Written by: Nick Tatham
Dolphins & Cobras draw in Oudtshoon
Oudtshoon – At the end of an exciting contest that saw the fortunes of
both sides ebb and flow, the Sunfoil Series clash between the
Hollywoodbets Dolphins and the WSB Cape Cobras at the Recreation Ground
in Oudtshoon ended as a draw before tea on the final day.
Having had a deficit of over 100 runs to overturn in their second
innings, the Dolphins would have been happy with how they went about
their business amassing 360/4 in the second innings with both Vaughn van
Jaarsveld and Morné van Wyk registering centuries.
Starting the day on 130/1, both Van Wyk and Van Jaarsveld flourished in
the morning of the final day's play. Van Jaarsveld was the first to
three figures, his first hundred of the season to go with five half
centuries, however he fell just four balls later for 100 - his sixteenth
First Class ton.
Van Jaarsveld's prolific start to the season has seen him rack up 480
runs at an average of 60 runs per innings.
Morné van Wyk then lost his batting partner in Khaya Zondo for 28 before
he went on to register his 20th First Class hundred off 158 deliveries
and by that stage the Dolphins were 248/3, a lead of 145 runs.
Van Wyk then became Dane Piedt's second victim for a well-played 106
before Dane Vilas continued where he left off in the first innings.
Vilas scored a vital 161 in the first innings to get his side out of
some trouble, and his second innings knock of 64 not out showed that the
middle-order stroke-maker is hitting some good form ahead of the
upcoming CSA T20 Challenge.
Cody Chetty was also in the runs once again in the second innings. The
wristy batsman has shown this season that he has got the ability to
contribute handsomely in four day cricket and finished 46 not out before
the game was called a draw.
Chetty, who has two centuries to his name in the first five games of the
Sunfoil Series, missed the match against the bizhub Highveld Lions due
to injury but will be happy with how the first half of the four day
campaign went for him with 406 runs at an average of just over 81.
The Dolphins would have been somewhat disappointed with their bowling
performance on the third morning when they had the Cobras 284/6. A
young, inexperienced bowling attack that was missing the likes of Rob
Frylinck and Keshav Maharaj were diligent in their work throughout with
Calvin Savage bagging four wickets in the Cobras innings.
Kerwin Mungroo, in his second Dolphins match, and Keith Dudgeon, making
his debut, would have learnt a lot from the encounter having to lead the
attack with the new ball.
The Dolphins' focus now shifts to T20 cricket with the CSA T20 Challenge
getting underway on Sunday, 12 November against the WSB Cape Cobras at
SuperSport Park, Centurion.
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In the absence of Sarel Erwee,
Morné van Wyk's shift to the top of the order paid off as he registered
a second innings century in the Hollywoodbets Dolphins drawn Sunfoil
Series clash with the WSB Cape Cobras in Oudtshoon on Thursday.
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