The Sunfoil Dolphins did not do their play-off hopes any favours on Friday evening when they lost to the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras in a rain effected RAM Slam T20 Challenge match by seven wickets after the elements restricted the game to ten overs per side.
Having lost the toss the Dolphins were put in and ten overs was always going to be a tricky task but a good 33 from Jonathan Vandiar following the early loss of the openers along with a neat 29 from 22 balls from Vaughn van Jaarsveld meant that the home side got to 84/8 from their 10 overs.
The stand out partnership was that between Vandiar and Van Jaarsveld who put on 48 for the third wicket but other than that wickets fell regularly for the Dolphins who would have felt that they ended below par.
A couple of expensive overs up front with the ball from the Dolphins gave the Cobras a rollicking start and they powered their way to 29/0 from two overs.
A change of pace led to the breakthrough as off-spinner Prenelan Subrayen bowled Andrew Puttick for nine but a belligerent knock from Levi blew the wind out of the East Coast sides sails as the men from the Cape kept their noses in front throughout.
Levi ended on 54 off 27 balls after he was well caught in the deep by Robbie Frylinck off the bowling of Dwayne Bravo but the game was all but over for the Dolphins and although Ramela lost his wicket in the penultimate the Cobras finished off the match in the last over through a big six from Kieron Pollard.
The Sunfoil Dolphins have a tough few matches to finish off the group stage of the RAM Slam T20 Challenge as they take on The Unlimited Titans, Chevrolet Knights and bizhub Highveld Lions in the space of five days.
Sunfoil Dolphins: 84/8 (J. Vandiar 33, V. Van Jaarsveld 29)
Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras: 89/3
Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras win by 7 wickets.