Dolphins wrap up comprehensive win
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Saturday, 29 December 2012

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The Sunfoil Dolphins wrapped up a comprehensive innings and 247-run drubbing of the Nashua Titans at tea on the third day of their Sunfoil Series match at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Saturday.


Kyle Abbott, who had bowled better than his first innings' figures suggested, helped himself to a sixth first-class five-wicket haul (five for 50) in the second dig, while Calvin Savage added another three poles to end with half-a-dozen for the match.


Roelof van der Merwe (54 off 44 balls) made the final result slightly more palatable for the defending four-day champions, but they were again depressingly limp in their second innings, eventually folding for a paltry 134.


Having resumed on a parlous 156 for seven in their first innings, the Nashua Titans lost their last three wickets for the addition of just eleven runs on the third morning, with Craig Alexander ending with figures of four for 51, and young all-rounder Savage adding the scalp of Rowan Richards to finish with figures of three for 30.


The Dolphins, with a hearty cushion of 381 runs to play with, duly asked their visitors to follow on, and immediately made inroads into the top order. Pieter Malan was again the first Nashua Titans wicket to go, this time for two, caught behind off Kyle Abbott.


The Sunfoil Dolphins quickie struck again in his second over, nabbing Heino Kuhn leg-before for a duck. Tumelo Bodibe followed off the very next ball, trapped in front by the swing of Mthokozisi Shezi, to leave the Titans reeling on 3 for three.


Farhaan Behardien (10) and skipper Henry Davids briefly held up the collapse, but it wasn't to last long. Behardien was out trying to pull Savage away, but only finding the grateful palms of Abbott on the square-leg fence. Davids also fell to the same bowler, caught behind by a beaming Daryn Smit.


The Nashua Titans reached lunch, reeling on 42 for five, and the procession was to continue after the break. Abbott helped himself to three further wickets after the lunch interval, inducing David Wiese to edge a fine, seaming delivery to Smit before bowling both Van der Merwe, to end his breezy stay at the crease, and Ethy Mbhalathi for 4.


Savage wrapped up the match when CJ de Villiers spooned a catch to Imraan Khan at cover point, with the Sunfoil Dolphins romping home by an innings and 247 runs.


Vaughn van Jaarsveld claimed the Sunfoil man of the match award for his 160 runs in the Dolphins' massive 548 for six total, which went a long way towards securing the most comfortable of wins for Lance Klusener's charges.


The win, and all-round display from the Sunfoil Dolphins, was in complete contrast to their trip to Bloemfontein last week, and they will be looking to start the new year with a similar performance against the bizhub Highveld Lions in Durban next week.




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, Pieter Malan, David Wiese, Roelof van der Merwe, Rowan Richards, CJ de Villiers, Tumelo Bodibe, Ethy Mbhalathi.




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