A 14th career first-class century by Vaughn Van Jaarsveld ensured the Dolphins dominated day one of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Knights in Durban on Thursday. The big number three struck 106 (158 balls, 14 fours, two sixes) and received excellent support from Senuran Muthusamy, who was unbeaten on 69 (197 balls, six fours) in his home debut, as the hosts reached 203/3 by the time bad light stopped play before the scheduled close. Only 74 overs were possible on a cold day at Kingsmead, where rain also forced a delay during the morning session.
But the weather and loss of the toss did not put a dampener on the home side as they made solid progress in what is the last round of matches for the 2015/16 season. The title-chasing visitors struck some early blows after choosing to bowl first with openers Imraan Khan (9) and Sarel Erwee (11) dismissed by Shadley Van Schalkwyk (1/48) and Dillon Du Preez (2/17) inside the opening 11 overs. That brought together Van Jaarsveld and Muthusamy, a 22-year-old who debuted against the Cape Cobras last week.
The pair batted together for most of the day, adding 167 for the third wicket in a little over 53 overs. Van Jaarsveld eventually fell to veteran Du Preez, leaving Daryn Smit (4) the other not out batsman at the close.