Rain means still no win for Dolphins

2011-11-07 00:00

RAIN again spoiled the Dolphins’ chances of an elusive first win of the season against the Warriors in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

Facing only seven overs, and chasing 291 to win the match, the Dolphins batsmen were deprived of time in the middle. However, they did manage to bowl their full complement of overs, and they were disciplined in stages.

After winning the toss and electing to field, the Dolphins bowled a good line and length to the in-form JJ Smuts and Nicky Boje.

From early in the match the Dolphins quick bowlers needed to bend their backs to get any life out of the wicket. The Warriors didn’t have to wait long for the first boundary, when Robbie Frylinck bowled a loose ball in his first over, which was dispatched.

Coach Graham Ford’s strategy to work on fielding has however paid off, with the Dolphins acrobatically saving what seemed to be guaranteed boundaries. The Warriors batted patiently with both Boje and Smuts making half centuries.

Part time bowler Cameron Delport was lucky to run out Boje when he dived to stop the ball and it crashed into the stumps at the non-striker’s end with the batsman out of his crease. This caused a mini-collapse when Dolphins captain Imraan Khan had Smuts caught in the slips off the first ball of the next over.

Although the visitors were losing wickets at regular intervals, they did enough to keep the run rate at around five to the over.

Justin Kreusch became the third batsman of the day to score 50 before he was expertly run out by David Miller with a direct hit from the deep.

Spinner Keshav Maharaj was the pick of the Dolphins bowlers with 3/66, with Khan, a part time spinner, finishing with 2/40. After 50 overs, the Warriors set the Dolphins 291 to win and the match was set up perfectly for Loots Bosman to go after the attack.

The Dolphins faced some fierce bowling from Makhaya Ntini and Wayne Parnell. Khan couldn’t keep out a yorker from Parnell. Ahmed Amla came out to face a few balls before the heavens opened. The Dolphins next play the Lions at Kingsmead. The Lions lost their first two matches against the Titans and Cobras.


Warriors innings

J Smuts c Smit b Khan 48

N Boje run out (Delport) 50

A Jacobs b Maharaj 52

C Ingram c Amla b Khan 34

J Kreusch run out (Miller) 8

J Botha b Maharaj 50

C Thyssen c Miller b Maharaj 34

A Dyili run out (de Wet) 3

W Parnell not out 1

J Theron not out 0

Extras: (4lb, 6w) 10

Total: (for 8 wkts, 50 overs 290

Bowling: De Wet 6-0-21-0 (1w), Frylinck 8-0-57-0, Abbott 10-0-56-0 (1w), Maharaj 7-0-66-3 (1w), Khan 9-0-40-2 (1w), Delport 10-0-46-0 (2w)

Dolphins innings

L Bosman not out 16

I Khan b Parnell 1

A Bosman not out 2

Extras: (lb1, w1) 2

Total: (for 1 wkt, 7 overs) 21

Bowling: Ntini 4-0-14-0, Parnell 3-2-6-1 (1w)

Result: No result

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