Dolphins outdone by rain

2012-10-08 00:00

WITH a long awaited four-day victory in sight, the Dolphins were cruelly denied by the weather at Buffalo Park, East London, yesterday.

Smit’s men were well in control and needing only three wickets for a solid triumph, while the Warriors still required 157 runs to win.

It was a fascinating duel over the four days. Batting first, the Dolphins finished just shy of 300, posting a respectable 296 all out. At 98-4, it looked all too familiar as the top order wobbled, but thanks to Cody Chetty (77), David Miller (41) and Smit (39), the visitors recovered and gave the bowlers something to defend.

Inspired bowling from Dolphins spearhead Kyle Abbott (6-64) had the Warriors back in the hut for only 154, giving the Dolphins a healthy 142-run advantage going into the second innings. Although only amassing 220 second time around, it gave the Dolphins a lead of 362.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld stabilised the Dolphins second knock with a powerful 73, while those around him battled to build anything of substance. Birch was again among the wickets with 3-48, while surprisingly Colin Ingram’s gentle offerings brought him 3-8. Basheeru-Dean Walters bagged three scalps for 75.

Scenting victory, the Dolphins came out firing with ball in hand. Led by Abbott once again, they took their chances and wore down the Warriors chase, taking wickets at vital times and breaking threatening partnerships. Abbott added a further three wickets to his tally to finish with match figures of 9-113, while new signing Craig Alexander took 2-37 and spinner Prenelan Subrayen was effective with 2-90.

Having done all the hard work, it was a stubborn, unbroken eighth wicket partnership of 59 between Harmer (41*) and Birch (25*), which proved the migraine headache for the Dolphins. As the clouds gathered and the clock ticked, they did enough to frustrate the Dolphins and deny them victory. While the umpires did all in their power to get as much play in as possible, it was not to be for the Dolphins, and the game finished with the Warriors on 205-7.

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