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Gibbs clubs Dolphins to victory

The Nashua Cape Cobras beat the Nashua Dolphins by 38 runs in a rain-affected match in their Standard Bank Pro20 semifinal second-leg at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Sunday.

Rain began falling at the end of the ninth over of the Dolphins’ innings with the home-side on 59 for five.

The Duckworth/Lewis system meant that the Dolphins needed to have scored 97 runs during their nine overs at the crease.

The Dolphins run-chase began poorly as they lost the wicket of Sanath Jayasuriya in the first over of their innings.

A second-wicket stand of 33 between Hashim Amla (23) and HD Ackerman (16) briefly raised the hopes of the home crowd before the Dolphins lost four wickets for the addition of 19 runs.

Thirty-five-year-old seamer Roger Telemachus took two for eight off two overs while 36-year-old left-arm spinner Claude Henderson picked up two for 13 in two overs.

Earlier, Herschelle Gibbs led the way with 92 as the Nashua Cape Cobras posted 191 for four.

Gibbs brought up his half-century off 40 balls while his next 42 runs came off a mere 17 balls before he was bowled by seamer Alfonso Thomas in the last over of the Cobras’ innings. Gibbs’s innings included seven fours and four sixes.

After being put into bat by the Dolphins the Cobras raced to 66 in the seventh over thanks to the opening pair of Gibbs and Graeme Smith.

Smith blasted his way to 33 off 20 balls before he chipped seamer Johann Louw to Ahmed Amla at mid-wicket.

JP Duminy came and went quickly, bowled by left-arm seamer Yusuf Abdulla, before Gibbs and Justin Ontong continued to torment the Dolphins’ bowlers with a third-wicket partnership of 74 off 51 balls before Ontong was bowled by Thomas for 32.

Thomas finished with figures of two for 28 off three overs.

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