Dolphins stroll to victory over KZN Inland in friendly

2009-09-16 00:00

THE KZN Dolphins secured a comfortable seven-wicket win in their 45-over friendly against KZN Inland at Maritzburg College yesterday.

Chasing a target of 188, most of the Dolphins top order spent valuable time in the middle. Makeshift opener Pierre de Bruyn top-scored with 50 before retiring.

Both sides were missing key players, particularly in the bowling department, but would have been pleased to get some match practice ahead of much more pressing engagements.

Batting first, Inland got off to a breezy start, with new recruit Deepak Anand dispatching anything loose to the fence.

His 39 off 33 suggests that the Chatsworth man will be a useful addition to Doug Watson’s arsenal this season.

Watson himself held the home side’s innings together with a typically workmanlike undefeated half-century seeing them to 187 for six in their alloted overs.

Another local player who caught the eye was Standard captain Kyle Nipper, who started cautiously but accelerated well to chip in with a cameo of 38.

The home attack found the going tough, with Dolphins skipper Imraan Khan galloping to 38 before a smart catch by Mbasa Gqadushe off the bowling of Navar Harridave accounted for him.

De Bruyn was joined by former skipper Ahmed Amla, who was just as severe on loose bowling.

Nipper then removed Amla and Jon Kent in quick succesion to cap an impressive all-round display, and there was time for Maritzburg College old-boy David Miller to chalk up a quick 27.

The Dolphins will be encouraged by their batsmen’s form, but much stiffer challenges await them.

Next up for Khan’s men is a one-day game against Durban league champions Berea Rovers on Saturday, which may see Loots Bosman back in action, before a three-day workout against the Warriors. Scores in brief: Inland 187/6 in 45 overs (D Watson 50*, D Anand 39, K Nipper 38) KZN Dolphins 188/3 in 38 overs (P de Bruyn 50*, retired, I Khan 38, D Miller 27*, Nipper 2/32) Dolphins won by seven wickets.

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