Dolphins progress as Highveld Lions break their duck

The Highveld Lions finally recorded a RAM SLAM T20 win in the 2013/2014 season as they beat the Dolphins at Bidvest Wanderers on Sunday, but the result had no effect on the Dolphins as they remained second to set up a home qualifier on Wednesday.

RamSlamLogoThe Lions had endured a miserable campaign, with a tie their best result until Sunday’s seven-run victory, which saw them defend a score of 159 for three.

While the Dolphins wanted to win in case the Cape Cobras lost their final game to leave top spot up for grabs, the defeat to the Lions was ultimately irrelevant since the Cobras won at Sahara Park Newlands.

The Dolphins will now host The Titans in the RAM SLAM T20 qualifier at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Wednesday.

The Lions’ victory was set up by a strong opening stand between Stephen Cook (22) and Quinton de Kock (37), before Neil McKenzie (40 not out) and Temba Bavuma (41 not out) added 75 in the last eight overs to give the home side a competitive total.

Pumelela Matshikwe then picked up the wicket of Cameron Delport in the first over of the Dolphins reply, and Aaron Phangiso (3 for 18) and Eddie Leie (2 for 25) bowled well in tandem to deny the visitors any momentum.

Once Cody Chetty had fallen for a fighting 43 the game was more or less up, but Kyle Abbott and Prenelan Subrayen provided some late entertainment when they took 16 off the final over of the game to ruin Chris Morris’ figures and lessen the margin of defeat.

FINAL GROUP STANDINGS

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR
Cape Cobras 10 8 2 0 0 34 +1.048
Dolphins 10 6 3 1 0 28 +0.400
Titans 10 5 4 0 1 22 -0.063
Warriors 10 3 4 2 1 20 -0.019
Knights 10 3 6 0 1 14 -0.813
Lions 10 1 7 1 1 9 -0.687

REMAINING MATCHES

Semi-Final: Dolphins v Titans at Durban on Feb 5, 2014
Final: Cape Cobras v TBA at Cape Town on Feb 9, 2014

 

 

James Buttler

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