Written by: Nick Tatham
Roelofsen ton puts Dolphins in strong day one position
Pietermaritzburg - A fluent maiden CSA 4-Day Domestic Series century
from Grant Roelofsen helped the Hollywoodbets Dolphins to 234 for four
before bad light just after tea brought an early end to day one against
the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Pietermaritzburg on Monday.
Roelofsen missed the Dolphins' previous game after he didn't recover from
a concussion sustained in the first game of the season against the
Momentum Multiply Titans. He scored a half century for the Dolphins in
that game then doubled that on Monday.
"I missed the previous game so I was able to put in some hard work last
week and I am glad that it paid off," Roelofsen said.
"Hopefully we can get out there on Tuesday morning and rebuild and take
the innings as deep as possible for the team."
Having spent a number of season at Hollywoodbets KZN Inland before
breaking into the Dolphins side, Roelofsen knows what the conditions are
going to be like.
"It's a typical Maritzburg wicket I think. It's on the slow side but there
are runs out there if you apply yourself and if you bowl the right areas
there is something in the wicket for the bowlers too.
"We would have liked to only be three down but we have scored well today
and will look to build on it tomorrow," he added.
Roelofsen opened the batting with Vaughn van Jaarsveld and the pair were
not together long before the latter nicked off the second delivery of the
Marques Ackerman was his traditionally attacking self coming in at three,
however the Cobras bowlers were able to throttle his intent and that
forced a lose shot where he skied a Jason Smith delivery to mid-off for
It was a crucial partnership in the greater scheme of the match. Their
eighty run stand came in just over seventeen overs.
Match-saver in their previous encounter Cody Chetty made six and captain
Khaya Zondo added ten which pegged that Dolphins back to 138 for four.
Andile Phehlukwayo joined Roelofsen and they made merry in good batting
conditions in the afternoon session.
Roelofsen went to a maiden CSA 4-Day Domestic Series hundred, before
Phehlukwayo went to a first half century of his season.
The pair's partnership was at 96 with Roelofsen 113 not out and
Phehlukwayo 61 not out when the clouds became heavier and the umpires
called the players from the field.
In the 63 overs that the Dolphins batted they amassed 234 for four.
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SUMMARY OF THE SCORE - Hollywoodbets Dolphins v WSB Cape Cobras
Dolphins 234 for four (Grant Roelofsen 113* Andile Phehlukwayo 61* Marques
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A fluent maiden CSA 4-Day
Domestic Series hundred from Grant Roelofsen helped the Hollywoodbets
Dolphins to 234 for four at the close of play on day one of their CSA
4-Day Domestic Series clash with the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras at
the Pietermaritzburg Oval on Monday.
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