The Eagles have crash-landed

2008-04-19 00:00

Durban — Dean Elgar’s career-best bowling performance failed to stop the Dolphins from dawdling into the Standard Bank Pro20 final with a five-wicket win after the Left-arm spinner took three for 10.

The Dolphins were just able to scrape together 115 for five in 18,3 overs to surpass the Eagles’ skinflint total of 114.

The Eagles, whose top score was Boeta Dippenaar’s 30, succumbed to three runouts and lost five wickets for 14 runs before being dismissed.

The Dolphins began their reply steadily in the shape of an opening stand of 49 between Imraan Khan (9) and Grant Rowley (48).

Elgar, who separated the openers by running out Khan, struck again to trap Rowley in front and remove Morne van Vuuren (0) with consecutive deliveries as the Dolphins slipped to 87 for three in the 13th over. Then Elgar bowled Hashim Amla (34) to reduce KZN to 97 for five in the 15th over.

But there were no further jitters as Jon Kent (8 not out) and Pierre de Bruyn (10 not out) put the Dolphins in the final.

The Dolphins will play the winners of the other semi-final, between the Cobras and the Titans, in next Friday’s final.

Eagles Innings

L Bosman c A Amla b J Louw 4

B Dippenaar b Smit 30

M van Wyk b Abdullah 1

D Elgar run out (Louw) 17

R Rossouw run out (Thomas) 5

R Bailey c de Bruyn b Thomas 1

R Telemachus run out (de Bruyn) 0

D du Preez c A Amla b Kent 19

T Tshabalala not out 21

J Coetzee lbw b van Vuuren 2

V Mpitsang b Louw 3

Extras (5lb, 6w) 11

Total (all out in 20 overs) 114

Falls:1-14, 2-17, 3-56, 4-67, 5-68; 6-68; 7-70 ; 9-103, 10-114

Bowling: Abdullah 4-0-12-1(1w) Louw 4-0-23-2 (3w), Kent 2-0-14-1 (1w), Smit 4-0-26-1 (1w),Thomas 4-0-21-1, Vuuren 2-0-13-1

Dolphins Innings

I Khan run out (Elgar) 9

G Rowley lbw b Elgar 48

H Amla b Elgar 34

M van Vuuren c and b Elgar 0

A Amla c Telemachus b Coetzee 2

J Kent not out 8

P de Bruyn not out 10

Extras (lb-1 w-3) 4

Total (for 5 wickets, 18.3 overs) 115

Did not bat: D Smit, J Louw, A Thomas, Y Abdullah.

Fall of wickets: 1-49 2-87 3-87 4-90 5-97.

Bowling: Coetzee 4-0-31-1 (w-1), Du Preez 3-1-20-0, Mpitsang 2-0-12-0, Tshabalala 3-

0-20-0 (w-1), Telemachus 3-0-21-0 (w-1), Elgar 3.3-0-10-3.

Result: Dolphins won by five wickets.

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