Dolphins enjoy some useful batting practice vs Knights

2013-12-02 00:00

AFTER last week’s debacle against the Cobras in their opening Sunfoil Four-Day Series encounter in Pietermaritzburg, the Dolphins enjoyed some useful batting practice this time around against the Knights.

With the first day called off on Thursday due to steady rain and the wicket needing time to dry after sweating under the covers, the match was destined for a draw unless something spectacular transpired.

As it was, the only spectacular showing was really from the rain, which stole the show and forced umpires to call the match off yesterday morning, before lunch on the final day. At that stage, the Dolphins had batted, after losing the toss, and reached a respectable 366-6 declared in 102 overs, when bad light stopped play on Saturday afternoon.

Play only started at 1 pm on Friday as the sun made a brief appearance, allowing the full 55 overs scheduled for the day to be completed. The Dolphins rested on 206-3, with Cody Chetty and Khaya Zondo both progressing beyond 50. The pair continued on Saturday, putting on 157 for the fourth wicket and looking set for reaching their centuries.

Unfortunately, they both perished for 90, but the platform had been set and it was well utilised by Dolphins skipper Morné van Wyk, who erased the memory of his pair against the Cobras with a swift, undefeated 100 from 103 balls, with 14 fours and two sixes. He obviously knows his former team-mates well as he scored a hundred against them earlier in the season, at Kimberley, in a Momentum One-Day match.

With play stopped early on Saturday, the Dolphins declared overnight, but no play was possible yesterday as heavy rain engulfed The Oval.

Wickets were shared among the Knights bowlers, right-arm medium pacer Malusi Siboto getting 2-57 in 18 overs and fellow medium pacer Corné Dry finishing with 2-70 in 23 overs. Only 102 overs were possible throughout the four days and the Dolphins took home 5,10 points to the Knights’ two.

Van Wyk was satisfied to let his willow do the talking and felt confident for the rest of the series. “It’s always great to score runs and it boosts the confidence. Every game is back to start and taking guard all over again and that’s what I did,” he said.

With the visiting Indian team at Kingsmead next Sunday (December 8) for the second ODI, the Dolphins next meet the Titans at Kingsmead from December 12 to 15.

Dolphins first innings (overnight 206/3)

I Khan c Mosena b Van der Wath 28

DJ van Wyk c Hendricks b Dry 26

K Zondo b Friend 90

V van Jaarsveld c Mosena b Dry 0

C Chetty c Mosena b Siboto 90

M van Wyk not out 100

D Smit c Elgar b Siboto 14

K Abbott not out 5

Extras (b8, w2, nb3) 13

Total (for six declared, 102 overs) 366

Fall of wickets: 1-42, 2-72, 3-72, 4-229, 5-259, 6-332

Bowling: Van der Wath 24-6-75-1 (1w), Friend 21-3-76-1 (1w), Dry 23-4-70-2 (2nb), Siboto 18-4-57-2 (1nb), Coetsee 11-1-50-0, Elgar 5-1-30-0

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