T20 final: Lions sweep Dolphins

Henry

If the Lions’ Reeza Hendricks has not yet booked his place in the South African T20 squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the USA and the Caribbean, he did so on Sunday at the Wanderers.

Hendricks (73*, 52 balls, 4×4, 3×6) was the anchor in the Lions’ innings which led the home team to an easy seven-wicket victory over the Dolphins in the final of KSA’s T20 challenge series.

After the Dolphins reached 165/8 in their 20 overs, the Lions reeled at 168/3 in 17.4 overs.

Hendricks not only batted wildly and alertly, finding the gaps with calculated cricket strokes.

Apart from Hendrikcs, who now boasts 15 fifties in T20 cricket, the versatile Wiaan Mulder (55*, 26 balls, 2×4, 4×8) was the aggressor.

Mulder joined Hendricks on 83/3 after three of the Lions’ star batsmen, Ryan Rickelton (18), Rassie van der Dussen (6) and Temba Bavuma (7), lost their wickets.

Their unbeaten partnership of 85 runs was worth gold.

In the Dolphins’ innings, Jason Smith (51) led his team to 165/8.

Smith batted when the visitors were in trouble at 103/6. He hit five fours and a six and recorded his fourth T20 tally.

Khaya Zondo (37 from 25 balls) batted fairly at the start, but he was lucky quite a few times, although he hit four fours and two sixes.

The Lions’ spin bowler and captain, Bjorn Fortuin, strangled the Dolphins with 2/24.

Codi Yusuf (2/16) further cracked the Dolphins.

The Lions, who also won the multi-day title earlier in the season, undeniably showed that they are the leading red and white ball team in the country.