Record breaking Dolphins down Knights

Morne van Wyk and Cameron Delport shattered a host of significant records and put the game beyond an equally Herculean effort from Reeza Hendricks and Rudi Second, as the Sunfoil Dolphins beat the Chevrolet Knights by 25 runs in a high-scoring Momentum One-Day Cup affair at Chevrolet Park on Friday.

New world record holders Cameron Delport and Sunfoil Dolphins captain Morné va Wyk.
New world record holders Cameron Delport and Sunfoil Dolphins captain Morné va Wyk.

Van Wyk and Delport put on an incredible 369 for no loss after the Dolphins had won the toss and elected to bat, with Van Wyk scoring 175 from 171 balls and Delport hammering 169 not out from just 130 deliveries.

Most notably they broke the record for any partnership in List A cricket, eclipsing the 331 that Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid put on for India against New Zealand in Hyderabad in 1999.

They also amassed the highest Dolphins total in the format, while both batsmen beat Van Wyk’s previous record score in the competition of 168 not out, which he made for the Knights against the Lions at the same venue during the 2009/10 season.

Yet within hours the new individual record had been beaten, as Hendricks hit 181 off 135 balls.

With Second scoring 107 in a 275-run stand for the second wicket, it appeared as though the Knights might nick the game in much the same way that Van Wyk had done against the Titans last week.

However, Robbie Frylinck changed the course of things when he dismissed Second and Hendricks in the same over and then took care of Dillon du Preez in his next one.

That saw the Knights fall from 289 for one in the 44th over, when they were very much on course, to 307 for four in the 46th.

Rabian Engelbrecht picked up his first three wickets for the Dolphins to ensure there would be no further heroics from the batsmen, as the Knights finished on 342 for seven.