Highlights from the opening weekend of the 2019 Dolphins Premier League

File image: Waseem Rahman.File image: Waseem Rahman.

The second edition of the Dolphins Premier League opened on 24 and 25 August 2019. Several star performances headlined the fixtures.

  • Tugela Sharks opening batsman Waseem Rahman struck 99 not out from 63 deliveries in victory over the Zulu Kings. Franchise cricketer Prenelan Subrayen scored 86 for the Kings in vain. Rahman was named the Player of the Match.
  • Opening bowler Jesse Smit’s four-wicket haul was not enough to prevent the East Coast Wizards from losing to the eThekwini Hurricanes. Middle-order batsman Javier Frost thwarted the Wizards with a brisk cameo of 33 not out from 17 balls.
  • Opening batsman Mangaliso Mosehle and Blayde Capell traded half-centuries in the Hurricanes’ win over the Umgeni Rhinos. Mosehle’s 80 spanned a mere 43 deliveries – and featured seven fours and four sixes. Capell’s 67 not out, though, ensured triumph for the defending champions.
  • Economical figures with the ball and a telling contribution with the bat earned all-rounder Kyle Nipper the Player of the Match accolade in the Durban Chiefs’ win over the Rhinos. Nipper conceded a mere 11 runs in three overs – and later hit 37 not out in the middle order.
  • Opener Nhlanhla Dlamini collected a measured 50 from 54 deliveries, dotted with three boundaries, in the Pietermaritzburg Spurs’ win over the Rhinos. Dlamini was well supported by all-rounder Calvin Savage’s complementary 30.

Proteas in the Dolphins Premier League

File image: Robbie Frylinck.

File image: Robbie Frylinck.

Mosehle, who played seven T20Is against Sri Lanka, England and Bangladesh, wasn’t the only Proteas cricketer in the opening weekend of the 2019 DPL.

All-rounders Robbie Frylinck and Andile Phehlukwayo represented the Spurs and Hurricanes, respectively. Batsman Khaya Zondo, who played five ODIs against India and Zimbabwe last year, played for the Rhinos.

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