Dolphins struggle with bat in damp conditions, before match called due to rain

2015-02-02 00:00

RAIN once again had the final say in a Dolphins cricket match, this time against the Knights in a One Day Cup clash at Pietermaritzburg Oval yesterday.

As had happened in November last year when the Knights had to share the points in a T20 game at Kingsmead after bowling the Dolphins out for just over 80, the men from the Free State were again in control and could feel outdone once more.

Although the clash started on time at 10 am, the players left the field after 9.3 overs, losing two overs in the process. At about noon, heavier moisture forced the players back to the dressing room without taking to the middle again. Although the ground staff fought a strong battle, they no sooner looked like winning when the drizzle returned and at 3.20 pm, the final decision was made to call the match off.

Earlier, Knights skipper Werner Coetsee won the toss and it was a no-brainer to send in the Dolphins on a damp pitch that, as it transpired, was a brute for batting. With the ball flying around, batting was nigh impossible, the Dolphins scorecard testimony to the fact.

They never got going and were always up against it. When the first rain break came, they had struggled to 14-3 in 9.3 overs, Cameron Delport (7), Morne van Wyk (1) and Cody Chetty (0) back in the pavilion. Khaya Zondo fell soon after for a duck and it was left to Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Daryn Smit to dig in and attempt to extend the Dolphins innings and the Knights fielders.

The pair added 23 for the fifth wicket, Van Jaarsveld falling for a battling 22 from 55 balls, leaving the Dolphins still in the mire at 39-5.

Robbie Frylinck joined Smit and when the rain came, the score was 45-5 after 23.2 overs, scoring at 1,92 runs to the over. Smit had faced 30 balls for his undefeated six runs and he had copped a ball on the elbow from Malusi Siboto. Frylinck was on 5* from four balls.

All the five bowlers used by the Knights had figures that gave an overview of how difficult batting was on a pitch not suited to the one-day game. Dillon du Preez bagged 3-8 in six overs, while the other wicket-takers were Quinton Friend (1-6 in six overs) and Shadley van Schalkwyk (1-13 in six overs).

Having lost to the Warriors on Friday in Port Elizabeth, the Dolphins had dropped to third in the One Day Cup standings and the two points they earned yesterday see them on 18 points. They have a trip to Newlands to meet the Cobras on Friday and then host the Titans at Kingsmead on Sunday and are not out of the running for a play-off spot.

It won’t be easy getting one over the Cobras and of late the Dolphins have had the better of the Titans at Kingsmead.

There’s all to play for and, depending on the outcome of their remaining two matches, it’s anyone’s guess as to how important yesterday’s two points could be.


Dolphins innings

CS Delport c Second b du Preez7

MN van Wyk c du Preez b Friend1

VB van Jaarsveld c Erlank b van Schalkwyk22

C Chetty lbw b du Preez0

K Zondo c Second b du Preez0

D Smit not out6

R Frylinck not out5

Extras: (lb3, w1)4

TOTAL: (for five wickets, 23.2 overs)45

Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Delport), 2-9 (van Wyk), 3-14 (Chetty), 4-16 (Zondo), 5-39 (van Jaarsveld)

Bowling: Friend 6-3-6-1, Du Preez 6-3-8-3, Van Schalkwyk 6-2-13-1 (1w), Siboto 4.2-0-13-0, Coetsee 1-0-2-0

Result: No result (rain).

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