South Africa: Roelofsen Ton Puts Dolphins in Strong Day 1 Position

Pietermaritzburg — A fluent maiden CSA 4-Day Domestic Series century from Grant Roelofsen helped the Dolphins to 234 for four before bad light just after tea brought an early end to day one against the Cape Cobras in Pietermaritzburg on Monday.

Roelofsen missed the Dolphins’ previous game after he didn’t recover from a concussion sustained in the first game of the season against the Titans. He scored a half-century for the Dolphins in that game, then doubled that on Monday.

“I missed the previous game so I was able to put in some hard work last week and I am glad that it paid off,” Roelofsen said.

“Hopefully we can get out there on Tuesday morning and rebuild and take the innings as deep as possible for the team.”

Having spent a number of season at Hollywoodbets KZN Inland before breaking into the Dolphins side, Roelofsen knows what the conditions are going to be like.

“It’s a typical Maritzburg wicket I think. It’s on the slow side but there are runs out there if you apply yourself and if you bowl the right areas there is something in the wicket for the bowlers too.

“We would have liked to only be three down but we have scored well today and will look to build on it tomorrow,” he added.

Roelofsen opened the batting with Vaughn van Jaarsveld and the pair were not together long before the latter nicked off the second delivery of the day.

Marques Ackerman was his traditionally attacking self coming in at three, however the Cobras bowlers were able to throttle his intent and that forced a lose shot where he skied a Jason Smith delivery to mid-off for 35.