Maharaj seals victory for Dolphins

2015-01-19 00:00

DOLPHINS left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj sealed an emphatic 242-run win in dramatic fashion by brushing aside the feeble resistance of the final three Knights batsmen with a triple-strike as the hosts were dismissed for 126 in their Sunfoil Series match at the De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberley yesterday.

The Dolphins declared their ­innings close on 171 for three on Saturday and set the Knights a winning target of 369 in 105 overs.

That proved beyond the hosts.

Man-of-the-match Daryn Dupavillon captured five for 38 in 15 overs, while Maharaj took three for 49 to limit the Knights to a lowly 126 in their second innings.

Maharaj started his 15th over by trapping Patrick Botha in front for 25.

Malusi Siboto top-edged the fourth delivery of the same over and was caught by Divan van Wyk for a duck. Two balls later, Maharaj concluded proceedings when Quinton Friend was caught at slip by Van Wyk for four.

The Knights went to lunch on a wobbly 94 for six. They lost one of their lower-order stalwarts shortly after the break.

Michael Erlank was the backbone of the Knights resistance in the first innings, batting for 176 minutes for his unbeaten 55.

But Matthew Pillans, 23-year old fast bowler of the Dolphins, struck to remove Erlank for seven.

He had him caught at first slip by Imraan Khan, leaving the Knights tottering on 98 for seven.

Dupavillon, a former South African U19 player, struck twice in the space of two overs on Saturday to remove Gerhardt Abrahams and Werner Coetsee in a short burst, which left the hosts in disarray at the close on Saturday on seven for three.

Yesterday morning, Diego Rosier and Pite van Biljon attempted some stone-walling tactics for a while and defended manfully for 99 minutes after resuming.

Dupavillon trapped Rosier in front for 38 to reduce the Knights to 68 for four 40 minutes before lunch.

That proved to be a turning point.

The fast bowler, who operated with pace and swung it both ways, trapped Obus Pienaar for seven shortly afterwards.


Dolphins first innings 452

Knights first innings 255

Dolphins second innings 171/3 dec

Knights second innings (o/night 11/3)

L. Mosena c Chetty b Hume4

G. Abrahams c Pillans b Dupavillon2

W. Coetsee lbw b Dupavillon0

D. Rosier lbw b Dupavillon38

P. van Biljon c Smit b Dupavillon35

A. Pienaar lbw b Dupavillon7

M. Erlank c Khan b Pillans7

P. Botha lbw b Maharaj25

C. Dry not out2

M. Siboto c van Wyk b Maharaj0

Q. Friend c van Wyk b Maharaj4

Extras: (lb1, w1)2

TOTAL: (all out, 45 overs)126

Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-7, 3-7, 4-68, 5-82, 6-89, 7-98, 8-122, 9-122

Bowling: Dupavillon 15-4-38-5, Hume 6-4-7-1, Pillans 9-1-31-1 (1w), Maharaj 15-2-49-3.

Result: Dolphins won by 242 runs

Points: Dolphins 17.06, Knights 4.1.

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