Alexander wrecks Lions second innings
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Sunday, 22 December 2013

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THE Sunfoil Dolphins will go into the final day of their Sunfoil Series clash with the bizhub Highveld Lions needing just four wickets to wrap up a comprehensive victory at Senwes Park.

 

Craig Alexander was the chief destroyer in the second innings as he ripped out the LIons top order to leave them seven for three after the hosts had been set an unlikely 501 for victory.

 

Alexander removed Dominic Hendricks, Quinton de Kock and Stephen Cook in the opening four overs of the Lions innings, before Mthokozisi Shezi grabbed a couple wickets to send the Lions to stumps on day three on 73 for six.

 

Earlier in the day Divan van Wyk and David Miller had struck centuries to set up the declaration.

 

Van Wyk began the day on 30 not out as the Dolphins resumed on 70 for two, and was eventually out for 114 after sharing a 156-run stand with Miller, who needed just 140 balls for his 104.

 

Eddie Leie was the only wicket-taker on day three for the Lions, but he finished with second-innings figures of 4 for 108 after prizing out both centurions as well as Cody Chetty and Morne van Wyk.

 

The Dolphins eventually declared their second innings on 373 for six after a brisk 53-run partnership between Daryn Smit (21 not out) and Kyle Abbott (31 not out).

 

That left the Lions with around four sessions to bat to save the match, but within 20 overs the Dolphins were set clear for victory after reducing the home side to 49 for six.

 

Thami Tsolekile and Dieter Klein were the not-out batsmen overnight, with a long day’s batting ahead of them on Sunday if they are to pull off a great escape.

 


 

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