Almost the same Dolphins squad

2013-05-14 00:00

THE Dolphins announced their contracted players for the 2013/14 season yesterday and it’s a case of as you were with a more than familiar look to the squad.

The only addition is Morné Van Wyk, who joins the franchise from the Knights.

Said coach Lance Klusener: “I am looking forward to working with the team. It’s a young and talented squad, which can get cricket in the province back to the top of the domestic ladder.”

CEO of KZN Cricket, Jesse Chelin, said the vast majority of players from last season had been retained, the only losses being Ahmed Amla and Dane Paterson.

While the past season was another without a trophy for the Dolphins, Chelin said the squad were maturing and there had been some promising signs and personal triumphs during the season.

These included Kyle Abbott being the leading wicket taker in the four-day series with 49, an achievement that saw him make his Test debut against Pakistan at Centurion; David Miller getting the nod for the Protea team to play in next month’s Champions Trophy in England; Cameron Delport coming of age with an unbeaten century against the Knights in a domestic T20 match; Cody Chetty’s maiden franchise century and having an average of 40 in the four-day format; Keshav Maharaj’s career best of 5/11 against the Titans; Vaughn van Jaarsveld’s career best 160 against the Titans in a four-day game, adding another when the sides met at Centurion, and skipper Daryn Smit’s consistent form in the four-day games plus his strike rate of 162 in the T20 competition.

Said Chelin: “Morné van Wyk adds leadership experience, which is vital to a squad with an average age of 24. We believe we are on the brink of great things this season.”

The union said they will look at the possibility of recruiting overseas players to add experience.

The contracted players are: Kyle Abbott, Craig Alexander, Cody Chetty, Cameron Delport, Robbie Frylinck, Imraan Khan, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Calvin Savage, Mthokozisi Shezi, Daryn Smit, Prenelan Subrayen, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Divan van Wyk, Morné van Wyk, Jonathan Vandiar and Khaya Zondo.

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