ROBBIE FRYLINCK recorded the fastest half-century in Momentum One-Day Cup history as the Hollywoodbets Dolphins ensured the competition began with a bang thanks to an epic, five-wicket win over the Multiply Titans at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.
The seasoned all-rounder smashed 54 (20 balls, 6 fours, 3 sixes) as the visitors chased down 325 – the highest successful chase by the away side – with three balls to spare.
Frylinck’s landmark 50 came from just 19 balls as he beat the previous best mark of 20 balls achieved by Qaasim Adams for the Titans against the bizhub Highveld Lions last season. It completed a remarkable chase for the Dolphins, which was set up by solid half-centuries from Sarel Erwee (70 off 84 balls, 8 fours, 2 sixes) and Morne van Wyk (61 off 71 balls, 4 fours, 1 six), the pair sharing a 117-run opening stand, as well as Cody Chetty (50 of 55 ball, 2 fours, 1 six).
Keshav Maharaj also played a key role by plundering three fours and a six in his 22-ball 38, which came at a time when the men from KwaZulu-Natal were ambling along in their chase having slipped to 213/4 with a little over 10 overs to go.
The telling moment came when the previously-miserly Junior Dala was taken to the cleaners by Frylinck in the 47th over when he went for 22 – having gone for only 20 in six overs.
Three men had earlier scored half-centuries for the hosts after they had lost the toss and were asked to bat first. Henry Davids top scored with 87 (92 balls, 11 fours, 1 six) and shared in an opening stand of 153 with Jonathan Vandiar (51 off 65 balls, 3 fours, 1 six) that set the home side on their way to a massive total.
The third was debutant Rivaldo Moonsamy, who made an outstanding 68 (46 balls, 9 fours, 2 sixes), but his day was spoilt by Frylinck as the Dolphins started with an impressive win.
Calvin Savage took 4/60 for the Dolphins.