24 Feb DOLPHINS THROUGH TO THE SEMIFINALS AFTER A BONUS POINT VICTORY AGAINST WP BLITZ
GQEBERHA: The Hollywoodbets Dolphins breezed through the Six Gun Grill Western Province Blitz batting line-up this morning with a massive 65-run and bonus point victory while crushing all the hopes from the second match of the day.
WP Blitz won the toss and put the Dolphins to the bat first as their bowling attack dismantled the Dolphins openers. George Linde (2/24) delivered the blows in his first two overs after dismissing Keegan Petersen (0) with the first delivery of the day, Marques Ackerman (5) edged to keeper Dane Vilas in the third over and the KZN-based side found themselves on 13/3 early in the game.
Aviwe Mgijima (2/25), dismissed Grant Roelofsen (8) in the second over, also claiming his second wicket after Ruan de Swardt edged to the keeper, Vilas, with just 22 runs.
Khaya Zondo’s unbeaten 59 off 51 was just what the Dolphins needed to restore the innings as he formed powerful partnerships including a 45-run stand with Ruan de Swardt (22), 47 runs with Bryce Parsons (28), and 43 runs with Andile Phehlukwayo (25*) to help the Dolphins set a defendable target of 148 runs.
In what must have felt like poetic justice, the Dolphins delivered a brilliant bowling display to dismiss the WP Blitz for 89 runs in just under 16 overs.
Eathan Bosch (1/9) claimed the first wicket after he caught and bowled Richard Levi for 15 runs, and captain, Prenelan Subrayen (2/17) dismissed Tony de Zorzi (1)in the very next over.
Bryce Parsons registered a career-best 3/22, with the wickets of Daniel Smith (17) and George Linde (0) in two consecutive deliveries before dismissing Junaid Dawood (1) in the final wicket.
Phehlukwayo had an all-round performance with both bat and ball, recording (2/16 in 2 overs) and an unbeaten 25* off 10 balls.
What would’ve been a quarterfinal had the first game went the other way, the Gbets Warriors and North West Dragons went to head to head this afternoon for home-town glory and the 5th place in the log standings.
Dragons won the toss, putting on classic batting display after Heino Kuhn smashed a 78 off 57 balls, and with the support of Wesley Marshall (22), Delano Potgieter (29) and Senuran Muthusamy (24*), the Dragons ended their innings on of 169/5 and won the game by 10 runs.
The Dragons openers, Marshall and Kuhn were caught by Diego Rosier off Kyle Jacobs and Jon-Jon Smuts’ bowling respectively.
Dwaine Pretorius dismissed Wihan Lubbe before he could score any runs after 4 deliveries before running out Smuts from his own bowling, two overs later and Warriors found themselves on 43/2 at the end of powerplay.
Lesiba Ngoepe top scored with 43 off 28, followed by a steady 49-run stand between skipper Sinethemba Qeshile (24) and Rudi Second (29) that kept the Warriors in the game for a while but classic bowling from Duan Jansen dismissed both of them in the 19th over as they were caught by Marshall in the boundary going for maximum points.
The Dragons’ seamer, Lwandiswa Zuma recorded 3/25 in his 3 overs with a bowler of the match performance after claiming the big wickets of Ngoepe (43), followed by Tristan Stubbs (18) and a Diego Rosier 15th over as Warriors ended their innings on 159/9, falling short by 10 runs.
The CSA T20 Challenge semi-finals will take place on Friday, 25 February 2022 with the below fixtures:
10h00: Momentum Multiply Titans vs Hollywoodbets Dolphins
14h30: Six Gun Grill Western Province Blitz vs Gbets Rocks
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