Sunfoil Series wrap: Vilas the man for the Dolphins

The Dolphins had another strong day in their Sunfoil Series clash with the Highveld Lions at the Wanderers, where they lead the hosts by 72 runs at the end of day two with three first innings wickets in hand. 

The visitors made early inroads on the second morning with the Lions on 207/7 when Kerwin Mungroo had Aaron Phangiso for 11.

Eathan Bosch then picked up his third when he dismissed Mangaliso Mosehle for 42 and the Lions were batting at 213/9.

A rear-guard partnership from Sean Jamison and Beuren Hendricks then helped the Lions regain some ascendancy.

The pair put on 33 for the final wicket before Okuhle Cele picked up his third scalp which saw the Lions bowled out for 246.

Jamison managed to score 22 and Hendricks 10 which gave their side a reasonable first innings total.

Bosch and Cele, the two debutants, were the pick of the bowlers returning with figures of 3/43 and 3/19 respectively.

The Dolphins innings started with a shock as Sarel Erwee was caught at slip for a duck in the first over.

From there it was all Dolphins with make-shift opener Dane Vilas and Vaughn van Jaarsveld played some entertaining limited overs like cricket.

They bludgeoned 89 in just over 12 overs before Van Jaarsveld fell for a belligerent 42 off 31 deliveries.

Senuran Muthusamy joined Vilas as the rate understandably slowed but the runs didn’t cease.

Their partnership was worth 150 before Vilas became the third victim with the total on 239.

Vilas finished on a brilliant 128 from 153 balls which included 19 fours and one maximum.

The Dolphins then had a slight wobble as captain Khaya Zondo fell first ball and then Sibz Makhanya was stumped for three.

Calvin Savage joined the set Muthusamy with the scores level with the Dolphins on 246/5.

The Dolphins lost Muthusamy for a well-played 69 before Bosch contributed 13 before he fell right before the close of play.

Savage will resume on day three on 46 while Prenelan Subrayen is still yet to get off the mark.

The Dolphins will start on Saturday on 318/7.

Farhaan Behardien recorded his ninth career century before the Cape Cobras hit back later on day two of their Sunfoil Series encounter against the Titans at Boland Park in Paarl on Friday.

The match reached the halfway stage evenly poised after the visitors’ 435 for nine declared was met with 124 for none by the hosts, who still trailed by 311 but with all 10 wickets in hand on a track that looks difficult for bowling.

Andrea Agathangelou had already scored his maiden franchise century on day one of the round nine encounter and when the Titans resumed on 280 for six on the second morning, Behardien moved his overnight 56 not out to 129 (207 balls, 11 fours, 1 six).

There were also strong contributions from the tail, with Eldred Hawken scoring his maiden competition half-century – the fast bowler hitting 52 (101 balls, 6 fours) – with Shaun von Berg (42) and Malusi Siboto (27 not out) also chipping in.

Dane Paterson was the pick of the bowlers with three for 100.

Andrew Puttick and Pieter Malan were solid in reply as the Cobras faced 52 overs without losing any wickets.

Veteran left-hander Puttick went to stumps unbeaten on 71 (166 balls, 8 fours) and right-hander Malan was with him on 49.

The Warriors and Knights saw their hopes of winning the Sunfoil Series suffer a blow on Friday after the second day of their round nine encounter was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain in East London.

The hosts were in a powerful position after the opening day when they reached 77 for two, having dismissed the visitors for 188 at Buffalo Park.

But the log leaders’ chances of pushing on for an even stronger advantage in what is the penultimate round of games were hampered by the weather, meaning they will have to try and move the game quickly should play resume on Saturday.

The visitors, who are the defending champions, are also not out of it and will need quick wickets to get back into the contest once the rain clears.

Less than four points separate the two sides at the summit with only one round to play in the 2017/18 competition.