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Devastator Dupavillion drives Dolphins to semis

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Ruan de Swardt of Hollywoodbets Dolphins and teammate Daryn Dupavillon celebrate getting the wicket of Tristan Stubbs of the Gbets Warriors during the 2021/22 CSA Provincial T20 Cup quarter-final. Picture: Shaun Roy, BackpagePix

Daryn Dupavillon’s opening burst with the ball and solid knock with the bat saw the Dolphins qualify for the semi-finals of the CSA Provincial T20 Knock Out competition.

JOHANNESBURG – Daryn Dupavillon’s devastating opening burst and a well-timed fifth wicket partnership of 98 between Jason Smith and Keegan Petersen, saw the Dolphins qualify for the semi-finals of the CSA Provincial T20 Knock Out competition in Kimberley on Wednesday.

Dupavillon claimed three wickets inside the power play, firmly putting the usually aggressive Eastern Province side on the backfoot. Despite a well crafted half-century from Diego Rosier, the Warriors never recovered and their total was about 30 runs short of being defendable.

The Kimberley Oval strip used for Wednesday’s quarter-final was very different from ones used there previously. Where batters have dominated in the Pool matches hosted there and in Tuesday’s two quarter-finals, it was the bowlers – the seamers especially – who found plenty of help from the track where the bounce and carry through to the wicket-keeper, occasionally resembled what might be found at the Wanderers.

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Dupavillon delighted in the help he got – from the pitch – and also from umpire Bangani Jele, for his first wicket, with the official raising his finger to give Warriors opener Wihan Lubbe out lbw, but TV replays showed the left-hander got a huge inside edge.

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His tail up, Dupavillon clean bowled Matthew Breetzke with the penultimate ball of the first over and started his second over by having the experienced JJ Smuts caught behind by stand-in wicket-keeper Keegan Petersen for just seven.

Before the power play ended, Tristan Stubbs scooped Ruan de Swardt to Dupavillon at point, leaving the Warriors in crisis.

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It was a position from which they could not recover despite Rosier’s best efforts. His innings contained some lovely strokeplay, but it was a lone hand. He struck five fours and a six in making 51 off 41 balls but what the Warriors really needed was a big partnership and Rosier’s sixth fifth wicket stand with skipper Sinethemba Qeshile was worth just 42 runs.

Dupavillon finished with career-best figures of 4/18, continuing the good form he found in the second match of the Pool stages in Bloemfontein. He had good support from Ottniel Baartman who claimed 1/21, while Thando Ntini weighed in with two crucial wickets in the latter stages of the Warriors innings.

The Dolphins’ top order also succumbed to the tricky seamer friendly pitch, slumping to 33/4 by the end of the seventh over.

Glenton Stuurman with three wickets – matching Dupavillon by taking one with the first ball of the innings – led the way and the pressure he created was built upon by the Warriors’ spinners.

Just when it looked like the run chase might be getting away from them, Petersen – who played a Test match style knock scoring 38 off 43 balls and hitting just three fours – took 10 runs off Smuts in the 13th over, and then Smith hit a pair of sixes in the 14th over off part-timer Tristan Stubbs, taking him for 19 runs in total.

That changed the momentum of the innings and Qeshile may look back and think he allowed the part-timer to bowl one over too many.

There were insufficient runs left for the seamers to defend as a result, and Smith and Petersen coasted home in the last over, with Smith, who moved from Cape Town to Durban in the winter, finishing not out on 60, which came off 41 balls in which he hit three fours and three sixes.

The Dolphins will play the Titans in the first semi-final on Thursday.

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