Dolphins still lead Cobras

2014-01-25 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — The Dolphins were denied a bonus-point victory thanks to a valiant eighth-wicket partnership of 70 off only 39 balls between Justin Kemp and Vernon Philander that reduced the winning margin to just seven runs over the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras in an exciting Ram Slam T20 Challenge match at Boland Park in Paarl yesterday.

The Dolphins had posted 145 for eight, after winning the toss and electing to bat first, with Cameron Delport top scoring with 49 from 37 balls with six boundaries and a six.

The Cobras, in reply, slumped to 55 for seven with only Hashim Amla (26) reaching double figures, before finishing on 138 for eight.

Philander joined Kemp midway through the 13th over after Sunil Narine (eight) was brilliantly caught by David Miller running in from the long-on boundary. The pair brought up their 50-run partnership off only 27 balls as Kemp bludgeoned six boundaries and two maximums in his undefeated 56 from 33 balls on his return to the side.

Philander faced 14 balls and hit two fours in his 19 which helped the hosts get close. But once Philander departed, caught at third man by Delport off the bowling of Alexander, the crowd of just over 5 500 sensed that a chance of an unlikely victory evaporated.

The Dolphins, who still have two games in hand over the Cobras, are now six points adrift of the Cape franchise.

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