Bloemfontein - The Knights completed a comfortable eight-wicket
victory over the Dolphins in their four-day Sunfoil Series match here on Sunday.
Set a target of 115, thanks to a career-best 154 by
Johan van der Wath in the first innings, they cruised to victory with
plenty of time to spare.
The Dolphins had resumed on 252 for five, still 25 runs
adrift in their second innings and managed to string together four
successive 50-run partnerships, but none was able to develop into a
Kyle Abbott (68) and Calvin Savage (21), who had
combined for a solid partnership in the first innings, added 56 in 30
overs before Werner Coetsee made the breakthrough.
Malusi Siboto finished with three wickets in the
innings and seven in the match, coupled with a more than handy unbeaten
41 at No 11.
Van der Wath added two wickets for a match tally of
five, and Shadley van Schalkwyk also finished with two after his first
innings knock of 80.
Coetsee was the most economical bowler, going at just
over two to the over while claiming two vital wickets at the end of the
The Knights needed 115 in the final session, and waited
until the tenth ball before Rudi Second opened their account with a
Michael Erlank plundered three boundaries off the next over, and the home side were up and running.
Craig Alexander was brought into the attack early, and
responded by dismissing Erlank with his first ball but, after that,
Rilee Rossouw and Second were in cruise mode.
With the match all but settled, Vaughn van Jaarsveld
picked up a rare first-class wicket before captain Dean Elgar came in to
apply the finishing touches.
Van der Wath was the worthy winner of the man-of-the-match award. The Knights walked away with 19.38 points to the Dolphins'
haul of 5.42.
While remaining in third place after the weekend's
fixtures, the Knights were still in touch with the Cape Cobras, eighteen
points adrift, while the Dolphins remained in a much more distant
fourth place on the log.
221 and 391 (I. Khan 90, K. Abbott 68, K. Zondo 61, D. Smit 52; M.
Siboto 3-81) v Knights 498 and 118-2 (R. Second 48, R.Rossouw 39 no)
Knights win by 8 wickets