Dolphins batsmen see them to play-offs

2013-11-09 00:00

A SIXTH wicket partnership of 110 in 11.5 overs between Cody Chetty (66) and Khaya Zondo (59*) bolstered the Dolphins to 283-6 in their vital Momentum Cup One-Day clash against the Cobras at Kingsmead yesterday. It was good enough for a 71-run win and a play-off against the Titans at Kingsmead on Tuesday to meet the Cobras in the final at Newlands next Friday.

Dolphins captain Morné van Wyk won the toss on an afternoon that saw Kingsmead bathed in sun and had no hesitation in batting first on a wicket that looked to offer a decent score upfront.

And so it proved. Van Wyk (32) was out the blocks early, dominating an opening stand of 46 with Imraan Khan, who played a mature innings, setting the platform for what was to come later, as he compiled 71 from 110 balls. He was also involved in a 80-run partnership with Cameron Delport (43) for the second wicket and 43 for the fourth wicket with Chetty.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld (1) was the only top order batsman to fail, as did Kyle Abbott (0) sent in at the fall of the fourth wicket to add some impetus to the innings as a pinch-hitter. The move did not pay off as Abbott was run out after wandering off aimlessly down the wicket.

Once Zondo joined Chetty, the scoring rate increased as the pair played with ease, dispatching anything short, wide and full to all parts of Kingsmead. Zondo, who has found his groove in the last three matches after a shaky start to the campaign, looked busy, reaching his half century from 39 balls with seven fours. It was a fine exhibition of batting between two rising stars in the Dolphins’ ranks, Chetty run out from the last ball of the innings as he attempted a second run.

All the Cobras bowlers suffered, although Dane Piedt, the only Cobras bowler to bowl a full quota of 10 overs, picked up 3-42.

Rory Kleinveldt looked nothing like he did when selected for the Proteas, and was smashed for 60 runs in nine overs, while Langeveldt bowled only five overs for 17 runs.

Lizaad Williams was the only other bowler to get a wicket (1-62) from his nine overs, while Justin Kemp (0-48), Siya Simetu (0-36) and Justin Ontong (0-12) had no luck.

For the Cobras, Stiaan van Zyl top scored with 69, with skipper Justin Ontong adding 34 and Justin Kemp 36 in a total of 212-9. Best of the bowlers was Craig Alexander with 5-42, a career best.

In the other match of importance, the Titans beat the Warriors by seven wickets, with a bonus point, to qualify to meet the Dolphins in the play-off.

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