Written by: Nick Tatham
Dolphins claim emphatic win in Maritzburg
Pietermaritzburg – Despite a near match-saving innings from Temba Bavuma,
the Hollywoodbets Dolphins showed sufficient patience to get themselves
their second consecutive 4-Day Domestic Series win as they beat the
Imperial Lions by 130 runs at the Pietermaritzburg Oval on Thursday.
With the win the Dolphins broke a 12 year drought when it comes to red
ball wins in Pietermaritzburg. Their last win came in 2007 when coach
Imraan Khan and assistant coach Quinton Friend helped the side beat the
A day that saw the Lions having to bat to save the match and the Dolphins
with an eye on a momentous win in the provincial capital, it was a battle
of patience as Temba Bavuma defied the Dolphins in a knock for the ages.
The Dolphins might have thought it would take them a couple of hours to
wrap up the six wickets required after they picked up three wickets in the
space of five overs.
Ryan Rickelton’s vigil came to an end when he was bowled by Prenelan
Subrayen for 24. Three overs later Senuran Muthusamy got in on the act
accounting for Bjorn Fortuin and then Subrayen had his second of the
morning, bowling Malusi Siboto first ball.
From there it was a battle for the hosts as Bavuma went to a fifteenth
first class century and Nono Pongolo held up his end admirably to take the
Lions to lunch and then on into the post-session to tea.
The pair battled the entire middle session of the day as they continued to
defend some disciplined bowling from the hosts.
Bavuma went past 150 and then past his highest first class score as he and
Pongolo continued to stave off the Dolphins attack.
Pongolo’s resistance came to an end when he was bowled by Daryn Dupavillon
with one that kept a bit low but cannoned into his off stump. He made 25
from 161 balls and spent over three hours at the crease.
Eldred Hawken and Beuren Hendricks tried to provide as much resistance as
possible however Hawken became Subrayen’s fifth victim with the score on
Bavuma was the last man out for 180. He faced 282 balls in over seven
hours with 24 boundaries.
Subrayen was the pick of the Dolphins bowlers with five for 105 in 42
overs. It was the off-spinners fifth five wicket haul in first class
cricket. Andile Phehlukwayo and Senuram Muthusamy picked up two wickets
Captain of the Dolphins Marques Ackerman was proud of the effort that his
side put in over the four days.
“To get back-to-back wins is great and I am really stoked that things are
coming together for us,” Ackerman said. “To have guys like SJ (Erwee) and
Vaughn (Van Jaarsveld) getting back into form is really encouraging for us
going into next week.”
Dolphins coach Imraan Khan was full of praise for Bavuma but was more than
pleased with the way his side had to fight on the final day for the win.
“I think it was a great day of cricket from both teams,” he said. “The
Lions made us work extremely hard today and all credit to Temba for his
knock but the boys did exceptionally well in some tough conditions today.
“The whole team put in a great effort and did the simple things really
well and generally when you do those things well for long periods you do
The Dolphins face the VKB Knights next week at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead
Stadium in their final 4-Day Domestic Series clash before the teams shift
the focus to white ball cricket and the Momentum One Day Cup.
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SUMMARY OF RESULTS - Hollywoodbets
Dolphins v Imperial Lions
Dolphins 1st Inn 381 all out (S Erwee 136 M Ackerman 107 W Lubbe 5/43)
Lions 1st Inn 147 all out (D Dupavillion
P Subrayen 3/21 R Hendricks 49)
Dolphins 2nd Inn 195/6d (S Erwee 50 V van Jaarsveld 50)
Lions 2nd Inn 299 all out (P Subrayen
T Bavuma 180)
Dolphins won by 130 runs
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Prenelan Subrayen was destroyer in chief as he picked up five for 105 in
the Imperial Lions' second innings as the Dolphins wrapped up a 130 run
victory in their 4-Day Domestic Series match at the Pietermaritzburg Oval.
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