Dolphins pip Cobras in Boland thriller

Robbie Frylinck smashed consecutive maximums off the final two balls of the match to give the Hollywoodbets Dolphins a thrilling three-wicket victory over the WSB Cape Cobras in a Momentum One Day Cup match at Eurolux Boland Park in Paarl on Wednesday evening.

The Cobras seemed to have rescued a dire situation with the Dolphins cruising at 161 without loss but then Sarel Erwee (80) was run out and Wayne Parnell (10-0-45-2) clean-bowled Senuran Muthusamy (35) to spark a home side revival. The Dolphins were left to chase 13 runs off the final six balls with Ferisco Adams (10-0-69-2) the man with ball in hand.

Adams conceded just two singles and grabbed the wicket of Calvin Savage (3) to leave the visitors needing 11 runs off the final two balls. Adams bowled a length ball which Frylinck smashed over mid-wicket for six to leave the men from Durban needing four runs for a tie and five to win. What happened next beggared belief!

Adams bowled a full-toss – a memory of Richard Snell against Jonty Rhodes – and Frylinck launched the ball over the square-leg fence for six and then calmly walked off the field with Adams on his haunches, holding his head in his hands.

The Dolphins finished on 291 for seven from 50 overs – thanks mainly to Morne van Wyk, who scored his 24th List A century in his 248th game, while compiling a Boland Park 1st-wicket record with Erwee as the pair added 161 runs off 170 balls in response to the Cobras’ 289 for six after JP Duminy had won the toss and elected to bat first.

Van Wyk faced 137 deliveries and struck 10 boundaries and a six before offering a simple catch to Richard Levi at point off the bowling of off-spinner, George Linde (7-0-48-1) to give the home fans some belief. Erwee was the aggressor upfront, smashing nine boundaries and two maximums from just 69 balls before failing to react to a second run call from Van Wyk, which left the left-handed batsman stranded mid-pitch to be run out.

But Parnell sparked the revival by bowling Muthusamy and then trapping Khaya Zondo in front for a five-ball duck. Mthiwekhaya Nabe bowled brilliantly upfront, claiming the wicket of Andile Phehlukwayo (20) in the penultimate over to end with figures of 1-46 from his 10 overs.

Earlier, Duminy led from the front, scoring his third half-century of the campaign before being caught on the boundary by Cody Chetty off the bowling of Frylinck (10-1-44-3) for 86 from only 66 deliveries, an innings which included six boundaries and two sixes. The Cobras captain was well supported by Pieter Malan, who himself registered his third fifty of the One Day Cup before being trapped in front by Imran Tahir (9-0-58-1) for 62.

Malan and Aviwe Mgijima (40) gave the home side a great platform for their 289 runs with a second-wicket stand of 103 after Levi was bowled by Frylinck with the second ball of the match without scoring. Malan and Mgijima’s stand was at a pedestrian pace of just over four runs to the over but Duminy’s entrance into the game gave the hosts the boost they needed.

Duminy and Jason Smith (16) added 50 runs for the fourth wicket off 46 deliveries before Parnell (32) joined his captain to add a further 76 runs from just 63 balls for the fifth wicket.

The final boost towards the above-par score was thanks mainly to wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne, who smashed an unbeaten 32 from just 18 deliveries, including four boundaries and a six in a stand worth 40 from 28 balls with Duminy.

The result leaves the Durbanites in third spot on the log, just one point behind the second-placed Cobras but with a game in hand. The Dolphins host the VKB Knights in Durban on Friday while the Cobras must lick their wounds as they face the table-topping Multiply Titans at PPC Newlands in Cape Town on Friday.

Author: Brendon

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