16 Nov 2017
Written by: Nick Tatham
Dolphins lose RAM SLAM Thriller in Potch
Durban -The Hollywoodbets Dolphins narrowly lost their tricky away RAM
SLAM T20 Challenge fixture against the bizhub Highveld Lions at Senwes
Park in Potchefstroom on Sunday in a thriller that went down to the
final delivery of the match.
Facing a target of 169 for victory, Lions openers Rassie van der Dussen
and Reeza Hendricks were ruthless as they scored freely on the
batter-friendly track, posting a first wicket partnership of 158, and
almost getting their side home without the loss of a wicket.
Once Van der Dussen went for 67, stumped by Dane Vilas off Andile
Phehlukwayo, the Dolphins' fighting spirit turned the match on its head
with the hosts needed just eleven runs off ten balls.
Phehlukwayo sent Mangaliso Moshehle back to the hut the very next ball,
and then in the final over Rob Frylinck accounted for Nicky van
den Bergh for just one.
The very next ball, some excellent fielding by Keshav Maharaj in the
deep caught Dwaine Pretorius short of his ground at the keeper's end,
and suddenly the match was poised on a knife's edge.
The hosts needed three runs off the last ball, and Willem Mulder managed
to get the final ball of the match to the boundary to secure a
nail-biting win by six wickets.
Earlier in the day, having won the toss and electing to bat first, the
Hollwoodbets Dolphins stumbled early on when they lost prolific run
scorer Sarel Erwee with the total on 4, and then Dane Vilas departed
when the scoreboard had advanced to 23.
Skipper Khaya Zondo then stabilised the innings with a solid partnership
with opener Morné van Wyk that looked to wrest back control of the
innings from the home side.
They both departed within 13 runs of each
other, bringing Sibz Makhanya to the crease. With positive support from
Andile Phehlukwayo and then Rob Frylinck, Makhanya scored 46 off 34
balls to help the visitors to a total of 168/6.
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins will look forward to their home fixture
against the Warriors at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Wednesday evening,
eager to stay in the hunt for a play-off berth in the fan-friendly
Fans who purchased tickets to Friday night's rained out fixture will be
able to redeem those tickets for free entry at Wednesday night clash.
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Sibz Makhanya scored a quick
fire 46 off 34 balls in their RAM SLAM T20 Challenge defeat at the hands
of the bizhub Highveld Lions at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Sunday.
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