Ram Slam T20 Challenge 2013-14 January 24, 2014

Dolphins cut Cobras' lead

ESPNcricinfo staff

Craig Alexander took 4 for 27 to lead Dolphins to a seven-run victory in Paarl and cut Cobras' lead in the competition to six points. Dolphins also have two games in hand over Cobras, who were missing Graeme Smith and JP Duminy. After choosing to bat, Dolphins progressed to 82 for 1 in ten overs, with Cameron Delport making 49 off 37 balls. The second half of the innings, however, was not as solid and Dolphins managed only 63 runs in the last ten overs to reach 145 for 8. Sunil Narine took three wickets for Cobras. The chase got off to a poor start with Cobras slipping to 18 for 3, and by the end of the eleventh over they were 46 for 5. Their chances suffered a body blow when Alexander dismissed Hashim Amla for a run-a-ball 26. Cobras got to 138 for 8 only because Justin Kemp scored a 33-ball 56.

The match between Lions and Knights at Senwes Park was washed out without a ball being bowled. The result left Lions winless and in last place with five points in seven games, all but ending their reign in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge. Knights were fifth, with 14 points after eight games.

Warriors and Titans suffered a setback to their campaigns because of a washout at in East London. Warriors, however, were lucky to share points after they had collapsed to 59 for 9 in a game that had been shortened to 12 overs a side. Morne Morkel and Saeed Ajmal took three wickets each for Titans, and only Ashwell Prince and Davy Jacobs made it into double figures. It began to rain in the final over of the first innings, though, and the Titans chase never began. Warriors were third and Titans fourth in the league.