The Sunfoil Dolphins ended day one of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Chevrolet Warriors at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on 170 for five for an overall lead of 78 runs.
Having won the toss and elected to bowl, the Sunfoil Dolphins had a dream first session, rolling the visitors out for just 92 in a manic start to the match. Mthokozisi Shezi grabbed five for 28, swinging the ball on a helpful pitch, while Kyle Abbott (3 for 19) and Craig Alexander (2 for 34) also chipped in.
The Chevrolet Warriors were reduced to 10 for three as early as the fifth over, as Shezi had Michael Price and Davy Jacobs caught flashing, before Abbott got in on the act, inducing an edge behind from Arno Jacobs.
Ashwell Prince then played a lame waft to gully off Shezi, and the left-armer was on a hat-trick when he had Adrian McLaren caught behind first ball. Wayne Parnell survived that, and was one of just four Chevrolet Warriors' batsmen to reach double figures in a woeful batting display. Tail-ender Ayabulela Gqamane (29) saved their blushes as he bludgeoned two sixes and two fours to lift the visitors towards three figures.
But Shezi returned to remove the youngster, and end the innings on 92, after just 31.2 overs.
After lunch, Imraan Khan (38) and Divaan van Wyk (26) added 58 for the first wicket, before Khan nicked a rising delivery from Parnell to first slip, where Davy Jacobs held a sharp catch. Van Wyk, who was his usual steady self, was trapped in front by off-spinner Simon Harmer, as the Sunfoil Dolphins reached tea on 97 for two.
After the break, the Chevrolet Warriors did strike three times, with Davy Jacobs holding on for a magnificent, diving, juggling catch at first slip to remove a well-set Jonathan Vandiar (31) off the bowling of Gurshwin Rabie.
Vaughn van Jaarsveld was Parnell's second victim, as he drove hard at one and was taken behind.
The Chevrolet Warriors then ended the day with some cheer as Gqamane snuck one through the defence of Cody Chetty (5) to leave the Dolphins 170 for five after a day full of drama. Khaya Zondo (28 not out) and nightwatch-man Shezi (1) were still at the crease, and the Sunfoil Dolphins will look to build a substantial lead on day two.
Sunfoil Dolphins: Imraan Khan, Divan van Wyk, Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Khaya Zondo, Cody Chetty, Daryn Smit (c/wk), Kyle Abbott, Calvin Savage, Mthokozisi Shezi, Craig Alexander.
Chevrolet Warriors: Michael Price, Davy Jacobs (c), Arno Jacobs, Ashwell Prince, Colin Ingram, Wayne Parnell, Adrian McLaren (wk), Simon Harmer, Andrew Birch, Ayabulela Gqamane, Gurshwin Rabie.