Dolphins duo superb as they bury Warriors in high-scoring affair

2010-11-08 00:00

IT rained runs at the PMB Oval yesterday and, for the first time in three matches, the Dolphins didn’t mind the deluge as they won by 22 runs in a very high-scoring affair against the struggling Warriors.

Loots Bosman and Imraan Khan set a new, national opening record in this form of the game, as they plundered 253 to go a long way towards settling the match before the lunch menu had been investigated.

In the process, the Dolphins’ duo dashed past several personal landmarks, with Bosman spanking a long overdue, maiden century in this format.

He ended on a blitzkrieg 150 off 86 balls, with nine sixes and 12 fours.

Khan was more reasonable on the suffering Warriors, as he helped himself to 114 off 111 balls, with 14 fours and a six for good measure.

And yet it could have been so different, as both players were dropped early in the piece.

Khan offered a sharp chance to keeper Davey Jacobs off the inside-edge when on two, while Bosman’s reprieve — on 22 — was even more glaring.

The Proteas ace, as is his wont, casually flicked Makhaya Ntini towards the boundary, but also in the direction of Andrew Birch at deep square-leg.

Instead of gobbling it up, Birch somehow spilled the golden opportunity, and boy did Bosman make him pay.

While he went ballistic on one end, Khan just kept ticking over on the other, and the Dolphins seemed to have settled on a good combination of “Good Cop” and “Mad Cop” at the top of the order.

Once Bosman reached his ton off 68 balls, he found another gear.

He was especially brutal on the slower bowlers, and Nicky Boje was bludgeoned for 23 in one over, as Bosman hurried to 150 off 84 balls.

Boje had his revenge soon after, as he caught the rampant Bosman at long-on, and signalled the end of the merciless carnage.

Khan clocked up his own ton off 104 balls, but once he fell, attempting to repeat a cheeky paddle off Kelly Smuts, the Dolphins really did stutter home.

The captain fell with the score on 282, with four and a half overs to go.

From there, the Dolphins were looking as far as 330, but instead there was a flurry of wickets — and not a single boundary.

They still managed to chalk up a new, highest total of 311 for six.

Jacobs, Warriors’ star at the Champions League, didn’t last long this time, as Kyle Abbot had him chop one on for a depressing two.

Abbott also disturbed the furniture of the other opener, JJ Smuts, in an impressive spell that snared two for 17 for the cheerful all-rounder.

Nicky Boje (36 off 23) tried to inject life into the Warriors’ pursuit, but they never really got going.

Well, not until Justin Kresuch really got going.

He added 93 with Arno Jacobs, before he and the unlikely Bevan Bennett gave the home side a bit of a scare.

Bennett, swinging like a heavyweight boxer, clubbed 28 in 14 balls, as a Quinton Friend over disappeared for 31 runs.

Ravi Bopara returned to cash in on the happy swinging, and the overseas pro claimed 5/63 in the mayhem, with the help of a quite exceptional catch by Ahmed Amla off Craig Thyssen.

Abbott returned to complete a fine spell of bowling, castling last man Corbyn Dolley to finish with four for 36.

The Dolphins, back on the win trail, are handily placed to make the semis.

SCOREBOARD

Dolphins Innings

L Bosman c Boje b Kreusch150

I Khan b Smuts114

R Bopara c Kreusch b Smuts6

V van Jaarsveld c Ntini b Birch10

G Addicott b Smuts8

A Amla not out10

D Smit c Kreusch b Birch0

D Conway not out2

Extras (2lb, 7w, 2nb)11

TOTAL (for 6, 40 overs)311

Fall of wickets: 1-253, 2-264, 3-282, 4-297, 5-297, 6-298

Bowling: Makhaya Ntini 4-0-27-0, Basheer Walters 4-1-29-0, Andrew Birch 6-0-53-2, Justin Kreusch 7-0-36-1, Nicky Boje 4-0-34-0, Corbyn Dolley 5-0-43-0, Lyall Meyer 5-0-56-0, Jon Jon Smuts 5-0-31-3

Warriors innings

D Jacobs b Abbott2

J Smuts b Abbott14

N Boje b Friend36

A Jacobs c Conway b Bopara44

J Kreusch not out118

C Thyssen c Amla b Bopara16

K Smuts c Amla b Bopara9

B Bennett lbw b Abbott28

L Meyer b Bopara3

A Birch b Bopara3

C Dolley b Abbott1

Extras (3b, 4lb, 6w, 2nb)15

Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-53, 3-55, 4-148, 5-186, 6-213, 7-272, 8-281, 9-287, 10-289

TOTAL (all out, 39.3 overs)289

Bowling: Kyle Abbott 7.3-0-36-4, Jon Kent 5-0-43-0, Quinton Friend 8-1-66-1, Tabraiz Shamsi 5-0-23-0, Imran Tahir 6-0-49-0, Ravi Bopara 8-0-63-5

Result: Dolphins won by 22 runs

Points: Dolphins 4 Warriors 0

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