Half-centuries from Rilee Rossouw and Dean Elgar saw the Chevrolet Knights cruise to a nine-wicket win over the Sunfoil Dolphins to secure a bonus-point victory in their RAM SLAM T20 Challenge match at Chevrolet Park on Wednesday.
Rossouw and Elgar both ended not out on 61 as the Chevrolet Knights romped to 133 for one off 15.3 overs to overhaul the Sunfoil Dolphins’ 131 for five.
The bonus-point win was the Chevrolet Knights’ first of the season and saw them move into fourth place on the log while the Sunfoil Dolphins suffered their third consecutive loss to slip to the bottom of the table.
Rossouw needed just 47 deliveries to compile his runs and struck nine fours and a six while Elgar faced 43 balls during his knock while he struck eight fours and a six as the left-handed duo combined for a record second-wicket stand of 127 off 14.3 overs.
Loots Bosman (3) was the only Chevrolet Knights’ batsman to lose his wicket when he was bowled by off-spinner Prenelan Subrayen in the first over of the run-chase.
The Sunfoil Dolphins, after winning the toss and electing to bat, battled to get to grips with a slow pitch and seamer Johan van der Wath, with a clever mixture of seam-up and cutters, finished with two for 29.
But it was veteran left-arm spinner Nicky Boje who impressed the most as the 39-year-old showed that age has done nothing to dim his talents as he captured 1-23 off his four overs.
The Sunfoil Dolphins were given a solid start to their innings thanks to a 46-run opening partnership between Khaya Zondo and Jonathan Vandiar (18). The stand was broken when Vandiar was stumped off the bowling of Boje as the Chevrolet Knights fought their way back into the contest.
Zondo battled his way to 43 off 42 balls before being caught at square leg off a delivery from Van der Wath but Vaughn van Jaarsveld was the only other batsman to reach double figures with Prenelan Subrayen (9), Ravi Bopara (9) and Cameron Delport (8) all falling cheaply.
Van Jaarsveld coped well with the difficult wicket as he helped himself to 39 not out off 29 balls but the Sunfoil Dolphins would not have been happy to pick up just 10 fours during their entire innings.