Van Wyk, Chetty give Dolphins the edge

2014-03-07 00:00

CODY Chetty and Morné van Wyk both struck centuries to help the Sunfoil Dolphins claim the honours on the opening day of their Sunfoil Series encounter against the Chevrolet Warriors at Buffalo Park in East London yesterday.

Right-hander Chetty made a fluent 120 from 184 deliveries, while captain Van Wyk was the last man standing on an unbeaten 104 from 169 balls when his side was bowled out for 339 on the stroke of stumps.

Simon Harmer (4-85) was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts, who will be slightly disappointed to have let the visitors off the hook after claiming three early wickets to start the day.

The Dolphins, fourth on the competition log heading into the game, had won the toss and opted to bat first. But the Warriors, minus injured captain Davy Jacobs, struck an early blow when Imraan Khan was dismissed for an 11-ball duck by Andrew Birch, caught behind by wicketkeeper Athenkosi Dyili after 4.3 overs.

It was nine for one at that stage and 13 runs later it was 22 for two after right-armer Birch cleaned up Divan van Wyk for 17. That brought Chetty in alongside Khaya Zondo and the two began to rebuild steadily.

They brought up a patient 50 in the 19th over, before raising their half century stand in 76 deliveries.

But just as they looked poised to consolidate until the interval, Basheer Walters (2-61) struck to dismiss Zondo, caught behind by Dyili, for 20.

Resuming after lunch on 76 for three, the Durbanites went past the 100-mark in the 32nd over.

However, Chetty then lost debutant partner Sarel Erwee for 16 after he played Harmer straight to Birch.

Skipper Van Wyk was next in, and after starting out patiently, provided good support for his partner to get to a fluent 50 in 67 balls.

The 150 was raised in the 46th over, followed by the 50 stand as the pair began to score freely.

After the 200 came up in the 57th over, the 100 partnership followed in 151 balls with 22-year-old Chetty reaching his three figure mark, the fourth of his career, with a boundary off Colin Ackermann with the tea total on 221 for four. The fifth-wicket partnership was eventually ended on 144 when Chetty finally fell leg before wicket to Harmer.

Robbie Frylinck (13) and Keshav Maharaj (nought) fell within the space of five deliveries just before the new ball was due — the former to Rusty Theron (2-68) and the latter to Harmer. But Van Wyk kept going, and after the 300 came up in the 86th over, he lost another partner in Craig Alexander (18), to Walters.

However, there was no denying him a 17th career century, and the veteran wicketkeeper got there with two quick runs off Birch, although the Warriors did manage to claim the remaining two wickets — Tabraiz Shamsi (seven) and Daryn Dupavillon (nought) — on the stroke of stumps.

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