Dolphins share points after rain mars match

2013-10-28 00:00

THREE hours of play was all the weather gods allowed at the Pietermaritzburg Oval yesterday for the Momentum One Day clash between the Dolphins and the Lions. Players and umpires left the field at 1 pm as the rain started and once it arrived, it was set to stay, soaking the ground and leaving large puddles on the covers on the pitch. As time went on and with no break in the weather, umpires called the match off just before 3 pm with the Dolphins 227-7 in the 44th over.

This is the third match in which the Dolphins have had to share the points, after rain intervened last Sunday at Kingsmead against the Titans and on Friday in Paarl, against the Cobras.

In what play was available yesterday, Lions skipper Stephen Cook won the toss and opted to bowl first up, expecting his bowlers to extract some life from a pitch that had been under the covers for many a long hour thanks to heavy rain leading up to the match.

Jonathan Vandiar (4) was again an early loss but his departure heralded the highlight of the day as Dolphins captain Morné van Wyk and Cameron Delport set about the Lions pace attack in a 119-run partnership from 74 balls. Van Wyk looked dangerous, getting to his half century by dispatching Chris Morris for six, four, six — the first six landing on the pavilion roof from what was a flick over square leg. Delport followed soon after, getting hold of Hardus Viljoen as he notched a solid 50, looking good from the moment he walked to the crease.

Van Wyk departed for 61 from 37 balls (7x4, 3x6), LBW to spinner Aaron Phangiso and Delport departed soon after, caught on the mid-wicket fence by Rassie van der Dussen for 56 from 52 balls (8x4, 1x6). While this pair was at the wicket, a total of beyond 300 looked possible for the Dolphins as they scored at more than eight runs an over, with 70 on the board after nine overs. When Delport departed, the Dolphins were handily placed at 134 after 15 overs.

The platform had been set and Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Cody Chetty duly obliged, putting together a steady 47 runs for the fourth wicket. Once Van Jaarsveld (28) and Chetty (38) had been dismissed, the Lions fought back, claiming Khaya Zondo (1) and Robbie Frylinck (0) in quick succession.

That 300 total had become a distant memory and it was Daryn Smit (20) and Kyle Abbott (5) at the crease when the rain came. For the Lions, Morris grabbed 3-59 in eight overs and Eddie Leie 2-30 in 10 overs.

Despite having to share the points, the Dolphins still top the competition’s standings heading into Wednesday’s meeting with the Knights at Kingsmead

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