Hard toil as Price guides Warriors to 92 for three at lunch
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Friday, 5 October 2012

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Michael Price steered the Chevrolet Warriors to 92 for three at lunch, still a first-innings deficit of 204, against the Sunfoil Dolphins in the Sunfoil Series contest at Buffalo Park in East London on Friday.

Price, on 39, and Ashwell Prince, on 1, will resume after the break

Price and Jon-Jon Smuts featured in a productive 80-run partnership for the third wicket in 111 minutes and off 26.2 overs.

Prenelan Subrayen removed Smuts shortly before the break for 45. Smuts scored seven boundaries and faced 87 balls.

Smuts was caught and bowled by Subrayen.

A few minutes prior to his dismissal, Subrayen dropped Smuts on 25 when he attempted a full-bloodied cut off Craig Alexander. It flew to second slip, but Subrayen could not hold onto it.

The Dolphins won the toss on Thursday and were dismissed for 296. Andrew Birch, with 3-67 in nineteen overs, and Simon Harmer, with 3/76 in 25 overs, were the destroyers-in-chief.

The Dolphins tasted early success.  Kyle Abbott removed the captain, Davy Jacobs, in the first over with a superb out-swinger, and he was caught behind for a duck.

Resuming on 7 for one on Friday, the Dolphins struck in the second over when Craig Alexander removed the night-watchman, Basheer Walters, for 2 to leave the Warriors on 7 for two.

Price and Jon-Jon Smuts found the going tough in the morning session. The overcast conditions were not conducive to swing, but the wicket is a tad slow, making it tricky to play on the up.

Smuts and Price had to be circumspect and check their drives. It took 102 minutes, or 73 balls, to complete their fifty-run partnership.

Price twice put the ball away past point for boundaries with excellent cut shots.

He also swept the off-spinner Prenelan Subrayen in front of square for a four.

Smuts played three beautiful drives for fours. Two of them sped past the cover fielder, and the third went through midwicket for a boundary.

It was Smuts that broke the shackles late in the morning session by producing two flicks off Subrayen past midwicket for fours, and another sweet cut shot past point for another boundary in the same over.

Subrayen had the last laugh shortly afterwards when he caught Smuts off his own bowling with his score on 45.

The off-spinner boasted figures of 1-29 in ten overs. Abbott took 1-33 in fourteen overs.

On Thursday, nine Dolphins batsmen reached double figures, but only one, Cody Chetty, completed a half-century. His 77 came off 165 deliveries, with ten fours.

Chetty featured in an invaluable 94-run partnership with the captain, Daryn Smit.

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.


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