Durban – The Hollywoodbets Dolphins cemented their place at the top of the Betway T20 Challenge with a systematic demolition of the Warriors on Sunday afternoon.
When rain forced the players off the field two overs before the scheduled end of the game the Dolphins top order had taken full control of the match at 128/2 chasing a victory target on 144.
The win, by three runs using the Duckworth Lewis method, secures the Durbanites their third win in succession and leaves them holding all the cards in the tournament, with their spot in the play-offs all but secured.
The victory was built on a superb opening stand of 92 runs between SJ Erwee and Keegan Petersen, the highest partnership of the tournament to date. Erwee fell for an aggressive 52 off 33 balls while Petersen also went on to record his half century.
He was unbeaten on 58, steering the third wicket partnership with David Miller towards their victory target when the match ended prematurely.
Earlier in the day, the Warriors won the toss and decided to bat first, and found themselves under pressure in the powerplay, with skipper Keshav Maharaj starting with the first of his two maiden overs and Robbie Frylinck claiming the scalp of Gihahn Cloete for 5.
Ottniel Baartman revelled in the overcast conditions and slowish surface, getting Lesiba Ngoepe out with his very first delivery en route to an impressive return of 2 for 31 from his four overs.
The Warriors innings was anchored by a gusty 71 run partnership between Jon Jon Smuts and the sides new skipper Sinethemba Qeshile, before Smuts was sent packing by a brilliant run out effected by a bullet-like throw from Baartman from the boundary.
Queshile was unbeaten at the end of their innings on 47, adding runs in a useful sixth wicket stand with Triston Stubbs to get the Warriors to 143/5.
SUMMARY OF SCORE
Warriors 143/5 (O. Baartman 2/31, S. Qeshile 47*)
Hollywoodbets Dolphins 128/2 (S. Erwee 52, K. Petersen 58*)
Hollywoodbets Dolphins win by 3 runs (D/L method)
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