SuperSport Series

Dolphins take advantage

2012-01-28 18:17
Kyle Abbott (Gallo)
Durban - Kyle Abbott struck a late double-blow to leave the Chevrolet Warriors struggling on 30 for three at stumps on the third day of their SuperSport Series match against the Sunfoil Dolphins at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban on Saturday.

Fast bowler Abbott ended the day with figures of 2-6 off four overs while left-arm seamer Mthokozisi Shezi had 1-11 as the visitors ended the day still needing a daunting 356 runs to win the match with only seven wickets in hand.

Abbott struck with the fourth ball of the Warriors’ second innings when he trapped Kelly Smuts (0) leg-before before he bowled Kelly’s older brother Jon-Jon (5) with a delivery that kept a touch low.

Shezi then removed Ashwell Prince (10) when the left-handed batsman edged a good length delivery to Vaughn van Jaarsveld at first slip.

The Dolphins had declared their second innings closed on 275 for eight thanks to a season’s best innings of 71 not out from the left-handed David Miller. The declaration left 12 overs in the day for the Warriors batsmen to deal with.

Miller has battled for form this season but he brought up his first half-century of the campaign off 77 balls while his innings in its entirety used up 97 deliveries as he struck nine fours and a six.

The 22-year-old Miller helped rebuild the Dolphins’ innings after they had slipped to 161 for six with left-arm quick Wayne Parnell taking three of the wickets to fall.

The Dolphins began after lunch on 79 for one thanks to Imraan Khan who had struck a quickfire 43 off 48 balls but they added just three runs to their total before Divan van Wyk (26) spooned a delivery from off-spinner Simon Harmer to Basheer Walters in the covers.

Daryn Smit (26) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld then added 42 runs for the third wicket but Smit’s innings was ended when he was trapped leg-before by Parnell.

The right-handed Cody Chetty (4) did not last long before he was out lbw to the part-time spin of Jon-Jon Smuts while Van Jaarsveld, who had looked a cut above the other batsmen in scoring 36 off 46 balls, chased a wide Parnell delivery to send an edge through to keeper Arno Jacobs who took a fine catch diving to his left.

Parnell grabbed his third wicket when he trapped Kyle Nipper (2) leg-before as the Dolphins lost four wickets for 37 runs.

But Miller showed some fighting spirit to stop the slide and he shared to two decent partnerships of 51 for the seventh wicket with Kyle Abbott (22) and 47 for the eighth wicket with Robbie Frylinck (27).

Parnell ended with figures of 3-43 while Harmer finished with 3-107. However, the Warriors’ bowling attack was limited somewhat by the side strain suffered by paceman Andrew Birch which ruled him out of bowling in the Dolphins’ second innings.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir had earlier finished with 5-67 off 32 overs as the Warriors were bowled out for 211 in their first innings, 40 minutes after the start of play.

Tahir struck with the fourth ball of the morning when he bowled Andrew Birch (17) with a googly before Harmer and Rusty Theron (14) took the score to 201.

Harmer brought up his first SuperSport Series fifty off 157 deliveries, but after scoring one more run off his next six balls, he was trapped leg-before by Tahir.

Theron was the last man out when he thumped a delivery from left-arm spinner Nipper to Miller with the fielder taking a good catch low to his left to give Nipper his first SuperSport Series wicket. Walters was not out on nought.

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