The VKB Knights and the Hollywoodbets Dolphins dished up a thrilling tie in their Momentum One Day Cup match at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Sunday.
The Knights, who won the toss and elected to bat first, posted 233 for nine in their fifty overs thanks to half-centuries from Rudi Second and Patrick Kruger with Andile Phehlukwayo taking 3-49 in nine overs. In reply, the Dolphins lost two wickets off the final two balls of the innings, needing just a single to clinch the match with the final ball creating some controversy, leaving the Dolphins also on 233 for nine.
The Dolphins required 14 runs off the final six deliveries to win and Robbie Frylinck (33) smashed the second and third ball of Duanne Olivier’s over for sixes to reduce the equation to 2 from three balls. Olivier (10-1-52-3) then bowled a wide to make the equation that much easier but then Frylinck was caught of the penultimate ball leaving Prenelan Subrayen (21) to face the last ball and needing just a single.
Subrayen put bat to ball and set off for the winning run but was adjudged to have obstructed the field in doing so and was given out in dramatic fashion to give the Knights their second tie of the competition.
Olivier and Ryan McLaren (9-0-39-1) had given the home side a good start, removing the two form openers of Sarel Erwee (14) and Morne van Wyk (0) early on before Eddie Leie (10-0-43-2) and Mbulelo Budaza (7-0-42-1) captured the wickets of Khaya Zondo (15) and Sibonelo Makhanya (21) to leave the visitors in a pickle at 59 for four.
But Senuran Muthusamy (68) and Dane Vilas (27) rejuvenated the chase with a stand worth 81 for the fifth wicket but Olivier’s reintroduction into the attack brought about the downfall of Vilas, who edged to Second behind the stumps. But Phehlukwayo (30) looked to take the bowling on and struck four boundaries from 31 balls to dominate the sixth-wicket stand of 29 with Muthusamy before being run out by Keegan Petersen.
Frylinck and Subrayen seemed to be ticking over and keeping things in check before some tight bowling from Shadley van Schalkwyk (6-1-21-0) and Werner Coetsee (8-0-35-0) brought about the final over thriller. With the eighth wicket stand sitting pretty on 52 from 59 deliveries, all seemed well for the visitors before the final two balls of the match.
Earlier, Second brought up his 13th List A half-century while giving the Knights a good start with grant Mokoena (32) as the pair added 67 for the first wicket. David Miller (20) and McLaren (14) failed to kick on from their starts while Kruger, who faced 68 balls for his half century, shared in in a stand worth 31 from 44 balls for the fifth wicket with McLaren.
But it was the seventh-wicket stand of 51 from 48 balls between Van Schalkwyk (19) and Kruger that gave the Knights a chance at securing their first win of the season. Phehlukwayo was excellent with the ball, capturing the wickets of Mokoena, clean-bowled, as well as that of McLaren and then trapping Coetsee in front without scoring.
All the Dolphins bowlers contributed with the ball as Frylinck (1-42), Mothokozisi Shezi (1-41), Muthusamy (1-30), Imran Tahir (1-42) and Subrayen (1-28) all claimed a wicket apiece.
The Knights remain bottom of the log with six points from five matches and have yet to taste victory this season while the Dolphins move clear at the top of the standings, two points clear of the Multiply Titans, on 21 points from six matches.
The Dolphins next host the Warriors in Durban next Friday while the Knights travel to Cape Town to face the Cobras at PPC Newlands on Wednesday.