A blistering century from Patrick Kruger propelled the VKB Knights to a 19-run win over the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in the Umthunzi Cup in Port Shepstone on Wednesday.
A good crowd came out to watch the first-ever first-class T20 at Port Shepstone Country Club, with locals still buzzing from the Dolphins’ win over the Free State outfit in the historic 50-over game the previous day.
Former Proteas opening batsman Rudi Steyn, the groundsman and chairman of the organising committee of the double header – sponsored by RotoTank – prepared a good batting wicket and a buzz surrounded the field when it came time for the toss.
The Knights won the toss and elected to bat first. The men from Bloemfontein started well as they scored runs freely as they made hay through the power play and were 74/1 after seven overs.
Homecoming hero Andile Phehlukwayo, a clear crowd favourite whose family were out in full force to watch the Proteas all-rounder in action, took the first wicket to a large cheer from the South Coast supporters.
The Knights continued to bat well as Kruger put the Dolphins bowlers to the sword as he plundered 102 not out from 56 deliveries.
He was well supported by Andries Gous, who scored 28, and young Raynard van Tonder, who chipped in with 25.
The Knights finished their innings on an intimidating 182/4 in their 20 overs.
The pick of the Dolphins bowlers was left-arm spinner Senuran Muthusamy who finished with 2/19 in his four overs.
In reply the Dolphins were in early trouble as they lost wickets at regular intervals early on and were reduced to 32/4.
When Phehlukwayo fell for two, Sibz Makhanya (42) and Senuran Muthusamy (34) steadied the ship and took them to 85/5.
From there Prenelan Subrayen managed to score a quick-fire 37 but the hosts ran out of overs as they finished 163/8.
Supporters got an opportunity to get their heroes’ autographs after the game.
The Dolphins continue their pre-season preparations until they play their first game of the CSA Four-Day Challenge against the Multiply Titans in the last week of September.
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