Andile Phehlukwayo and Rabian Engelbrecht shared seven wickets to ensure the Sunfoil Dolphins enjoyed a strong end to their Sunfoil Series campaign and 2015/16 season with a 118-run win over the VKB Knights in Durban on Sunday.
All-rounder Phehlukwayo grabbed 3/38 at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, while Engelbrecht snared 4/43 as the hosts claimed the seven remaining wickets they needed on day four to bowl the visitors out for 263.
Proteas batsman Rilee Rossouw top-scored with 84 (133 balls, 10 fours) and shared an innings-high 148-run fifth wicket stand with Rudi Second that had threatened to force a draw.
But Second fell to Phehlukwayo for 65 (120 balls, 10 fours) in the afternoon session to change the complexion of the game.
The home side put themselves in the driver’s seat after braving their way through a tough day’s play on Thursday to go on and post 375 all out; Vaughn van Jaarsveld (106), Senuran Muthusamy (80) and Daryn Smit (50) doing much of thedamage before the lower order and tail added a combined 108 runs of their own.
The in-form Craig Alexander’s 6/60 then limited the Knights to 218 all out in their first knock, giving the Dolphins a handy 157-run lead going into the second innings.
Captain Imraan Khan’s 106* and more runs for Van Jaarsveld (54) then saw the Dolphins set the visitors a target of 382 for victory, which they went on to fall well short of.
The result was not enough to help the Durbanites leapfrog the Cape Cobras into fourth as they instead ended in fifth place, with the Central Franchise finishing in third.