Gibbs too hot for Dolphins to handle

2010-01-07 00:00

THE Cobras, led by the mercurial Herschelle Gibbs, simply had too much venom for the Dolphins last night as they won by 66 runs.

Gibbs’s majestic 121 not out off just 98 balls was the cornerstone of a mammoth 300 for 3, with Stiaan van Zyl chipping in with a brisk 101.

The duo added 156 runs in just more than 23 overs, and the Dolphins never recovered from costly errors in the field.

Skipper Imraan Khan had a day to forget, as he dropped a dolly when Gibbs was just on 6, and the former Proteas star made him pay dearly.

“Obviously when I got that lifeline I felt it was my duty to really cash in,” a beaming Gibbs said as he received his man of the match award.

Ominously, Gibbs added that he is at a stage of his career where he feels he can play the way he wants to play, and his glittering display of eight 4s and half a dozen sixes suggests that the domestic circuit will certainly be lively with Gibbs relieved of international duties.

Khan was not the only culprit, as stand-in keeper Cameron Delport put down a much tougher chance off the leg-spin of Daryn Smit when Gibbs was on 19. There are certain players that you don’t drop — never mind twice — and Gibbs went on a boundary frenzy.

Justin Kemp muscled 46 off just 32 balls as the Cape outfit reached 300 for the first time in the brief history of the competition.

The Dolphins’ hopes were pinned on Loots Bosman, but the big-hitting opener was the dubious recipient of the shortest match stint ever as he was run out by Khan after facing two balls. Having not fielded, Bosman’s match lasted all of three minutes — a situation the Dolphins will not be looking to repeat any time soon.

At 25 for 3, it looked as if it could be an early night for everyone, but the returning Dale Benkenstein and the emerging David Miller provided rich entertainment in a stand of 166, with Benkenstein (76 off 60) manipulating the ball cleverly and Miller (86 off 75) bludgeoning it as brutally as Gibbs had.

But once they fell within three balls of each other, the contest was over and the Dolphins eventually bowed out for 234.

They will have to quickly get over this hiding, because the Lions visit the same venue tomorrow night.

SCOREBOARD

Cobras Innings

Andrew Puttick c Hall b Thomas10

Stiaan van Zyl b Hall101

Herschelle Gibbs not out121

Justin Kemp c Miller b Friend46

Justin Ontong not out4

Extras (15w, 2lb,1b)18

TOTAL: ( for three wickets)300

Fow: 1-28, 184-2, 296-3 Bowling: Abdulla 6.3-1-38-0(1w), Friend 8-1-55-1, Thomas 8-0-72-1(2w), Hall 8-0-59-1(2w), Smit 5-0-35-0 (1w), Kent 4.3-0-38-0

Dolphins Innings

Imraan Khan c Ontong b Kleinveldt13

Loots Bosman run out0

Ahmed Amla c Kemp b Kleinveldt9

Dale Benkenstein c Puttick b Plaatjies76

David Miller c Langeveldt b Kleinveldt86

Cameron Delport run out4

Jon Kent c & b Langeveldt 19

Andrew Hall b Philander8

Daryn Smit c Puttick b Langeveldt0

Quinton Friend c Peterson b Kleinveldt10

Yusuf Abdulla not out1

Extras ( 4w, 2nb, 2b )8

TOTAL: ( for 10 wickets)234

Fow: 1-2, 2-14, 3-25, 4-191, 5-191, 6-195, 7-223, 8-223, 9-229, 10-234

Bowling: Langeveldt 6-0-35-2(2w), Kleinveldt 6.4-0-25-4, Plaatjies 6-0-47-1(1w), Philander 7.2-0-45-1 (2nb), Peterson 6-0-46-0(1w), Engelbrecht 4-0-34-0

Result: Cape Cobras won by 66 runs — Sapa.

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