Dolphins go down fighting

2015-01-12 00:00

DARYN Smit led the Dolphins’ valiant, if futile, fight against the Warriors unbeaten on 84 as his team went down by 109 runs in East London yesterday.

He found admirable support from Keshav Maharaj, whose 44 off 73 balls with seven fours and a six, contributed to an eighth-wicket stand of 82, but the writing had been on the wall for some time and all it did was restore a bit of pride in an otherwise woeful performance.

From the moment they had asked the Warriors to bat, and allowed them to score 458 for six, the Dolphins were on the back foot.

Skittled out for 200 in the first innings, they were eventually offered a winning target of 426, and under the circumstances, did well to get so close, especially as they were 77 for four overnight.

Imraan Khan, on 56 when he returned to the field on Sunday, moved on to a well-constructed 103, off 163 balls with 21 fours. He obviously took the view that if it’s there to be hit, hit it. He was finally undone by the left-arm spin of Jon-Jon Smuts, but he had at least put on 72 for the fifth wicket with Smit, who came in earlier than expected after Craig Alexander retired hurt overnight on 0.

Basheeru-Deen Walters and Andrew Birch got to work after lunch, chipping away the last five stubborn wickets for 131 runs in 33 overs, including Alexander, who bravely returned to score 20.

The Dolphins were under the cosh throughout the match, after being bowled out for 200 on Saturday, 258 in arrears. The Warriors, led by Colin Ackermann’s 76 off 130 balls just piled on the agony as they built a lead of 425.

Birch made the initial breakthrough when the Dolphins began their second innings, bowling Divan van Wyk (4) before Ayabulela Gqamane trapped both Daniel Sincuba (1) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld (3) lbw. Smuts then dismissed Cody Chetty with Imraan Khan as the only top-order batsman holding the fort.


Warriors first innings 458/6 declared

Dolphins first innings 200

Warriors second innings 167/2 declared

Dolphins second innings (o/night 77/4)

I Khan c Ackermann b Smuts103

D van Wyk b Birch4

D Sincuba lbw b Gqamane1

V van Jaarsveld lbw b Gqamane3

C Chetty c Bailey b Smuts7

C Alexander b Birch20

D Smit not out84

R Frylinck c Ackermann b Walters24

A Phehlukwayo lbw b Birch0

K Maharaj b Walters44

D Dupavillon b Birch7

Extras: (1b5, w6, nb8)19

TOTAL: (all out, 91 overs)316

Fall of wickets: 1-36, 2-47, 3-56, 4-76, 5-149, 6-193, 7-194, 8-276, 9-292

Bowling: Birch 22-8-86-4 (1nb), Walters 17-5-42-2 (2nb), Magala 11-4-37-0 (2nb, 1w), Gqamane 17-1-77-2 (3nb, 1w), Smuts 20-5-53-2, Ackermann 4-0-16-0.

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