Moses and Smit make merry in merciless midday heat at PMB Oval

2010-09-16 00:00

THE Dolphins ended day three of the four-day friendly against the Cape Cobras at the Maritzburg Oval yesterday with a lead of 247 runs and nine second-innings wickets intact.

Brad Moses (83) and Daryn Smit (79) resume this morning, this after the Cobras had batted until lunch yesterday and the bowlers had toiled with little luck all day.

The Dolphins reshuffled their batting order and newcomers Devon Conway and Moses, plus wicketkeeper Smit, spent valuable time in the middle.

There was nothing much to write home about as the batsmen, bowlers and fielders worked hard, and even the reporter and scorers had to grit it out in the merciless heat.

Dolphins coach Graham Ford said the arduous winter programme set for the group had been rewarding in the way in which they had worked and grown as a team.

“It’s good for team bonding as coming through such a tough programme saw the players earn their team-mates’ respect,” he said.

“The guys were put through a pretty high-intensity skills level and I have enjoyed working with them; their attitude has been fantastic.”

Ford said Conway, the young Dolphins-contracted batsman, would be turning out for KZN Inland in a bid to make both the provinces’ Provincial Challenge teams competitive.

There have been substantial partnerships in the match and that can only be good news for the batsmen. Indeed, 1 101 runs for 11 wickets over three days suggests this is a bowlers’ graveyard, but maybe not.

The pitch prepared by groundsman Jan Vermaak has drawn praise from Ford, and the hard work with his ground staff in the winter months is paying off. Come the summer rain and humidity, it will surely offer far more to the bowlers than it has over the past three days.

It is the ideal wicket for a match of this nature, giving the batsmen long stints in the middle and ensuring gruelling workouts for bowlers and fielders under the most unforgiving conditions.

Meanwhile, Dolphins’ pace bowler, Quinton Friend, said he is having regular treatment to iron out his injury niggles and is confident of being fit for the opening round of the SuperSport Series at the end of the month.

SCOREBOARD

Dolphins’ first innings 440/5 dec

Cobras’ first innings

A Gray c Miller b Maharaj...96

A Puttick c Friend b Maharaj...146

S van Zyl b Whatmore...40

J Ontong run out (Miller/Smit)...9

R Levi c H Amla b Moses...76

Y Vallie not out...39

Extras (b3, lb8, nb9, w1)...21

TOTAL (for 5 in 118 ov)...427

Fow: 1/250, 2/256, 3/273, 4/342, 5/427

Bowling: Friend 6-1-16-0, Shezi 21-1-98-0, Abbott 14.5-7-19-0, Whatmore 17.1-2-62-1, Conway 14-1-45-0, Maharaj 36-3-146-2, Moses 9-0-30-1.

Dolphins’ second innings

D Conway b Gray...52

B Moses not out...83

D Smit not out...79

Extras (b8, lb2, nb6, w4)...20

TOTAL (for 1 in 63.2 ov)...234

Fow: 1/97

Bowling: Kleinveldt 4-1-9-0, Philander 4-1-10-0, Zondeki 10.2-5-25-0, Louw 9-0-34-0, Hendricks 6-1-41-0, Ontong 14-3-47-0, Gray 16-1-58-0.

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