Written by: Nick Tatham
Makhanya Magic gets the Dolphins home in Paarl
Paarl – A brilliant seventh wicket partnership of 57 off 27 balls by
Sibonelo Makhanya and Kyle Nipper saw the Hollywoodbets Dolphins go back
to the top of the Momentum One Day Cup, after a four wicket win over the
BuildNat Cape Cobras in Paarl on Wednesday.
Player-of-the-match Makhanya came in to bat at number six with the
Dolphins in some strife at 147/4, however he and his captain Khaya Zondo
rebuilt as they put on 63 from the fifth wicket before Zondo was out for
After Rob Frylinck came and went for 6, the Dolphins needed 56 runs to win
with 31 balls to get them with Kyle Nipper joining Makhanya in the middle
on a dying wicket.
The pair rallied and ran well between the wickets with a few lusty blows
from the bat of Nipper, who finished on a swash-buckling 32 from 18 balls.
Nipper’s belligerence meant that Makhanya could plant the first delivery
of the 50th over over mid-wicket for a boundary to take his team to a
272 was the second highest chase at Boland Park in Momentum One Day Cup
history and captain Khaya Zondo believed that it was gettable despite the
Dolphins being uncharacteristically tacky in the field.
“We were disappointed in our fielding but we knew if we got a good start
with the bat then the rest of the batsmen can play quite freely,” Zondo
said after the game.
“We also knew that with our batting line-up if we batted our 300 balls we
would be able to chase down 271 even on a surface like that.”
“It was going to be a difficult win but Sibz Makhanya and Kyle Nipper
played unbelievably and it is great that we can now get over the line in
those pressure situations.
Earlier in the day, the home side won the toss and elected to bat first on
a used surface in a dry, hot Paarl, and after a steady start the Dolphins
managed to pick up the wicket of Andrew Puttick with score on 42. Once
Richard Levi got the pace of the wicket, he cashed in and passed another
half-century at better than a run-a-ball.
After Subrayen picked up the wicket of Levi, Keegan Petersen and Dane
Vilas put on 69 for the fourth wicket. The pair ran well between the
wickets and put the fielders under pressure with both batsmen striking at
over 80 runs per 100 balls and both passing the half century mark.
The Dolphins managed to reign in the Cobras towards the end of the innings
as the hosts threatened to post something close to 290 as they restricted
the hosts to 69 runs in the last 10 overs of their innings.
The wickets were shared amongst the Dolphins bowlers with Mthokozisi Shezi
and Rabian Emgebrecht accounting for two Cobras scalps apiece, while Rob
Frylinck, Sibonelo Makhanya and Prenelan Subrayen all picked up one
Despite the efforts from the Dolphins the Cobras managed to post a
defendable 271/7 in fifty overs.
In the field the Dolphins would have been disappointed with their catching
as the side proceeded to grass a number of chances ranging from
straight-forward to more difficult.
Prenelan Subrayen provided a moment of brilliance to dismiss Aviwe Mgijima.
Mgijima went hard at a Rabian Engelbrecht delivery and punched it towards
mid-off where one felt it was going to clear Subrayen only for the
youngster to leap into the air and take a spectacular catch.
The Dolphins did start well considering they lost Morné van Wyk in the
second over. Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Sarel Erwee put on 107 for the
second wicket before Erwee fell for 47.
When Van Jaarsveld followed soon after for a fluent 59 the Dolphins found
themselves in a pickle at 110/3.
Senuran Muthusamy was busy at the wicket but he holed out off Eddie Leie
for 17 from 23 and the Dolphins needed a stand to get them on track. That
partnership came from Zondo and Makhanya, in a repeat of their stand
against the Titans earlier in the campaign.
Some big temperament was the order of the day and despite a few chances
from the Cobras fielders, Makhanya and Nipper showed impressive mettle at
the death to get the Dolphins their fourth win of their Momentum One Day
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Sibonelo Makhanya played a
brilliant player-of-the-match knock when he scored 55 off 38 balls to help
guide the Hollywoodbets Dolphins to a spectacular 4 wicket win over the
BuildNat Cape Cobras in the Momentum One Day Cup in Paarl on Wednesday.
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