CAPE TOWN – Sarel Erwee’s half-century followed by a stellar team bowling performance helped the Hollywoodbets Dolphins book their ticket to the Momentum One-Day Cup final after upsetting the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras by 49 runs in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Wicket ! That's game as @sheziboy finds the edge of Paterson (29) as he swings wildly with @DaneVilas completing the catch behind the stumps !@CobrasCricket all out for 181 which means the @Hollywoodbets Dolphins reach yet another final this season as they win by 49 runs ! pic.twitter.com/UN4p4XKhSO— Dolphins Cricket (@DolphinsCricket) January 31, 2018
Opener Erwee struck a mixed innings of 93 (135 balls, 8 fours) – first, he was aggressive and then defensive – to help the visitors to 230 all out, before Robbie Frylinck claimed three for 21 as the hosts were bundled out for 181 in 46.3 overs.
The effort of the Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder only told half of the story of what was a remarkable game in which spinners Prenelan Subrayen (2/24) and Senuran Muthusamy (2/39) also played key roles, along with Mthokozesi Shezi (2/19).
The result, coupled with the Warriors stunning the Multiply Titans on Tuesday, meant the Dolphins will now host the 50-over final on account of ending third on the table compared to fourth by the Eastern Cape franchise.
.@Hollywoodbets Dolphins star @DaneVilas scored 103 off 85 balls as the Dolphins beat the @Titans_Cricket by four wickets in their Momentum One Day Cup clash at SuperSport Park Centurion on Friday. https://t.co/6anlHVicKP #MODC pic.twitter.com/BU1gKDQxkU— Dolphins Cricket (@DolphinsCricket) January 27, 2018
And the men from KwaZulu-Natal were full value for their win in what was an enthralling contest at PPC Newlands.
After losing the toss and being put into bat first, the Dolphins were powered to 126 for none by Man of the Match Erwee and Morne van Wyk (62 off 72 balls, 6 fours, 1 six) at the halfway stage, before losing all 10 their wickets for a further 104 runs.
Mthiwekhaya Nabe was the pick of the bowlers with three for 39 to leave the Cobras as favourites midway through the game.
But Frylinck and Shezi struck early blows when they removed the in-form Pieter Malan (4) and Simon Khomari (2) respectively before Kyle Verreynne (6) was recklessly run out leaving the score on 20 for three.
Subrayen then struck twice in an over by removing the set Zubayr Hamza (26) and Vernon Philander (16) to turn the game on its head.
Dane Piedt’s career-best franchise score of 54 (73 balls, 3 fours) proved just a statistic as the Dolphins closed out what proved to be a comfortable win.
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