Lions, Dolphins frustrated as rain forces draw

Vaughn van Jaarsveld (Gallo)
Vaughn van Jaarsveld (Gallo)

Cape Town - The Dolphins and Highveld Lions were halted by the rain as their Sunfoil Series encounter ended in an entertaining draw at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Set a testing 285 in 50 overs to win, the visitors went all-out attack and reached 199 for seven when the weather ended play with 86 still needed from a little under 15 overs.

Half-centuries by Vaughn van Jaarsveld (59 off 53 balls, 3 fours, 2 sixes) and Sarel Erwee (50 off 47 balls, 6 fours, 1 six) set the tone for the KwaZulu-Natal side with useful other run-a-ball scores from Dane Vilas (23) and Sibonelo Makhanya (30).

It was 172 for three at one stage, before the Lions claimed four quick wickets through Wiaan Mulder (2/33), who went past 50 first-class wickets, and Sean Jamison (2/40), followed by the rain disruption. Aaron Phangiso also chipped in with two for 50.

It ended a sporting chase as the sides had to settle for a draw that leaves them in the bottom two with next week’s final round to come.

Earlier, Beuran Hendricks recorded his highest career score and maiden half-century as the Lions declared on 417 for seven.

The left-arm quick struck 68 (141 balls, 9 fours, 1 six) with other solid contributions from Rassie van der Dussen (43), Dwaine Pretorius (39) and Mulder (44 not out) enabling the home side to declare and set up what proved to be an entertaining chase.

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