Dolphins maintain perfect start to MODC

Khaya Zondo made 93 to help the Dolphins to three wins from three starts.

A wonderful allround performance from Proteas star Andile Phehlukwayo and a captains knock from Khaya Zondo helped the Hollywoodbets Dolphins to a 22-run victory over the WSB Cape Cobras at Eurolux Boland Park in Paarl on Friday evening to maintain their perfect start to the Momentum One Day Cup.

Having won the toss and electing the bowl first, the Dolphins posted 276 for seven in their fifty overs with Zondo and Phehlukwayo both scoring half-centuries while Dane Paterson finished with 3-40 in 10 overs. In reply, the Cobras struggled to keep up with the rate, and had it not been for Kyle Verreynne (52) and George Linde (63), the home side would have had a bigger deficit to contend with as the Cobras were bowled out for 254 at the end of the 49th over.

Man of the match Zondo fell seven runs short of fourth List A century, being dismissed for 93 from 115 deliveries with just two fours and two sixes but the innings from the captain was all-important as he came to the crease with the visitors on 43 for three. Phehlukwayo starred with bat and ball!

The Proteas allrounder joined his captain and shared in a stand worth 103 for the fifth wicket from 122 deliveries but it was his aggression that gave the innings some impetus. Phehlukwayo struck six boundaries and two maximums from 66 deliveries before holing out to Tladi Bokako from the bowling of Linde (10-0-50-2).

Senuran Muthusamy added some zest at the back-end of the innings with a brisk 30 from 22 balls which included just two boundaries and a six. Both sides had to work hard for their boundaries with the visitors manging 18 boundaries and five maximums.

Akhona Mnyaka (6-0-46-1) gave the home side the perfect start, removing the prolific Vaughn van Jaarsveld (5) before Paterson struck with his first scalp, that of former teammate, Dane Vilas, also for five. Bokako (10-0-62-1) then had the dangerous David Miller caught by Janneman Malan for just seven to leave the visitors on 45 for three.

Zondo and Morne van Wyk (36) added 28 runs for the fourth wicket off 42 balls before Linde trapped the former gloveman in front. Zondo and Phehlukwayo then set about rebuilding the innings, bringing up their 50-run stand in 64 balls and then adding another 50 at a run a ball.

Phehlukwayo needed 49 deliveries for his half-century while Zondo was more sedate, a perfect foil for Phehlukwayo, taking 81 balls to reach the landmark. Phehlukwayo’s demise brought Muthusamy to the crease and he and Zondo quickly brought up the 50-run stand for the sixth wicket off only 39 balls but Paterson broke the sixth-wicket stand on 60 by dismissing Muthusamy.

Zondo fell at the start of the final over but Calvin Savage (19 not out) and Prenalen Subrayen (five not out) pushed the total to 276 with a boundary each.

In reply, the brittle Cobras top-order struggled from the get-go as the Malan brothers, Janneman and Pieter, added 43 for the opening stand from a sedate 70 deliveries. The home side then slipped from 43 without loss to 88 for four as Janneman (30) edged behind to Vilas off Savage (9-0-58-2) and then Pieter (19) followed shortly after, giving Phehlukwayo (10-0-56-4) his first wicket, also caught behind by Vilas.

Jason Smith (5) did not last long before Zubayr Hamza (20) came chargin down the track to Imran Tahir (10-0-34-2) and was stumped by Vilas. Verreynne, who began the campaign with a half-century and then a century against the VKB Knights just a few days ago, again got stuck in to try and rescue his side.

Verreynne and Aviwe Mgjima (26) added 51 for the fifth wicket from 58 balls but then Mgjima was cleaned-up by Mthokozisi Shezi (5-0-29-2). All was not lost for the home side as Verreynne was joined by Linde and the pair looked set to keep their side in the hunt with a stand of 53 from 52 balls but Tahir, who had opened the bowling, returned to the attack and bamboozled the Cobras gloveman, clean-bowling him. 

Linde continued the fight though, striking four boundaries and a six along with his captain Dane Piedt, who pushed hard in scoring 27 from 24 balls as the pair pushed their side close with a stand of 61 off 46 balls for the seventh wicket but Shezi had the last laugh, having Piedt caught by Zondo. With the Cobras needing 24 runs from the final two overs, Phehlukwayo struck twice in two balls, first bowling Linde and then Bokako (0) to leave the home fans with their heads in their hands.

Phehlukwayo then finished off the match by grabbing his fourth wicket of the night, clean-bowling Paterson (0) to leave the Dolphins with three wins from three in this year’s competition. The Dolphins cemented their place at the top of the log with 12 points from three games, six points clear of the Warriors who have a game in hand.

The Cobras remain in fourth place with four points from three starts, level with the bizhub Highveld Lions and two ahead of the Knights in last place. The Cobras next host the Lions on Sunday in Oudtshoorn while the Dolphins host the Warriors in Durban on Tuesday.

Author: Brendon

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