It was a complete reversal in performance from the Sunfoil Dolphins on Friday night against the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras compared to their demolition of the Chevrolet Warriors just two nights before as they were soundly beaten by eight wickets at the hands of last year’s RAM Slam T20 Challenge runners-up.
The Dolphins never got going with the bat and lost wickets regularly which put them on the back foot throughout their innings and losing those wickets in clusters meant that no meaningful partnerships were created.
The most meaningful contribution with the bat came from Cameron Delport at the top of the innings who blasted his way to 46 (34) before being bowled by Sybrand Engelbrecht. The off spinner then accounted for two more Dolphins wickets and the visitors stuttered to 127/9 in their 20 overs.
Defending such a small total was never going to be easy and when the belligerent Richard Levi got going it made the task of defending 127 that much harder.
The free-scoring Levi (44) and his accumulative partner Andrew Puttick put on 62 for the first scalp in 5.3 overs which broke the back of the chase early on.
It was then the job of the experienced Puttick (48*) and number three Omphile Ramela to knock off the remaining runs but Ramphela lost his wicket to Robbie Frylinck with just four needed and West Indian Kieran Pollard came in to partner Puttick who hit the winning runs and hand the visitors their second defeat of the competition.
Off spinner Prenelan Subrayen was the pick of the Dolphins bowlers with 1/13 in his four overs and it was seamer Robbie Frylinck who picked up the other scalp.
The Sunfoil Dolphins return to Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Sunday where they take on The Unlimited Titans with the game starting at 16h00.
The game on Sunday has been moved to 16h00 in the afternoon to accommodate live television, the match gives home fans yet another golden opportunity to get in on RAM Hand to Hand Couriers’ novel #GetCaughtRedHanded competition where fans stand the chance of winning a share of R1million should they catch a six one handed (Ts & Cs apply).
Tickets for Sunday’s game are available for R20-R60 and can be purchased via TicketPro’s website (www.ticketpro.co.za) or at the gate.
Summary of Score:
Sunfoil Dolphins 127/9 (Delport 46)
Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras 130/2 (Subrayen 1/13)
Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras won by 8 wickets