Written by: Nick Tatham
Erwee ton highlights patient day for Dolphins
Durban - A seventh first class century from Hollywoodbets Dolphins
opening batsman Sarel Erwee helped his side negotiate a day of attrition
as the VKB Knights probed throughout the day to see the hosts finish on .
The Dolphins won the toss under overcast skies and batted first. The
decision might have been seen as an error when they found themselves 22
for two with Grant Roelofsen and Marques Ackerman back in the change room.
Vaughn van Jaarsveld helped Erwee steady the ship as the experienced pair
put together a measured partnership of 32 in just over twenty overs
against some tight bowling from the Bloemfontein side.
Van Jaarsveld fell to a delivery that held in the pitch and was caught at
cover for twenty as the Dolphins found themselves in a potentially tricky
situation on 54 for three.
Sibz Makhanya, who has just returned from injury, joined Erwee at the
wicket and looked assured throughout his stay in the middle.
He was also patient and scored a well constructed 44
from 114 balls before nicking a Partick Kruger delivery to Shaun von Berg
The partnership between Erwee and Makhanya was worth 104 from 39 overs as
they batted the entire middle session of the day.
At the loss of Makhanya Senuran Muthusamy joined Erwee and the pair took
their side to stumps.
Their stand is unbroken on 49 going into day two with Erwee not out on 112
and Muthusamy not out on twenty.
Speaking after his marathon knock, Erwee mentioned that the wicket
dictated how they had to play.
"That is probably the slowest wicket I have played on here at Kingsmead,"
the left-hander said. "The Knights were clever in how they bowled and were
bowling cutters really early on in the day.
"Even the new ball this afternoon was taking some turn so that might play
into our hands going forward.
"I think anything over 280 in the first innings will be good and then we
can dictate how we want to the game to go from there."
Erwee's hundred came from 246 deliveries and included nine fours as he
followed up a century and a fifty last week in Pietermaritzburg with his
seventh first class ton.
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SUMMARY OF SCORE -
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v VKB Knights Day One
Dolphins 1st Inn 207/4 (S Erwee 112* S Makhanya 44)
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins opener Sarel Erwee (pictured) scored his seventh
first class hundred (112*) as he guided the Dolphins to 207 for four at
the close of play on day one of their 4-Day Domestic Series match with the
VKB Knights at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium on Monday.
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