Dolphins verge on victory
Aya Gqamane (Gallo Images)
Durban - The Dolphins will start day three of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Warriors needing just 46 runs to win at Stadium Kingsmead.
The rain that was expected in Durban has stayed away thus far, and instead the wickets have been tumbling, with 30 scalps over the first two days, on a wicket that has had plenty in it for the bowlers.
Having bowled out the Warriors in just one session on day one, the Dolphins resumed their first innings on an overnight 170 for five. They had Khaya Zondo (51) to thank for chiselling out a handy lead of 153.
Zondo received useful support from skipper Daryn Smit (37), as Ayabulela Gqamane snared three lower-order wickets to help bowl out the Dolphins just before lunch.
The Warriors reached lunch on 24 without loss, but then lost three wickets immediately after the resumption. Calvin Savage had skipper Davy Jacobs (26) caught by Kyle Abbott at mid-on, as the opener mistimed an attempted pull. His opening partner, Michael Price, followed in the next over, nabbed on the crease by the relentless Abbott.
Savage then had Arno Jacobs caught in the slips, and suddenly the Warriors had slipped to 43 for three, still 110 runs behind. Ashwell Prince (24) and Colin Ingram (60) then added 51 for the visitors, but Abbott crucially trapped the former leg-before on the stroke of tea, leaving the Warriors 94 for four.
After tea, Ingram batted with more intent, aware that the ship was starting to sink. He clubbed seven fours and a six to lift the Warriors towards 200, but he was the ninth man out, as Craig Alexander (three for 52) ran through the tail, with Abbott also grabbing another two scalps to end with figures of four for 57.
The Warriors were eventually bowled out for 198, leaving the Dolphins needing just 46 to win a match that has rollicked along at a frenetic pace. But, with their luck with the weather, the Dolphins will be nervously eyeing the skies overnight, as rain is the only foe that can stop them recording back-to-back wins in the competition.