KZN Dolphins blown away by run hurricane

2010-01-30 00:00

THE Dolphins were simply blown away by the sheer weight of talent in the Warriors’ stellar line-up in last night’s lopsided MTN40 Championship decider.

A 71-run victory is as comfortable as it gets in this form of the game, and the Warriors had their cast of Proteas to thank for sealing their first-ever trophy in franchise cricket.

Ashwell Prince blazed a maiden century in limited overs cricket in a blistering display of controlled hitting.

Belying his woeful Test form, the left-hander rattled up 128 off just 96 balls, demolishing a Dolphins attack that was deep on variety but shallow on class.

When Prince departed, Jacques Kallis hit the afterburners as he pummelled 87 off just 57 balls.

Forget Kallis the plodder, because this was Jacques the juggernaut.

A score of 299 for 4 was always going to be a stiff task, and the early loss of Loots Bosman, Imraan Khan and Ahmed Amla set the visitors right back.

But to their credit, Hashim Amla and Dale Benkenstein fought back with a run-a-ball century stand, with Amla’s off-side play quite a sight to behold.

Against an all-star attack that featured Wayne Parnell, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Makhaya Ntini and Johan Botha, the Dolphins needed a big knock from someone.

But it was not to be.

Amla fell for 68, and that seemed to be that.

Enter Dave Miller, who briefly silenced the East London faithful with a rapid run of boundaries in his 46 off 30 balls. Few hit the ball cleaner, and Miller will be one to watch in the upcoming Pro20 series.

But last night was the Warriors’ night, and this was confirmed by Benkenstein’s incredible dismissal.

Having spooned Ntini to long-off, he seemed in danger of being caught out — until he let his willow go.

He will laugh about it another day, but the veteran didn’t see the funny side as his bat somehow looped over his head, before crashing into his stumps.

The Dolphins will be proud to have got thus far despite four straight losses, but last night they ran into a Warriors side dripping with class.

Even the rain couldn’t halt them, as a deluge of boundaries lay the platform for a convincing triumph for the Eastern Cape franchise.


WARRIORS INNINGS J Kreusch st Hall b Smit 37

A Prince c HM Amla b Hall128

C Ingram c Miller b AM Amla 16

JH Kallis not out87

M Boucher c and b Hall10

D Jacobs not out15

Extras (lb 5, w 1)6

TOTAL (for 4 wkts, 40 overs) 299

Fall of wickets: 1-93, 2-130, 3-221, 4-240

Bowling: Louw 8-0 -43-0 (1w), Abbott 3-0-18-0, Thomas 7-0-73-0, Hall 8-0-71-2 , A Amla 3-0-24-1, De Bruyn 4-0-22-0, Smit 7-0-43-1


L Bosman c Boucher b Tsotsobe 9

H Amla c Jacobs b Parnell68

I Khan* c Prince b Tsotsobe6

A Amla lbw b Tsotsobe1

D Benkenstein hit wicket b Ntini63

D Miller b Parnell46

P de Bruyn† b Theron3

J Louw run out (Jacobs)2

A Hall b Parnell6

D Smit c Kallis b Theron15

K Abbott not out3

Extras (b 4, lb 1, w 1)6

TOTAL (all out; 36.4 overs) 228

Did not bat AC Thomas

Fall of wickets: 1-26 , 2-34, 3-36, 4-136, 5-195, 6-200, 7-202, 8-205, 9-212, 10-228

Bowling: L Tsotsobe 8 0 53 3, M Ntini 6 0 29 1, W Parnell 7 0 27 3 (1w), J Botha 7 0 52 0,N Boje 2 0 14 0, J Theron 6.4 0 48 2.

Warriors won by 71 runs.

Man of the match: Ashwell Prince.

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