The Hollywoodbets Dolphins got back to their winning ways in the Momentum One Day Cup competition as they got across the line comfortably against the VKB Knights on a drizzly evening at Kingsmead.
After surrendering their unbeaten record to the Warriors midweek, the Dolphins held the Knights to 254/9 in their 50 overs and were comfortably inside their Duckworth Lewis targets when the second rain delay put an end to the contest after 27 overs of the Dolphins innings.
The win, by 22 runs by the Duckworth Lewis method, was the Dolphins’ fourth win in five outings and consolidates their second place on the log and moves them to within two points of the log-leading Warriors.
Having won the toss and inserting the visitors Robbie Frylinck got the home side off to the best possible start, trapping Grant Mokoena in front for a duck in the first over before a 68 run stand from Keegan Petersen and Andries Gous stabilised the Knights innings.
Spinners Keshav Maharaj and Senuren Muthusamy took two wickets in two over to wrest back the match momentum before the experienced Rudi Second constructed solid partnerships with Patrick Kruger and Ryan MacLaren.
Second scored at a lively run-a-ball to eventually post 76 and help the visitors to a competitive total of 254/9 in their 50 overs.
Frylinck was the pick of the Dolphins bowlers, taking three for 42 in ten overs, including the scalp of Second, while Muthusamy came away with a return of two for 35 in his allotted ten overs.
Just ten overs into the Dolphins innings a light drizzle brought in by the strong South Westerly wind forced the players off for fifteen minutes and set a revised target of 248 for a Dolphins victory in 47 overs.
That was after Vaughan Van Jaarsveld had departed for 2 after being adjudged to have edged a Marchant de Lange deliver to Ryan McLaren at slip.
Veteran Morne van Wyk, who had been returned to the Dolphins top order, put together a 98 runs stand for the second wicket with Sarel Erwee.
With persistent drizzle forcing the Duckworth Lewis formula squarely into focus during the Dolphins innings they managed to stay ahead of their required targets, even after Erwee fell for a solid 59.
The players were forced off the field for a second time 27 overs into their innings, having amassed 139/3 with the insidious Duckworth Lewis at an arms-length.
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v VKB Knights
VKB Knights 254/9 (50 overs : R. Second 74, R. Frylinck 3/42, S.Muthusamy 2/35)
Hollywoodbets Dolphins 139/3 (27 overs : S. Erwee 59, M. de Lange 3/35)
Dolphins win by 22 runs by the Duckworth Lewis Method
Man of the Match : Sarel Erwee