Written by: Dave Macleod
Dolphins joust with Knights on opening day in Bloemfontein
Durban - Disciplined bowling from their seamers and spinners allowed the
Hollywoodbets Dolphins to finish the first day of their 4 Day Domestic
Series match against the VKB Knights at the Mangaung Oval in
Bloemfontein in a competitive position.
The Knights got off to a solid start, before the Dolphins bowling attack
made good inroads early on in the final session to throttle back the
home side's run rate as Keshav Maharaj and Ottneil Baartman got wickets,
meaning that all six bowler used by the Dolphins on the first day got
amongst the wickets.
Raynard Van Tonder anchoring the Knight's innings, and was well
supported by Shaun Von Berg, who dropped anchor at the other end in a
stubborn seventh wicket partnership before Von Berg fell caught behind
to Baartman shortly before the close of play.
When stumps were drawn Van Tonder was unbeaten on 119 and Migael
Pretorius with him on 10, to end the day with the hosts on 323/7.
Earlier, after winning the toss the home
side began in very similar fashion to the way they started their
competition opener last week with both openers scoring freely for the
most part of the opening hour of play.
The Knights cruised to 76 in the twelfth over of the day before a yorker
from Dolphins debutant Lifa Ntanzi trapped the inform Jacques Snyman in
front for 35 off just 37 balls.
Other opener Matthew Kleinveldt was also in fine form as he raced to 44
before he chased a wide one from Andile Phehlukwayo and edged through to
The Dolphins bowlers then managed to get the scoring rate under better
control post lunch but Rynard van Tonder and Knights captain Pite van
Biljon put on 64 for the third wicket before the latter also fell to a
Ruan de Swart was tasked with taking the new ball and was disciplined in
his first spell. He then picked up the big wicket of Van Biljon, caught
in the covers by Dolphins captain Marques Ackerman for 39.
The experienced Farhaan Behardien joined Van Tonder who went past fifty.
The pair settled in but the Dolphins bowling managed to keep the scoring
rate in check for most of the afternoon session to tea.
Behardien was the next wicket to fall, edging Senuran Muthusamy to
Ackerman at slip who juggled it before taking the catch. Behardien was
also dismissed for 39 with the score on 225 for four.
VKB Knights v Hollywoodbets Dolphins
R, Van Tonder 119*
M. Klienveldt 44
O. Baartman 2/69
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Dolphins debutante Lifa Ntanzi in action against the VKB Knights on the
opening day of their 4-Day Domestic Series match in Bloemfontein on Monday.
Dolphins seamer Ruan de Swart picked up the wicket of Pite Van Bijon on
the opening day of their 4-Day Domestic Series match against the VKB Knights
in Bloemfontein on Monday.
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