Young Dolphins sink Cobras

2015-01-10 00:00

HAVING narrowly missed out on a spot in the final of the Cricket South Africa Cubs Week final, the U19 Dolphins went head to head with the Cobras for third place at the competition in Stellenbosch.

Topping off a largely successful week, the Dolphins beat the Cape side by five wickets to win four of their five matches in the week.

The Cobras won the toss early yesterday and elected to bat against the KZN boys. Perhaps it was not the right option, as Dolphins pace bowler Lwandiswa Zuma produced another fiery display with the ball.

Zuma and legspinner Sohail Mahmoud proved a handful for the Cobras batting lineup — taking three wickets apiece to help bowl the Cape side out for just 128 runs in 46 overs.

Number eight batsman Reinhardt Fortuin was the pick of the Cobras batsmen, scoring 49 runs from 94 balls to salvage a lacklustre performance from his upper order.

The Dolphins set out on their run chase but faced some trouble early on, losing opener Jason Marshall in the second over.

They managed to avoid a total collapse and consolidated through their skipper Sibonelo Makhanya, who scored 21 runs before being dismissed.

Mahmoud was not only handy with the ball earlier in the day, as he top scored for the Dolphins with an unbeaten 31 runs to ensure victory for the KZN outfit.

The Dolphins beat the Warriors, SA U17 Invitational side and Knights before going down to the Lions on Thursday — which ruled them out of the final.

The Lions went on to beat the Titans to claim their third consecutive Cubs Week title in as many years.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Cobras U19 - 128 all out (Reinhardt Fortuin 49; Lwandiswa Zuma 3-15)

Dolphins U19 - 130/5 (Sohail Mahmoud 49*; Luke Philander 2-20)

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