Superb bowling by the Knights ensured the Dolphins were only able to post 268 runs in the first innings of their 4-Day Franchise Series clash at Kimberley.
Duanne Olivier was the star of the show, taking 4-50 and moving his first-class wickets tally up to 397, while wicketkeeper Rudi Second took five catches behind the stumps, including three off Olivier.
The first to fall was opener Vaughn van Jaarsveld for a golden duck off the third ball of the innings (caught Second, bowled Olivier), and when Cody Chetty fell to the same combination for 12 it left the Dolphins on 13-2.
Dolphins opener Sarel Erwee (68 off 157 balls, 11 fours) and Senuran Muthusamy (62 off 111 balls, 10 fours) added 130 for the third wicket, before Tshepo Ntuli removed both of them to push the Dolphins into choppy waters at 150-4.
Dane Vilas and Calvin Savage each scored 38 to boost the score to 251-7, before Ryan McLaren and Olivier mopped up the tail. Olivier finished with superb figures of 19.4-9-50-4 (econ 2.54), while McLaren kept his end extremely tight (18-9-31-2, econ 1.72), with Ntuli weighing in with a couple of wickets (2-65).
In the second over of the Knights’ innings, Eathan Bosch had Luthando Mnyanda caught behind for a single, and six balls later Kerwin Mungroo dismissed nightwatchman Ntuli, also caught for a single.
The Knights closed the day on 24-2 after five overs, trailing by 244 runs with eight first innings wickets in hand.
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