The Sunfoil Dolphins needed less than an hour on the third morning to wrap up a comfortable, nine-wicket, Sunfoil Series triumph over the Chevrolet Warriors at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Saturday.
The Sunfoil Dolphins, who were chasing just 46 to win, chalked up the runs in 12.1 overs, with Divaan van Wyk the sole wicket to fall, when he was bowled by Andrew Birch for 10. But Imraan Khan (22) and Jonathan Vandiar (15) made sure that there was precious little else for the Chevrolet Warriors to cheer, with Khan hitting the winning boundary off Simon Harmer.
The Sunfoil Dolphins' win was set up by a whirlwind first session on day one, when they routed the Chevrolet Warriors for just 92 on a pitch that had enough juice in it to keep the bowlers constantly in the game. Mthokozisi Shezi (five for 28) was the chief destroyer, with an opening spell of four for six in four overs, to set the Chevrolet Warriors right back.
The leading wicket-taker in four-day cricket this season, Kyle Abbott, helped himself to three for 19 amid the carnage, as the Sunfoil Dolphins bowlers reached lunch with their job already done. The Chevrolet Warriors only reached 92 thanks to Ayabulela Gqamane, whose 29 at number ten was the highest score for the visitors.
The rest of the first day saw the Chevrolet Warriors try valiantly to restrict the Sunfoil Dolphins, but Khan (38), Van Wyk (26), and Vandiar (31) all chipped in to see the home side to 170 for five at the close of play.
Khaya Zondo (51) then produced the first half-century of the match on the second morning, and he added a crucial 50 with Daryn Smit (37) to help the home side secure a lead of 153 on the first innings. Gqamane continued his encouraging start to franchise cricket, as he grabbed four for 57.
Colin Ingram (60) fought a lone battle to keep the rampant Sunfoil Dolphins' attack at bay in the Chevrolet Warriors' second innings, but regular wickets ensured that the visitors were bowled out for 198 at the close of play, leaving the Sunfoil Dolphins with the paltry target of 46 on the third morning.
Abbott, who added four for 57 to his three-wicket haul in the first innings, was declared man of the match.
The Sunfoil Dolphins secured 16.9 points for their big win, but the unexpected capitulation of the Chevrolet Warriors put paid to their slim title hopes.
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.