Dolphins Under Heavy Warriors Pressure

An unbeaten century by Colin Ingram and a three-wicket haul from Basheeru-Deen Walters left the Dolphins in serious trouble after day two of their Sunfoil Series clash with the Warriors at Buffalo Park.  Ingram issued a reminder of his abilities by stroking an unbeaten 131 in a Warriors total of 458/6 declared.  Walters picked up a couple of early wickets as the Dolphins slumped to 12/3 in reply, then grabbed a key one later on to leave the visitors 137/5 at stumps.

The platform for the Warriors’ dominance had been set up on day one, when they scored 27/3, and although Jon-Jon Smuts (43) and Ryan Bailey were dismissed early on day two, Ingram’s knock ensured that they made good use of that platform.  The Dolphins remained hamstrung by the injury to Craig Alexander, and only Robbie Frylinck (3/95) was able to cause meaningful damage with the ball.  Ingram got himself up and running with back-to-back boundaries off Frylinck in the second full over of the day, and never looked back as he added exactly 100 runs from 151 balls to his overnight 31 not out.

With Somila Seyibokwe weighing in with 34 before he retired hurt and Ayabulela Gqamane scoring an unbeaten 24 in 28 balls, the Warriors were able to declare an hour before tea.  Andrew Birch removed Imraan Khan in the first over of the Dolphins reply and Walters grabbed two wickets in one over as the new ball took its toll, and after tea Sisanda Magala bowled Cody Chetty to keep the Warriors in total control.  Daniel Sincuba was the only batsman among the top five to get in, but Walters returned to dismiss him for 49 and cap an excellent day for the hosts.

Daryn Smit and Frylinck held firm for the final half an hour, and went to stumps on 31 and 16 respectively.