Dolphins knock off Warriors in style

2013-02-04 00:00

IT took the Dolphins less than an hour on Saturday morning to knock off the 45 runs they needed to emphatically beat the Warriors in a Sunfoil Series four-day game at Kingsmead, reaching 47-1 for a comprehensive nine-wicket win with nearly two days to spare.

From day one, the Dolphins asserted their authority, never losing their grip on the match after bowling the visitors out for a measly 92 in the first session on a green strip reminiscent of the Kingsmead “Green Mamba” of seasons past.

For once, the elements lined up for Dolphins skipper Daryn Smit and his men.

“Winning the toss with the wicket that was on offer was key. There was no hesitation in bowling first on such a wicket and with Mtokozisi [Shezi] and Kyle [Abbott] hitting their straps early, there was no respite for the Warriors batsmen. We wanted early wickets and getting all 10 before lunch was a bonus beyond belief,” Smit said.

It was virtually game over for the Warriors and goodbye to any hope they may have had of being serious contenders in challenging for the Sunfoil Series title. They needed to dispatch the Dolphins cheaply, but solid contributions at the top of the order put more nails into an all too present coffin.

It was a slow death for the Warriors as the Dolphins ground out a 153-run lead, an advantage Smit was more than happy with.

Said Smit: “On that sort of pitch, which was still offering some lateral movement to the bowlers, particularly Wayne Parnell, we set ourselves a lead of 150 or more.

“We knew after their first innings their confidence would be low and with our bowlers hunting hard, it was a matter of how many wickets we could get before being asked to bat again.”

Again, the Dolphins bowlers stepped up to the plate, Abbott adding four to his first innings three, Calvin Savage snaffling two and Craig Alexander chipping in with three. Although the pitch had browned somewhat and had baked in the intense Durban sun, the Warriors were only slightly better in their second innings, just managing to sneak past the Dolphins advantage, but finishing below 200. Only Colin Ingram with 60 offered much resistance.

Smit did have to gee-up his bowlers at the start of the Warriors second knock, with stern words doing the trick. “We wanted commitment and wickets, not merely letting it be a process where the gaps would open up and we would get wickets. That was not good enough.

“Stern words at lunch on day two saw a change in approach which had the desired result as we took wickets regularly and strangled them. It’s not great to have to be stern, but the team understands what we are trying to achieve and its part of our learning curve. The players need to be reminded of these things,” he said.

Ingram, whose 60 was the highest individual score of the match, said winning the toss was vital. “That virtually decided the game from the start. We lost the toss and had to apply ourselves on a tricky, lively green top.”

The win sees the Dolphins move into fourth on the Sunfoil Series standings.

SCOREBOARD:

Warriors first innings 92

Dolphins first innings 245

Warriors second innings 198

Dolphins second innings 47

D van Wyk b Birch 10

I Khan not out 22

J Vandiar not out 15

Extras 0

Total (for 1 wkt) 47 ­12.1 overs

Fall of wicket: 1-12

Bowling: Birch 5-2-16-1, Parnell 5-2-15-0, Harmer 1.1-0-8-0, A Jacobs 1-0-8-0

Result: Dolphins win by 9 wickets

Points: Dolphins 16.9, Warriors 2.9

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