Batting consultant Benkenstein brings ‘the whole package’

2013-08-14 00:00

DALE Benkenstein, one of the most successful Dolphins captains of recent years, returns as batting consultant for the coming season. Benkenstein captained during a productive time for the franchise when space in the trophy cabinet was tight and there was more silverware than dust on the shelves.

Still playing for Durham in England, Benkenstein’s input will be warmly welcomed not only by the senior players, but those in the amateur side and youngsters coming through the academy.

Dolphins coach Lance Klusener, who played with Benkenstein, sees the positive in working with a player who understands cricket in the province, having schooled at Michaelhouse and been a faithful servant to the game at all levels.

“The opportunity arose for Dale to be roped in and it’s something we had to make use of,” he said.

“He is part of the furniture at Kingsmead and will prove vital in the union’s approach this season.”

It’s a stale joke that the Dolphins have not won anything since 2005 but there is always room for improvement and innovation. Hence Benkenstein’s input, which should instil and restore pride in the Dolphin badge.

“Dale brings the whole package with him,” said Klusener. “His captaincy skills are outstanding and will be of massive value to the senior players. Knowing what it takes to win competitions, he can impart that knowledge and put plans and processes in place to ensure we get on the right track.”

Klusener added that younger players within the Dolphins ranks would be mentored and matured. “Dale will work with myself and Roger Telemachus [coach of the amateur side], thereby imparting knowledge across all levels of players.

“In the long run, we hope Dale’s input will produce the goods on the field, at the business end of matters. He is an astute cricket brain and making use of him can only be to our advantage.”

Looking ahead at the coming season, Klusener said the squad had been working on their mental approach, with gentle skills and exercising the main focus.

BENKENSTEIN STATS

ODIs 23, Runs 305, HS 69, Avg 17,94

First Class Matches 264, Runs 15 962, HS 259,

Avg 44,21, 86x50, 38x100.

List A (50 overs) Matches 300, Runs 7 308, HS 107*, Avg 35,13.

Twenty20 Matches 99, Runs 1 769, HS 60, Avg 24,23.

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