Warriors defend well against Dolphins for win

2014-01-27 00:00

RUSTY Theron defended eight runs in the final over of the Ram Slam T20 clash between the Dolphins and Warriors at Kingsmead yesterday to give the Eastern Cape side a tense two-run win.

Chasing 142 to win, the Dolphins finished on 139-8, Theron bowling Khaya Zondo (56) off the final ball of the innings, having sent Kyle Nipper (0) packing when he shattered his stumps earlier in the over.

At one stage, the Dolphins looked as though they had the target well within their sights, with Zondo and David Miller (60) sharing a fourth-wicket partnership of 91, a record for Kingsmead in domestic T20 cricket, taking the Dolphins to 106-4 in 14.5 overs. This after the Dolphins had another top-order collapse, with skipper Morné van Wyk (0), Cameron Delport (8) and Cody Chetty (5) back in the hut as the Dolphins wobbled on 15-3.

Earlier, Kyle Abbott’s spell of 3-21 in his four overs at 5,25 was the key in restricting the Warriors to what should have been an attainable total, after Davy Jacobs opted for first strike at a cloudless Kingsmead.

The visitors were soon on the back foot at 19-2 after 3.5 overs, Ashwell Prince (0) and Colin Ingram (8) out to the combination of caught Smit bowled Abbott. Daryn Smit was lethal at first slip, taking two excellent catches, his effort to dismiss Prince, diving low to his left, worthy of being a classic catch. At the end of the mandatory six-over powerplay, the Warriors were 39-2.

JJ Smuts and Ryan Bailey then combined for a 56-run third-wicket partnership, the best of the innings, before Smuts holed out to the ever reliable David Miller at long on for an entertaining 36 from 27 balls (3x4, 2x6).

The innings ended on 141-6.

At 34-3 after their powerplay, the Dolphins needed something special and Miller and Zondo stepped up to the plate, settling well and taking the attack to the Warriors’ bowlers.

Miller was key and his dismissal, skying Lundi Mbane to keeper Jacobs, signalled the beginning of the end. Miller’s body language spoke volumes as he trudged off the field, knowing he should have batted through to ensure the win.

Smit (1), Nipper (0) and Frylinck (5), left too much for Abbott and Zondo to do, pressure having the final say as they needed 20 off the final two overs. Zondo’s six to Castle Corner off Wayne Parnell off the final ball of the 19th over, gave a glimmer of hope, but it was not meant to be.

Parnell with 3-27 was the best of the Warrior bowlers, with Theron (2-28), Birch (1-23) and Mbane (1-25) the other wicket-takers.

Miller was the Slammer of the day and Theron the Deliverer of the day.

The Dolphins’ next game is on Wednesday against the Titans at Centurion.

SCOREBOARD

Warriors innings

A Prince c Smit b Abbott0

J Smuts c Miller b Subrayen36

C Ingram c Smit b Abbott8

R Bailey b Alexander49

D Jacobs run out (Delport/Smit)14

C Jonker not out16

S Harmer c Nipper b Abbott10

W Parnell not out0

Extras: (7lb, 1w)8

TOTAL: (for six wickets, 20 overs)141

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-19, 3-75, 4-96, 5-124, 6-140

Bowling: Abbott 4-1-21-3, Alexander 3-0-27-1, Frylinck 4-0-20-0 (1w), Nipper 1-0-13-0, Subrayen 4-0-25-1, Smit 4-0-28-0,

Dolphins innings

M van Wyk c Jacobs b Parnell0

C Delport c Jacobs b Parnell8

C Chetty c Prince b Birch5

D Miller c Jacobs b Mbane60

K Zondo b Theron56

D Smit run out (Parnell/ Jacobs)1

R Frylinck c Ingram b Parnell5

K Nipper b Theron0

K Abbott not out1

Extras: (2lb, 1w)3

TOTAL: (for eight wickets, 20 over)139

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-13, 3-15, 4-106, 5-111, 6-122, 7-136, 8-139

Bowling: Parnell 4-0-27-3, Birch 4-0-23-1 (1w), Theron 4-0-28-2, Harmer 3-0-24-0, Smuts 1-0-10-0, Mbane 4-0-25-1.

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