21 Dec 2017
Written by: Nick Tatham
Dolphins open MODC campaign with convincing win
Durban - The Hollywoodbets Dolphins began their 2017/18 Momentum One
Day Cup campaign with a strong performance, as they convincingly beat the
WSB Cape Cobras by 26 runs at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Thursday.
Winning the toss and batting first, the
Dolphins equalled the highest 50 over score at Kingsmead when they
registered a commanding 315/7.
At the top of the order, Vaughn van Jaarsveld showed the form that he has
presented throughout the season as he eased his way to a stylish 89 from
82 balls before an unnecessary mix-up lead to him being run out at the
The left-hander hit 11 fours and two sixes in his innings that helped his
side continue with their strong start after him and opening partner Morné
van Wyk (24) put on 50 for the first wicket.
Senuran Muthusamy was then bowled by Cobras skipper JP Duminy for 12
leaving the Dolphins 94/2 in the 19th over.
After 25 overs the Dolphins were 120/2 with Van Jaarsveld and player of
the match Dane Vilas calmly putting the foundation together for a strong
The rapid first half of the innings set up the likes of Vilas and captain
Khaya Zondo who pressed down the accelerator as they added a quick fire 96
from 71 deliveries for the fourth wicket.
Vilas proved why he has been such a valuable acquisition for the Dolphins
as plundered the Cobras bowlers to all parts of the ground. He then
chipped a Ferisco Adams delivery to JP Duminy, in the pursuit of quick
runs, and was caught for a quality 91 from just 68 deliveries.
Captain Zondo fell soon after Vilas for 31 which threatened to stifle the
Dolphins charge to 300, however Sibs Makhanya, with a run-a-ball 22, Rob
Frylinck with 19 and Prenelan Subrayen 13 not out off four balls got the
Dolphins to an imposing total.
Richard Levi transpired to put the Dolphins under pressure early as he
stroked his team to 53/1 from the first 10 overs. Of the 53 runs scored
Levi had 33 of them and was in dangerous form.
He and Aviwe Mgijima continued until Mgijima was bowled by Calvin Savage
for 18 with the score on 74 from 14 overs.
Cobras captain JP Duminy and Levi worked the ball around with ease and
scored freely from just under 10 overs until Levi was brilliantly caught
by captain Khaya Zondo at mid-wicket off Senuran Muthusamy for 68.
Qaasim Adams came and went when he was bowled by Zondo for five and when
Ferisco Adams was trapped in front by Muthusamy for 17 the Cobras were
157/5 from just over 30 overs. The men from the Cape still required 159
runs from 118 deliveries.
Some good bowling through the latter stages of the middle of the innings
from the Dolphins forced the Cobras into taking on the Dolphins attack, as
they required nearly eleven runs an over for the final 10 overs.
Following Rory Kleinveldt's withdrawal from the match on the cusp of the
toss when he dislocated a finger, all rounder Jason Smith replaced him and
showed his prowess with the bat towards the end of the innings.
Batting at number seven, Smith smashed an impressive 56 from 50 deliveries
in an attempt to claw his side back into the game.
He eventually fell in the 45th over when he was brilliantly caught by
Morné van Wyk off the bowling of Mthokozisi Shezi and the Cobras were
staring down defeat at 265/7 with four overs left.
Shezi was the top wicket taker for the Dolphins with 4/67 in just over
nine overs as the Dolphins bowled out the visitors for 289 in 49.2 overs.
Prenelan Subrayen put in a strong performance with the ball and despite
not picking up a wicket finished with figures of 0/27 in eight overs.
Muthusamy too returned with good figures of 2/14 in four overs.
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins travel to Senwes
Park in Potechfstroom for their final game of 2017 when they take on the
bizhub Highveld Lions in the Momentum One Day Cup on Saturday, 23
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Dane Vilas' 91 from 68 balls
helped set up the Hollywoodbets Dolphins as they beat the WSB Cape Cobras
by 26 runs in their opening Momentum One Day Cup clash at Sahara Stadium
Kingsmead on Thursday.
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