Ottniel Baartman. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)
A career-best bowling performance from Dolphins seamer Ottniel Baartman and a half century from Sarel Erwee guided the Dolphins to an opening eight wicket win over the North West Dragons in their CSA Provincial T20 Cup opener in Bloemfontein on Friday.
Baartman’s spell of bowling was much-needed at the time and did a lot to stem the run flow for the Dragons who had done well during the power play.
The seamer picked up the important wicket of Wesley Marshall for eighteen in the fourth over with the score on 27, however from there Eben Botha took over and managed to get on top of the Dolphins seamers.
It took the skipper Subrayen to dismiss Botha eventually. He was trapped LBW for 41 off just 17 deliveries.
The spinners then came into their own as Subrayen and the debutant Bryce Parsons combined to three wickets for just 37 runs in their eight overs.
Subrayen finished with one for nineteen in his four which left-arm spinner Parsons ended with two for eighteen.
Baartman’s figures of four for 20 are his career best and helped the Dolphins restrict the Dragons to just 65 runs in fourteen overs after the powerplay which saw the Dragons finish their innings on 128 for eight.
In reply, Erwee played a measured innings at the top of the order for the Dolphins as he went to his first half century of the season with 68 off 50 balls with three fours and five sixes.
Erwee was dismissed with twenty runs to win but Grant Roelofsen finished with 39 not out off 26 balls while Marques Ackerman supported him with seven which included the winning runs.
The Dolphins chased down the 129 to win inside 16 overs which gave them a bonus point win which could prove crucial at the later stages of the group.
Dolphins captain Prenelan Subrayen was happy with how the side fought back with the ball and were clinical with the bat.
“I think the depth of our bowling pleased me most today and the maturity of our batting,” Subrayen told SuperSport afterwards.
“It showed that when he grab the game by the scruff of the neck we can take it away as well bring it back when it doesn’t go our way.
“It obviously wasn’t the power play that we intended for but there were calm heads out there that knew the game would slow down when the pace came off the ball.
“The comeback from the fast bowlers and the effort from all the bowlers was crucial in keeping them to a low score.”
The Dolphins face Easterns Storm in their second match of the group on Saturday afternoon.
North West Dragons 128/8 (O.Baartman 4/20)
Dolphins 131/2 (S Erwee 68 G Roelofsen 39*)
Dolphins won by 8 wickets
– Gameplan media