Grant Roelofsen’s stellar career-best 147 in his second appearance for the Dolphins helped script a stunning five-wicket DLS win over the Titans in their One-Day Cup clash in Centurion on Friday.
The right-hander, who only six days ago debuted for the Durbanites, struck 10 sixes and carried his bat in a big chase of 284 in 39 overs to guide the visitors to victory with two balls to spare.
It was a result that maintained the coastal team’s 100% percent start to the season and left them top of the table. The hosts, meanwhile, were left still searching for that first victory after two rounds of action.
But the result at SuperSport Park was an incredible one for Imraan Khan’s side, all thanks to Roelofsen, whose highest score beat his 128 not out for KwaZulu-Natal Inland against Free State at Bloemfontein earlier in the current term.
In a repeat of last season’s final, the defending champions looked on top for the better part of the game.
They batted boldly right the way through with everyone getting runs in front of their home fans – the pick of the batsmen being an unbeaten Dean Elgar from 74 (67 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes) and Grant Thomson’s 68 (60 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes). Heinrich Klaasen also lambasted 40 in 20 balls.
It left the Dolphins chasing the game right from the get-go in their innings, with Sarel Erwee (38) and Roelofsen taking the challenge head on. They put on 69 in just over 10 overs, before the former departed.
The brakes were then further pressed when Vaughn van Jaarsveld (18) was run out and Marques Ackerman (6) fell cheaply – the away side at that stage in a fix at 113-3 with nearly half the overs finished.
But Khaya Zondo (39) helped Roelofsen put on 100 for the fourth wicket in a little over 10 overs, with the opener then exploding towards the back end of his 113-ball knock, aided by Robbie Frylinck (21 off 16), to help secure an unexpected win.
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