Not the best of days for the Dolphins

2008-01-25 00:00

It was not the best of days for the Dolphins at the Oval yesterday as the Warriors from the Eastern Cape batting — at times under leaden skies — took their attack apart on the first day of their Supersport Series cricket match to amass a handy total of 293 for the loss of only three wickets.

The Warriors total was largely due to the fine batting of lefthander Arno Jacobs, who increased his pace after tea and before threatening dark clouds closed in on the ground for an early closure because of fading light. Only 81 of the 104 overs were bowled on day one.

Jacobs was 63 not out at tea and it took him just on half an hour thereafter to reach his second century of the season as he and partner HD Ackerman (81 not out) piled on the runs

Together Jacobs, who eventually reached his highest score of the Supersport season with 115 not out, and Ackerman added 196 runs for the fourth wicket without being separated, after earlier Riaan Jeggels and Zander de Bruyn had put on 71 for the second wicket in an enterprising stand.

It was good to see the Oval in such good condition after the bad publicity which folowed the last Supersport game there in early December — not that the home team’s bowlers were smiling.


Warriors – First Innings

M Smith lbw b Louw 0

R Jeggels c Smit b McMillan 48

Z de Bruyn c H Amla b McMillan 47

A Jacobs not out 115

HD Ackerman not out 81

Extras (2lb) 2

Total (for three wickets) 293 (81 overs)

Fall of wickets: 1/8 2/82 3/97

Bowling: Louw 15-6-35-1, Friend 16-3-64-0, Mhlongo 7-1-29-0, McMillan 10-1-38-2, Khan 4-2-6-0, D Smit 18-1-68-0, A Amla 6-0-32-0,

K Smit 2-1-3-0, H Amla 2-0-16-0.

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