Low total for Dolphins in Durban

2007-12-10 00:00

WITH the wet weather in Durban ruining the SuperSport Series match between the KZN Dolphins and the Highveld Lions, both sides attempted to take as many points out of the game as possible, but the Dolphins batting was disappointing.

After both Friday and Saturday were washed out without a ball bowled and just 29 overs on Thursday, yesterday provided decent conditions, yet the Dolphins could only muster 147 in answer to the Lions first innings 210 for nine declared. This followed the totals of 164 and 147 by the Dolphins last time out, albeit in a game where the Western Cape Cobras could only manage 82 and 182 in reply.

A score of 89 for one became 147 all out and Lions fast bowler Garnett Kruger garnered a relatively easy six-wicket haul. From 108 to 127, no less than seven wickets fell for 19 runs. Granted, the Dolphins were not helped by Doug Watson waking up yesterday with a stiff neck that saw him bat 11 and Jonathan Vandiar splitting his lip in a catching accident in the warm-up that saw him relegated to nine in the order, yet the shot selection was careless.

The result was that the Dolphins didn’t reach the required 150 for the first batting point nor what should have been a reachable second point at 200. What with the two bowling points the second-placed Dolphins were penalised due to a slow over rate against the Eagles in round one, these four points could have seen them just two behind the log-leading side from Free State/Griquas instead of six.

Meanwhile, the selectors named the side to meet the Cobras at Newlands from Thursday. Ahmed Amla should be over his flu, Rivash Gobind is on standby while Shaun Pollock is unavailable due to the Makhaya Ntini benefit match.

KZN Dolphins squad: Doug Watson, Imraan Khan, Hashim Amla, Ahmed Amla (capt), Wayne Madsen, Johann Louw, Liam Plunkett, Daryn Smit, Quinton Friend, Saidi Mlongo, Yusuf Abdullah, Jonathan Vandiar.

SuperSport Series top three: 1. Eagles 71.16 points; 2. Dolphins 64.88 pts; 3. Titans 42.98 pts.

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