Nail-biting victory for dolphins

2012-02-20 00:00

AN excellent bowling effort from the Dolphins spared their blushes when they defeated the Impi by two runs at the Oval yesterday.

 

After an ordinary batting effort by the hosts, the Impis only had themselves to blame for not overhauling the 152 that had been set by the hosts.

Having lost the toss and put into field, the Impis drew first blood when the big-hitting Loots Bosman holed out to Richard Cameron at deep square-leg off Pumelela Matshikwe, who took 3/18 in his four overs.

Southpaw Cameron Delport (23) launched into Craig Alexander’s loose offerings, pillaging 19 off an over before he picked out Cameron at cover point off Matshikwe.

The Dolphins’ innings stuttered further when Cody Chetty chopped one on to his castle off Charl Pietersen to leave the hosts tottering at 42/3.

Captain Imraan Khan (34) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld then set out on resurrecting the innings, putting on 59 for the fourth wicket.

Van Jaarsveld (43) punched a few boundaries, with consecutive fours off left-arm spinner Siya Simetu and off-spinner Khaya Zondo.

The partnership was broken when Khan was caught plumb in front by Richard Cameron.

Van Jaarsveld then followed Khan after lofting Paul Collingwood (1/19) to Matshikwe at deep long-off.

The Dolphins managed only one boundary between the 14th and 19th overs, while losing David Miller and Van Jaarsveld as they consolidated.

They were only able to top 150 when the chunky Robert Frylinck and Daryn Smit took 18 off the wayward Alexander, who bowled the last over.

The Impis got off to a blistering start, pillaging 30 from the first three overs, with Mthokozisi Shezi bearing the brunt of the assault from Zondo and Adrian McLaren.

Frylinck was able to stem the runs and soon produced a wicket when McLaren (22) was castled trying to pull one that was a touch too full.

Cobus Pienaar (two) did not last too long when he was smart-stumped by Daryn Smit off Khan.

When the boundaries dried up, Zondo (54) and Collingwood (42) kept the fielders busy with quick running between the wickets. Zondo fell when holed out to Chetty at deep midwicket off Imran Tahir (1/19).

The loss of Collingwood, caught by Van Jaarsveld off Frylinck, robbed the Impis of crucial momentum, with Cameron (one), Ryan Canning (one) and Charl Pietersen (four) all gifting their wickets in search of quick runs.

The Dolphins’ death bowlers, Kyle Abbott and Frylinck, constricted the visitors, with the latter conceding only four in the penultimate over, leaving Ryan ten Doeschate too much to do.

Dolphins coach Lance Klusener said: “The bowling upfront was rubbish, but we pulled it back well at the end. The death bowling, though, was excellent, with a great over from Kyle.

“We’ll take the win anyhow because it is about learning how to win and believing you can win against anybody. It’s not about rocking up and hoping that you can win. It’s not something you can buy at Shoprite. Sometimes in T20 they are not pretty. But we got through and they all count.”

• khanyiso.tswaku@sa.24.com

SCOREBOARD

Dolphins innings

2

23

34

1

43

11

18

13

6

151

Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-36, 3-42, 4-101, 5-113, 6-127

Bowling: Alexander 4-0-49-0, Matshikwe 4-0-18-3, Pietersen 2-0-14-1 (3w), Zondo 3-0-21-0, Collingwood 4-0-19-1, Simetu 1-0-12-0 (1w), Cameron 2-0-17-1

Impi innings

54

2

22

42

10

1

1

4

0

12

148

Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-57, 3-122, 4-134, 4-140, 6-141, 7-145

Bowling: Abbott 4-0-25-1, Shezi 4-0-40-0, Frylinck 4-0-28-4 (4w), Tahir 4-0-19-1 (1w), Khan 2-0-14-1, Delport 2-0-20-0

Result: Dolphins win by three runs

 

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