THE Dolphins, after a turbulent week which saw the unexpected resignation of coach Graham Ford and the appointment of Lance Klusener as his successor, return to matters on the field in their SuperSport Series match against the Warriors starting today at Kingsmead in Durban.
The KwaZulu-Natal franchise have endured a miserable season in the four-day SuperSport Series and they have failed to win a game after drawing four and losing three of their matches.
The Dolphins, despite their poor run, have shown some spirit in their last two matches earning credible draws against the Knights in Bloemfontein and a star-studded Cape Cobras’ outfit in Pietermaritzburg just over 10 days ago.
Imraan Khan, the Dolphins captain, said that his team could draw heart from those two performances. “In out last two games, either side of the New Year, the guys showed good character just to stay in the game and not lose. That is a positive going into this game with two decent performances behind us and hopefully we can just cross the finishing line this weekend,” Khan told The Witness.
The home team have been boosted by the inclusion of Proteas leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who adds some real quality to a bowling attack that has had to use seamer Robbie Frylinck as a makeshift off-spinner in their two most recent matches.
“It always helps when you have got a guy of Imran’s class in your team so hopefully he contributes with the ball for us in a big way,” said Khan.
The Dolphins have also included up-and-coming fast bowler Dane Peterson, who has recovered from injury while Kyle Nipper, the 24-year-old KZN Inland left-arm spinner, has been named in the squad of 12.
Today’s clash is a real basement battle with the Warriors sitting just above the Dolphins on the points table albeit that they have two wins to their name.
The men from the Eastern Cape have lost five matches this season, but Khan is wary of taking a team that includes internationals like batsman Ashwell Prince and bowlers of the calibre of Wayne Parnell and Rusty Theron too lightly. “They are a terrific side. They have been one of the most successful franchises over the last two or three years, mainly in one-day competitions, but they are going to be a tough challenge for us and we are looking forward to it,” he explained. — MWP Media
Dolphins: Imraan Khan (capt), Divan van Wyk, Daryn Smit, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, David Miller, Cody Chetty, Kyle Abbott, Robbie Frylinck, Dane Paterson, Imran Tahir, Mthokozisi Shezi, Kyle Nipper.
Warriors: Michael Price, Kelly Smuts, Jon-Jon Smuts, Ashwell Prince, Arno Jacobs (capt), Craig Thyssen, Wayne Parnell, Simon Harmer, Andrew Birch, Rusty Theron, Lyall Meyer, Basheer Walters.