Dolphins crush Warriors by nine wickets
The Sunfoil Dolphins have all but ended the Chevrolet Warriors' title chances by crushing the men from the Eastern Cape by nine wickets in their Sunfoil Series encounter at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban, scoring the required 46 runs in the first hour on Saturday morning.
Final Scorecard – Dolphins v Warriors
Divan van Wyk (10) was the only wicket to fall when Andrew Birch clean bowled him in the fifth over. Imraan Khan ended on 22 not out, striking four boundaries, while Jonathan Vandiar ended undefeated on 15, with the Dolphins on 47 for one.
The Warriors were asked to bat by the Dolphins on Thursday under cloudy skies, and Mthokozisi Shezi bowled a match-winning spell when he claimed four wickets in his first four overs to leave the visitors reeling on 20 for five at the end of the eighth over.
Ayabulela Gqamane, coming in at number ten, top scored for the visitors with a quick-fire 29, which included two fours and two sixes, from 30 deliveries. Wayne Parnell's effort of 19 was the second highest score on offer.
Shezi finished with 10.2-3-28-5, while Kyle Abbott provided excellent support, returning figures of 9-2-19-3.
The Warriors were not able to recover from being dismissed on the stroke of lunch for a paltry 92, as the Dolphins posted a lead of 153 on the morning of the second day, when they were dismissed for 245 in their first innings.
Khaye Zondo led the way with his 14th First Class half-century, scoring 51 in 206 minutes, with five fours and a six. Zondo and Daryn Smit (37) shared a seventh-wicket partnership of 50, but it was Khan (38) and Van Wyk (26) who set the tone up front with an opening stand of 58.
Gqamane, who has been the find of the season thus far, returned figures of 15.4-1-57-4, taking his wicket-tally for the season to 26 from just five matches.
The Warriors' cause was not helped with the fact that they conceded 28 extras in the innings, which included 10 wides and three no-balls.
Abbott then claimed four wickets in the Warriors' second innings as the visitors were dismissed for 198, which brought a close to proceedings on the second day. Abbott found able support from Craig Alexander, who claimed 3-52 in 17 overs.
Abbott is now just three wickets short of the 50-mark this season, after claiming seven wickets in the match.
Colin Ingram fought a brave fight, but was unable to find any support, as he scored 60 in 193 minutes, striking seven boundaries and one six. Ashwell Prince (22) and Gqamane (22 not out) were next on the list, as the Warriors failed to put any decent partnerships together.
The only partnership of any significance was the fourth-wicket partnership between Prince and Ingram, who added 50 runs in 16 overs.
The Dolphins took their points tally for the campaign to 85.56 after claiming 16.9 for the match. The Warriors on the other hand could only claim four points, moving them onto 96 points with only one match to play.
Report Day 1
Report Day 2
SUNFOIL DOLPHINS: Divan van Wyk, Imraan Khan, Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Cody Chetty, Khayelihle Zondo, Daryn Smit (w/k capt), Kyle Abbott, Calvin Savage, Craig Alexander, Mthokozisi Shezi.
CHEVROLET WARRIORS: Michael Price, Davy Jacobs (capt), Arno Jacobs, Ashwell Prince, Colin Ingram, Wayne Parnell, Adrian McLaren (w/k), Simon Harmer, Andrew Birch, Ayabulela Gqamane, Gurshwin Rabie.