Steady batting by Dol­phins sees them de­clare at 329/7

Weekend Witness - - Sport - DAVID KNOWLES

STEADY batting by the Dol­phins saw them through to 329­7, declar­ing at 4.40 pm on the sec­ond day of their four­day se­ries clash against the Lions at Kingsmead yes­ter­day, with Kyle Ab­bott (29*) and Matthew Pil­lans (2*) at the crease.

With the first day on Thurs­day called off just be­fore 4 pm due to bad light and rain, day two dawned bright and clear, Kingsmead bathed in sun­light as just more than 100 overs were bowled.

At the toss, Stephen Cook called cor­rectly and asked the Dol­phins to bat on a green wicket, which eased through­out the day, per­haps a lit­tle ap­pre­hen­sive in batting first with four play­ers in his team mak­ing their four­day de­buts.

SA U19 fast bowler Kag­iso Rabada, medium pacer Shaylen Pil­lay, wick­et­keeper Sizwe Ma­son­ do and bats­man Rassie van der Dussen joined the Dol­phins’ quick Matthew Pil­lans in rep­re­sent­ing their fran­chise for the first time in the long­est ver­sion of the game at do­mes­tic level at a time in the sea­son where up­com­ing talent gets a chance to show their worth.

Im­raan Khan and Di­van van Wyk got the Dol­phins off to a brisk start, putting on 70 for the first wicket be­fore Khan de­parted for what was at times an at­trac­tive 39 be­fore he be­came be­calmed and gave Ma­sondo his maiden catch off Cliffe Dea­con. Khaya Zondo joined Van Wyk and the pair took the hosts to 100­1 at lunch, Van Wyk on 41 and Zondo 16.

The pair added 68 be­fore Zondo was snaf­fled by the ever­green Neil McKen­zie at slip for 31, Har­dus Viljoen adding his sec­ond wicket two runs later when Cody Chetty (1) chipped a ball that seemed to stop on him to Devon Con­way at cover for a sim­ple catch to have the Dol­phins 140­3.

An­other promis­ing young­ster Sarel Er­wee, shared a 65­run fourth wicket part­ner­ship with van Wyk who looked cer­tain to notch his third century of the com­pe­ti­tion, only to fall seven short when Pil­lay bagged him for 93 af­ter 277 min­utes at the crease. He fell with the to­tal on 205 and Er­wee fol­lowed 11 runs later for a de­cent 34, giv­ing Ma­sondo his third catch of the in­nings. Two of the se­nior states­men in the Dol­phins side, cap­tain Morne van Wyk and Daryn Smit took their side to within range of the 300­run mark adding 76 for the sixth wicket be­fore Smit per­ished for 29 with the score­board show­ing 292­6.

Morne van Wyk looked in good touch and his 57 from 61 balls was a fluid in­nings, ended with a fan­tas­tic catch by McKen­zie at slip, the Dol­phins 307­7. Kyle Ab­bott showed his skill with bat in hand, notch­ing a quick un­de­feated 29 from 21 balls with seven fours as the dec­la­ra­tion came. Dropped catches from Pil­lay, Dea­con and Con­way never helped the Lions’ cause and the wick­ets were shared be­tween Dea­con (3­48), Viljoen (2­90), Pil­lay (1­45) and Rabada (1­48). Men­tion must be made of leg spinner Ed­die Leie who sent down 22 overs or no re­ward in con­ced­ing 83 runs.

The Dol­phins were hop­ing for an early break­through in what has been a brit­tle Lions batting line­up at times this sea­son, but Cook (13) and Van der Dussen (26) saw the Lions through to 40 with­out loss, 289 in ar­rears, af­ter nine overs when time was called at 5.30 pm.

Ab­bott, Daryn Du­pavil­lon and Pil­lans were used by the Dol­phins and it’s hoped that the pitch will of­fer some bite for them in the early ses­sion to­day.

Play starts at 9 am to­day and en­try is free. I Khan c Ma­sondo b Dea­con .................. 39 D van Wyk c Ma­sondo b Pil­lay ............. 93 K Zondo c McKen­zie b Viljoen................. 31 C Chetty c Con­way b Viljoen...................... 1 S Er­wee c Ma­sondo b Rabada............... 34 M van Wyk c McKen­zie b Dea­con ......... 57 D Smit lbw b Dea­con................................ 29 K Ab­bott not out........................................ 29 M Pil­lans not out.......................................... 2

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(for 7 decl. in 91 overs) ....... Fall of wick­ets: 1­70, 2­138, 3­140, 4­205, 5­216, 6­292, 7­307 Bowl­ing: Viljoen 20­6­90­2 (2nb, 2w), Dea­con 18­5­48­3, Pil­lay 13­3­45­1, Rabada 17­3­48­1 (1w), Leie 22­0­83­0, Cook 1­0­6­0 S Cook not out............................................. 13 H van der Dussen not out...................... 26

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(for no wick­ets in 9 overs)... Bowl­ing: Ab­bott 2­0­11­0 (1nb), Du­pavil­lon 4­1­20­0, Pil­lans 3­0­9­0.

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