Written by: Dave Macleod
Zondo inspired Dolphins through to T20 final
Durban – An unbeaten half century from experienced Hollywoodbets Dolphins
batsman Khaya Zondo helped the Dolphins to a final over, four wicket win
over the Momentum Multiply Titans in their CSA T20 Knock Out semi-final on
Zondo’s knock of 58 not out off 45 deliveries was the difference between
the sides after the Dolphins battled after they suffered a middle order
collapse before Zondo’s penultimate over blitz got them over the line.
The Dolphins managed to maintain pressure throughout their bowling innings
and with some tight bowling and some good fielding restricted the Titans
to 138 all out.
Ottniel Baartman’s career-best four for 18 was the pick of the Dolphins
bowlers and he managed to take wickets at the top of the innings and then
again at the death despite some strong hitting from the lower order of the
The other bowlers to contribute to the effort were Ruan de Swart who took
two for 22 in three overs while Thando Ntini returned figures of two for
26 in his four overs but he could have got a few more wickets if things
had gone his way.
With the bat the Dolphins lost Keegan Petersen early after he got off to a
brisk start. Marques Ackerman was then caught in the deep for six which
saw the Dolphins 33 for two inside the powerplay.
Sarel Erwee and Zondo then combined to put on a steady 59 for the third
wicket before Erwee was dismissed for 33.
The Titans bowlers then put the Dolphins under real pressure taking four
wickets for 26 runs as they needed eighteen runs to win off the final
Zondo then dispatched the nineteenth over from Okuhle Cele for sixteen and
him and Daryn Dupavillon took two singles in the final over to take
the Dolphins into another T20 final with three balls to spare.
The Dolphins will play the winners of the semi-final between the
North-West Dragons and the Itec Knights in the final.
SUMMARY OF THE SCORE:
Momentum Multiply Titans 138 all out (O Baartman 4/18
Hollywoodbets Dolphins 139/6 (K Zondo 58* S Erwee 33)
Dolphins won by four wickets
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins middle order batsman Khaya Zondo scored a
match-winning 58 not out
as the Dolphins beat the Momentum Multiply Titans by four
wickets in their CSA T20 Knock Out semi-final on Thursday.
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