Patient Cobras dismantle Dolphins in PMB
Pietermaritzburg – The Hollywoodbets Dolphins were handed their first
defeat of the 2017 Momentum One Day Cup as the BuildNat Cape Cobras
defeated the Durban-based franchise by three wickets at the
Pietermaritzburg Oval on Sunday.
Having won the toss and chosen to bat first on a wicket that needed
special attention before the start of the match due to wet patches, the
Dolphins got off to the ideal start with openers Morné van Wyk and Vaughn
van Jaarsveld (54) dominating the Cape outfit’s attack while the ball was
The opening stand was broken at 90 when Van Jaarsveld holed out off Cobras
skipper Dane Piedt in the 15th over. Van Wyk continued to boss play as he
notched up his 17th List-A hundred off 118 balls and his first of the 2017
One Day Cup.
The Dolphins continued to lose wickets as the ball got older and softer
with the Cobras’ Rory Kleinveldt being the chief destroyer with figures of
4/48 in his ten overs. His figures played a vital role in restricting the
Dolphins to a gettable 256/8.
Having to go at five runs to the over the Cobras started briskly with
big-hitter Richard Levi taking a liking to Rabian Englebrecht as he
bludgeoned his way to 52 from 35 deliveries. His opening partner Omphile
Ramela was slightly more subdued as he compiled a crucial 62 runs.
The Dolphins slow bowlers managed to keep the Cobras in check through the
middle period of the innings with left-arm spinner Kyle Nipper taking 2/46
in his ten overs and off-spinner Prenelan Subrayan also proving
much-needed stability for the home side.
Cobras wicket-keeper Dane Vilas played a crucial knock, finishing on 47
not out from 58 deliveries that guided his side to a memorable final over
With two overs to go the Dolphins might have felt that it was their game
to lose with the Cobras requiring 18 runs from the final 12 balls. Friday
night’s hero Rob Frylinck showed his mettle to concede eight from the
penultimate over giving him impressive figures of 3/39 in his ten overs.
Mthokozisi Shezi was entrusted with bowling the final over to Rory
Kleinveldt and Dane Vilas. It only lasted two deliveries as Kleinveldt cut
the first ball for four and dispatched the second over mid-wicket for a
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins hit the road this week as they get ready to
take on the VKB Knights in Bloemfontein on 1 March.
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Despite a brilliant century
from Morné van Wyk, the Hollywoodbets Dolphins suffered their first defeat
of the 2017 Momentum One Day Cup when they were beaten by the BuildNat
Cape Cobras by three wickets at the Pietermaritzburg Oval on Sunday.
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