Sunfoil Series

Knights hold onto second place

2014-04-06 17:29
Divan van Wyk (Gallo Images)
Bloemfontein - The Knights have held on to second place and a R600 000 prize as their Sunfoil Series match against the Dolphins at Chevrolet Park petered out to a draw on Sunday.

With wickets hard to come by throughout the game a result rarely looked likely, and ended when the two captains shook on the draw with around 28 overs still scheduled.

The Dolphins earned 8.26 points from the game so were unable to lift themselves above the Knights, but they still finished third to earn R200 000.

The final day had begun with the Knights on 436 for nine in their first innings, and they added just 10 more runs before Corne Dry was dismissed by Kyle Abbott for 69.

That gave the Dolphins a 118-run lead on the first innings, and they quickly set about extending it.

Although Imraan Khan and Khaya Zondo were unable to contribute, Divan van Wyk hit 73 from 70 balls and Cody Chetty scored 63 not out from the same number of deliveries.

With Daryn Smit and Morne van Wyk also chipping in the Dolphins reached 200 for four in just 32 overs before declaring to set the Knights a target of 319.

There was a brief glimmer of hope for the Dolphins when Daryn Dupavillon dismissed key batsmen Reeza Hendricks and Rilee Rossouw in his first two overs to reduce the Knights to 12 for two, but Gihahn Cloete and Dean Elgar were in no mood to concede.

The pair duly built a partnership of 104 in 27 overs to make the game safe, which was enough for the Dolphins to concede that it wasn’t going to be their day.

Cloete was unbeaten on 69 when the draw was agreed upon, while Elgar finished 33 not out.

With the Knights taking 4.98 points from the game, the Cape Cobras ended up winning the competition by 33 points.

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