Dolphins’ dubious SS Series record

2008-11-09 00:00

KZN Dolphins claimed a record at Kingsmead yesterday when they drew the fifth out of five SuperSport Series matches.

With well over 100 overs lost in the match, it is not surprising this one against the Free State Eagles went the same way as the rest.

The carcass of the match reflected that the Eagles, on being asked to bat, yawned their way to 420 off a massive 159.3 overs. With all the “bad light stopped play” scenarios typical of first-class cricket in Durban this time of year, it took them two days. Day three on Saturday was as ghastly, as gloomy conditions added to this doomed match’s misery, and the Dolphins managed 90 for one.

Day four, in contrast, was a whirlwind of action as 15 batsmen were skittled by bowlers releasing their pent-up frustrations. The Dolphins got the run-rate over three compared to the Eagles’ pedestrian 2.63 and play fairly rollicked along.

Captain Ahmed Amla’s men were bowled out for 275 yesterday before the persevering Ugasen Govender and Quinton Friend had the Eagles’ second dig in tatters at 19 for five. Skipper Boeta Dippenaar declared seven runs later and the Dolphins needed 172 in about 35 overs to win, but the trusty bad light ensured play was finished for good just after tea with the home side eight for one.

Asked by The Witness about the poor fixture schedule, Dolphins official Jay Naidoo said a crowded programme, with the Aussies here next year, had forced Cricket SA to arrange matches in this manner.

Grant Rowley’s bad run continued with a duck, to make his tally 24 runs in five innings. The yo-yo man in the Dolphins has batted at five, three and two in three matches, which can’t have helped his confidence.

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