Dolphins bid farewell to Ram Slam with victory

2014-12-01 00:00

IT was a bittersweet victory for the Dolphins yesterday as they signed off their 2014 Ram Slam T20 Challenge campaign with a five-wicket win against the Lions in the triple-header at Bloemfontein.

The win saw the defending champions firmly entrenched in fourth spot on the log with 16 points from their 10 matches, not enough to secure a playoff or turn any Champions League dreams into reality.

All in all, it was a frustrating campaign for the Dolphins who only managed three wins in their quest, not nearly enough in a frustrating effort that will no doubt have them looking back to reflect on what could have been.

However, ending on a win was a small victory in itself and something positive to bring back to Durban. It showed what could be done and left ardent supporters scratching their heads wondering why the same pattern could not have been applied a little more often in bygone weeks.

Playing in the first match of the day, Dolphins skipper Morné van Wyk called correctly and opted to field in what proved a wise call.

His attack, boosted by the inclusion of Ryan McLaren making his Dolphins debut, had the Lions on the back foot as danger men Chris Gayle (6) and Quinton de Kock (9) were back in the hut before 20 runs were on the board.

Showing intensity and focus, the Dolphins maintained a strong grip on the game, having the Lions 81/6 before Chris Morris (37) from 22 balls, including 23 in the penultimate over, saw them end on 121/7 at 6,05 to the over.

Robbie Frylinck (2/30) and Dwayne Bravo (2/24) were the most successful bowlers, while Craig Alexander, Prenelen Subrayen and McLaren grabbed one apiece.

In reply, the Dolphins were never in cruise control, other than a 54-run third wicket partnership between David Miller (42*) and Khaya Zondo (28) as they got home off the first ball of the final over on a tricky wicket, reaching 122/5. Miller showed what the Dolphins had been missing as he played a mature innings, always keeping the Dolphins in the game and Zondo batting at three, in place of Cody Chetty, did what was required.

Kagiso Rabada looked impressive in his four overs, which brought him 2/20.

“It’s sweet to win but it’s something we should have done with more consistency during our campaign,” said Van Wyk.

“We definitely have the talent in the change room and it’s been a case of having to apply what we have learnt. Our biggest problem has been the team coming up short in application and it has cost us.”

On the positive side, Van Wyk praised his bowlers who had delivered regularly when it came to taking wickets early, especially in the six-over powerplay period.

“We showed that again in this game, applying pressure throughout and David [Miller] showed his importance and experience to the team as he took us home.”

So the Dolphins spoilt the Lions’ party and hopes of a possible home playoff against the Knights, an issue which will be resolved when the two sides meet in Kimberley on Wednesday.

Deliverer of the Day: Robbie Frylinck

Slammer of the Day: David Miller

SCOREBOARD

Lions innings

C Gayle b Frylinck6

Q de Kock c McLaren b Frylinck9

H van der Dussen c Bravo b Subrayen20

N McKenzie c Van Wyk b McLaren0

T Bavuma c Vandiar b Alexander17

J Symes c Zondo b Bravo14

C Morris c Miller b Bravo37

K Rabada not out8

E Leie not out0

Extras: (lb5, w5)10

TOTAL: (for seven wickets, 20 overs)121

Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-19, 3-21, 4-49, 5-66, 6-81, 7-120

Bowling: McLaren 4-0-25-1 (3w), Alexander 3-0-15-1, Frylinck 4-1-30-2, Bravo 4-0-24-2, Subrayen 4-0-17-1, Phehlukwayo 1-0-5-0 (2w)

Dolphins innings

J Vandiar c Leie b Morris4

M Van Wyk lbw b Rabada13

K Zondo c van der Dussen b Leie28

D Miller not out42

V Van Jaarsveld b Rabada0

D Bravo c Gayle b Matshikwe19

McLaren not out2

Extras: (lb1, w13)14

TOTAL: (for five wickets, 19.1 overs)122

Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-19, 3-73, 4-73, 5-104

Bowling: Matshikwe 4-0-22-1 (2w), Tsotsobe 3.1-0-27-0, Morris 4-0-19-1 (4w), Rabada 4-0-20-2 (3w), Leie 4-0-33-1 (1w).

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