Dolphins fired up for Sunday

2008-12-12 00:00

THE KZN Dolphins will look to tomorrow’s MTN Domestic Championship game away to the Cape Cobras to re-ignite their dismal season.

Without a win in the SuperSport Series, and also in the 45-over MTN competition, the Dolphins were dealt a blow when the lucrative Champions League event in India was yesterday put off until October 2009 after the terrorist attacks in Mumbai last month.

Convenor of selectors Jay Naidoo said yesterday that the franchise will be looking to its star players, including Sri Lankan maestro Sanath Jayasuriya, to fire them to their first win of a season that is almost at the halfway stage.

“They haven’t become bad players overnight, and we are hoping that the senior guys really step up and help get the campaign on track,” Naidoo said.

He added that despite the disappointment of missing out on the lucrative tournament in India, the extended break afforded the side proper time to prepare for an away stint that also sees the Dolphins travelling to face the Eagles in Kimberley on Tuesday.

“Of course it would have been a lucrative trip for the team, but the players haven’t dwelled on it as they recognise that it was something that was out of our hands, “ Naidoo said.

“We can only control what we do, and so we will now focus all our energies on a successful domestic run.”

The Dolphins currently languish at the bottom of the MTN table, but with at least two games in hand, a few much-needed wins could see them occupy a semi-final slot in the six-team log.

With the Cobras missing a few of their stars who are on tour with the Proteas Down Under, tomorrow’s trip to Newlands presents the Dolphins with an ideal chance to capture last season’s inspired limited-overs form.

DOLPHINS SQUAD

Ahmed Amla (captain), Imraan Khan, H.D. Ackerman, Sanath Jayasuriya, Jon Kent, David Miller, Johann Louw, Daryn Smit, Alfonso Thomas, Yusuf Abdulla, Quinton Friend, Pierre de Bruyn.

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