MiWay T20 Challenge
Dolphins earn semi spot
Vaughan van Jaarsveld (Gallo Images)
Durban - The Nashua Dolphins beat the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras by 9 runs at
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Friday night to become the first team to
qualify for the Standard Bank Pro20 semifinals.
The Dolphins now have 12 points from 3 matches and will be looking to win at least one of their remaining 2 matches to make sure of a home semi-final.
In the other match played on Friday the Chevrolet Warriors beat the Chevrolet Knights by 6 runs at the Diamond Oval. This result effectively rules the Knights out of semi-final contention. The Warriors are now level on 8 points with the Cobras in joint second place while the Knights have 2 points from 4 matches.
Vaughn van Jaarsveld won the Standard Bank Master Blaster batting award for his innings of 53 off 38 balls that enabled the Dolphins to recover from 18/2 to go on to post a competitive total of 154/3. He received excellent support from the 19-year-old Devon Conway who batted with great maturity throughout the innings to finish unbeaten on 62 off 60 balls.
The Cobras were well in contention until Kyle Abbott made a double breakthrough to dismiss Justin Kemp and Owais Shah in the space of 4 balls. That reduced the Cobras to 100/5, leaving them to make 55 off the last 26 balls. They needed 32 off the last over but in spite of some big hitting by Dane Vilas were always destined to finish short of their target.
Abbott’s figures of 4/21 earned him the Standard Bank Master Blaster bowling award.
In the match at the Diamond Oval Rusty Theron produced a typical last over to take 2/4 and enable the Warriors to get home by 6 runs. The Knights had needed 11 runs off the final over with 6 wickets in hand but the target proved beyond them.
Dean Elgar was left undefeated on 64 off 49 balls.
The Warriors’ total of 152/9 was built around a 3rd wicket stand of 100 between Jon-Jon Smuts (46 off 35 balls) and Justin Kreusch (57 off 42 balls).
Knights’ captain Ryan McLaren took an outstanding 4/16 in his 4 overs.
The Standard Bank Master Blaster awards went to Kreusch (batting) and Theron (bowling).