Dol­phins still lead Co­bras

Weekend Witness - - Classifieds -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — The Dol­phins were de­nied a bonus­point vic­tory thanks to a valiant eighth­wicket part­ner­ship of 70 off only 39 balls be­tween Justin Kemp and Ver­non Phi­lan­der that re­duced the win­ning mar­gin to just seven runs over the Nashua Mo­bile Cape Co­bras in an ex­cit­ing Ram Slam T20 Chal­lenge match at Boland Park in Paarl yes­ter­day.

The Dol­phins had posted 145 for eight, af­ter win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat first, with Cameron Del­port top scor­ing with 49 from 37 balls with six bound­aries and a six.

The Co­bras, in re­ply, slumped to 55 for seven with only Hashim Amla (26) reach­ing dou­ble fig­ures, be­fore fin­ish­ing on 138 for eight.

Phi­lan­der joined Kemp mid­way through the 13th over af­ter Su­nil Narine (eight) was bril­liantly caught by David Miller run­ning in from the lon­gon bound­ary. The pair brought up their 50­run part­ner­ship off only 27 balls as Kemp blud­geoned six bound­aries and two max­i­mums in his un­de­feated 56 from 33 balls on his re­turn to the side.

Phi­lan­der faced 14 balls and hit two fours in his 19 which helped the hosts get close. But once Phi­lan­der de­parted, caught at third man by Del­port off the bowl­ing of Alexan­der, the crowd of just over 5 500 sensed that a chance of an un­likely vic­tory evap­o­rated.

The Dol­phins, who still have two games in hand over the Co­bras, are now six points adrift of the Cape fran­chise.

— Su­perS­port.

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