Dolphins stutter against Cobras

2014-01-20 00:00

IT looked as though the Dolphins were still shell-shocked from their tie with the Warriors in Port Elizabeth on Friday when they went down to the Cobras by 25 runs in their Ram Slam T20 clash at Kingsmead yesterday.

Set 158 to win at 7,9 to the over, the Dolphins stuttered to 132-8, losing three wickets in five balls for no runs towards the end, including two in an over from West Indian off-break bowler Sunile Naraine, the 18th over of the innings, which was a double wicket maiden as he accounted for Khaya Zondo (34) and Robbie Frylinck (0) in successive balls.

Batting first after winning the toss, the Cobras lost Hashim Amla (1) early, when Robbie Frylinck bowled him with his first delivery, the first ball of the third over.

Frylinck struck again when he had Richard Levi brilliantly caught at deep mid-wicket by Daryn Smit to leave the visitors on 31-2 after 5.4 overs.

Dolphins skipper Morné van Wyk introduced spin — Khaya Zondo, Keshav Maharaj and Daryn Smit — as soon as the mandatory powerplay (six overs) was completed and was rewarded with the wicket of Stiaan van Zyl (14), bowled by Maharaj. JP Duminy and Cobras captain Justin Ontong steadied the ship with a fourth-wicket partnership of 88 from 57 balls, a record for domestic T20 cricket at Kingsmead, beating the 75 set by Amla and Dale Benkenstein in 2006/07.

Frylinck was the pick of the bowlers with 3-21, with Abbott, Maharaj and Alexander getting one apiece.

A powerplay which yielded 24-4 for the Dolphins, compared to 32-2 for the Cobras, had the Dolphins on the back foot as Van Wyk, (0), Cameron Delport (0), Cody Chetty (2) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld (17) were quickly back in the changeroom. The only positive from the innings was a sixth-wicket partnership of 75 between Zondo and Smit (48). Narine’s over effectively won the match for the Cobras as the Dolphins ran out of time, balls and recognised batsmen.

The Cobras bowling was led by Beuran Hendricks, the competition’s leading wicket-taker to date who added 4-22 to his tally, well backed up by Narine (2-24). JP Duminy and Aviwe Mgijima bagged a wicket each.

Despite the loss, Van Wyk remained upbeat saying, “It looks worse than it is and I admit I bowled Khaya [Zondo] one over too many which probably cost us, his final over being very expensive.”

The Dolphins can only look up and climb up again as they prepare for their next clash, against the battling Lions at Kingsmead on Wednesday, starting at 6 pm.


Cape Cobras

R Levi c Smit b Frylinck22

H Amla b Frylinck1

S van Zyl b Maharaj14

J Duminy run out (Alexander)56

J Ontong c Miller b Frylinck37

D Vilas c Miller b Alexander1

V Philander not out16

R Peterson c Alexander b Abbott5

S Narine not out2

Extras: (1w, 2nb)3

TOTAL: (for seven wickets, 20 overs)157

Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-31, 3-41, 4-129, 5-133, 6-140, 7-155. Bowling: Abbott 4-1-30-1, Alexander 4-0-41-1 (2nb), Frylinck 4-0-21-3 (1w), Zondo 3-0-32-0, Maharaj 3-0-21-1, Smit 2-0-12-0

Dolphins innings

M van Wyk c Mgijima b Hendricks0

C Delport c Narine b Hendricks0

C Chetty c Philander b Hendricks2

V van Jaarsveld c Amla b Duminy17

D Miller c Vilas b Mgijima13

D Smit c Amla b Hendricks48

K Zondo c Vilas b Narine34

R Frylinck b Narine0

K Abbott not out3

K Maharaj not out8

Extras: (1lb, 6w)7

Total: (for eight wickets, 20 overs)132

Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-1, 3-11, 4-24, 5-46, 6-121, 7-121, 8-121. Bowling: Hendricks 4-0-32-4 (3w), Philander 4-0-23-0 (2w), Narine 4-1-24- 2, Duminy 3-0-19-1 (1w), Peterson 3-0-21-0, Mgijima 2-0-12-1

Result: Cape Cobras won by 25 runs.

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