Smit hands Dolphins 22-run victory

2013-03-15 00:00

A LATE flurry from Dolphins skipper Daryn Smit — who hasn’t had much batting time in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge to date — saw his team to 158-7 in the match against the Cobras at Kingsmead last night, enough for a 22-run win and four vital points.

Smit played a cameo of 33 from 17 balls, with three fours and two sixes, which gave the momentum to a Dolphins innings that had started to stutter after the halfway mark.

Batting first after being sent in, the home side posted 51/1 after the six-over powerplay and were at 77/2 after 10 overs.

The centurion from the last match against the Knights, Cameron Delport, went out early for seven, but Divan Van Wyk (35) and Cody Chetty (26) steadied the ship.

Chetty was the victim of the first of three run-outs — the others being Vaugn van Jaarsveld (8) and the dangerous David Miller (17) — as the Dolphins’ middle order teetered on the brink of an all-too-familiar collapse.

Boundaries dried up from the 12th to the 17th over, before Smit took the bull by the horns to see the Dolphins past the 150-run mark, something that looked beyond them at one stage.

Cobras skipper Justin Ontong used six bowlers, off-breaker Dane Piedt being the most successful with 2/16 in three overs.

Mthokozisi Shezi struck early for the Dolphins, bowling Cobras’ Yaseen Vallie for a duck with the third ball of the innings.

Richard Levi (19) soon found his straps, feeding off speedster Yusuf Abdullah, but Calvin Savage broke the momentum with his first delivery, a loose full toss that Levi swatted to short fine leg where Abdullah took a smart reflex catch.

After six overs, the Cobras were 42/2, with the game evenly poised, but the Dolphins stuck to the task, making the Cobras batsmen work for their runs.

The Cobras’ middle order failed to fire and Savage ended with 4/33, picking up wickets at vital moments to slow the scoring.

Shezi claimed 2/29 and best of the Cobras batsmen was Dane Vilas with 47 in a total of 136-7.

The Dolphins move up to fifth on the log with a slim chance of making the play-off, while the Cobras are out the competition. Deliverer of the day was Savage and Vilas was the slammer of the day.

In last night’s other match, the Knights beat the Warriors by six wickets.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Dolphins (158/7) Van Wyk 35, Smit 33, Cheey 26, (Piedt 2/16)

Cape Cobras (136/7) Vilas 47, Levi 19 (Savage 4/33), (Shezi 2/19)

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