Pietermaritzburg - Less than two sessions of play were
possible on the third day of the Sunfoil Series clash between the Dolphins and Warriors at the City Oval on Saturday, but that was long
enough for Ryan McLaren to notch up an unbeaten century and secure a
first-innings lead for the hosts.
The Dolphins had looked set to fall short
of the Warriors’ first innings of 353 when they crashed to 169/7 and
then went to stumps on day two on 262/8.
However, McLaren moved his score from 38
not out overnight to 121 not out and enjoyed some assistance from the tail, allowing
the Dolphins to reach 370 before Jon-Jon Smuts (2-16) finally brought their
innings to a close.
Although the Warriors began their second
innings just 17 runs in arrears, they found themselves in trouble when David
White and Smuts were dismissed with just 22 runs on the board.
First-innings centurion, Michael Price, led
the recovery with his unbeaten 42, and was assisted by Ryan Bailey (14 not out)
as the visitors reached 75/2 before bad light brought a premature end to
The Warriors will, therefore, begin the
final day leading by 58 runs with eight wickets in hand.