Weather again hits Dolphins after Cobras abandonment

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 01: General views during the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge match between Hollywoodbets Dolphins and WSB Cape Cobras at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on December 01, 2017 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 01: General views during the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge match between Hollywoodbets Dolphins and WSB Cape Cobras at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on December 01, 2017 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

Heavy mid-match rain forced the Hollywoodbets Dolphins to endure a third successive home RAM SLAM T20 Challenge washout as their clash against the WSB Cape Cobras had to be abandoned at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban on Friday night.

The hosts, whose previous two home games did not see a ball bowled due to the weather, did at least give the 5500 fans that turned up some entertainment in the 22.1 overs that were played.

Most of the performing, though, was done by the visitors, in particular their captain, JP Duminy, who smashed an unbeaten 85 off 44 balls (8 fours, 5 sixes).

Hashim Amla also made 40 as the Cape side amassed 172 for four in their 20 overs after losing the toss and being put in to bat first.

It did rain during Duminy’s knock, which included smashing Andile Phehlukwayo for 25 in the final over, but not enough for the players to go off.

However, a massive thunderstorm that had been threatening eventually arrived with the Dolphins on 8 for one in 2.1 overs forcing an early end to the game.

It was the fourth washout for the hosts this season and left them frustrated once more. They have only managed to play two of their six games and now have a total of 12 points, with the Cobras up to 14.