Inland star Glen Addicott seals Dolphins upset win over IPL champions

2010-09-09 00:00

KZN Inland star Glen Addicott was the inspiration as the Dolphins secured an exciting, last-ball win over 2010 IPL champions Chennai Superkings in a T20 friendly at Kingsmead yesterday.

Addicott (25) struck a breezy 56 off 45 balls, as the KZN outfit successfully chased down their victory target of 149.

“It was awesome to test ourselves against the likes of Doug Bollinger, Muttiah Muralitharan and MS Dhoni out there,” the hard-hitting Addicott said after the match.

He received a fiery welcome from the slippery Bollinger, but regained his composure to club four sixes and three boundaries all over Kingsmead.

“He hit me on the arm with a really sharp delivery, and when he sconed Cameron [Delport], he was really coming through,” he added with a chuckle.

Bollinger’s 140km/h missiles didn’t deter Addicott and Delport, who came together after Loots Bosman and Hashim Amla had fallen cheaply.

Delport, another of coach Graham Ford’s young talents, recovered from the Bollinger blow to the head, driving the very next ball down the ground for four.

His run-a-ball 25 calmed the innings down, and Addicott and Daryn Smit took on the responsibility to get the home side within range.

Addicott, hitting the ball cleanly, leapt all over an Albie Morkel half-tracker for his first maximum, before he dared to take on “Mr 800” Muralitharan.

“I couldn’t pick it out of his hand, so I was just playing it off the pitch,” Addicott explained.

Play it he did, and he smeared the spin legend over his favoured cow corner for another six.

“The pitch was a bit slower, so I backed myself on the back-foot and it obviously came off,” he added.

Certainly, Addicott’s calculated assault impressed a Chennai outfit that included Aussie legends Mike Hussey and Matthew Hayden.

Once Addicott had departed to a fine catch by Murtalitharan, it was left to the likes of Ahmed Amla and Kyle Abbott to provide the late drama.

Needing three off the last ball, ­Abbott hit Bollinger straight down the ground to seal a morale-boosting victory for the Dolphins.

Hussey praised the Dolphins for their teamwork and reserved praise for Addicott’s clean striking.

Turning his thoughts to the Super­kings’ chances, ‘Mr Cricket’ said they were very keen to get started.

“It’s great to play a couple of these warm-up games to get a hit, but we can’t wait for Saturday’s game against the Stags,” Hussey said.

The Superkings, laden with batting prowess, are one of the firm favourites for the Champions League, but Hussey was quick to tone down such talk.

“We won the IPL, which was great, but we start again in this tournament.

“We obviously have a lot of experienced guys in our set-up, and that is key in acclimatising as quickly as possible,” he added.

Hayden retired once he had reached the 50 mark in the Chennai dig, and the burly opener looks to be in fine fettle heading into the first round of matches.

With Dhoni, Murali Vijay and the classy Suresh Raina also in tow, the Chennai outfit looks full of runs.

Hussey did throw a note of caution to the conditions, saying that yesterday’s scores of around 150 may be the norm.

Whatever occurs over the next two weeks, the Superkings are bound to provide royal entertainment.

SCORES IN BRIEF: Superkings 148 for 6 ( M Hayden 53 ret, M Hussey 34)

Dolphins 150 for 7 ( G Addicott 56, D Smit 28, C Delport 25)

Dolphins won by three wickets.

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