1 Day Cup
Lions end winning streak
Alviro Petersen (Gallo Images)
Potchefstroom - Centuries from Alviro Petersen and Jonathan Vandiar were the catalyst for the Highveld Lions as they ended a seven-match winless run with 29-run Duckworth/Lewis victory over the Dolphins in their 1 Day Cup match here on Friday.
Birthday boy Alviro Petersen ended unbeaten with a magnificent145 from 144 deliveries, while Vandiar finished with 109 from 119 balls as the hosts amassed 284 for two in 47 overs at Senwes Park.
Three overs were lost at the start due to a problem with the bowlers landing area and the Dolphins replied with 197 for eight in 37 overs with a floodlight failure causing a further 10 overs to be lost late in the game.
Daryn Smit top-scored for the men from Durban with 67, but they were never in the game after the heroics of Petersen and Vandiar, who put on 232 for the first wicket, a record opening partnership for their side in one-day cricket.
After losing the toss and asked to take first strike, only 6.2 overs were possible before the game was delayed because of a problem with the landing area on the Cargo Motors End of the pitch.
Rainfall in the area in recent days meant there was a substantial amount of dampness in the outfield and the players were sent back to their change rooms by the umpires as the ground staff repaired the problem.
When they did return almost 45 minutes later, the match was cut by three overs, although there was still no rush from Vandiar and Petersen as they patiently went past 50 in the 12th over.
The pair then began to open up a little as the confidence began to grow and Petersen was first to reach his half-century in 71 balls, followed by Vandiar from 65 deliveries.
They continued to blossom, taking their team beyond 150 in the 29th over with front-line bowlers Kyle Abbott and Robert Frylinck particularly struggling.
Petersen was first to get to his 100 when he lofted Frylinck to the square leg fence for a one-bounce four, while Vandiar, twice dropped in the 90s, collected two from the same bowler to reach the mark – their tons coming from 115 and 113 balls respectively.
Vandiar was eventually out caught by David Miller in the deep off Frylinck, with Petersen then cutting loose to end with four sixes and eight fours.
The Dolphins made a poor start to the chase with Imraan Khan falling off the 10th ball, bowled by Cliffe Deacon (two for 27) for a duck.
Bosman, in the team after missing two games, helped new man Divan van Wyk take the score to 44, before perishing to a splendid Aaron Phangiso catch in the covers for 22 with Deacon again the bowler.
Then came the big wicket of David Miller (13), run out via a direct throw by Temba Bavuma at the non-strikers end with the visitors reeling at 65 for three.
Van Wyk and Smit put on 64 for the fourth wicket to restore some hope, but the partnership was ended when Petersen’s day got even better as he caught and bowled the former in the 29th over for 48.
The second interruption then ensued with the stadium turning dark and the target was adjusted to 227 from 37, meaning the Dolphins needed a further 82 from 5.1 overs.
It was an improbable situation and, despite Smit reaching his 50 from 60 balls, he soon fell along with the wickets of Khayelihle Zondo (11) and Frylinck (nought) to hand the Lions the win.
The home side remain bottom of the standings, while the loss for the Dolphins was a second one of the season and one that leaves them trailing the Knights by two points on the standings with two games remaining.Teams:
Highveld Lions - Jonathan Vandiar, Alviro Petersen (captain) , Neil McKenzie, Quinton de Kock, Richard Cameron, Thami Tsolekile (wk), Temba Bavuma, Cliffe Deacon, Aaron Phangiso, Pumelela Matshikwe, Craig Alexander.
Dolphins - Imraan Khan (captain) , Loots Bosman, Divan van Wyk, Khayelihle Zondo, Daryn Smit (wk), Cameron Delport, David Miller, Robert Frylinck, Kyle Abbott, Friedel de Wet, Imran Tahir..