Khan century delays Warriors victory

A century from Imraan Khan and an unbeaten 84 by Daryn Smit were not sufficient for the Sunfoil Dolphins to deny the Chevrolet Warriors their first Sunfoil Series victory under new coach Malibongwe Maketa on Sunday.

Khan extended his overnight score of 56 to 103 and Smit forced the Warriors to work hard for their points, but Andrew Birch’s 4 for 86 proved the telling contribution as the Dolphins were bowled out for 316 in their second innings to lose by 109 runs.

The Warriors’ first victory of the competition gave them 18.18 points and lifted them above the Dolphins into fourth, but more importantly should give them the belief necessary to have a more successful second half to the season.

They went into the final day requiring six wickets with the Dolphins on 77 for four, but found the task harder than they perhaps expected as Khan dug in.

Left-arm spinner Jon-Jon Smuts made the key breakthrough when he had the left-hander caught, but Smit took over the resistance efforts from there.

The Warriors chipped away at the other end, picking up a couple of quick wickets when Robbie Frylinck (24) and Andile Phehlukwayo fell in consecutive overs, but Smit found a willing partner in Keshav Maharaj to delay things further with a partnership of 82 for the eighth wicket.

It took the second new ball to finish things off, as Basheeru-Deen Walters (2 for 42) used it to bowl Maharaj for 44 before Birch grabbed the final two wickets to secure the Warriors a welcome victory.