The Lions claimed a six-run victory against the Dolphins on Sunday to lift them off rock bottom in the T20 Challenge.
Rassie van der Dussen (41 off 32 balls) and Mangaliso Mosehle (45 off 25) were the catalysts for their side as they posted the second-highest total (175-5) at the Wanderers in this year’s competition.
Mosehle has been in great form in his last two matches scoring a 58 and 49. He and Van der Dussen put on 59 runs off 39 balls to help their side post a difficult target. Imran Tahir was the pick of the bowlers for the Dolphins, taking 2-32.
When the Dolphins went in to bat, Bjorn Fortuin, who starred for the SA Emerging team earlier this year, proved extremely effective, taking 3-23 at vital periods for his side.
Cody Chetty, whose 46 not out was important to the Dolphins’ victory against the Knights on Friday evening, was Fortuin’s first victim, caught and bowled on 35 off 28 balls.
Vaughn van Jaarsveld was starting to find some dangerous form and after smashing a maximum was dismissed by Fortuin on 23 the following delivery. His third came on the last ball of his third over dismissing Kyle Nipper, as the young spinner picked up the Bowler of the Match award.
Robbie Frylinck gave the hosts a scare at the death blitzing 49 off 20 balls, including five fours and three sixes, but he fell to Matt McGillivray one run shy of his second career T20 half-century.
Hardus Viljoen also kept up his great form by chipping in with 3-37.
In Kimberley, the Titans continued their unbeaten run with a 10-run win over the struggling Knights who slipped to the bottom of the log.
The table-toppers posted 168-5 thanks to a 68-run partnership between Heino Kuhn (40 off 27 balls) and Qaasim Adams (35). A supporting 37 not out off 22 from Proteas batsman Farhaan Behardien helped boost the Titans’ total in the last few overs.
Despite an amazing 102-run partnership, which saw captain Theunis de Bruyn post 47 and Patrick Kruger an impressive 79 for his second half-century of the tournament, the Titans claimed four more points in a 10-run victory.
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