Bad light frustrates Dolphins and Cobras
The second day of the Sunfoil Series match between the Sunfoil Dolphins and the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras in Pietermaritzburg ended as the match began, with the final session being lost to the elements.
Bad light stopped play shortly before tea on Friday, and with no prospect of an improvement, the umpires abandoned play for the day. The Cobras are on 66 without loss, still trailing the Dolphins by 244, with all their first-innings wickets intact.
After resuming the day on 179 for five, the Dolphins were bowled out for 310 shortly after lunch. Divan van Wyk fell to the third delivery of the second new ball, but Daryn Smit played an attractive innings of 94. Rory Kleinveldt claimed two more wickets to finish with 5-54.
In the Cobras' reply, Alistair Gray played a boundary-studded innings of 40 before the bad light set in, hitting nine fours off the 64 balls he faced.
With no prospect of the heavy cloud lifting, and a drizzle setting in, umpires Karl Hurter and Brad White called it a day halfway through what would have been the final session of the day. The future of this match is not looking too bright with more rain expected on Saturday, and the drainage problems of recent times still fresh in the memory.
Bonus points to date: Dolphins 3.42, Cape Cobras 3.
Report Day 1
Imraan Khan, Divan van Wyk, Jonathan Vandiar, David Miller, Daryn Smit (captain), Cody Chetty, Kyle Abbott, Prenelan Subrayen, Craig Alexander, Mthokozisi Shezi
Alistair Gray, Andrew Puttick, Stiaan van Zyl, Justin Ontong (captain), Justin Kemp, Yaseen Vallie, Dane Vilas, Vernon Philander, Rory Kleinveldt, Dane Piedt. Johann Louw