Knights & Titans thwarted by weather, Cobras win by 8 runs in CSA T20
The VKB Knights and Multiply Titans suffered a second CSA T20 Challenge abandonment in four games after their match at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley was washed out on Sunday.
There was at least some action in their round four outing with 17 overs sent down by the hosts after winning the toss and bowling first.
The defending champions reached 136 for four thanks to a flying 57 off 40 balls (5 fours, 2 sixes) by Diego Rosier.
Theunis de Bruyn also struck 36, with two wickets apiece for Ryan McLaren (2/22) and Ottniel Baartman (2/27).
After that the heavens opened preventing any further play as the two teams had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Warriors and Lions also thwarted by the weather
An extraordinary display of boundary-hitting by Marco Marais proved in vain after the Warriors’ latest CSA T20 Challenge match against the bizhub Highveld Lions had to be abandoned due to rain at Buffalo Park in East London on Sunday.
The right-hander, who last season shot to fame when the recorded the fastest first-class triple century in history, sizzled eight sixes and five fours in a 33-ball unbeaten 83 as the hosts recovered to reach 155 for five when rain intervened.
That was after 18.4 overs, after a delay for rain in which there were some DLS adjustments, the wet weather returned to end proceedings prematurely.
Before Marais went crazy, the Lions had lost the toss and made good progress after deciding to bowl first.
Aaron Phangiso’s excellent two for 13 in four as well as Bjorn Fortuin (1/23) and Beuran Hendricks (1/10) reduced the Warriors to 58 for four in the 10th over, before Marais and Sinethemba Qeshile (38) rescued their side.
Unfortunately for the pair, the match was called off and the four points on offer split by the two sides.
Match Summary - Cobras v Dolphins
Cape Cobras 152 - 6 (Hashim Amla 32, Robbie Frylinck 2-27)
Dolphins 144 - 5 (Khaya Zondo 53*, Robbie Frylinck 47*)
Result - Cape Cobras won by 8 runs
COBvDOL | COBRAS DROWN DOLPHINS— COBRAS CRICKET (@CobrasCricket) April 14, 2019
A valiant effort from the Dolphins to try steal the game but it was not enough as Cobras win by 8 runs here at PPC Newlands #StrengthInDiversity #T20Challenge #COBvDOL pic.twitter.com/Iz5inTXX4G
Rory Kleinveldt produced the outstanding figures of two for nine in four overs as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras moved to the top of the CSA T20 Challenge table thanks to a narrow eight-run win over the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Cape Town on Sunday.
Out-of-sorts Hashim Amla also showed some glimpses of a return to form by top-scoring for the hosts with a run-a-ball 32 that helped them post 152 for six after being put in to bat first at PPC Newlands.
There were also handy contributions in the 20s by Kyle Verreynne (28), George Linde (27 not out) and Aviwe Mgijima (23).
However, the visitors would have been relatively happy to have restricted their target to 153 thanks to strong bowling displays by Robbie Frylinck (2/27) as well as spinners Keshav Maharaj (1/20) and Prenelan Subrayen (1/23) – all three sending down their full quota of overs.
The reply of the Dolphins was a mess as Kleinveldt, who delivered 17 dot balls in his spell, struck twice in his first seven deliveries to remove Sarel Erwee (2) and Morne van Wyk (1).
And when Vernon Philander (1/28) had Cody Chetty (7) caught behind in the fourth over, the KwaZulu-Natal side were limping on 13 for three.
They feel into an even deeper hole after Nkululeko Serame’s spin yielded two for 28 and left them on 63 for five by the 14th over.
Then came a near rescue act by Khaya Zondo and Frylinck, who shared in an unbroken 81-run sixth-wicket stand that nearly pulled off an upset.
The captain collected his seventh career half-century to end on 53 not out off 49 balls (1 four, 2 sixes), while veteran all-rounder Frylinck was sensational on his way to an unbeaten 23-ball 47.
Despite the big hitting, however, the Dolphins were always well behind the game – they needed 54 off 18, 48 off 12 and eventually 24 off six, which proved a mountain too big to scale.
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