Kemp shines in Durban gloom

2011-01-22 00:00

THE Dolphins ended the second day of their SuperSport Series encounter with the Cape Cobras in a spot of bother at 84 for three, still some 276 runs behind the visitors at Kingsmead.

Yesterday’s proceedings were largely dominated by the visiting skipper, as Justin Kemp completed a stout century, before freeing his arms and seeing his side to a rather healthy 360 all out.

As if it wasn’t grim enough that they had allowed the Cobras to recover from 55 for four on day one, the Dolphins didn’t do themselves any favours, as they grassed four chances in the morning session.

Skipper Imraan Khan dropped two himself at mid-off, as the Cobras were allowed to get beyond 300, with Mthokozisi Shezi the unlucky bowler on two occasions.

Kemp was afforded a life off Jon Kent on 98, as David Miller put him down at square-leg after the lanky veteran had latched onto a rank long-hop.

Kemp took some time to get to his hundred, but once he went past three figures, he went mildly ballistic.

Twenty-two runs were carted off one Khan over, including three meaty sixes.

Shezi did manage to take the wickets of Vernon Philander (22) and Rory Kleinveldt (4), and Quinton Friend bowled Kemp’s overnight partner Ryan Canning (2), before finally wrapping up the innings after lunch by castling last-man Beuran Hendricks for one.

Before that, though, Kemp had compiled a fesity 70-run stand with golden oldie Claude Henderson, who tucked into the buffet bowling even before the lunch proper was served.

Inevitably, when the Dolphins finally made it to the crease, they lost two wickets quickly. The inexperienced duo of Devon Conway and Divan van Wyk, who came in at three, didn’t last very long, trapped leg-before by Kleinveldt and Philander respectively.

Floundering at eight for two, captain Khan and the reliable Ahmed Amla then added 65 to calm things down, before a Philander out-swinger saw Amla eldge behind for 38.

Khan (27) and Miller (six) will resume today, but the ominous weather that has been threatening looks set to thwart the Cobras anyway.

After not much fun in precious little sun for two days — and a hefty deficit to repay — the Dolphins may well settle for that.

SCOREBOARD

Cape Cobras first innings

19

4

12

11

78

135

2

22

4

43

1

29

360

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-33, 3-55, 4-55, 5-192, 6-204, 7-259, 8-263, 9-333, 10-360

Bowling: Friend 27.5-3-80-4 (2nb, 1w), Abbott 24-9-49-0 (4nb), Kent 25-6-77-2, Shezi 22-4-98-3 (4nb), Khan 6-0-42-1

Dolphins first innings

27

1

0

38

6

12

84

Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-8, 3-73

Bowling: VD Philander 9-2-21-2 (2nb), R Kleinveldt 9-3-19-1 (2nb), B Hendricks 5-0-18-0 (1nb), C Henderson 7-3-9-0, J Ontong 5-2-10-0

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