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Dolphins, WP in cruise control in T20 Challenge



The KZN Dolphins swapped places on the trunk with the North West Dragons, who they defeated by seven wickets on Friday afternoon in their T20 Challenge match in Gqeberha.

After five games played, the Dolphins are fourth and the Dragons fifth, as the race for the top four – and a place in the semi-finals – intensifies.

After the Dragons posted 135 for eight wickets, with the main contributors Nicky van den Bergh (52) and Dwaine Pretorius (39), the Dolphins hit their target with six balls left.

Ottneil Baartman with two for 12 in four overs and Eathan Bosch with three for 20 in four were the main destroyers for the dolphins.

In their pursuit, the KZN team got off to a good start thanks to Keegan Petersen scoring 43 out of 36 at the top of the order, while David Miller’s 35 (off 26 balls) and Khaya Zondo’s 19 (off 16 balls) saw the Dolphins go home .

Unfortunately for the Dragons’ bowlers there wasn’t much to be happy about, with the three wickets picked up shared by three bowlers.

Meanwhile, Western Province defeated the Knights in Friday’s first game by six wickets after successfully chasing a 127 goal.

Jonathan Bird at 43 and Tony de Zorzi at 41 were the top points scorers for the Cape Town-based team; the Cobras reached their goal with more than four overs to go.

Previously, the Knights, who had been underperforming in the competition, scored 126 runs for eight wickets in their 20 overs, with captain Pite van Biljon scoring 40 and Patrick Kruger 34.

Western Province tops the list after five wins out of five, while the Knights have only had one win out of five.

On Saturday, Western Province play the Titans and the Warriors entertain the Lions.

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