Are the stars lining up once more for Dolphins to take the spoils?

2015-02-10 00:00

THEY’RE halfway there. They won their last two matches to secure second spot in the One-Day Cup standings behind the Cobras, now they need to win ­tonight’s playoff against the Titans at Kingsmead and then the final on Friday against the Cobras at Newlands should they get there.

That’s where the Dolphins find ­themselves as they go in search for more silverware after they claimed last ­season’s domestic T20 trophy, also against the Cobras, also at Newlands.

Are the stars lining up once more?

Their success on Friday in Cape Town was substantial, especially away from home and how their young side stepped up to the mark on Sunday against the Titans was encouraging.

With the Titans virtually assured of a playoff spot, many will argue they were just going through the motions, saving their turbo boost for today’s showdown. That may be so, but there’s no denying a young attack and the ­assured batting of Vaughn van Jaarsveld were revelations worth considering.

Van Jaarsveld’s back-to-back centuries have seen him fifth overall in the competition’s leading scorers with 428 runs from nine matches at 61,14 with three centuries.

“There’s definitely plenty more runs in my bag,” he said after Sunday’s win. “Batting is work in progress and I have been given the opportunity to bat at three, face more balls, cement the ­innings and take responsibility, allowing others to bat around me.”

That’s clearly evident in Van ­Jaarsveld’s approach of late. He was hit on the elbow on Sunday and continued to bat, having to change how he played his shots.

“I had to rely on plan B as I could not follow through enough and get power to hit over the top,” he said. “I had to adjust and work the ball around rather than trust my hard-hitting approach.”

Nobody is envying the Dolphins selectors who have a tough task naming their squad for today’s showdown.

“The youngsters stepped up to the mark on Sunday and it’s the age old question of who do we leave out,” said Dolphins captain Morné van Wyk.

“Daryn Dupavillon was superb upfront, Andile Phehlukwayo followed his three wickets in Cape Town with a career best four, Kyle Nipper batted well, Cavin Savage contributed as did Tshepo Moreki. It’s a feather in our cap having such depth that can still get results.”

As expected, Robbie Frylinck, Craig Alexander and Daryn Smit who all missed Sunday’s clash are back in the fold, as is Protea all-rounder Ryan McLaren. Jonathan Vandiar is included in the squad, while Nipper, Moreki and Dupavillon are also in the mix.

Gates open at 2 pm for the 3 pm start. Tickets range from R30 with a buy-one-get-one-free policy for all areas.

Spectators are encouraged to wear Dolphins kit or black and green colours.

Tomorrow has been set aside as a ­reserve day, should weather prevent a ­result.

The match is telecast on SS2 from 2.45 pm.

Dolphins Squad: Morné van Wyk (c), Cameron Delport, Cody Chetty, Khayelihle Zondo, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Andile Phehlukwayo, Daryn Smit, Robert Frylinck, Keshav Maharaj, Daryn Dupavillon, Craig Alexander, Kyle Nipper, Jonathan Vandiar, Ryan McLaren, Tshepo Moreki.

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