A season to forget

2014-12-02 00:00

KINGSMEAD had the Ram Slam T20 Challenge trophy for a season but ­sadly the trophy cabinet is once again empty as the lads ended the recent campaign on Sunday in ­Bloem­fontein.

Although they ended with a five-wicket win against the Lions, it wasn’t good enough to see them contend a play-off spot and they now have time to reflect on what could have been.

It was a stuttering campaign, ­perhaps the tag of champions being a tough burden to bear, but there was never any momentum as three wins from 10 starts bears witness.

Being consistently inconsistent was the pattern through the campaign with fans and media never quite sure what to expect in the middle.

Not one batsman dominated, there were no big match-winning scores and credit, where it is due, must go to the bowlers who often struck early and did a decent job in giving the ­batsman an attainable target.

This season’s domestic T20 is past for the Dolphins and a new name will be on the trophy in mid-December.

Let’s reflect on where the Dolphins got it right and where it all went wrong.

Dolphins v Lions, Wanderers

Beginning their campaign at the first triple header of the season, the Dolphins came up against a rampant Chris Gayle whose 56 from 38 balls set the tone for a six-wicket win for the Lions.

Cody Chetty (68) and Vaughn van ­Jaarsveld (40) enabled the Dolphins to post 172-9 but Gayle and Jean Symes (58*) saw the Dolphins leave empty-handed.

Dolphins 172-9

Lions 173-4.

Lions won by 6 wickets.

Dolphins points: 0

Dolphins v Warriors, Kingsmead

A 54-run win, with a bonus point, saw the Dolphins remain competitive. Van Jaarsveld (51*) and West Indian Dwayne Bravo (43) — making his debut for the Dolphins — took the final tally to a respectable 181-4.

Craig Alexander (3-10) delivered his performance of the competition and with two wickets from Robbie Frylinck and Rabian Engelbrecht, the Warriors stumbled to 127-8.

Dolphins 181-4

Warriors 127-8

Dolphins won by 54 runs.

Points: 5

Dolphins v Cobras, Newlands

A poor batting performance saw the Dolphins post a mere 127-9, Cameron Delport (46) playing a rare innings of substance in the competition. Former Dolphins Mthokozisi Shezi and Sybrand Engelbrecht each bagged three wickets.

Richard Levi (44) and Andrew Puttick (48*) set up the convincing Cobras win.

Dolphins 127-9

Cobras 130-2

Cobras win by 8 wickets.

Points: 0

Total: 5

Dolphins v Titans, Kingsmead

Perhaps the Dolphins’ perfect game. Solid batting saw 194-5 posted, Morné van Wyk (37), Delport (45), Cody ­Chetty (44) and Van Jaarsveld (38) ­getting in.

Spinners Keeshav Maharaj and Prenelan Subrayen with three wickets apiece saw another bonus point win as the Dolphins stayed in touch at the right end of the table.

Dolphins 194-5

Titans 130-9

Dolphins won by 64 runs.

Points: 5

Total: 10

Dolphins v Warriors, Port Elizabeth

The Dolphins were blown away by 7 wickets, posting 142-6, batting first. Delport (34) was supported by three batsmen scoring 20s.

JJ Smuts (54) and Colin Ingram (64*) ensured a comfortable win as the ­Warriors broke their duck. Credit to the Dolphins as the match went down to the final ball.

Dolphins 142-6

Warriors 143-3

Warriors won by 7 wickets.

Points: 0

Total: 10

Dolphins v Knights, Kingsmead

Rain saved the Dolphins after they were knocked over for a paltry 82, their ­lowest ever total in domestic T20 ­cricket. Khaya Zondo (33) and Maharaj (19) were the only double figures on the scoresheet.

Incessant rain at the innings break ­denied the Knights what surely would have been a bonus-point win.

Dolphins 82

No Result — Rain.

Points: 2

Total 12

Dolphins v Cobras, Kingsmead

Reduced to 10 overs a side due to rain, the Dolphins mustered 84-8, Jonathan Vandiar (33) and Van Jaarsveld (29) the only resistance.

Levi’s 54 from 27 balls sealed the ­Dolphins’ fate with four balls to spare.

Dolphins 84-8

Cobras 89-3

Cobras won by 7 wickets.

Points: 0

Total: 12

Dolphins v Titans, Benoni

Another average performance gave the Titans a 19-run win. Chasing 177 to win, the Dolphins ran out of overs, reaching 157-8. Bravo (34), Van Jaarsveld (32), Chetty (28) and Zondo (25) told the same story of batsmen getting starts but unable to kick on.

Titans 176-7

Dolphins 157-8

Titans won by 19 runs.

Points: 0

Total: 12

Dolphins v Knights, Kimberley

Another poor batting display saw the Dolphins bowled out for 128 in 18.3 overs, chasing 168. Van Wyk (39) and Bravo (35) tried to keep a sinking ship afloat. Earlier, Reeza Hendricks (69) and a 19-ball 50 from West Indian ­Andre Russell had set up the Knights. This loss effectively put the Dolphins out the running in the competition.

Knights 167-5

Dolphins 128

Knights won by 39 runs.

Points: 0

Total: 12

Dolphins v Lions, Bloemfontein

Too little too late as the Dolphins won by five wickets. Great bowling restricted the Lions to 121-7, Frylinck 2-30, ­Bravo 2-24. The return of David Miller in the middle order was telling as his 42* from 37 balls guided the Durban side to a long overdue win.

Lions 121-7

Dolphins 122-5

Dolphins won by 5 wickets.

Points: 4

Total: 16

Played 10, won 3, lost 6, NR 1

Most Runs: Van Jaarsveld 239 (10 matches) Avg 26,55

Most Wickets: Frylinck 12 (10 matches) Avg 19,25, SR 16,3, Econ 7,07

• Next up for the Dolphins is the four-day series, starting at PMB Oval from December 18-21, against the Warriors.

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