Rain, bad light save lacklustre Dolphins

2011-03-28 00:00

JUST 11 overs were bowled on the fourth and final day of the SuperSport Series cricket match between the KZN Dolphins and the Knights of Free State at the Maritzburg Oval Sunday.

Following on after their disappointing 239 all out in reply to the Knights’ first innings 428 for six declared — achieved on rain- and bad light-interrupted Thursday and Friday — the Dolphins were facing an uphill battle to save the match after stumps were drawn on Saturday, day three

At that point the Dolphins were 10 without loss in their second innings, but any fears of defeat were swiftly buried yesterday when the inclement weather and bad light of late put paid to any chance of an outright result and the home franchise were left on 37 for one at the end of the game.

On Saturday seamer Dillon du Preez (three for 28) and 20-year-old off-spinner Michael Erlank (five for 107) did the damage for the Knights as only Vaughn van Jaarsveld (72 off 114 deliveries, 11 fours and two sixes) could honestly say that he was a Dolphins batter who had truly got the measure of the visiting bowling attack.

The Knights ended with 9,56 bonus points out of the drawn match, while the Dolphins had to settle for a paltry 4,78 after a poor display in the first innings.



Knights first innings 428/6 dec

Dolphins first innings

D. van Wyk c A McLaren b Erlank 26

I. Khan c Bailey b Pietersen 16

D. Smit lbw b Du Preez 27

V. van Jaarsveld c Rossouw b Erlank 72

D. Conway lbw b Du Preez 0

D. Miller c A McLaren b Erlank 5

J. Kent b Du Preez 26

K. Eccles c Pienaar b Elgar 1

A. Razak c Elgar b Erlank 14

K. Maharaj c Rossouw b Erlank 33

B. Barends not out 4

Extras (lb10, nb5) 15

Total (all out, 68.2 overs) 239

Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-54, 3-90, 4-90, 5-103, 6-175, 7-178, 8-181, 9-219, 10-239

Bowling: R McLaren 12-3-29-0, Pietersen 12-2-30-1, Du Preez 13-4-28-3, Vries 10-4-25-0, Erlank 19.2-1-107-5, Elgar 2-01-0-1

Dolphins second innings

(Following on)

I. Khan not out 13

D. van Wyk c Du Preez b Pietersen 14

D. Smit not out 5

Extras (b4, nb1) 5

Total (1 wickets, 15.3 overs) 37

Fall of wickets: 1-23

Bowling: R Mclaren 7-4-9-0, Pietersen 6-1-19-1, Erlank 1.3-0-5-0, Du Preez 1-1-0-0.

Match drawn. Points: Dolphins 4.78 Knights 9.56.

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