Dolphins dispatch Knights

2011-10-15 00:00

BRIMMING with confidence and feeding off the positive energy set by the batsmen on the first and second days, the Dolphins bowlers put in sterling performances yesterday to bowl the Knights out in a day.

Top performers with the ball were Imran Tahir (3/88) and Kyle Abbott (2/27). Friedel de Wet bowled tidily and with good pace and picked up two for 48.

Looking to take advantage of a good overnight score, Dolphins vice captain Daryn Smit came out and played positively and looked good value for his century, but this was not to be.

Ryan McLaren had him caught at point when Smit (82) played a streaky shot out of frustration.

Like on the first day, the ball zipped off the track and had good carry to the wicketkeeper. McLaren and Johan van der Wath noticed this and bowled effort balls which troubled the tail enders.

Abbott and Robbie Frylinck did the best they could to continue with the positive brand of play that the team had adopted the whole innings, and Frylinck looked like he was settling in to score a handy total until he was caught in the slips. Abbott didn’t last much longer after that and McLaren completed the rout when he had Tahir caught behind.

Friend (4/35) and McLaren (3/70) were the pick of the bowlers for the Knights.

This brought the Knights batsmen to the wicket, who would have had to bat well in overcast conditions to compete with a handy Dolphins total.

De Wet, back in the team after planting nut seedlings on his farm in Rustenburg, stormed in and took a wicket with his first ball. Abbott continued the good start by taking a wicket with the second ball of his first over to leave the Knights reeling at one for two.

The visitors showed some grit and stabilised the innings before lunch, but Frylinck bowled an inspired over before lunch which saw the end of Ryan Bailey and thus pressing ahead with the advantage that the Dolphins created on the first day.

The pitch flattened considerably after lunch and offered assistance to batsmen who were prepared to stay in and be patient. Tahir was finally successful when he picked up the wicket of Obus Pienaar, but Morne van Wyk and McLaren (21) seemed to be reading the pitch before Robbie Frylinck found McLaren fishing outside his off stump and he got a thick edge to slip.

But the discipline which was the hallmark of the Dolphins morning bowling efforts was nowhere to be seen before tea. De Wet was erratic as was Tahir.

The Knights went into tea at 166/7 and the team talk by Graham Ford seemed to fire up the Dolphins’ bowlers.

Van der Wath was caught off the bowling of De Wet for 25, while Michael Erlank (4) was caught off the bowling of Tahir. De Wet completed the rout by running out Friend with the Dolphins still holding a handy lead of 135 runs.

Divan Van Wyk and Imraan Khan came in and faced five overs to increase the lead to 150 without the loss of a wicket. At close of play the Dolphins were 16/0.

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