A scorching century from Vaughn van Jaarsveld laid the foundation for the Hollywoodbets Dolphins to secure their biggest ever win over the bizhub Highveld Lions thanks to a 118-run, bonus-point triumph at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Wednesday.
The left-hander made 108 (77 balls, 14 fours, 3 sixes), his ninth career century, as the visitors amassed 344/7 after being asked to bat first.
There were also half-centuries from Morne van Wyk, who made 54 off 83 balls (6 fours) and shared in an opening stand of 162 with Van Jaarsveld, while Andile Phehlukwayo blasted a career-best 64 (47 balls, 5 fours, 3 sixes) at the back-end of the innings. It was also a maiden career half-century for the young Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder.
The Dolphins’ final total was also a record score for them against the Lions, smashing the previous best score of 268/7 from last season, while it was their second-highest score in one-day cricket.
The reply from the Lions was a sorry one as they slumped to 77/6, before eventually being bowled out for 226 in 42.2 overs.
Their saving grace came via from captain Dominic Hendricks, who fell two short of what would have been a deserved century – the skipper the last man out for 98 (99 balls, 5 fours 1 six). Aaron Phangiso got 34, but there was little else from the home batsmen.
The Dolphins bowlers put in a solid team effort, even though Imran Tahir was the pick of the bowlers with 3/49.
Rabian Engelbrecht picked up 2/39 and Robbie Frylinck chipped in with 2/22 as the men from KwaZulu-Natal walked away with five points that put them seven points clear at the summit.