Hendricks century in vain as Dolphins trio set up win




Imran Tahir picked three wickets in victory

Imran Tahir picked three wickets in victory © Getty

In a big-scoring thriller in Pietermaritzburg, a combined batting effort of the Dolphins trio Vaughn van Jaarsveld (124), Dane Vilas (81) and David Miller (74) helped their side amass 342 runs in 50 overs, which proved to a little too much for Lions to chase despite Reeza Hendricks’s superlative century.

Dolphins didn’t have the finest of starts after being asked to set the target, as Morne van Wyk fell for a first-ball duck in the opening over. A second-wicket stand worth 205 runs followed as Dane Vilas joined forces with van Jaarsveld. It took Lions 32 overs to breach that partnership, and go another step ahead and dismiss both the set batters, but Miller took it upon himself to ensure there wouldn’t be a sudden collapse after a tone-setting partnership.

He forged multiple stands with the middle and lower-middle order en route his 55-ball 74 – that included two fours and four sixes. Robbie Frylinck provided a late sprint that took the team to a 342/6 in 50 overs.

Even as Lions lost Ryan Rickelton and Kagiso Rapulana cheaply, Hendricks and captain Rassie van der Dussen brought the chase back on track. But once they fell in the space of 33 deliveries, things began to go downhill for the chasers.

From 239 for 4 in 40 overs, Lions needed as many as 104 to get from the last 60 deliveries. Wiaan Mulder (28 off 28), Bjorn Fortuin (28 not out off 13) and Nono Pongolo (23 off 16) attempted a late heist, but could only take their team as far as 323 for 9, falling 19 short. That’s perhaps down to the fact that Dolphins also benefited from solid bowling performances from a trio – Imran Tahir (3 for 71), Prenelan Subrayen (2 for 36) and Robbie Frylinck (2 for 53) – who made repeated inroads to end Lions’ pursuit.

Brief Scores: Dolphins 342/6 in 50 overs (Vaughn van Jaarsveld 124, Dane Vilas 81, David Miller 74; Wiaan Mulder 2-52) beat Lions 323/9 in 50 overs (Reeza Hendricks 130, Rassie van der Dussen 51; Imran Tahir 3-71) by 19 runs.

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