Dolphins’ winning ways continue in 4-day series

2014-02-17 00:00

HAVING tasted the sweetness of victory in the T20 competition, there’s no stopping the Dolphins as they started the second half of the four-day series with a strong innings and 45-run win against the Warriors at Kingsmead yesterday.

Starting the final day with four wickets needed to wrap up the win, the Dolphins had the job done long before lunch, netting 17,82 points in the process and leap-frogging from fifth to second on the log. This was their second successive win in the competition after beating the Lions in Potchefstroom in December.

Asked to bowl first on Thursday morning, the Dolphins took to the challenge, none more so than debutant Daryn Dupavillon, the 19-year-old right-arm quick claiming 5-43 in 13 overs to have the Warriors all out for 173 before the end of the first day. Spinner Keshav Maharaj was also among the wickets, his miserly 24 overs costing 38 runs with four scalps for good measure.

This allowed the Dolphins batsmen to play themselves in and build a commanding first inning lead. Thanks to opener Divan van Wyk, whose 127 was his second consecutive four-day century after his 114 against the Lions, Imraan Khan (74), David Miller (71) and captain Morné van Wyk (50), the Dolphins amassed 426, a lead of 253.

Best of the Warriors bowlers was spinner Simon Harmer (3-43), while Ryan Bailey (2-10), Basheer Walters (2-65), Rusty Theron (2-94) and Andrew Birch (1-62) were the other wicket takers.

Second time around the Warriors fared slightly better, but it was nowhere near enough to test the high-flying Dolphins. Skipper Davy Jacobs (64*) and Harmer (29) added 76 for the seventh wicket in a brief period of resistance, but the Dolphins had the game by the scruff of the neck and were never going to let go.

Dupavillon added another two wickets (2-21) to finish with match figures of 7-64, a man-of-the-match performance, with Maharaj continuing to weave his magic with a five-wicket haul (5-61) and 9-99 for the match. Kyle Abbott grabbed a brace and leg spinner Smit added a wicket to his tally.

All season skipper Van Wyk has been saying, “We want to play a good brand of cricket and pitch up on the day. When we do that, we are more than capable of playing solid cricket and being competitive.”

Never a more truthful word said. The Dolphins have a full tank of belief, confidence and pride, mixed into an awesome potion which produces match-winning cricket. Long may it continue.

The Dolphins next meet the Cobras at Boland Park, Paarl, from February 20 to 23.

Scoreboard

Warriors first innings 173

Dolphins first innings 426

Warriors second innings (o/n 168/6)

M Price lbw b Maharaj13

D White b Maharaj21

V Makhaphela lbw b Dupavillon1

A Prince c DJ van Wyk b Abbott24

C Ingram lbw b Abbott4

R Bailey b Dupavillon13

D Jacobs not out64

S Harmer c Miller b Maharaj29

A Birch c Dupavillon b Smit4

J Theron c Zondo b Maharaj2

B Walters c Chetty b Maharaj8

Extras: (6b, 13lb, 1w, 5nb)25

TOTAL: (all out, 83 overs)208

Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-27, 3-56, 4-67, 5-74, 6-101, 7-177, 8-193, 9-196, 10-208

Bowling: Abbott 14-4-31-2 (1w), Alexander 16-2-52-0 (3nb), Dupavillon 12-5-21-2 (1nb), Maharaj 30-6-61-5 (1nb), Smit 11-0-24-1

Result: Dolphins won by an innings and 45 runs

Points: Dolphins 17.82, Warriors 2.46

Man of the match: D Dupavillon (Dolphins).

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