Written by: Nick Tatham
Dolphins secure MODC top three finish
Durban - A clinical seven wicket win for the Hollywoodbets Dolphins
against the bizhub Highveld Lions, guaranteed them a top three spot on the
final Momentum One Day Cup log with one game to play in the round robin
stage this Friday.
Veteran opener Morné van Wyk was the star of the show as he continued to
defy his age when he put together a calculated 83 not out for the Dolphins
as they chased down the 194 to win with six overs to spare.
The Lions won the toss and decided to bat first and the opening pair of
Jannaman Malan and Reeza Hendricks were circumspect against some
relatively tight bowling up front from the Dolphins. The former was the
first wicket to fall when he was dismissed for 20 off left arm seamer Athi
Hendricks and his name-sake Dom Hendricks started to put together a
promising partnership for the visitors before Reeza Hendricks was bowled
by Prenelan Subrayen for a well-played 47 and he was quickly followed by
Wiaan Mulder who chipped one back to Subrayen for a duck.
The Lions were 92/3 in the 24th over with Dom Hendricks and Rassie van der
Dussen attempting to steady the ship. They added 39 for the fourth wicket
before Hendricks became Subrayen's third victim, chipping one tamly to SJ
Erwee at midwicket for 42.
Van der Dussen didn't last long after that; he was well caught at short
third man by Athi Maposa attempting the reverse sweep on 23. That was the
first of three wickets that Senuran Muthusamy collected on the day.
Kagiso Rapulana (24) and Ryan Rickelton (26) tried to give the Lions
innings some momentum; however some good bowling through the middle overs
from the Dolphins and regular wickets meant that the Lions went into the
final ten overs on 161/5.
Muthusamy picked up the wicket of Rapulana in over 43 with the score on
185/6, after that it became a procession fo the Lions as they lost four
wickets for nine runs.
Two of the Dolphins' spinners, Muthusamy and Subrayen bagged three wickets
apiece, while Rob Fylinck, Imran Tahir and Maposa all took home one stick.
The chase from the Dolphins was not a rushed one as they knew a win would
ensure them a stop in the top three; however their chase started fairly
poorly when they lost SJ Erwee early the Lions would have felt they were
in with a shout if they picked up a few more quick wickets.
The experienced duo of Van Wyk and Vaughn van Jaarsveld put together a
mature partnership of 73 before Van Jaarsveld was bowled by Wiaan Mulder
Dane Vilas came in next and tried to look busy until he was run out for
three coming back for a second run. The Dolphins were 107/3 in the 22nd
over when captain Khaya Zondo joined Van Wyk at the wicket.
Poise was the key for the pair as they chiselled away at the deficit and
took their side over the line with six overs to spare.
Zondo played a critical role in the 88 run stand between the two as they
cruised over the line and give their side their first win over the Lions
in white ball cricket this season.
The Dolphins travel to SuperSport Park Centurion on Friday to take on the
Multipy Titans in their final game of the round robin phase of the
Momentum One Day Cup.
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Morné van Wyk's 83 not out
guided the Hollywoodbets Dolphins home against the bizhub Highveld Lions
in their Momentum One Day Cup clash at Sahara Stadium
Kingsmead on Wednesday.
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