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Latest news from the Momentum One Day Cup - Wins for Lions, Warriors and Dolphins

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Latest news from the Momentum One Day Cup - Wins for Lions, Warriors and Dolphins

Rickelton magic makes it two from two for Lions

A career-best 157 by Ryan Rickelton enabled the Imperial Lions to make it two Momentum One-Day Cup wins from two after they earned a comfortable 49-run victory over the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Paarl on Friday.

The left-hander smashed three sixes and 12 fours in a 135-ball innings of pure class that helped lift the hosts to a mammoth 320 for seven after they lost the toss and were asked to bat first.

Fast bowler Eldred Hawken then claimed three for 40 in 10 overs as the hosts were restricted to 271 for six – sealing an emphatic win at Eurolux Boland Park.

Rickelton, though, was the star after setting the tone for his side with a magnificent display with the bat.

His second career ton was the catalyst for an initial 125-run opening stand with Dominic Hendricks (50 off 68 balls, 3 fours), before a 63-run partnership followed with Kagiso Rapulana (32).

Then came arguably the most influential stand as Rickelton, who beat his previous best score of 126 for the Lions against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at Potch last year, and Nicky van den Berg (36) thrashed 93 for the third wicket that proved key to their mammoth total.

It was the Lions’ highest total in the history of the fixture.

The Cobras suffered a double set-back in the opening eight overs after losing Pieter Malan (17) and Hanno Kotze (9) cheaply.

 Zubayr Hamza (58 off 57 balls, 7 fours) and George Linde (58 off 60 balls, 2 fours, 1 six) did their best to keep with the pace, while Jason Smith (41) and Aviwe Mgijima (33) also tried, but the scoreboard pressure was too big as the Cobras slipped to their first loss of the term.

Vallie's captain's innings sets up Warriors win

A captain's innings by Yaseen Vallie paved the way for the Warriors to secure their first win of the Momentum One-Day Cup season when they overcame the VKB Knights by 50 runs in Bloemfontein on Friday.

The right-hander struck an unbeaten 90 off 89 balls (5 fours, 1 six) as his team-mates sunk around him to help the hosts scrap their way to 214 all out in a match reduced to 42 overs per side at the Mangaung Oval.

Left-arm quick Stefan Tait then capped a fine debut by grabbing three for 27 as the visitors were dismissed for 164 in 37.2 overs.

Dyllan Matthews was also amongst the wickets, bagging three for 39 in the Free State capital.

But it was his skipper, Vallie, who earlier made all the difference with his critical innings. After he lost the toss and was asked to bat, he saw his top order rolled over as they slipped to 44 for three inside 10 overs.

That was thanks in the main to pick of the bowlers Shaun von Berg (3/31).

But Vallie rallied the middle and lower order, with his main support coming from Marco Marais (32) as the Eastern Cape franchise managed to fight to set 215 when they were dismissed with four balls of the innings remaining.

Another spinner Tshepo Ntuli was the other key bowler for the Knights, picking up three for 46.

The Knights, who were dismissed for 115 against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins six days earlier, were even more dire with the bat.

Matthews caused their top order problems with his turn, which left them reeling at 91 for five. Stand-in captain Wandile Makwetu battled hard with his innings of 35, although that was never going to be enough.

Tait and Sisanda Magala (2/36) then dashed through the tail to hand the Central Franchise a second successive loss.

Roelofsen sends Dolphins soaring to top of the table

Grant Roelofsen’s stellar career-best 147 in his second appearance for the Hollywoodbets Dolphins helped script a stunning five-wicket DLS win over the Momentum Multiply Titans in their Momentum One-Day Cup clash in Centurion on Friday.

The right-hander, who only six days ago debuted for the Durbanites, struck 10 sixes and carried his bat in a big chase of 284 in 39 overs to guide the visitors to victory with two balls to spare.

It was a result that maintained the coastal team’s 100 percent start to the season and left them top of the table. The hosts, meanwhile, were left still searching for that first victory after two rounds of action.

But the result at SuperSport Park was an incredible one for Imraan Khan’s side, all thanks to Roelofsen, whose highest score beat his 128 not out for KwaZulu-Natal Inland against Free State at Bloemfontein earlier in the current term.

In a repeat of last season’s final, the defending champions looked on top for the better part of the game.

They batted boldly right the way through with everyone getting runs in front of their home fans – the pick of the batsmen being an unbeaten Dean Elgar from 74 (67 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes) and Grant Thomson’s 68 (60 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes). Heinrich Klaasen also lambasted 40 in 20 balls.

It left the Dolphins chasing the game right from the get-go of their innings, with Sarel Erwee (38) and Roelofsen taking the challenge head on. They put on 69 in just over 10 overs, before the former departed.

The brakes were then further pressed when Vaughn van Jaarsveld (18) was run out and Marques Ackerman (6) fell cheaply – the away side at that stage in a fix at 113 for three with nearly half the overs finished.

But Khaya Zondo (39) helped Roelofsen put on 100 for the fourth wicket in a little over 10 overs, with the opener then exploding towards the back end of his 113-ball knock, aided by Robbie Frylinck (21 off 16), to help secure an unexpected win.

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