Dolphins take control

2014-02-15 00:00

A MEASURED century by Divan van Wyk helped the Dolphins take complete control after the second day of their Sunfoil Series encounter against the Warriors at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban yesterday.

The left-handed opener struck 127 off 308 deliveries as the hosts reached 335 for five at stumps.

There were also useful contributions from Imraan Khan (74) and David Miller, after he continued his rich run of form with a fluent 71. That left the Dolphins 162 runs ahead with two days to play.

The home side resumed the day on 51 without loss, with Van Wyk and Khan extending their opening stand to 131. Khan quickly progressed to his 37th first-class 50 in 92 balls after the resumption by driving Andrew Birch over the head of the short mid-wicket for four.

The partnership continued to flourish with the 100 raised at the start of the 33rd over when Van Wyk smashed Rusty Theron for consecutive boundaries, before going to his 50 in 105 balls with the Dolphins then reaching the 43rd over when the first wicket fell.

It was that of Khan, who was taken by an excellent return catch from Basheer Walters (2-55) after facing 136 deliveries. Khaya Zondo (five) fell four overs later when he misjudged a delivery from the same bowler that clipped the top of off stump leaving the home side on 143 for two.

But they reached 150 in the 48th over with Van Wyk and Cody Chetty moving them to within 11 runs of the Warriors at lunch.

Resuming on 162 for two, Chetty helped Van Wyk bring up a 50 stand for the third wicket from 112 balls, before the 200 came up in the 68th over. But the Dolphins number four needlessly threw his wicket away when Theron began to employ spin in the 69th over.

Chetty, who had progressed nicely to 34, tried to go over the top and instead skied the bowler to Ryan Bailey at cover, ending the partnership on 70. But Van Wyk continued his battle and brought up his 100 in 233 balls by driving Simon Harmer straight down the ground for four.

By tea he was still going alongside Miller and the score to 229 for three.

The pair put on 84 together when Van Wyk was finally dislodged by Harmer, who he edged to Bailey at slip.


Warriors first innings 173

Dolphins first innings (o/n 51/0)

D van Wyk c Bailey b Harmer 127

I Khan c & b Walters 74

K Zondo b Walters 5

C Chetty c Bailey b Theron 34

D Miller b Bailey 71

M van Wyk not out 11

Extras: (2lb, 2w, 9nb) 13

Total: (for five wickets, 111.3 overs)335

Fall of wickets: 1-131, 2-143, 3-213, 4-297, 5-335

Bowling: Birch 21-8-51-0 (2nb), Theron 21-4-72-1 (1nb), Harmer 33-2-105-1, Walters 19-4-55-2 (2nb, 2w), White 15-2-40-0 (4nb), Bailey 1.3-0-2-1, Prince 1-0-8-0.

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