Neither Cobras nor Dolphins manage to secure much-needed victory

2008-10-19 00:00

THE SuperSport Series match between the Western Cape Cobras and KZN Dolphins ended in a draw at Boland Bank Park in Paarl yesterday.

The captains agreed to call it off an hour before the close. In reply to the Dolphins first innings of 435 for nine declared, the Cobras amassed 467 and the visitors survived a second-innings scare before they restored the equilibrium to end on 93 for three when final stumps were drawn.

Claude Henderson gave the Dolphins a fright when, after removing Dolphins opener Rivash Gobind cheaply in the fifth over, he struck again with the score on 48 by dismissing David Miller and skipper Ahmed Amla in three deliveries of the 24th over with the Dolphins just seven runs ahead. But the in-form Imraan Khan (46 not out, 160 minutes, 129 balls, eight fours) and the experienced HD Ackerman (20*, 51b, 3x4) settled things down again.

The match run rate was below three to the over with neither side able to get on with it.

Henderson, the Cobras left-arm spinner, was the deserved player of the match with match figures of eight for 159 in a marathon 71.1 overs of which a fifth were maidens. He took five for 126 in 50.1 overs in the Dolphins’ first dig and three for 33 after opening the bowling yesterday.

In their first innings, both sides batted for a lengthy 160 overs apiece in scoring 435 and 467 respectively with J.P. Duminy’s 138 and 80 from Henry Davids in a 198-run third wicket partnership rescuing the Cobras from 54 for two. Quinton Friend and Saidi Mlongo were the better of the Dolphins’ bowlers.

The Cobras’ Rory Kleinveldt did hit 22 runs in one over from leg-spinning Dolphins wicketkeeper/batsman Daryn Smit, but was unable to bowl yesterday due to illness.

The generally slow rate of scoring, though, never gave the respective team’s bowlers enough time to really have a go in the second innings with the Dolphins bowlers not even afforded that chance.

That said, a Paarl pitch clearly devoid of much life didn’t come to the party either, with the expected deterioration not really materialising. The slow, flat track did neither side any favours as the Dolphins and Cobras are now the only teams without an outright victory — and it is showing.

With all having played three matches, the Free State Eagles lead 38.18 points from the Eastern Cape Warriors (29.44), the Northern Titans (29.34), Highveld Lions (27.08), Dolphins (19.50) and Cobras (18.28).

Dolphins 1st innings 435/9 (160.1 overs)

Cobras 1st innings

A Puttick c Smit b Friend 1

H Gibbs run out (Amla) 46

H Davids lbw Kent 80

J Duminy c Smit b De Bruyn 138

J Ontong lbw b Friend 51

V Philander not out 49

R Canning b Mlongo 25

C Henderson b Mlongo 2

R Kleinveldt c Smit b Abdullah 29

C Langeveldt b De Bruyn 16

P Sandri b De Bruyn 0

Extras (b25, lb8, w4, nb2) 39

Total (all out, 161.4 overs) 476

Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-54, 3-252, 4-337, 5-355, 6-404, 7-408, 8-453, 9-472.

Bowling: Friend 31-9-66-2, Abdullah 30-4-99-1, Kent 17-5-42-1, Mlongo 26-7-62-2, Smit 42-7-126-0, De Bruyn 12.4-0-39-3, Khan 3-1-9-0.

Dolphins 2nd innings

I Khan not out 46

R Gobind c Davids b Henderson 5

D Miller lbw b Henderson 16

A Amla c&b Henderson 0

H Ackerman not out 20

Extras (lb3, nb3) 6

Total (3 wickets, 43 overs) 93

Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-48, 3-48.

Bowling: Langeveldt 4-3-2-0, Henderson 21-8-33-3, Philander 10-2-31-0, Sandri 4-0-14-0, Duminy 4-1-10-0.

Match drawn.

Points: Cobras 5.94; Dolphins 4.68.

Man of the match: Claude Henderson (Cobras).

SS Series log (three matches): 1 Free State Eagles 38.18 points; 2 East Cape Warriors 29.44 pts; 3 Northern Titans 29.34 pts; 4 Highveld Lions 27.08 pts, 5 KZN Dolphins 19.50 pts;6 West Cape Cobras 18.28 pts.

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