Dolphins, Warriors share MODC CUP
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins and the Warriors will share the Momentum One-Day Cup after the reserve day on Saturday, as was the case with the clash on Friday, was abandoned due to rain.
No play was possible on Saturday as the outfield was drenched after steady drizzle throughout the morning.
On Friday, the Dolphins accumulated 154 for six in 39.4 overs, and Senuran Muthusamy produced a composed half-century to rescue them after Andrew Birch, with 2-29, had rocked the top-order and had them wobbling on 48 for four.
On Saturday, it rained steadily during the morning and a wet outfield denied the finalists any on-field action.
Remarkably, two teams shared the spoils in the Momentum One-Day Cup competition in 2012-13 and 2013-14 due to rain.
It was the first time since 2010 that the Warriors got their hands on the trophy. The Dolphins had never won or shared the 50-over showpiece since the franchise-system was birthed in 2004-05.
During the first decade of the new century, KwaZulu-Natal did win the one-day competition in 2001 and 2002.
Jon-Jon Smuts, the captain, applauded the character displayed by the Warriors to come out on top in what was effectively a quarterfinal and subsequently a semifinal.
Keshav Maharaj, the Dolphins skipper, said they were thrown a lifeline when the weather interviewed on Friday and the Warriors were in the pound seats. Sharing the trophy is the result of years and years of hard work, he added.
This season, Dolphins finished third in the competition and subsequently accounted for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in the second semifinal by 49 runs.
The Warriors stunned the defending champions, the Multiply Titans, by eight wickets in the first semifinal.
Gihahn Cloete, with 56, and Smuts, with an unbeaten 74, were the executioners in ensuring a comprehensive win.
Cloete was the leading run-scorer for the Warriors with 546 runs. Smuts also revived the innings of the Dolphins on many occasions and finished with 384 during the series.
Sisanda Magala nipped out 18 batsmen during the campaign. Ayabulela Gqamane captured 17 wickets.
The Dolphins batsmen Sarel Erwee (415 runs) and Dane Vilas (362) were stand-out performers.
Imran Tahir, Senuran Muthusamy and Mthokozisi Shezi struck 13 times each in the domestic 50-over competition.