Dolphins strike after declaration
Posted by: CSA Staff on Friday, 28 December 2012

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The Sunfoil Dolphins took an early Nashua Titans scalp to the second day tea break with them, as they continued to dominate proceedings in their Sunfoil Series encounter at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead.

Having declared on a cavernous 548 for six, the Dolphins then had the perfect start with the ball, as Mthokozisi Shezi got one to jag back and trapped Peter Malan in front for a four-ball duck. Tumelo Bodibe and Heino Kuhn then weathered the storm, resisting a fired-up Kyle Abbott in particular, to reach tea on 35 for one after ten overs.

The Dolphins, who had resumed on 454 for five after lunch, immediately cracked on after the break, with Cody Chetty notching a first-ever ton for his franchise. The youngster had a serious case of the nervous nineties, and he was almost run out on at least two occassions.

But, to his great joy, he squirted one down to third man, and reached three figures off just 112 balls, having struck some wonderful strokes around the ground. He smashed two sixes, as well as 14 fours, to pile on the misery for a Titans team that got more and more ragged in the field.

Daryn Smit also helped himself to a breezy half-century, but the skipper was then out to a shot he would rather forget, though the declaration was on his mind by then. His useful 58 came off just 73 balls, and he guided Chetty to his landmark achievement.

The home side's return of two hundreds and four half-centuries showed that there are runs to be made on the flat Kingsmead track. Their bowlers will now look to be a lot more penetrative than the Titans attack was.


Sunfoil Dolphins: Imraan Khan, Divan van Wyk, Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Cody Chetty, Khaya Zondo, Daryn Smit ( wk/c), Kyle Abbott, Calvin Savage, Craig Alexander, Mthokozisi Shezi.

Nashua Titans: Henry Davids (c), Heino Kuhn (wk), Mangaliso Mosehle, Farhaan Behardien, Peter Malan, David Wiese, Roelof van der Merwe, Rowan Richards, CJ de Villiers, Tumelo Bodibe, Ethy Mbhalathi.


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