The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras erased the Sunfoil Dolphins deficit, but couldn’t build a significant lead as they collapsed to 206 all out on day two of their Sunfoil Series clash at Sahara Park Newlands, but the visitors got their second innings off to an equally shaky start as they were 22-3 at lunch on day two.
Kyle Abbott picked up four wickets while CalvinSavage bagged three sticks each as the Cobras were all out for 206 just before lunch on the second day and the Dolphins with just a 32-run lead in the bag.
The name of the game was wickets, though as Beauran Hendricks got rid of Imraan Khan just before lunch, trapping him leg before and the Dolphins second innings started in much the same fashion as their first. Justin Kemp then struck to get rid of Divan van Wyk, the hero of the visitors’ first innings.
Kemp struck again immediately after to dismiss Vaughan van Jaarsveld and the Dolphins were in all sorts going to lunch at 22-3.
Hendricks bagged a five-wicket haul on Friday, as the Dolphins were all out for 174 just before tea on the first day and in reply, the Cobras were 130-4 at the close of play, still 44 runs behind the visitors.
After winning the toss and electing to field first under slightly overcast and humid conditions, the Cobras got an early breakthrough on Thursday morning with Johan Louw getting rid of Khan who mistimed a cover drive and hit the ball straight to point where skipper Justin Ontong took a sharp catch.
Wickets continued to tumble and before long, and the the Dolphins went to lunch on 79-4, but a magical spell by Hendricks was soon to rip the heart out of the Dolphins batting order.
Picking up 13.1-3-47-5, the 22-year old helped the Cobras take firm control of their match by tea time with the Dolphins all out for 174 with the only salvation for the visitors being a gritty eight-wicket partnership of 52 between opener Divan Van Wyk (92) and Calvin Savage (15).
The Cobras got off to a shaky start in their reply as their openers failed to convert their starts and it was more of the same on day two.
Qaasim Adams was the first to fall on Friday morning, getting caught leg before by Mthokozisi Shezi for 23.
Dane Vilas followed soon after for 26 as Colin Savage returned to the attack and took a wicket with his first ball with the Cobras wicket keeper pulling to midwicket and the home side were stuttering at 169-6.
Justin Kemp then departed for 10, caught leg before by Kyle Abbott, with the Cobras on 179-7, having just passed the Dolphins first innings score.
The tail failed to make an impact as the Cobras collapsed and the Dolphins had a chance to improve on their partly first innings total.
Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras: Alistair Gray, Andrew Puttick, Stiaan van Zyl, Justin Ontong, Qaasim Adams, Dane Vilas, Justin Kemp, Johan Louw, Dane Piedt, Beauran Hendricks, Lizaad Williams Sunfoil Dolphins: Imraan Khan, Divan van Wyk, Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughan van Jaarsveld, Cody Chety, Khaya Zondo, Darryn Smit (capt/wkt), Kyle Abbott, Calvin Savage, Keshav Maharaj, Mthokozisi Shezi