Dolphins pile pressure on Cobras

2008-10-17 00:00

KZN Dolphins coach Yashin Ebrahim and captain Ahmed Amla achieved their target of 400-plus in the first innings, thereby putting pressure on the Western Cape Cobras in the SuperSport Series match in Paarl yesterday.

The second day belonged to the Dolphins with Jon Kent (pictured, below right) getting 110 and Daryn Smit also coming to the party as the middle and lower-middle order played the visitors into a strong position.

The Dolphins may not have to bat again, with a chance of getting the 20 match-winning wickets on a pitch that is starting to play up a touch.

Resuming on 265 for five the Dolphins, with Kent on 59 and Pierre de Bruyn new to the crease, attempted to get on with it, but De Bruyn had to retire hurt on 17 with a suspected chipped finger bone after a delivery surprised him with its uneven bounce.

Smit again underlined his class and selection for South Africa A with a valuable 77.

He reached his 50 in 95 minutes off 88 balls with six fours and was the initial aggressor in his partnership with Kent, who reached his 100 in 288 minutes and hit 10 fours for his seventh first-class and sixth SuperSport Series century.

Kent also cracked the 3 000 SuperSport Series runs barrier.

As Ebrahim said, it was a good toss to win in a match where both sides are looking for their first win in what is match-weekend three.

The Dolphins reached 400 with seven wickets down in 142.4 overs and 602 minutes’ batting off 867 balls and including 46 fours on the way to a total of 435 all out.

In reply, Andrew Puttick was caught chasing a ball that left him from Quinton Friend and the hosts were six for one.

Herschelle Gibbs and Henry Davids restored things with a stand of 48, before Gibbs was dismissed for a hurricane 46 off eight overs including eight fours after Amla ran him out.

At the close the Cobras were 77 for two, a matter of 358 runs behind with eight first innings in hand and a two long days left in the match.

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