Daryn Smit’s ton fails to rescue Dolphins against classy Warriors

2011-11-17 00:00

DARYN Smit’s maiden limited-overs century was not enough to rescue the Dolphins, who were outclassed by the Warriors in their One-day Cup match in East London yesterday.

The wicketkeeper was the last man out for 108 at Buffalo Park, but his century was overshadowed by another career-best, an innings of 132 by Jon-Jon Smuts, which helped the hosts post a total of 356 for five.

There were also handy contributions from Warriors captain Colin Ingram after he blasted 90 from a mere 73 balls, while Arno Jacobs made 74.

The visitors were never in the game after two early wickets knocked their confidence, and they were bowled out for 266 in 49.3 overs to slip to a 90-run loss.

Having lost the toss and asked to bat first, Smuts and Jacobs tore into the bowling during a 155-run opening burst.

The pair needed just over 15 overs to put on 100 with none of the bowlers spared against a home team looking desperate to get their campaign back on track.

Jacobs was first to reach his half-century, crossing the mark in just 47 balls, while Smuts needed a further six deliveries to get there.

Shortly after passing 150, the partnership was broken by Keshav Maharaj in the 26th over when Robbie Frylinck caught Jacobs.

But the pressure from the hosts refused to let up as Ingram came in and joined the fun.

Ingram raced to his 50 in 44 balls, while Smuts also began to accelerate by reaching his third one-day hundred with more than 10 overs still to go.

The Warriors opener hit three sixes after reaching his three-figure score and eventually handed Maharaj (two for 55) a second wicket, which brought to a conclusion a 123-run stand that came from under 18 overs.

Ingram followed 29 runs later with 307 on the board after a fiery knock that included four sixes and six fours, before a brief rain interruption gave the Dolphins some respite.

But Justin Kreusch (28 off 15) and Craig Thyssen (16 off nine) took their side beyond 350 to leave the Warriors in the pound seats.

The Dolphins were never going to threaten after losing Loots Bosman (nine) and Imraan Khan (10) early on.

Both men were caught by wicketkeeper Athenkosi Dyili off Makhaya Ntini and Rusty Theron, respectively, with just 19 on the board.

To their credit they continued fighting via Ahmed Amla and Smit, who put on 87 together, with the former then forced to retire hurt for 43.

That upset the Dolphins, and Simon Harmer (two for 45) inflicted more damage with the quick wickets of David Miller (two) and Matthew Hulett (eight) to leave the score on 120 for four.

Cameron Delport (22) tried to hit them out of trouble, but lasted only 18 balls before Smit found support in the form of Frylinck (35) as they shared in a 57-run stand and edged their team over the 200 mark.

But the allrounder fell to Wayne Parnell (three for 53) with 146 still to get in 8.2 overs and the only remaining interest in the game was to see whether Smit would reach his ton.

He got there from 133 balls, the second successive game he made a personal best after collecting 95 against the Nashua Titans in their last clash.

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