Durban - Morne van Wyk chose the perfect time to return to form as his unbeaten half-century
guided the Dolphins to an eight-wicket win over the Cape Cobras at Kingsmead to seal their place in the RAM SLAM T20 playoff.
Van Wyk had
managed just 52 runs in his previous five innings as the Dolphins failed to
register a victory, but a controlled 60 not out from 52 deliveries provided the
platform required for the hosts to chase down a target of 143.
lifted the Dolphins back into second place on the table with 22 points, putting
them in prime position to host Wednesday’s playoff.
Cobras are currently still third with 20 points, they could be overtaken by the
Warriors if they beat the Lions on Sunday. The Warriors, who have 18 points,
could even earn a home playoff if they win that game handsomely. This match
will be shown live on SS2.
Dolphins’ victory was underpinned by two spells of good bowling - the first at
the top of the innings when the pacemen dismissed Richard Levi and Andrew
Puttick in the first seven balls, then later on when Keshav Maharaj (2 for 21
in four overs) and Cameron Delport took pace off the ball and squeezed the
Parnell contributed 27 after opening the batting with Levi, but the fall of
wickets meant Justin Ontong was forced to anchor the innings with a slow knock
of 34 from 46 balls before Robin Peterson (35 not out from 22 balls) and Rory
Kleinveldt (17 from eight balls) added 39 in the last three overs.
a total of 142 for seven looked on the short side, and Van Wyk and Delport (39)
ensured that the Dolphins had a strong foundation when they put on 69 for the
partnership was ended by Peterson in the 10th over, and the Cobras were given a
glimmer of hope when David Miller fell for 10.
Vandiar underlined his striking abilities with an unbeaten 34 from just 12
balls, as the Dolphins cruised to victory with eight deliveries to spare.