Solid bowling sees Dolphins crush Warriors by 54 runs

2014-11-06 00:00

A POWERFUL, pacey and polished opening spell of bowling from Dolphins quicks Craig Alexander and Rabian Engelbrecht had the Warriors prodding, but the Dolphins winning by 54 runs and claiming a bonus point last night.

The bowlers reduced the visitors to 26-4 after four overs in their pursuit of 182, Alexander and Engelbrecht picking up two wickets apiece in the Ram Slam T20 clash at Kingsmead last night.

Alexander in particular ran in with purpose, generating tremendous pace and bounce on a pitch which had battled to enjoy any period of intense sunlight in the build up to the clash.

Alexander had figures of 2-7 after three overs, bowling at 140 km/h, on a hat-trick in his second over as he sent JJ Smuts (4) and Colin Ingram packing, the latter first ball. Ryan Bailey, facing the decisive hat-trick ball, left one which came back slightly to just shave off-stump.

Earlier, Dolphins captain Morne van Wyk called correctly and opted to bat first in a match both sides needed to win to launch their title hopes in the competition. Van Wyk (17), Delport (21) and Cody Chetty (22) got starts without kicking on and it was left to the in-form Vaughn van Jaarsveld and West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo to gain some impetus.

Bravo’s entrance was greeted with enthusiasm by the crowd of about 2 000 and he definitely left his mark. With Van Jaarsveld (51*) following his 40 at the weekend, Bravo (43) added 93 for the fourth wicket, a record for the Dolphins in Ram Slam T20 cricket. They took the Dolphins from 65-3 to 158-4, allowing the hard hitting Robbie Frylinck to contribute a cameo 17* from eight balls.

Rusty Theron only gave away six runs in the final over, conceding 25 in his four overs, but it was spinner Simon Harmer (36 in three), Basheeru Walters (31 in three) and Sisanda Magala (51 in four) who leaked runs.

In a strange twist of fate — after being foiled by the lights at the Wanderers on Sunday — there was a power dip after 18 overs in the Dolphins innings when they were 159-4, play held up for 12 minutes as some globes powered up again.

Bravo’s influence spread to the bowlers as they all did versions of the famed Bravo shuffle whenever a wicket fell.

Reaching 52-5 at the halfway point, the game was the Warriors’ to win and it proved a mountain too high, asked to score at over 20 in the dying overs.

Harmer (23) and Somila Seyibokwe (39) put on 56 for the sixth wicket but Frylinck picked them up both in successive balls, also on a hat-trick which was safely negotiated by Theron. Alexander came back to get his third wicket (3-10 in four) , while Frylinck (2-16 in four) and Engelbrecht (2-21 in three) restricted the Warriors to 127-8. Bravo proved a little rusty, finishing with 0-39 in his four.

A point of concern was six catches going down when the Dolphins fielded.

Next up for the Dolphins are the Cobras at Newlands tomorrow and the Titans at Kingsmead on Sunday, the match starting at 4 pm.

Deliverer of the Day: Craig Alexander

Slammer of the Day: Vaughn van Jaarsveld

Scores in brief

Dolphins 181/4 (20/20 ov)

Warriors 127/8 (20/20 ov)

Dolphins won by 54 runs.

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