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Louw's last-ball heroics lift Dolphins

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February 2, 2009

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It was a no-contest as the Eagles thrashed the Cape Cobras by 88 runs in Kimberley. The win was set up by good contributions from Morne van Wyk, Adrian McLaren and Dean Elgar ; the target of 177 was a little too much for the opposition as they collapsed to 88. The newcomer McLaren was particularly strong on the leg side and shared a solid opening stand of 110 with van Wyk, who contributed 59. After he was run out, the Eagles were quiet for a few overs before Elgar smashed 16 off Roger Telemachus' final over, finishing with 46 off 27 balls. There was hardly any resistance from the Cape Cobras as CJ de Villiers took 3 for 15 while Shadley van Schalkwyk claimed two wickets.

Johann Louw was the hero of the night for the Dolphins, striking a last-ball six to help defeat the Cape Cobras by three wickets at Kingsmead. The unfortunate bowler was Claude Henderson, who leaked 10 off the last over. The match came down to the last ball with the Dolphins requiring six to win, which Louw duly delivered as he hit a flat six back over the bowler's head to take the Dolphins to 120 for 7.

Yusuf Abdulla's 3 for 23 set up the victory in a low-scoring game by Twenty20 standards. Cape Cobras wobbled to 18 for 4 after being asked to bat first and were revived by a stand of 60 between Justin Ontong and Richard Levi. Levi top scored with 46 while Ontong contributed 27. Abdulla then took three lower-order wickets to restrict the opposition to 119 for 8. The Dolphins didn't get off to the best of starts either, losing three wickets for 25 in the chase. The lower middle order then chipped in but the game was still wide open when Louw and Alfonso Thomas came together at 104 for 7.

After two consecutive defeats, the Cape Cobras bounced back with a 16-run win against the Titans at Newlands, thanks to Justin Ontong's all-round efforts. Ontong top scored with 59 to lift the Cape Cobras to 157 and later took two top-order wickets with his offspin to restrict the Titans to 141. Ontong added 67 for the fourth wicket with Andrew Puttick and a quickfire 36 with Vernon Philander towards the end to push the score. Ontong struck early with the ball, claiming the wickets of Blake Snijman and Roelof van der Merwe in quick succession. The sweep shot didn't really work for the Titans, who lost three wickets to that stroke. Roger Telemachus was the most effective bowler, taking 3 for 17 off four overs.

An unbeaten 72 by Robin Peterson guided the Warriors to an easy eight-wicket win against the Dolphins at Buffalo Park. It was an ordinary batting performance by the Dolphins who could only muster 127. Hylton Ackerman played a lone hand with 49 and only two other batsman managed double figures. Wayne Parnell, the left-arm seamer, had a good outing with figures of 3 for 18. Johann Louw caused an alarm when he took two wickets in successive balls to peg the Warriors back at 26 for 2. But Justin Kreusch joined Peterson and the pair hung on till the end. Peterson hit nine fours and two sixes in his 58-ball knock while Kreusch played the supporting role, hitting 31 off 43 balls.

The match between the Lions and Titans at the Wanderers was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Team Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
Dolphins 4 2 1 0 1 11 +0.945 431/60.0 366/58.4
Warriors 3 2 1 0 0 9 +1.541 503/58.4 422/60.0
Eagles 3 2 1 0 0 8 +0.467 448/60.0 420/60.0
Cape Cobras 4 2 2 0 0 8 -0.863 571/80.0 640/80.0
Titans 4 0 2 0 2 4 -2.425 229/40.0 326/40.0
Lions 2 0 1 0 1 2 -0.400 148/20.0 156/20.0

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