Written by: Nick Tatham
Dolphins & Knights end in entertaining draw
Durban - After holding the cards for three of the four days, the
Hollywoodbets Dolphins settled for a draw following an exciting final
session chase against the VKB Knights in their 4-Day Domestic Series match
at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium on Thursday.
The Dolphins headed into the final day needing eight Knights wickets in
their second innings with 71 runs separating the two teams.
The Knights batted sensibly throughout the day as the Andries Gous and
captain Pite van Biljoen both registered half centuries and pushed the
Knights into the red and close to safety.
Gous top scored for the visitors with 69 while Van Biljoen made 51.
Shadley van Schalkwyk chipped in with a quick-fire 32 off just 22 balls
while Shaun von Berg made a patient 21.
Prenelan Subrayen's 55 overs yielded another five-for. He finished with
five for 147 while Okuhle Cele and Senuran Muthusamy picked up two wickets
In the chase the Dolphins showed their intentions early as Mangaliso
Mosehle joined Sarel Erwee at the top of the order and the experiment
worked to an extent.
Mosehle scored a brisk 30 off 25 balls in an opening stand of 43 as the
Dolphins eyed the 152 that they needed to win in the final session.
Marques Ackerman continued the free scoring as he made 31 off 21
deliveries, however he fought a lone battle as Sibz Makhanya and Vaughn
van Jaarsveld were dismissed for one.
The Dolphins were 89 for seven when the umpires took the players off the
field for bad light and that is how the match ended.
Shaun von Berg bagged four for 27 in nine overs as the players shook hand
at the end of an entertaining draw.
Despite the draw, captain of the Dolphins Marques Ackerman was happy with
the effort of the side in the fourth innings.
"We had to make the play because we knew that light was going to be a
factor," Ackerman said. "It was a great game from the side and I am happy
that we showed the willingness to go for the win.
"I'm also really happy that the boys have taken that momentum and
continued it this week with some good individual performances with the bat
and the ball."
Two wins and a draw from the three games in the new year is as close to
perfect for the Dolphins and Ackerman is happy with how the team has
changed their fortunes.
"The individual performances this year have meant that we can play well as
a team and from Sarel's (Erwee) hundred, Prenelan's (Subrayen) nine
wickets and Okuhle's (Cele) first first-class five wicket haul have been
"We are excited for a quick break and then back at it in the one day
competition. Every team is on zero points and it's a fresh start for all,"
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins begin their Momentum Cup with a clash with the
VKB Knights on Saturday, 1 February.
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SUMMARY OF SCORE -
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v VKB Knights Day Three
Dolphins 1st Inn 335 all out (S Erwee 136
S Muthusamy 80 S Makhanya 44 T Ntuli 4/121)
Knights 1st Inn 155 all out (O Cele 5/38 P Subrayen 4/49 A Gous 45)
Knights 2nd Inn (F/O) 331 all out (R van Tonder 65 A Gous 69 P van Biljoen
51 P Subrayen 5/147)
Dolphins 2nd Inn 89/7 (M Ackerman 31 M Mosehle 30 S von Berg 4/27)
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins spinner Prenelan Subrayen
took five for 147 in the VKB Knights' second innings as their 4-Day
Domestic Series clash ended in an exciting draw at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead
Stadium on Thursday.
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