Written by: Dave Macleod
Dolphins tighten their grip against the Lions
Durban - The Hollywoodbets Dolphins tightened their stranglehold on their
opening 4-Day Domestic Series clash with the defending champions the
Imperial Lions on day three with an empathic, record-breaking batting
display and a bold declaration.
The Dolphins returned to the crease at the start of the third day on
189/1, and eventually declared their first innings just before tea on a
mammoth 458, a lead of exactly 200 runs.
The lionís share of that came from the record-breaking 344 run second
wicket partnership between SJ Erwee and Keegan Petersen, the highest first
class partnership of all time at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead.
Erwee bagged his biggest score in Dolphins colours and nearly a second
first class double a heart-breaking 199 before he hit a Dwaine Pretorius
delivery to Temba Bavuma at short cover, while Petersen was composed and
full value for his 173.
Petersen felt that the side did well and although they are in a good
position it's going to take some good bowling to win.
"It's going to be a good challenge for us," Petersen said. "Our spinners
are in the game all the time but you have to bare in mind they have some
good batter, a couple of Proteas, to come so it's going to be a helluva
task for us.
"It will be great to start the season with a win because it will put us on
the front foot so we want to get out of this game with a bit of
Skipper Marques Ackerman helped upped the urgency as they sought to extend
their lead, and with the pitch starting show inconsistency and some turn,
it was a brave declaration that spoke to the Dolphins desire to chase the
full points for the victory in the time remaining in the match.
The visitors showed little urgency as they came under pressure from
paceman Otneil Baartman and the spin trio of Keshav Maharaj, Prenelan
Subrayen and Senuren Muthusamy.
Dom Hendricks fell for 12, then Rassie van der Dussen was stumped charging
Maharaj, leaving the Lions teetering at 51/2. Dangerman Reeza Hendricks
was Maharajís third victim as he went back to a ball that stayed low and
was trapped LBW.
At the close the Lions were 75/3, trailing by 125 runs going into the
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On debut for
the Hollywoodbets Dolphins Keegan Petersen's 173 was crucial as the home
side continued to pile on the pressure on the Imperial Lions who finished
day three on 75 for three, trailing the Dolphins by 125 runs.
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