Van Wyk’s lesson in patience

2015-03-16 00:00

THANKS to a seventh-wicket partnership of 116 between Morné van Wyk and Calvin Savage, the Sunfoil Dolphins recorded a three-wicket victory over the Unlimited Titans at SuperSport Park, Centurion yesterday.

At the start of play on the fourth and final day of their Sunfoil Series match, the visitors required 177 runs to triumph, but at one stage the ­innings looked more like a multiple pile-up on a motorway, six wickets down for a mere 58 runs.

However, when the players walked off the Park, the scoreboard showed 178 for seven, with Van Wyk on 59 and Keshav Maharaj, who struck the winning runs, on four. Van Wyk’s unbeaten stint — a tad over three hours — was a lesson in patience, his runs scored off 99 balls, which included six boundaries and three mighty sixes launched onto the grassy banks.

The Dolphins’ innings got off to unfortunate start, losing both openers within seven balls of each other.

Divan van Wyk was caught behind by Mangaliso Mosehle off Ethy Mbhalati in the fifth over, and ­Marchant de Lange accounted for ­Imraan Khan.

A determined third wicket partnership, however, of 45 between between Khaya Zondo and Cody Chetty, who came to the crease with the score on 10, settled things down.

But all their good work was ruined when Rowan Richards and De Lange struck within the space of one over.

Zondo was caught behind off ­Richards and Chetty was caught in the slips by Roelof van der Merwe.

From that moment the innings started to go pear-shaped.

Richards claimed the wickets of Daryn Smit, caught in the crease, ­Andile Phehlukwayo was castled and the visitors from Durban were in dire straits.

The visitors’ batsmen appeared to be unable to deal effectively with a swinging ball on what had appeared to be a good batting strip.

Prior to lunch, Richards had taken three for 10 off seven overs, De Lange two for 23 off eight and Mbhalati one for 17 off six.

A period of calm ensued with Morne van Wyk and Savage taking the Durban-based side within sight of the ultimate conclusion, as Savage — 53 off 142-balls in as many minutes, which included five fours and a six — was dismissed with only three runs to get.

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