Cody, bowlers leave Dolphins in charge
Cody Chetty struck a superb maiden century before the bowlers chipped away to put the Sunfoil Dolphins in total control at stumps on day two of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Nashua Titans in Durban on Friday.
The right-handed batsman scored an unbeaten 101 off 114 deliveries in a massive first-innings total of 548 for six declared by the hosts.
Vaughn van Jaarsveld, unbeaten on 140 after the opening day at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, ended on 160, while Khayelihle Zondo (69) and Daryn Smit (58) were also amongst the runs.
In reply, opener Tumelo Bodibe managed 41 for the visitors but wickets at regular intervals meant they failed to find any rhythm and ended the day on 156 for seven – a deficit of 392.
Kyle Abbott (2-34), Calvin Savage (2-26) and Craig Alexander (2-45) all struck twice to keep the home team on course for a first victory of the season.
Resuming on 323 for three at the start, two boundaries from Ethy Mbhalati’s fourth over of the day helped Van Jaarsveld make his way past 150 in 197 deliveries, with the 350 raised in the 104th over of the innings.
However, two overs later disaster struck for Van Jaarsveld as he was run out via a direct hit by Rowan Richards fielding at mid-on as he attempted a quick single – the wicket also concluding a 98-run fourth-wicket stand.
New batsman Chetty began with some intent as he struck Richards for three successive boundaries, before Zondo went to his 50 in 125 balls.
The plucky right-hander then began to cut loose, and after being given a mouthful by Roelof van der Merwe, he responded by clubbing the spinner for successive sixes to raise the 400 in the 118th over.
But Zondo then threw it away as he cut a wide CJ de Villiers delivery straight to Farhaan Behardien at backward point after an inning that lasted 153 deliveries.
Chetty, though, kept the scoreboard ticking.
He went to his 50 in 68 deliveries by piercing Mbhalati between point and gully for four, before the 450 was raised on the stroke of lunch.
Resuming on 454 for five after the break, the Dolphins surged past 500 in the 138th over.
Smit reached his half century in 58 balls with his team searching for quick runs prior to a declaration, with Chetty, who needed just 44 balls for his second 50, also cutting loose.
The pair put on 125 together for the sixth wicket with Chetty reaching the three-figure mark with a single off Behardien, who later in his 10th over trapped Smit leg before wicket prompting the declaration.
Mthokozisi Shezi (1-45) then struck with the 10th ball of the innings to send Malan on his way lbw leaving Bodibe (25) and Heino Kuhn (10) to battle it out to tea on 35 for one.
It all went wrong after the break, though, when the visitors sunk into further trouble after Kuhn was trapped lbw by Alexander for 10.
Behardien was in next and helped Bodibe take the Titans past 50 in an expensive 17th over that went for 15.
But the Proteas T20 specialist then tossed his wicket away with a miscued pull off Abbott that went straight to Alexander at mid-on for eight.
That left them on 59 for three and Bodibe was next to go, out lbw when he missed a straight one from Abbott, before captain Henry Davids (13) played a poor shot to a wide Savage delivery that was edged through to Smit.
The Titans passed 100 in the 29th over and then lost another wicket after David Wiese (12) clipped Alexander straight to Zondo at square leg.
Van der Merwe (27) and Mangaliso Mosehle (39 not out) did put up some resistance late on with a 50 stand, but that was ended by Savage in the final over of the day when the former was caught by Zondo at gully.
Report Day 1
SUNFOIL DOLPHINS: Imraan Khan, Divan van Wyk, Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Cody Chetty, Khaya Zondo, Daryn Smit (capt & wkt), Kyle Abbott, Mthokozisi Shezi, Craig Alexander, Calvin Savage.
NASHUA TITANS: Henry Davids (capt), Tumelo Bodibe, Pieter Malan, Heino Kuhn, Farhaan Behardien, Mangaliso Mosehle (wkt), David Wiese, Roelof van der Merwe, CJ de Villiers, Ethy Mbhalati, Rowan Richards.