The Friday afternoon crowd at the Chatsworth stadium was treated to a thrilling climax to the Kasi Coastal Challenge that ended in a tie between the Hollywoodbets Dolphins and the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

Needing two runs to win off the last ball, new batsman Andile Phehlukwayo could only wring a solitary leg bye off the last delivery of the match which was bowled by World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ new recruit Tladi Bokako, leaving the scores level at 174, and the match tied.

The home side looked to have the run chase under control on a batter-friendly track, reaching 94 for the loss of two wickets by the halfway mark in their innings, chasing down the visitors’ total of  174/6.

Vaughn Van Jaarsveld anchored much of the Dolphins run chase, scoring 62 off just 42 balls, and shared the Man Of The Match award with the top scorer for the Cape side Janneman Malan, who posted 63 off 48 deliveries. World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ hard-hitting all-rounder Ferisco Adams also contributed a quick-fire 37 runs in the final overs to help set up a decent total for the bowlers to defend.

Mthokozisi Shezi was the pick of the Dolphins bowlers, taking two wickets for 38 in his four overs, with most of the bowlers adding their names to the list of wickets takers.

The run chase started brightly with Cody Chetty scoring freely en route to his 40 off 27 deliveries, while the perennial rock of the Dolphins batting line-up Morne Van Wyk contributed 41 off just 20 deliveries.

The Cobras bowlers did well to stifle the Dolphins middle order, with World Sports Betting Cape Cobras captain Dane Piedt taking 2 crucial wickets, while his fellow bowlers Lizaad Williams, George Linde, Tladi Bokako and Ferisco Adams all kept it tight in the middle overs to keep the pressure on the Dolphins as the match reached its climax.

The match was a positive pre-season outing for both teams, enjoyed by the Chatsworth crowd on a balmy Friday afternoon.