27 Feb 2020
Written by: Nick Tatham
Dolphins make it six from seven in the MODC
Durban - A sixth win from seven matches in the Momentum One Day Cup
for the Hollywoodbets Dolphins sees the Durban side extend their lead at
the top of the table after they beat the Momentum Multiply Titans by 35
runs at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium on Thursday.
For consecutive fixtures the Dolphins got
off to a strong start with the openers Grant Roelofsen and Sarel Erwee
putting on 67 for the first wicket in just over fourteen overs at the
start of the innings.
The wicket did seem to be on the slower side and Roelofsen paid the price
when he seemed to hit one right off the toe of the bat to the fielder at
midwicket for what was a fluent 41 from 42 deliveries.
Erwee was far more conservative in his approach and played a measured
innings as he went past fifty for the second time in the consecutive
innings following a well-played hundred over the weekend.
He and Marques Ackerman put together a partnership of 72 before he was
caught by Alfred Mathoa off the bowling of spinner Aiden Markram for 68
from 85 balls. The Dolphins had moved to 139 for two in the 28th over of
Just nine runs later and the Titans had their third when Ackerman was
bowled by Markram for 31.
The home side then looked threatening as Senuran Muthusamy and Khaya Zondo
put together 27 together before the former became Markram’s third victim,
caught by the captain Grant Thomson for twenty.
At 175 for four in the 38th over the Dolphins might have been worried that
they weren’t going to post anything competitive, however Zondo and Sibz
Makhanya combined to produce a destructive partnership.
Their stand was worth 112 from eleven overs and one ball with Zondo
scoring 60 off just 52 deliveries. His knock consisted of six boundaries
as the Dolphins pushed towards 300.
Makhanya was at his destructive best as he notched up sixty off just forty
balls with three fours and four sixes.
Makhanya fell in the 49th over of the innings which left Rob Frylinck
three balls from which he hit two sixes as the Dolphins posted 308 for six
in their fifty overs.
It was another admiral display with the ball from the Dolphins as they
squeezed the Titans potent batting line-up with only Tony de Zorzi and
Rivaldo Moonsamy managing to get past the fifty run mark.
Aiden Markram showed a positive return to cricket as he made 36 before he
was stumped off the bowling of Kesha Maharaj.
Rob Frylinck, Okuhle Cele and Daryn Dupavillon led the attack with their
seam bowling and all three were amongst the wickets.
Frylinck picked up the wicket of Diego Rossier early for ten while Cele
outfoxed Grant Thomson with a slower ball when he was looking dangerous on
Dupavillon’s wicket was the vital scalp of Dean Elgar for twenty off 31
balls when he was preparing to shift into the next gear.
Prenelan Subrayen accounted for the dangerous Ferhaan Behardien for nine
and the Dolphins had their foot on the throat of the visitors.
De Zorzi and Moonsamy put on 77 from 73 balls to give the Titans a glimmer
of hope towards the back end of the innings, however when De Zorzi fell to
a good catch by Erwee off the bowling of Frylinck for 54 their hopes were
all but dashed.
Moonsamy then showed some fight at the death however he lost partners at
the other end as the Dolphins hunted down a six win of the competition.
Moonsamy went to fifty in the penultimate over of the chase but Mothoa was
the final wicket to fall with the score on 259.
Man of the Match Khaya Zondo was pleased with his personal performance as
well as that of the team as they are all but guaranteed a play-off spot.
“The team has been good on the whole for most of the tournament,” Zondo
said. “There are a few guys that we need to get into a confident mind set
so that if we are in a tough position in one of the upcoming games they
can come to the party and play a match winning role.
“From a performance perspective we have put together two clinical
performances in a row now, one against the Warriors and now doing the
double against the Titans.”
The Dolphins have a week break until they take on the Imperial Lions at
Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium on Thursday, 5 March.
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Khaya Zondo scored 60 as he and Sibz Makhanya helped guide them to a sixth
win from seven games in the Momentum One Day Cup when they beat the
Momentum Multiply Titans by 35 runs at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium on
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