Dolphins stutter against Cobras

2014-01-20 00:00

IT looked as though the Dolphins were still shell-shocked from their tie with the Warriors in Port Elizabeth on Friday when they went down to the Cobras by 25 runs in their Ram Slam T20 clash at Kingsmead yesterday.

Set 158 to win at 7,9 to the over, the Dolphins stuttered to 132-8, losing three wickets in five balls for no runs towards the end, including two in an over from West Indian off-break bowler Sunile Naraine, the 18th over of the innings, which was a double wicket maiden as he accounted for Khaya Zondo (34) and Robbie Frylinck (0) in successive balls.

Batting first after winning the toss, the Cobras lost Hashim Amla (1) early, when Robbie Frylinck bowled him with his first delivery, the first ball of the third over.

Frylinck struck again when he had Richard Levi brilliantly caught at deep mid-wicket by Daryn Smit to leave the visitors on 31-2 after 5.4 overs.

Dolphins skipper Morné van Wyk introduced spin — Khaya Zondo, Keshav Maharaj and Daryn Smit — as soon as the mandatory powerplay (six overs) was completed and was rewarded with the wicket of Stiaan van Zyl (14), bowled by Maharaj. JP Duminy and Cobras captain Justin Ontong steadied the ship with a fourth-wicket partnership of 88 from 57 balls, a record for domestic T20 cricket at Kingsmead, beating the 75 set by Amla and Dale Benkenstein in 2006/07.

Frylinck was the pick of the bowlers with 3-21, with Abbott, Maharaj and Alexander getting one apiece.

A powerplay which yielded 24-4 for the Dolphins, compared to 32-2 for the Cobras, had the Dolphins on the back foot as Van Wyk, (0), Cameron Delport (0), Cody Chetty (2) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld (17) were quickly back in the changeroom. The only positive from the innings was a sixth-wicket partnership of 75 between Zondo and Smit (48). Narine’s over effectively won the match for the Cobras as the Dolphins ran out of time, balls and recognised batsmen.

The Cobras bowling was led by Beuran Hendricks, the competition’s leading wicket-taker to date who added 4-22 to his tally, well backed up by Narine (2-24). JP Duminy and Aviwe Mgijima bagged a wicket each.

Despite the loss, Van Wyk remained upbeat saying, “It looks worse than it is and I admit I bowled Khaya [Zondo] one over too many which probably cost us, his final over being very expensive.”

The Dolphins can only look up and climb up again as they prepare for their next clash, against the battling Lions at Kingsmead on Wednesday, starting at 6 pm.


Cape Cobras

R Levi c Smit b Frylinck22

H Amla b Frylinck1

S van Zyl b Maharaj14

J Duminy run out (Alexander)56

J Ontong c Miller b Frylinck37

D Vilas c Miller b Alexander1

V Philander not out16

R Peterson c Alexander b Abbott5

S Narine not out2

Extras: (1w, 2nb)3

TOTAL: (for seven wickets, 20 overs)157

Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-31, 3-41, 4-129, 5-133, 6-140, 7-155. Bowling: Abbott 4-1-30-1, Alexander 4-0-41-1 (2nb), Frylinck 4-0-21-3 (1w), Zondo 3-0-32-0, Maharaj 3-0-21-1, Smit 2-0-12-0

Dolphins innings

M van Wyk c Mgijima b Hendricks0

C Delport c Narine b Hendricks0

C Chetty c Philander b Hendricks2

V van Jaarsveld c Amla b Duminy17

D Miller c Vilas b Mgijima13

D Smit c Amla b Hendricks48

K Zondo c Vilas b Narine34

R Frylinck b Narine0

K Abbott not out3

K Maharaj not out8

Extras: (1lb, 6w)7

Total: (for eight wickets, 20 overs)132

Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-1, 3-11, 4-24, 5-46, 6-121, 7-121, 8-121. Bowling: Hendricks 4-0-32-4 (3w), Philander 4-0-23-0 (2w), Narine 4-1-24- 2, Duminy 3-0-19-1 (1w), Peterson 3-0-21-0, Mgijima 2-0-12-1

Result: Cape Cobras won by 25 runs.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.