vandiar c Van Zyl b De Lange 5

J Louw c Puttick b Sandri 1

L Plunkett not out 7

D Smit not out 4

Extras (nb4) 4

Total (for 7 in 48 overs) 133

Fow: 1/20, 2/87, 3/92, 4/102, 5/118, 6/121, 7/121.

Bowling: Zondeki 13-1-37-3, Kleinveldt 10-3-16-1 (2nb), Henderson 3-0-11-0 (1nb), Sandri 8-3-31-1, De Lange 7-1-16-1, Kemp 7-2-21-0 (1nb).

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