The Lions beat the Dolphins by four wickets in Friday’s One-Day Cup fixture at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.
The result did not yield movement in the tournament’s six-team standings. The Dolphins retained the lead, while the Lions remained in second position. The Warriors, Titans, Knights and Cape Cobras are in third, fourth, fifth and sixth position, respectively.
Pursuing a 263-run target, the Lions moved to 263 for six with eight deliveries to spare. Middle-order batsman Dominic Hendricks shone with a match-winning half-century – and was well supported by wicketkeeper-batsman Nicky van den Bergh and all-rounder Delano Potgieter. Hendricks’ patient 66 spanned 82 deliveries – and was dotted with four fours.
Earlier, the Dolphins had relied on half-centuries from openers Grant Roelofsen and Sarel Erwee. Lions seamer Ayavuya Myoli, meanwhile, completed a telling four-wicket haul. The Dolphins arguably should have totalled more more than 262 for nine after Roelofsen and Erwee shared a 124-run alliance inside two dozen overs.
On Saturday, the Warriors will host the Cobras at Buffalo Park in East London. Sunday will see the Titans and Knights clash at SuperSport Park in Centurion.
The teams that qualify for next week’s semi-finals will likely have several Proteas stars back. South Africa’s ODI tour of India has been cancelled due to the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
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