Knights drown Dolphins
Jamaican Russell goes on rampage to set up an impressive 39run win
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.