Hollywoodbets Dolphins Media Release

 No: DOL2353

13 Mar 2023

Embargo: None

 Written by: Nick Tatham

Advantage Dolphins after day two in Potch

Durban - The Hollywoodbets Dolphins took firm control of their CSA 4-Day Domestic Series match against the DP World Lions when they restricted them to 171 for eight at the close of play on day two.

At the end of the second day the Dolphins had a 158 run lead which put them in the pound seats of the clash as they chase the 4-Day Domestic Series title.

The Dolphins begun the second day on 181 for two with SJ Erwee undefeated on 75 and Marques Ackerman 40 not out as they looked to put the Lions bowlers under pressure.

Erwee only added three to his overnight score before he was caught off Lutho Sipamla who was the best Lions bowler in the innings.

The Dolphins then slumped to 197 for five when Khaya Zondo fell first ball and last week's hero Jason Smith was dismissed for a single.

Ackerman and Eathan Bosch then combined for what was an innings defining partnership. The pair added 111 for the sixth wichet in 19 overs before Ackerman fell agonisingly short of a century. He was caught for 97 off 116 balls with fourteen boundaries.

Bosch's beligerent knock came to an end when he was also caught for 63 off just 66 balls as the Dolphins moved to 308 for seven.

At the back end of the innings, Thando Ntini chipped in with 13 to help the Dolphins past 320 as they were eventually bowled out for 329, giving them 4,58 batting points.

With the ball the Dolphins started patiently and the Lions openers started well and they went past 50 before the first wicket fell.

Thando Ntini bagged his first wicket in his first over when Dominic Hendricks was caught at second slip for 17.

The Lions opener Joshua Richards and number three Kagiso Rapulana got the home side to 73 before Bosch got in on the act and picked up the big wicket of Richards for 47.

The Lions then lost two further wickets without the addition of a run as they went from 73 for one to 73 for four as Rapulana fell to Ntini and then the seamer bagged his third when Wandile Makwetu was caught for a duck.

Mitchell van Buuren and Connor Esterhuizen attempted to resurect the Lions innings and combined to add 46 to the team total but when Van Buuren was caught going over the top for 22 the Dolphins stamped home their advantage.

Evan Jones was run out for five and then 27 runs later Esterhuizen's epic of 36 off 96 balls was ended by Daryn Dupavillon.

With the score on 171, part-time spinner Marques Ackerman got in on the act bowling Lutho Sipamla for 12 and leaving the Lions seven wickets down.

1st Innings
Hollywoodbets Dolphins 329 (M Ackerman 97 S Erwee 78 E Bosch 63 K Petersen 58)
DP World Lions 171/8 (T Ntini 3/19 J Richards 47)
Lions trail by 158 runs

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Thando Ntini helped give the Hollywoodbets Dolphins the advantage when he picked up 3/19 in the DP World Lions first innings as the Dolphins restricted the Lions to 171 for eight, trailing the Dolphins by 158 runs in the first innings. Darren Stewart/
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