Batting woes continue for KZN Dolphins

2009-02-01 00:00

THE Nashua Dolphins produced a batting display to forget in yesterday’s Pro20 Series match against the Warriors in Port Elizabeth.

Just two batsmen got to double figures as the Dolphins’ top and middle order failed for the second time in three nights.

They got away with it on Friday night, with Johann Louw’s late heroics stealing victory against the Cobras.

It was never going to happen two matches running, and the Warriors, with two Proteas back in their ranks, thumped them by eight wickets.

Comfortable victories are highly uncommon in this format, but the Warriors, ably led by Robin Peterson, positively strolled home.

The Dolphins’ hopes were raised briefly when Louw snared two wickets off consecutive balls, but in all it was a rather flat display.

Already through to the semi-finals, KZN captain Ahmed Amla’s squad will know that they need their batsmen firing if they are to advance beyond the last four to earn a spot in the lucrative Champions Trophy in September.

Aside from HD Ackermann —who top-scored yesterday and is the leading scorer for the side in the series — and to a lesser extent Grant Rowley and Daryn Smit, the Dolphins have just not come to the party with the bat.

The eagerly anticipated return of Proteas star Hashim Amla and Sri Lankan slugger Sanath Jayasuriya will obviously add considerable weight to the side, but it is up to the rest of the middle order to rally and post testing targets.

The bowling is varied enough, and Jayasuriya will add to this, but if they are defending totals as paltry as yesterday’s 127, all the guile in the world won’t be enough to keep the Dolphins in the competition.

The side now has a full week to prepare for Sunday’s final round-robin match against the Lions.

They would do well to spend that time finding their batting prowess again.

And fast, because the semis are now just around the corner.


Dolphins innings

H D Ackerman b Theron 49

G Rowley c Kreusch b Tsotsobe 6

A Amla c Kreusch b Theron 4

I Khan c A Jacobs b Parnell 5

J Kent run out (Ingram/Kreusch) 10

D Smit c Ingram b Peterson 17

J Louw c D Jacobs b Parnell 4

P de Bruyn run out (Theron) 8

M Bekker not out 2

A Thomas b Parnell 0

Y Abdullah run out (Thyssen/D Jacobs) 3

Extras (4lb, 15w) 19

Total 127

Overs: 19.5

Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-13, 3-24, 4-64, 5-100, 6-105, 7-115, 8-116, 9-117, 10-127

Bowling: L Tsotsobe 4-0-21-1 (2w), J Theron 3.5-0-26-2 (2w), W Parnell 4-0-18-3 (4w), A Birch 3-0-25-0 (1w), R Peterson 4-0-24-1 (3w), J Kreusch 1-0-9-0.

Warriors innings

R Peterson not out 72

Z de Bruyn b Louw 16

C Ingram lbw b Louw 0

J Kreusch not out 31

Extras (3lb, 9w) 12

Total 131

Overs: 18.4

Did not bat: D Jacobs, A Jacobs, C Thyssen, J Theron, A Birch, W Parnell, L Tsotsobe, Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-26 Bowling: Y Abdullah 4-0-24-0 (1w), J Kent 4-0-22-0 (2w), L Jouw 4-0-15-2 (1w), A Thomas 3.4-0-35-0, D Smit 3-0-32-0 (5w).

Result: Warriors won by 8 wickets.

Master Blaster Bowler: Wayne Parnell (Warriors)

Master Blaster Batsman: Robin Peterson (Warriors).

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