Sibonelo Makhanya (L) & Khaya Zondo © Gallo Images
Robbie Frylinck played the hero for the second week in succession when he grabbed three wickets in the 46th over to lead the Hollywoodbets Dolphins to a dramatic 27-run win over the bizhub Highveld Lions in the Momentum One-Day Cup in Durban on Friday night.
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After his record 19-ball half-century against the Multiply Titans last week, Frylinck ran in for his ninth over at the Sahara Stadium Kingsmead with the Lions closing in on victory after Temba Bavuma and Nono Pongolo had added 51 for the seventh wicket.
With his first ball the burly paceman encouraged Pongolo to chip to Khaya Zondo at short mid-on, with his second he induced Aaron Phangiso to edge to wicketkeeper Morne van Wyk and with his final delivery he forced Bavuma, who had struck a gritty 74 in 94 balls, to play on off the inside edge.
From the relative security of 213/6, with 33 needed off 30 balls, the Lions had plunged to 216/9. In the next over, delivered by Keshav Maharaj, Beuran Hendricks smashed his second ball straight to Sarel Erwee on the midwicket boundary and the Dolphins had triumphed over the reigning champions by 27 runs.
Maharaj finished with his best One-Day Cup figures of 5/40 and nobody could complain about his award, particularly as he had undermined the Lions’ top-order. But it was Frylinck – who finished with 4/43 – who made the dramatic breakthrough at the death that made victory possible.
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The Lions had every chance of victory for most of their innings as they pursued the Dolphins’ total of 245/7. Openers Stephen Cook and Reeza Hendricks tore into the Dolphins attack early on with a stand of 49 in 46 balls, while Bavuma enjoyed half-century partnerships with Nicholas van den Bergh and Pongolo.
Bavuma may have only struck a six and a four in his innings but there were times when he almost literally ran the Dolphins into the Kingsmead turf as he consistently sprinted up and down the pitch like a whippet to turn dots into unlikely ones and ones into even more unlikely twos.
Earlier, a franchise record partnership of 145 for the fifth wicket by Zondo and Sibs Makhanya enabled the home team to recover from a sticky start to post a challenging total.
This was an especially good effort from the two men after the Dolphins had initially stumbled to 48/4 in 15.4 overs.
Lions’ captain Stephen Cook, having won the toss, inserted the Dolphins on a slow, tacky pitch that had been affected by four days of heavy rain. The top order struggled early on and the Dolphins lost a series of soft wickets.
Zondo and Makhanya were forced to rebuild the innings. Makhanya, the more aggressive of the two, reached his first senior half-century for the Dolphins in 58 balls.
When he was eventually dismissed for 82 – the second run-out victim – he had struck the ball particularly cleanly, cracking five fours and three sixes.
Zondo finished with a responsible 74 in 98 balls while Maharaj and Calvin Savage blazed away at the close to enable the home team to reach a challenging total.
For the Lions, left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin led the way with an excellent 3/34 in his 10 overs, while Hendricks and Carmi le Roux picked up a scalp apiece.
HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS: Sarel Erwee, Morne van Wyk (wk), Cody Chetty, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Khaya Zondo (capt), Sibs Makhanya, Keshav Maharaj, Calvin Savage, Robbie Frylinck, Rabian Engelbrecht, Mthokozisi Shezi
BIZHUB HIGHVELD LIONS: Stephen Cook (capt), Rassie van der Dussen, Reeza Hendricks, Nicholas van den Berg, Temba Bavuma, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Beuran Hendricks, Bjorn Fortuin, Aaron Phangiso, Zanzima Pongolo, Carmi le Roux