Miller bludgeons a victory

2014-01-11 00:00

KIMBERLEY — David Miller scored a scintillating undefeated half-century to guide the Sunfoil Dolphins to a wonderful four-wicket victory over the Chevrolet Knights in an exciting Ram Slam T20 Challenge encounter at the De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberley yesterday.

The Knights, after being sent into bat first, posted a very good 176 for four, thanks to half-centuries from Rilee Rossouw (51), Reeza Hendricks (60) and Dean Elgar (52 not out) but the Dolphins reached their target of 177 with six wickets down and seven balls to spare, with Miller ending on 56 not out off only 31 balls with four boundaries and three massive sixes.

Miller came to the crease at the end of the 10th over when Cody Chetty’s enterprising innings came to an end, being brilliantly caught by Malusi Siboto, running around from the mid-wicket boundary to take a diving catch along the rope off the bowling of Nicky Boje (4-0-41-2).

Chetty faced just 29 balls for his 46, which included two boundaries and three sixes but Miller stole the show at the end as the Dolphins required 51 runs from the final five overs.

Chetty and Cameron Delport (36) added 56 runs for the second wicket after Morné van Wyk (one) was dismissed by Ryan McLaren’s first delivery, slashing at a wide delivery and the ball flying down to third man where Boje took a good catch over his head.

Delport faced 26 balls and hit six boundaries before Pite van Biljon took a juggling catch to give Boje his first wicket. Delport and Miller took a liking to Johan van der Wath as the Knights captain conceded 36 runs in his three overs.

Once Delport departed, it looked like the home side were taking control of matters, as the Dolphins lost wickets at regular intervals. Vaughn van Jaarsveld (11) was dismissed by Elgar (1-19) while Khaya Zondo (13) and Robbie Frylinck (one) could not do much better as the visitors found themselves on 155 for six midway through the 18th over.

McLaren bowled the penultimate over and Miller decided that it was now or never. Miller hit McLaren for two boundaries off the first two balls and then struck the third ball, a hip-high full toss, right out of the stadium to bring up his half-century off only 30 balls.

Miller took a single off the fourth ball and then Daryn Smit struck a four to end the match and any hopes of the home side picking up their first victory.

Earlier, Hendricks and Rossouw posted a 104-run opening stand which set the Knights’ innings up nicely. Hendricks faced 46 balls and hit five boundaries and two sixes while Rossouw hit eight fours and a six into the scoreboard off 33 deliveries. Pite van Biljon (0) and Obus Pienaar (one) could not contribute to the total as Elgar smashed four boundaries and two sixes in his 33-ball knock.

Kyle Abbott was the pick of the bowlers, ending with figures of 4-0-26-1 as his first two overs in the power-play went for 12 runs and his final two at the death cost just 14 with the wicket of Van Biljon.

Craig Alexander picked up two wickets but conceded 36 runs in four overs, while Keshav Maharaj, who opened the bowling, lost his way, ending with 1-35 from his four overs.

The Knights will be bitterly disappointed with their effort as the Dolphins successfully chased down the second-highest total to win a match in Kimberley. The Knights have now lost three consecutive matches while the Dolphins have made two wins from two starts.

The Knights move back to Bloemfontein where they take on the bizhub Highveld Lions tomorrow while the Dolphins’ next fixture is in seven days’ time, against the Chevrolet Warriors in Port Eliza­beth.


Knights innings

R Hendricks c Chetty b Alexander60

R Rossouw c Miller b Maharaj51

D Elgar not out52

P van Biljon c Delport b Abbott0

AJ Pienaar c van Jaarsveld b Alexander1

J van der Wath not out7

Extras (1b, 4w)5

TOTAL (for 4 wkts in 20 overs)176

Fall of wickets: 1-104, 2-153, 3-155, 4-159

Bowling: Abbott 4-0-26-1 (1w), Maharaj 4-0-35-1, Frylinck 3-0-23-0, Alexander 4-0-36-2 (1w), Smit 3-0-30-0 (1w), Delport 2-0-25-0 (1w)

Dolphins innings

M van Wyk c Boje b McLaren1

C Delport c van Biljon b Boje36

C Chetty c Siboto b Boje46

V van Jaarsveld c Pienaar b Elgar11

D Miller not out56

K Zondo c Rosier b McLaren1

R Frylinck c Elgar b Siboto1

D Smit not out6

Extras (4lb, 2w, 1nb)7

TOTAL (for 6 wkts in 18.5 overs)177

Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-67, 3-89, 4-104, 5-149, 6-155

Bowling: Van der Wath 3-0-36-0 (2w), McLaren 3.5-0-41-2, Siboto 4-0-29-1 (1nb), Elgar 3-0-19-1, Boje 4-0-41-2, Pienaar 1-0-7-0

Result: Dolphins win by four wickets.

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