Roelofsen heroics not enough for Dolphins in T20 opener
Potchefstroom - A positive half century from Grant Roelofsen was not
enough as the Hollywoodbets Dolphins fell to a 34 run defeat to the
Momentum Multiply Titans in the first match of the CSA T20 Challenge in
Potchefstroom on Monday.
Dolphins opening batsman Roelofsen top scored in the match with 68 off
just 42 balls with seven fours and two sixes.
The Dolphins started well with the ball claiming two of the Titans wickets
inside the power-play with Neil Brand and Sibz Makhanya both falling to
seamer Eathan Bosch inside the first six overs.
Bosch bowled his four overs on the trot at the top of the innings and
finished with figures of two for 13.
The Titans then fought back through Dewald Brevis and Theunis de Bruyn as
they started to get their innings back on track during the middle overs of
The pair put on 59 runs for the third wicket before ottniel Baartman
bagged his first wicket when he bowled De Bruyn for 20 off 22. Andile
Simelane then took his first T20 wicket for the Dolphins when Brevis was
caught in the deep for 57.
Thando Ntini got himself into the wickets column with the wicket of Corbin
Bosch for 12 before Donovan Ferreira's quick 24 off 13 balls was ended by
Simelane who claimed his second wicket.
The Titans lower order of Dayyaan Galiem and Aya Gqamane put together 43
off the final 23 balls of the innings. Galiem ended with 26 off 13 balls
and Gqamane scored 14 off 10 balls to finish the innings.
In reply the Dolphins started well with the bat despite losing the wicket
of Bryce Parsons in the power-play for ten, but Grant Roelofsen and
Jon-Jon Smuts took their side to 51 for one in the first six.
Smuts and Roelofsen added 51 for the second wicket before Smuts was caught
off the bowling of Aaron Phangiso.
Roelofsen went to a well-played half century after the Dolphins lost the
wicket of Khaya Zondo for four. His half century came off 33 balls with
six fours and one six.
The Dolphins went past 100 before Roelofsen holed out to Sibz Makhanya for
68 and the Dolphins were 111 for four in the fourteenth over of the chase.
The fifteenth over saw the Dolphins lose both Marques Ackerman and Andile
Simelane, both run-out - seeing the Dolphins fall to 117 for six.
Bosch fell for nine trying to get the Dolphins chase back on track and
then Prenelan Subrayen became the third run-out of the innings with the
total on 132 in the eighteenth over of the chase.
Jason Smith was the second to last wicket to fall for nine before Baartman
was dismissed first ball as the Dolphins were bowled out for 134.
The Dolphins play the North West Dragons on Wednesday in their second
match of the tournament.
SUMMARY OF SCORE:
Momentum Multiply Titans 168/6 (D Brevis 57 D Galiem 26* E Bosch 2/13 A
Hollywoodbets Dolphins 134 all out (G Roelofsen 68 A Phangiso 3/16)
Titans win by 34 runs.
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Grant Roelofsen's 68 off 42 balls was not enough as the Dolphins fell to a
34 run defeat to the Momentum Multiply Titans in their CSA T20 Challenger
opener at the JB Marks Oval in
Potchefstroom on Monday.
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