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Dolphins pip Cobras by 15 runs

Kyle Abbott returned career best figures of 8-45 (match figures of 12-96) as the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras were bowled out for 167 in their second innings, handing victory to the Sunfoil Dolphins by 15 runs in the Sunfoil Series match at Sahara Park Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

Full Scorecard – Cape Cobras v Dolphins

Abbott bowled well all day with controlled and accurate aggression, ending the match with 12-96.

Set a target of 183 for victory, after the Dolphins were dismissed in their second innings for 214, 11 balls into the third morning, the Cobras started off their chase in the worst possible way.

Abbott had Andrew Puttick caught behind for four in the fifth over of the innings. Mthokozisi Shezi then snapped up Alistair Gray (3) in the 8th over to leave the hosts on 16 for two.

Stiaan van Zyl and Justin Ontong then added 55 runs for the third wicket in just 8.5 overs before Ontong (25) was caught at mid-off by Shezi, trying to pull a ball that held up on the pitch.

Van Zyl (40) fell 11 runs later, trying the same shot, but this time was caught at mid-on by Khaye Zondo off the bowling of Abbott. Van Zyl faced just 37 balls while striking six boundaries.

Dane Vilas fell two balls later, being trapped in front without scoring. At 82 for five, the visitors had their noses in front. Qaasim Adams and Justin Kemp guided the hosts to lunch at 105 for five.

Adams (16) became Abbott's fifth wicket shortly after lunch, ending a 34-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Kemp and Johann Louw added just 13 runs before Kemp was cleaned bowled by Abbott.

Louw (16) was trapped in front by Calvin Savage before Dane Piedt (20) and Beuran Hendricks (4) were snapped up by Abbott to end the game.

The visitors had lost the toss and were asked to bat first by Justin Ontong, and had it not been for a wonderful innings of 92 from Divan van Wyk, the Dolphins would not have reached 174 all out. Hendricks was the pick of the bowlers, claiming 5-47.

The Cobras ended day one on 130 for four, but lost six wickets in the first session of day two for just 76 runs, as Abbott and Savage ensured that the lead was no more than 32, as the hosts were bowled out for 206.

Gray top scored with 36, while there were many small contributions down the order. Abbott, to go with his 8-wicket haul from the second innings, claimed 4-51, while Savage ended with 3-65.

The Dolphins lost three quick wickets before they knocked off the deficit, but a fighting 78 from Jonathan Vandiar and a valuable 56-run partnership for the 8th-wicket between Abbott and Savage enabled the visitors to post a defendable target.

The Cobras take just 6.12 points from the match while the Dolphins grabbed 15.48 points. The Cobras are now on 92.18 points, just 0.18 points ahead of the Chevrolet Warriors.

Report Day 1
Report Day 2

NASHUA MOBILE CAPE COBRAS: Andrew Puttick, Alistair Gray, Stiaan van Zyl, Justin Ontong (capt), Qaasim Adams, Dane Vilas (w/k), Justin Kemp, Johann Louw, Dane Piedt, Bueran Hendricks, Lizaad Williams.

SUNFOIL DOLHINS: Divan van Wyk, Imraan Khan, Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Cody Chetty, Khayelihle Zondo, Daryn Smit (w/k capt), Kyle Abbott, Calvin Savage, Keshav Maharaj, Mthokozisi Shezi.


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