Dolphins hope to light up a gloomy KZN

2009-10-30 00:00

IF THE gloomy skies that have hovered over most of KZN this week have their way, then an intriguing MTN40 clash will be washed away tonight.

The Dolphins, looking hungry under the returning Graham Ford, are pencilled in to host the Warriors this evening at Kingsmead.

The visitors, for their part, have one of the most potent bowling units in the country with Proteas all over the park. It all points to a fascinating challenge for the likes of HD Ackermann, Hashim Amla and the increasingly influential Cameron Delport.

Young Delport has been in the Dolphins set-up for the last two seasons, but he admitted last night that he didn’t really know his role before.

“It’s been a great start to this season, and I have been told exactly what is expected of me,” the powerful left-hander said.

“With Fordie and all the experienced guys coming in, there is a real purpose to everything we are doing. I am just hoping to cash in soon, because I have been in good knick so far.”

Indeed, Delport’s efforts against a potent Titans outfit last week suggested a young talent with the necessary stomach for the big occasion, and he has the bump on the head to prove it.

“Dale Steyn ‘sconed’ me, but it was great to play in that sort of environment. You had the world’s best fast bowler, plus the Morkel brothers, Ethy Mbhalati and Paul Harris. There was no respite!”

Delport’s contributions of 61 and 36 were commended by coach Ford, and he revealed that he was ready to go back to try and win the game.

“I went off on 61, but I wanted to go back because we had a good chance to win. But the umpires said the light wasn’t good enough, which was a real pity.”

Delport’s explosive style is tailor-made for the MTN40 it seems, and he could yet emerge as a real asset this season. Alongside Loots Bosman (currently smashing sixes in Hong Kong), Delport could be the man to get Imraan Khan’s side to the massive totals required.

“This new format is exciting, and it’s obviously slanted towards the batters.

“I will just go out there and do what I can for the team.” If they get on the park, Delport and company may yet provide some spark to what has been a pretty grim week in KZN.

Squads: Dolphins: Imraan Khan (capt), Hylton Ackerman, Hashim Amla, Ahmed Amla, Cameron Delport, David Miller, Andrew Hall, Daryn Smit, Johann Louw, Alfonso Thomas, Quinton Friend, Yusuf Abdulla, Keshav Maharaj.

Warriors: Ashwell Prince, Colin Ingram, Arno Jacobs, Justin Kreusch, Nicky Boje, Mark Boucher, Johan Botha (capt), Wayne Parnell, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Makhaya Ntini, Craig Thyssen, Andrew Birch.

Play starts at 4.15 pm.

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