- The Imperial Lions got their act together in their second match of the Cricket South Africa T20 Challenge against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins
- The defending champions defeated last year's runners-up by eight comfortable runs at St. George's Park in Gqeberha
- The Lions had been embarrassed by little brother union the North West Dragons two days ago in their tournament opener
The Imperial Lions got their CSA T20 Challenge campaign back on track with an impressive eight run victory over the Hollywoodbets Dolphins.
The defending champions had been embarrassed by little brother union the North West Dragons and needed to bounce back as soon as they could, doing so against a formidable opponent in the Dolphins.
Batting first after winning the toss, the Lions posted an awkward total of 156 for the loss of eight wickets in their innings. Shane Dadswell top scored with 42 rans, supported by Sisanda Magala with 37, while the Dolphin's best bowler were Jason Smith (3-16) and (3-32).
CSA T20 Challenge: North West Dragons slay the Knights by 8 wickets, continue upsetting the heavyweights
The Dolphins never quite got in their chase of 157, ending up on an aggravating 148/8. Khaya Zondo (35), top scorer Smith (39) and Grant Roelofsen (34) gave them a fighting chance.
However, Bjorn Fortuin (2-16), Malusi Siboto (2-23) and Sisanda Magala choked the fight out of them, with Codi Yusuf's (1-28) critical dismissal of David Miller, one of the most valuable wickets in T20 cricket, turning the game on its ear.
IMPERIAL LIONS: Joshua Richards, Dominic Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Mitchell Van Buuren, Shane Dadswell, Ruan Haasbroek, Sisanda Magala, Codi Yusuf, Bjorn Fortuin, Malusi Siboto (captain), Tshepo Ntuli
HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS: Keegan Petersen, Grant Roelofsen, Andile Phehlukwayo, David Miller, Jason Smith, Khaya Zondo, Bryce Parsons, Ruan de Swardt, Prenelan Subrayen (captain), Odirile Modimokoane, Daryn Dupavillon
An outstanding bowling and fielding effort by the North West Dragons saw them turn over another prestigious team in local cricket.
As reported on Sports Brief, the Dragons hammered the ITEC Knights from the Free State comfortably by an impressive eight wickets in the first match of day three in the 2022 Cricket South Africa T20 Challenge in Gqeberha.
This comes two days after they'd upset the Imperial Lions from Gauteng.
Source: Sports Brief News