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Cricket | Momentum One-Day Cup 2017/18

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Bonus-point win puts Dolphins top

The Hollywoodbets Dolphins cruised to a bonus-point seven-wicket win over a flat VKB Knights in their Momentum One-Day Cup match at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Friday night.

Full Scorecard: Dolphins v Knights

The victory kept the Durban-based franchise well up with the leaders.

Chasing the visitors’ moderate total of 193 all out in 41.5 overs, opener Sarel Erwee all but took his team to victory with a superb 84 that earned him the man-of-the-match award.

Bolstered by his 80 against the WSB Cobras on Wednesday, the left-hander timed the ball exquisitely as he repeatedly laced the ball through the covers for many of his 13 boundaries.

He was eventually dismissed less than 20 runs short of victory, but skipper Khaya Zondo (43*) and Sibs Makhanya secured the bonus point win with 13.3 overs in hand.

Earlier, Morne van Wyk and Senuran Muthusamy struck bright cameos with the former slamming two sixes and two fours in quick time before playing an aggressive shot too many off Ryan McLaren to be brilliantly caught behind by a diving Rudi Second.

On Thursday, Dolphins’ coach Grant Morgan spoke of some of his team’s recent tight finishes, with Robbie Frylinck striking consecutive sixes off the last two balls to secure victory against the Cobras.

He said that, exciting as that win was for the crowd, he was looking forward to easier triumphs. Friday night’s win certainly qualifies in that category.


The Knights won the toss and batted first on what looked like an easy-paced pitch though there was plenty of early carry to the wicketkeeper standing back.

They didn’t make the best of the conditions, however, and Dolphins’ paceman Attie Maphosa claimed his best Momentum One-Day Cup figures of 4-46.

The visitors, who remain at the bottom of the log, certainly didn’t distinguish themselves with the bat and only David Miller’s 79 in 71 balls saved them from a worse fate.

Miller, who struck eight fours and two sixes in his innings, featured in a fourth-wicket partnership of 47 in 49 balls with Keegan Petersen and a sixth-wicket liaison of 75 in 85 balls with Werner Coetsee who contributed a sensible 38.

For the rest, the Knights’ batsmen were largely responsible for their own dismissals with Maposa – only in the team because of Andile Phehlukwayo’s absence on international duty – claiming three of his four wickets to ill-judged pulls.

His high-grade victims included Petersen, Ryan McLaren and Miller himself who was clearly furious with himself after apparently throwing away a century when he spliced a pull straight to Robbie Frylinck at mid-on.

Miller, who passed his 5 000th run in List A cricket, batted beautifully for most of his innings, driving, cutting and pulling with power and assurance.

He struck both his sixes off his international ODI and T20 teammate, Imran Tahir: the first a slog-sweep and the second a superb straight drive into the second tier of the Friendship Pavilion.

Tahir finished off the innings when he trapped Mbulelo Budaza leg before with a top-spinner but the most successful spinner was Senuran Muthusamy who grabbed two wickets – including the valuable scalp of Coetsee – in two overs of tantalising left-arm finger-spin.

Indeed Muthusamy, who is the third highest wicket-taker in the four-day Sunfoil Series, might have come on earlier than he did.

The two teams play again in Bloemfontein on Sunday. The Dolphins will be without Cody Chetty who dislocated his shoulder early in the Knights' innings and is set to miss the rest of the season.

HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS: Sarel Erwee, Morne van Wyk (wk), Senuran Muthusamy, Khaya Zondo (capt), Sibs Makanya, Cody Chetty, Robbie Frylinck, Calvin Savage, Prenelan Subrayen, Imran Tahir, Athi Maposa

VKB KNIGHTS: Rudi Second (wk), Patrick Kruger, Keegan Petersen, Ryan McLaren (capt), Werner Coetsee, Grant Mokoena, Marchant de Lange, David Miller, Eddie Leie, Mbulelo Budaza, Shadley van Schalkwyk


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