Rain again halts Dolphins
Durban - Rain was the winner for a third consecutive Dolphins game as heavy showers forced the 1-Day Cup match against the Highveld Lions at Kingsmead in Durban to be abandoned on Wednesday.
The visitors had reached 166 for four in 31 overs, before the first signs of rain arrived at 17:15.
The weather got worse as the evening progressed, and although it did stop for 90 minutes, it returned again shortly before the players were due to resume, forcing the umpires to declare the game a no result.
Prior to the rain, Jonathan Vandiar struck 58 from 62 balls in a well-crafted half-century, while there was also 45 from Gulam Bodi as the Lions looked on course for a substantial total as they sought a first win in the competition.
Captain Alviro Petersen, playing domestic 50-over cricket only because Jacques Rudolph’s form had propelled him into the Test team, won the toss and elected to bat first.
He did fall early for 12 when driving at a wide ball from Kyle Abbott that was edged behind to Daryn Smit, but Vandiar and Bodi put them back on track.
The former Dolphins pair stabilised the innings during a 75-run stand that came from 84 deliveries.
Robbie Frylinck had the final say in their partnership when a sharp delivery from the medium-pacer jagged back sharply into Bodi and took the inside edge on its way to a diving Smit.
Vandiar stood firm at the other going past 50 in 56 deliveries, but he too succumbed after playing himself in - Abbott again claiming the breakthrough when the batsman under-edged to Smit.
Quinton de Kock (eight) followed in quick succession when he top-edged Keshav Maharaj to Devon Conway at long off with the Lions slipping to 166 for four.
The rain arrived with Neil McKenzie (29 not out) and Zander de Bruyn (one not out) together and only abated after 19:00, but with signs of play looking positive, it returned again.
Abbott was the most successful bowler with two for 26, while Maharaj and Frylinck claimed one wicket apiece.
Both sides remain without a win in the competition after the men from Durban saw both their matches, against the Cape Cobras and the Warriors, ending in washouts.
The visitors were heavily beaten in their two outings after going down to the Nashua Titans and Cobras respectively.
Dolphins: Imraan Khan (captain), Loots Bosman, Ahmed Amla, Daryn Smit (wk), Devon Conway, Matthew Hulett, Cameron Delport, Robbie Frylinck, Kyle Abbott, Friedel de Wet, Keshav Maharaj.
Highveld Lions: Alviro Petersen (captain), Gulam Bodi, Jonathan Vandiar, Neil McKenzie, Zander de Bruyn, Jean Symes, Quinton de Kock (wk), Cliffe Deacon, Aaron Phangiso, Ethan O’Reilly, Pumelela Matshikwe.