DURBAN - Jon-Jon Smuts was the spearhead of a colossal collapse of 8/32 as the Dolphins were stunned by a 93-run defeat to the Warriors early on the final day of their four-day series encounter in Durban on Thursday.
The visiting skipper claimed 4/17 in just eight overs as the hosts lost their way from 89/2 to 123 all out in a chase of 217.
There were also the splendid figures of 3/7 from the virtually unplayable Sisanda Magala, while Simon Harmer bagged 2/55.
Despite the good bowling, it was a horrible effort with the bat by the KwaZulu-Natal franchise after they had worked so hard the previous three days – they had a 160-run first innings lead - to put themselves into contention for a first win of the season.
Instead they ended with a worrying second loss from three matches in 2018/19 – one that pushed them to the bottom of the table.
The Dolphins resumed with all 10 wickets intact at the start as they set out on 18/0, needing a further 199 under blue skies at Kingsmead.
They lost openers Sarel Erwee (18) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld (18), but there were no alarm bells thereafter as top-scorer Cody Chetty (33) and skipper Khaya Zondo (14) rebuilt with a 34-run third wicket stand.
p>But it all went pear-shaped after Smuts broke the stand when he had the former caught at point by Yaseen Vallie.
RESULT: @Hollywoodbets Dolphins 123 all out. @eathbosch the last man to fall, bowled off the bowling of Smuts.— Dolphins Cricket (@DolphinsCricket) October 25, 2018
Disappointing day with the bat, bowled out in the first session.
We lost by 93 runs. #DOLvWAR #4dayseries #DolphinsCricket pic.twitter.com/ZAqKeE1kpd
Senuran Muthusamy (0) followed two balls later, before Dane Vilas (12) and Zondo fell within four runs of each other.
It was 108/6 at that stage, with Magala accounting for Robbie Frylinck (one) and Keshav Maharaj (none) in successive deliveries – ending all hope as the Dolphins slumped to defeat.
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