Cody Chetty and Daryn Smit guided the Sunfoil Dolphins to 213 for five at tea with a solid, workmanlike 74-run partnership for the sixth wicket in their Sunfoil Series match against the Chevrolet Warriors at Buffalo Park in East London on Thursday.
Chetty, on 61, off 121 balls, with eight fours, and Smit, on 34, with one four and one six in his 71-ball stay, will resume after the break.
They added 74 runs in 24.2 overs for the sixth wicket. Their focus was on solidifying the Dolphins position instead of playing spectacular cricket.
The Dolphins resumed on 99 for four after lunch.
The Warriors struck when the aggressive David Miller was trapped in front by the off-spinner Simon Harmer.
Miller looked in good touch before he failed to read an arm ball. He scored 41, faced 65 balls and smashed six fours.
Miller and Cody Chetty added 41 for the fifth wicket.
Chetty became more assertive after the departure of Miller. He reached his half-century off 89 balls with six fours.
On Thursday morning, the Dolphins won the toss and elected to bat.
Imraan Khan was the first to go when he played a square drive and was caught at point by Colin Ingram for 6.
Divan van Wyk played down the wrong line and was bamboozled and bowled by a swinging Andrew Birch-delivery for 10.
On 28 for two, the Dolphins were in disarray, but Jonathan Vandiar and Vaughn van Jaarsveld led a spirited fightback by adding 42 runs off 36 deliveries.
Vandiar was particularly destructive against Gurshwin Rabie, who conceded 25 runs in his two over.
Davy Jacobs introduced the part-time seam bowler Kelly Smuts and he removed Vandiar, who was caught and bowled for 38.
He faced 37 balls and contributed eight fours, most of them through the covers.
The off-spinner Harmer entrenched the Warriors’ superiority shortly before the lunch interval when bowled Vaughn van Jaarsveld for 18, reducing the Dolphins to 98 for four.
After lunch the Dolphins rallied and played with more composure and an awareness that long partnerships, not attractive cameos, is the requirement for a massive first-innings total.
Harmer, with 2-54 in seventeen overs, excelled with the ball. Birch finished with 1-32 in eleven overs. His new-ball partner, Walters, took 1-31 in ten overs.
Chevrolet Warriors: Davy Jacobs (capt), Michael Price, JJ Smuts, Ashwell Prince, Colin Ingram, Kelly Smuts, Athenkosi Dyili, Simon Harmer, Andrew Birch, Basheer Walters, Gurshwin Rabie.
Sunfoil Dolphins: Daryn Smit (capt), Imraan Khan, Divan van Wyk, Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, David Miller, Cody Chetty, Prenelan Subrayen, Dane Paterson, Kyle Abbott, Craig Alexander.