Knights drown Dol­phins

Jamaican Rus­sell goes on ram­page to set up an im­pres­sive 39­run win

Weekend Witness - - Spor T -

A BRIL­LIANT in­nings of 50 runs off 19 balls b y Andr e R us­sell, the Knight s’ mar­quee West In­dian sign­ing, set up an im­pres­sive 3 9­run win o ver the Dol­phins in Kim­ber ley las t night.

The dy­namic Jamaican went on the ram­page with jus t 27 balls r emain­ing, ham­mer­ing six six es and help­ing the host to post an im­pres­sive to­tal of 167 for fi ve.

The shell­shock ed Dol­phins, in a must­win game, just couldn’t get started against a well­or­gan­ised, ef­fi­cient at­tack and col­lapsed to 128 all out thr ee balls int o the 1 9th o ver.

In re­al­ity, they were down and out by the half­way stage of the in­nings, hav­ing lost four wick­ets for 53 runs. Iron­i­cally, the Knights had not been in a much b­et ter po­si­tion: they were 56 for two; and in­deed, after 15 overs, the Dol­phins’ po­si­tion was 10 runs t o the g ood.

But the diff er­ence was that did not have a Rus­sell. They had Dwayne Bravo, and he put ev­ery sinew of his be­ing into turn­ing the sit­u­a­tion around. But after whack­ing 16 runs off one Werner Coet­see off­spin over, he fell for 35 from 18 balls (3x4, 2x6), bowled by Shadley van Schalk­wyk. It was nowhere close to the py­rotech­nics of his Windies team­mate and it manif es­tly f ailed t o r epair the dam­age his o wn bo wl­ing had caused.

Rus­sell came to the crease when the hosts w ere on a knif e­edge at 8 9 f or three in the 15th over, but he made sure there was a test­ing tar­get by tak­ing on Bravo, slam­ming four sixes off one over — an o ver that yielded 30 runs.

He was given good support by Reeza Hen­dricks, who had played a solid an­chor­ing role in the early stages, and as the g ame opened up , he t oo got int o the swing with a six and ao­fur off Bravo be­fore be­ing bowled in the last over for 69 off 50 balls, in­clud­ing five fours and two sixes. Rus­sell was run out off the last ball, which left B ravo n urs­ing the painful fig­ures of one for 50 off his four overs.

Hav­ing been put in t o b at, the Knights had to work hard to gain what they could from a fast­chang­ing at­tack. But H en­dricks and T umelo B odibe worked the ball around well to com­pen­sate for the lack of bound­arie s. If they got a loose ball, they used it, with both notch­ing a six, but those were rare oc­ca­sions.

It took 56 balls to reach the first 50, and they were look­ing good for another 50 when Bodibe was lbw to Frylinck for 23 off 24 balls. The third­wicket stand had pro­duced 63 runs from 52 balls and pro­vided a plat­form for that in­cred­i­ble as­sault on the last five overs. From those 27 b alls, 7 8 runs w ere not ched.

It was over the hori­zon, as far as the Dol­phins w ere c on­cerned. All the Knights bo wlers c on­tributed. R us­sell com­pleted a man of the macth per­for­mance by hoover­ing up the tail for a tally of thr ee f or 1 7.

— Su­perS­port.

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