Frylinck secures narrow win
Robbie Frylinck took two wickets in the last over of the match as the Sunfoil Dolphins claimed a narrow three-run win over the New Age Impi in their MiWay T20 Challenge match at the Oval in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday.
The Impi, chasing 152 for victory, began the last over of the match needing 11 runs to win.
But seamer Frylinck trapped Ryan Canning (1) leg-before with the first ball of the over before having Charl Pietersen (4) caught at deep midwicket with the fourth ball of the over as the Impi ended on 148 for seven.
Frylinck ended with career-best figures of 4-28 off four overs but the match had looked to be comfortably within the Impi’s grasp thanks to a 65-run third-wicket partnership between Khaya Zondo and Paul Collingwood.
Zondo, who usually plays for the Dolphins, brought up his half-century off 42 balls before making his way to 54 off 47 deliveries while former England star Collingwood chipped in with 42 off 36 balls.
But both men fell in the space of six balls with Zondo hoisting a delivery from leg-spinner Imran Tahir to deep midwicket while Collingwood was caught at deep square leg off the bowling of Frylinck as the visitors slipped to 134 for four in the 18th over.
Tahir provided Frylinck with superb support as he returned figures of 1-19 off four overs.
Pumelela Matshikwe had earlier starred with the ball as the Impi restricted the Dolphins to 151 for six.
Seamer Matshikwe finished with the superb figures of 3-18 off four overs as the Dolphins battled to get to grips with a slow, low pitch.
Vaughn van Jaarsveld looked in reasonable touch as he scored 43 off 39 balls as he and Imraan Khan put on 59 runs for the fourth-wicket with the left-handed Khan weighing in with 34 off 30 deliveries.
The partnership had helped rescue the innings after the Dolphins had slipped to 42 for three in five overs with Matshikwe grabbing two of the wickets to fall.
The 27-year-old bowler struck in his first over when Loots Bosman (2) slapped a delivery to deep square leg before he had Cameron Delport (23) caught at cover point.
Cody Chetty (1) chopped a delivery from left-arm seamer Pietersen back onto his stumps before Van Jaarsveld and Khan launched their rescue effort.
Khan was out leg-before to medium-pacer Richard Cameron while attempting a reverse-sweep while Van Jaarsveld hoisted a ball from Collingwood to long-off.
Matshikwe returned to the attack towards the backend of the innings to claim his third wicket when he had David Miller (11) caught at short fine leg.
Daryn Smit (13 not out) and Frylinck (18 not out) provided a late flourish as the pair pounded 17 runs off the last over of the innings, bowled by paceman Craig Alexander
Collingwood made full use of the slow wicket as his mixture of cutters and slower balls returned figures of 1-19 off four overs.
Sunfoil Dolphins – Loots Bosman, Imraan Khan (capt), Cameron Delport, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, David Miller, Cody Chetty, Daryn Smit (wk), Robbie Frylinck, Kyle Abbott, Imran Tahir, Mthokozisi Shezi.
New Age Impi – Khaya Zondo, Adrian McLaren, Ryan ten Doeschate, Paul Collingwood (capt), Cobus Pienaar, Richard Cameron, Ryan Canning (wk), Charl Pietersen, Craig Alexander, Siya Simetu, Pumelela Matshikwe.