The Sharks recorded an unexpected, 4-wicket win over the Sunfoil Dolphins in yesterday’s Pick’n'Pay Durban Challenge T20 match, at Sahara Park Kingsmead. Set a competitive total of 183/5 to chase, it was thanks, in no small part, to a smashing innings from Lions loan-player Franco van der Merwe that the rugby side stole the win.
Asked to field first, the Sharks did well to hamper the Doplhins in the early stages, with Tera Mtembu picking up the sticks of Vandiar (caught van der Merwe) and Subrayen (caught Alberts) within the first few overs. The middle order steadied the ship, though, before Wiehahn Herbst and Jean Deysel struck to remove van Jaarsveld and Zondo respectively. The catch from Cobus Reinach to remove Zondo, in particular, was a beaut. David Miller, top-scoring for the hosts with 43 not out, kept thing going, with Chetty the only other casualty on the day, falling to the bowling of Kyle Cooper.
Set a target of 184, the Sharks’ chase got off to a poor start, with openers Mtembu and Jacques Botes both going cheaply. Pat Lambie, coming in at three, proved the anchor with a superb knock of 53 of just 33 balls. He was supported, initially, by Riaan Viljoen (11), before three quick strikes by the Dolphins saw him, as well as Deysel and Alberts, back in the pavilion with the score on just over 80. A surprisingly-good knock of 20 not out from Frans Steyn played a part in the victory, but once Lambie went out, it was van der Merwe’s amazing 84 not out (off just 27 balls) that saw the Sharks reach the required total in just the 17th over.
Van der Merwe was duly named man-of-the-match and we can only hope that he proves as good a rugby player as he is a cricketer!Tweet