Solid knock from Morris sees Dolphins bag third win

2015-01-08 00:00

AFTER enjoying a great start to the Cricket South Africa Cubs Week in Stellenbosch, the U19 Dolphins made it three wins in a row yesterday.

Playing against the Knights in their third fixture, an incredible knock from number six batsman Gavin Morris saved the Dolphins after a top-order batting collapse to win the match by two wickets.

Winning the toss, the Knights elected to bat first and put on a solid display to score 205 for 8.

Opening batsman Marno van Greunen led the way, scoring 50 runs from 98 balls to anchor his side’s innings while Aidan Brooker scored a fast 43 runs off 32 balls.

Dolphins bowlers Lungi Ngidi, captain Sibonelo Makhanya and Stephen Reeves took two wickets each.

The KZN outfit then began their run chase but endured a shaky start, losing opener Jason Marshall in the first over, which piled on the pressure on Bruce Kerr and Makhanya.

The pair brought some stability but both were dismissed just after the 10th over, further deepening the Dolphins’ woes.

It was downhill from there for the KZN side as wickets continued to fall through the middle of the innings. But the Dolphins had a shining light in the form of Morris, whose unbeaten 76 runs helped them chase down their opponents’ total.

Morris put on a solid partnership of 37 runs with number 10 batsman Lungi Ngidi at the death and the latter eventually scored the winning runs with just three balls remaining in the match.

Aidan Brooker led the Knights bowling charge taking four wickets for 38 runs.

The Dolphins beat the Warriors on Monday and the SA U17 Invitational side on Tuesday.

The KZN team face the Lions today in their final cross-pool fixture. If they win the match, they will progress into the Cubs Week final tomorrow.

Scores in brief

Knights U19 - 205/8 (Marno van Greunen 50; Sibonelo Makhanya 2-30)

Dolphins U19 – 206/8 (Gavin Morris 76; Aidan Brooker 4-38).

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