GQEBERHA: Day 2 – North West Dragons and Hollywoodbets Dolphins take the lead as the CSA T20 Challenge continues at St George’s Park.
The first match of the day between Imperial Lions and North West Dragons saw the Potchefstroom based side successfully defend a total of 136 runs.
North West Dragons were in trouble early in the game as they crumbled at the Lions bowling attack, with Codi Yusuf’s (2/21 in 4 Overs) followed by a blazing run out dismissing captain, Nicky van den Bergh.
An unbroken 57-run partnership between Nono Pongolo (27* off 21) and Duan Jansen (32* off 18) steadied the innings, as North West Dragons ended on 136/6.
The Imperial Lions struggled at the beginning of their innings after the Dragons’ spinner Johannes Diseko (2/17) dismissed Dominic & Reeza and Hendricks in the third over.
Imperial Lions gained momentum again with a 50-run partnership between Joshua Richards and Mitchell van Buuren before the Dragons young spinner, Caleb Seleka broke it off, dismissing Richards for 23.
Van Buuren, with the highest score of the day went on to an unbeaten 65 off 56 at the end of the innings, bringing the Lions to 125/5, falling short by 11 runs.
The second match of the day saw the Hollywoodbets Dolphins restricting the Itec Knights to 128/5, Raynard van Tonder (38), Farhaan Behardien (36*).
Following the bowling spell of Prenelan Subrayen (1/13 in 4 overs), the Holywoodbets Dolphins’ opening batsman laid a solid foundation with a 74-run partnership, Kevin Peterson 45 (6 boundaries and 1 six) and Grant Roelofsen (27).
Andile Phehlukwayo (15*) and David Miller (34*) continued with the bat and brought the Dolphins innings to 130/2 in 18 overs, winning the game by 8 wickets.
Though it might be too early to predict the tournament favourites, we are in-store for great cricketing action as the second round of the tournament starts tomorrow:
10h00: Gbets Rocks vs Momentum Multiply Titans
14h30: Six Gun Grill Western Province Blitz vs Gbets Warriors
Watch all the games live on Supersport and follow ball-by-ball action on the CSA App.
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