Late bowling blitz seals Dolphins win
Durban – Three wickets from the 46th over by the mercurial Rob Frylinck,
set up an exciting 27 run win for the Hollywoodbets Dolphins over the
bizhub Highveld Lions on Friday night with the result seeing the Dolphins
record their second consecutive win of the 2017 Momentum One Day Cup.
Fylinck (4/43) was given the ball by captain Khaya Zondo with the Lions
needing 33 from 30 balls with four wickets in hand. The veteran seamer
proceeded to claim the wickets of Nono Pongolo, Aaron Phangiso and the
already-set Temba Bavuma in the same over to consign the Lions to 216/9 at
the start of the 47th over.
It took left-arm tweaker Keshav Maharaj two deliveries to claim his best
One Day Cup figures of 5/40 and hand the Dolphins what seemed like an
unlikely win just 15 minutes earlier.
Having been put in to bat, the Dolphins inning got off to a rocky start as
they lost both openers before the total had got to 30 on what was a tricky
surface to manage early on in their innings.
Cody Chetty and Vaughn van Jaarsveld, who was playing in his 150th List-A
match, were also dismissed for under 20 with Chetty holing out to long off
and Van Jaarsveld involved in an unnecessary run-out with captain Khaya
The Dolphins were teetering at 48/4 Sibonelo Makhanya joined his captain
at the crease and began to build a fluent, untroubled innings as the pair
set a new Dolphins fifth-wicket partnership record with a crucial stand of
145 before Makhanya was run-out for an assured 82 from 83 balls.
Captain Zondo continued on his way before he was caught during the dying
light of the Dolphins innings for a composed 74 from 98 deliveries.
All-rounder Calvin Savage played a vital cameo right at the death; bashing
16 from seven deliveries helping his side post a competitive 245/7 in
their 50 overs.
With the ball the Dolphins were put under pressure early with Reeza
Hendricks and Stephen Cook taking the attack to the bowlers putting on 49
in the first seven overs before Frylinck trapped the Lions skipper in
front for 14.
Hendricks continued on his way to a run-a-ball 40 before he became
Maharaj’s first scalp – trapped in front. Rassie van der Dussen suffered
the same fate as Hendricks playing around a straight ball from the Proteas
left-armer and he was adjudged to have been hit in front for 7.
The Lions then repaired the damage with Bavuma and Nicky van den Berg
putting on 56 for the fourth wicket before Van den Berg was bowled by a
beauty from Maharaj that gripped the surface and beat the outside edge and
clattered into middle and off.
All the while Bavuma continued to make merry with some impressive running
between the wickets. He lost keeper Mangaliso Mosehle and Bjorn Fortuin
before he found a worthy partner in Nono Pongolo.
Bavuma went to a well-deserved half-century and Pongolo showed his worth
with the willow as the duo chipped away at the deficit with some
intelligent cricket and strong running between the wickets.
The match seemed to turn in a blink of an eye when Frylinck had Pongolo
(31) caught at mid-on and then knicked off Phangiso in consecutive
As long as Bavuma was there the Lions were in with a shout but when he
played on off the last ball of the fateful 46th over the Lions’ chances
floated away faster than the north-easter.
Maharaj got Beuren Hendricks with the second ball of the 47th over as he
holed out to Erwee on the deep mid-wicket fence, giving the Dolphins their
second consecutive win of the campaign.
The Dolphins encourage all supporters to come in blue to support the
More Balls Than Most campaign on Sunday in Pietermaritzburg, which is trying
to raise awareness about prostate and testicular cancer.
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It was an inspired 10 overs
from Keshav Maharaj who claimed his best One Day Cup figures of 5/40 as
the Hollywoodbets Dolphins claimed a 27 run victory over the bizhub
Highveld Lions in the Momentum One Day Cup clash in Durban on Friday
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