Half-centuries from Sarel Erwee and Keegan Petersen handed the Hollywoodbets Dolphins a Duckworth/Lewis/Stern three-run victory over the Dafabet Warriors in a Betway T20 Challenge match at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead in Durban on Sunday afternoon.
With the Dolphins needing 16 runs for victory and two overs left in the match, the umpires called for the covers as rain teemed down, forcing the players from the field with the Dolphins on 128 for two after 18 overs, three runs ahead of the DLS par score of 125.
Petersen paced his innings perfectly, ending unbeaten on 58 from 56 balls, which included three fours and a six while Erwee, being the more aggressive, smashed 52 off 37 deliveries with two boundaries and four massive sixes with the pair posting the highest stand for any wicket in the 2021 T20 event, adding 92 for the first wicket from 74 balls.
The pair looked well-set after 12 overs but an injury to wicketkeeper and captain, Sinethemba Qeshile, brought a halt to the game while the physio attended to the keeper’s knee. The break in play was just what the Warriors needed as Erwee then punched the first ball after the break from Ayabulela Gqamane (3-0-15-1) straight to Tristan Stubbs at mid-off.
Erwee was handed a lifeline when on 23 as Lesiba Ngoepe dropped the left-handed opener at backward point off spinner Lizo Makhosi (2-0-21-0) and the miss was felt as Erwee went onto the attack.
Seneran Muthusamy came and went for just six, running himself out with a great throw from the fence by Marco Marais to leave the Dolphins on 103 for two, still requiring 41 runs to win. But Petersen kept his cool and alongside David Miller (six not out), the pair took the Dolphins to end of the 18th over, before the early end handed the Dolphins their third win in as many matches, sending the Durbanites to the top of the log.
Earlier, the Warriors had posted 143 for five, a total that looked teasingly interesting after Qeshile had won the toss and elected to bat first. The total was setup thanks to Qeshile (47 not out) and Jon-Jon Smuts (29) as the pair added 71 for the fourth wicket off only 57 balls.
Robbie Frylinck (4-0-33-1) had removed Ghihan Cloete (5) early while Marais (18) and Ngoepe (19) failed to push on, on a track that was a touch slow. But Smuts and Qeshile did well to solidify their position and put some pressure on the Dolphins attack.
Smuts struck four boundaries in 24 balls while Qeshile struck five fours in his 38-ball unbeaten innings.
Ottniel Baartman (4-0-31-2) was in the thick of things in the field, not only did the right-arm medium-fast bowler claim the wickets of Ngoepe, caught and bowled, and Gqamane (5), but also threw a bullet of a ball from the backward point boundary to run out Smuts and claim the catch of Marais off Kerwin Mungroo (4-0-30-1).
The Dolphins, now on 12 points from three games and two in the tank, are four ahead of the Multiply Titans who have a game in hand and eight ahead of the Imperial Lions, who have only played one match to date.
The Warriors remain without a victory from two games alongside the Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras and VKB Knights with all three teams having played two games.
**As published on Supersport.com