Amla man of the match as Dolphins and Lions draw in high-scoring Joburg encounter

2011-10-03 00:00

PROTEAS batsman Hashim Amla was yesterday named the man of the match in the drawn SuperSport Series match between the Dolphins and the Lions in Johannesburg.

Amla produced a master class of batting in the Dolphins first innings.

The Lions won the toss on Thursday and elected to bat first on a wicket that looked to be a batsman’s paradise. The Lions got off to a solid start before seasoned opening batsman Stephan Cook was found wanting for just 12 runs when he was caught by Divan van Wyk off the bowling of Protea spinner Imran Tahir.

But just as the Dolphins were looking to capitalise on the ascendancy of taking an early wicket, Protea opening batsman Alviro Petersen put the screws on the Dolphins bowlers with a masterful 186. He had the lion’s share of the innings with Neil McKenzie scoring 48 before being caught by Daryn Smit off the bowling of Dolphins new signing Robbie Frylink.

Petersen finally succumbed to another new signing in Friedel de Wet who, like Frylink, used to play for the Lions.

It was the Frylink show for the rest of the Lions first innings where the all rounder picked up six wickets for just 52 runs. Tahir was the other pick of the bowlers, finishing with 3/122.

The Lions finished on 359 before the Dolphins’ opening batsman came to the wicket on the second day.

The Dolphins suffered an early loss when captain Imraan Khan was trapped in front of the wickets by Zander de Bruyn. Van Wyk stabilised the innings somewhat with a well-played 72 before he was caught off the bowling of Craig Alexander.

Amla’s 208 was scored off just 281 balls. He shared a massive 200-run partnership with former Lions batsman Vaughn van Jaarsveld, who himself scored 103 before being caught off the bowling of Dale Deeb.

The Dolphins declared their first innings on 567/9.

The Lions came to the wicket chasing down a lead of 208. Cook top-scored with 78 before falling once again to Tahir, this time leg before wicket. Petersen was again amongst the runs in the second innings where he scored 64 before being caught off the bowling of Kyle Abbot.

Dolphins coach Graham Ford was disappointed at not getting a result, but said good cricket was played on both sides.

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