Monday, 13 January 2020

Captain Marques Ackerman led from the front with a fine century that helped the Hollywoodbets Dolphins command a rain-shortened opening day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the log-leading Imperial Lions in Pietermaritzburg on Monday.

The left-hander struck 107 (138 balls, 13 fours, 1 six) – his seventh first-class ton – as the hosts reached 231 for two before afternoon showers forced an early close at the City Oval.

Only 60 overs were sent down in total with Sarel Erwee also impressing by ending the day 11 shy of his century. The opener was unbeaten on a far more sedate 89 (213 balls, 10 fours), handing the home side all the aces after they won the toss and batted.

The only two wickets to fall were those of Grant Roelofsen (9) to the in-form Eldred Hawken (1/56) and Ackerman, who had shared a fine 194-run second wicket partnership with Erwee.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld (6) was the other man unbeaten at the close of an excellent start for the Dolphins.