Jason Behrendorff took three wickets © Getty Images (File Photo)
Jason Behrendorff took three wickets © Getty Images (File Photo)

By Shiamak Unwalla

Sep 20, 2014

Perth Scorchers were left reeling from a late assault by Khaya Zondo after Dolphins amassed 164 for seven in the fourth match of the Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014.

Joel Paris got the ball rolling very early when he bowled Morne van Wyk and Cody Chetty off the fourth and fifth balls of the match. He was on a hat-trick, but Keshav Maharaj managed to survive. Jason Behrendorff then took the wicket of Cameron Delport, caught behind brilliantly by Sam Whiteman, who had to jump and dive to his side, to leave the Dolphins reeling at 12 for three.

Keshav Maharaj lived and died by the sword; he hit five fours and a six in his chancy but gutsy 22-ball 29 before slashing Jason Behrendorff to Joel Paris at third man. Daryn Smit hit the ball around as well before he was dismissed for 21, LBW to Yasir Arafat. Vaughn van Jaarsveld was also caught by Paris off Behrendorff having made seven off 10 balls.

Khaya Zondo, who came in to bat at No 5 scored an enterprising fifty, mixing deft nudges and pokes with hard pulls and aggressive slogs to good effect. Along with Andile Phehlukwayo, he put on a very good 44-run partnership for the seventh wicket in just 25 balls before Arafat knocked over Phehlukwayo. Robbie Frylink hammered an unbeaten 15 off just six balls in the end as the Dolphins got to a commanding total.

Earlier, Dolphins’ Morne van Wyk won the toss and elected to bat first in a match between the domestic champions from South Africa and Australia. Brad Hogg, at the mature age of 43, became perhaps the oldest player ever to appear in CLT20.

Brief scores:

Dolphins 164 for 7 in 20 overs (Khaya Zondo 63*; Jason Behrendorff 3 for 46, Joel Paris 2 for 21, Yasir Arafat 2 for 42) vs Perth Scorchers.

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Complete coverage of Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014 here

(Shiamak Unwalla is a reporter with CricketCountry. He is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic who likes to pass his free time by reading books, watching TV shows, and eating food. Sometimes all at the same time)