Eagles soar to win over Dolphins
Loots Bosman and Jacques Rudolph hammered half-centuries in the Gestetner Diamond Eagles 10-wicket win over the Nashua Dolphins in a Standard Bank Pro20 match in Durban on Friday.
The Dolphins totalled 126 for seven, and the Eagles cruised to 128 without loss to win with 6.3 overs to spare.
Bosman blasted 58 not out off 38 balls with four fours and five sixes, while Rudolph clipped his unbeaten 57 off 43 deliveries and hit six fours and a six.
Pierre de Bruyn and Daryn Smit shared a half-century stand to boost the Nashua Dolphins to their total.
De Bruyn scored 44 and Smit made an unbeaten 32 after the Dolphins had dwindled to 53 for five in the 11th over. Their six-wicket partnership was worth 73.
Roger Telemachus struck twice to help reduce the home side to 37 for four in the eighth over.
And when Ryan McLaren removed Martin Bekker for four to claim the fifth wicket, the Dolphins seemed to be sinking.
But De Bruyn and Smit raised their team's hopes with intelligent strokeplay rather than booming hitting.
The partnership was ended with the penultimate ball of the innings when Dillon du Preez bowled De Bruyn.
The Dolphins might have fancied their chances after that, but Bosman and Rudolph took the game away from them in uncompromising style.
Poor discipline in the field and some ordinary bowling also played into the Eagles openers' hands.