Johannesburg – David Miller steered the Dolphins to a six wicket victory over the Lions in a Domestic One-Day Cup game at Senwes Park, in Potchefstroom, on Sunday.
Miller was unbeaten on a better than a run a ball innings of 76 off 68 deliveries as his side chased down a target of 172 in 36.2
Wiining the toss, the Dolphins chose to field which proved an excellent decision. The pitch had dished up severely uneven bounce in the Lions innings, but had flattened out once the Dolphins came out to bat.
Miller, however, came to the wicket with his side busy making a mess of their run chase as the Dolphins had fallen to 25 for 3.
Together with Vaughn van Jaarsveld (56) the duo restored the chase of the meagre total as they put together a partnership 85. Van Jaarsveld was dismissed with the score on 110, but Miller was able to push on and help his side the six wicket win.
Earlier, in The Lions innings, Quinton de Kock fell for a duck in the first over wafting at a wide delivery and was caught in the slips by Van Jaarsveld.
A period of cautious consolidation followed, but after a 32 run partnership between captain Stephen Cook (14) and Rassie van der Dussen (22), young Dolphins seamer Calvin Savage removed the pair in quick succession.
Both fell to inside edges onto their stumps to be dismissed in almost identical fashion to leave the Lions on 40 for 3.
Next to fall was Temba Bavuma for 4. A Robbie Frylinck delivery kept low on the uneven Potchefstroom pitch, and Bavuma was castled with the Lions wobbling on 49 for 4.
A 75 run partnership followed between Jean Symes and Devon Conway. Savage again struck, this time to remove Conway who edged behind to keeper Morne van Wyk to leave the score on 124 for 5.
Symes was bowled by Frylinck with the score on 150, as he was the third Lions batsman to play the ball onto his stumps.
Despite a patient innings of 29 off 60 balls by Shaylin Pillay, the Lions were bowled out for 171 in 47.3 overs. – Sapa