Dolphins hope to run with their winning momentum when they meet Knights in Kimberley tonight

2014-01-10 00:00

THE Dolphins are at the De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberley tonight for their second Ram Slam T20 clash of the competition, meeting the Knights at 6 pm.

It’s early days in the campaign but the Dolphins take to the field buoyed by their opening game success against the Titans in Cape Town last Sunday, where they got home by eight runs.

They need to run with the winning momentum and are encouraged by the character they showed, recovering from 37-4 to post a score just beyond 150.

The man who took charge of the situation and saw the Dolphins to what proved a winning total was Vaughn van Jaarsveld who bludgeoned an undefeated 82 from 56 balls with seven sixes.

He received solid support from Khaya Zondo (41*) as the pair added an undefeated 117 for the fifth wicket, a domestic T20 record.

Van Jaarsveld is obviously keen to maintain his form in tonight’s encounter, for himself and the team.

“I had enjoyed a two-week break from cricket before Sunday’s match in Cape Town. I did not even have any time in the nets and spent time with my family,” he said. “It did the trick for me and I just went out there, played myself in and adapted my game to what was needed.”

It was the ideal way for Van Jaarsveld to get out the blocks and more importantly, it gave him a long overdue boost of confidence and self belief. He oozes talent but at times fails to deliver. For the Dolphins, his innings against the Titans could be the catalyst needed as the T20 competition gains speed.

“In T20 cricket the plan is to put the bowlers under pressure and take advantage when you can,” he said. “That fell into place for me in my first innings and allowed me to get on top of the bowlers.

“It wasn’t a case of them bowling badly, it was the pressure we applied during the partnership that saw them struggle with their line and length.”

Dolphins selectors have kept faith with the same squad named for the Titans match, the notable absentee being England professional Graham Onions, who is recovering from a shoulder injury.

The match will be telecast on SuperSport Two from 5.45 pm.

Dolphins squad: Prenelan Subrayen, Morne van Wyk (capt), Khaya Zondo, Cameron Delport, David Miller, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Cody Chetty, Kyle Abbott, Daryn Smit, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Nipper, Craig Alexander and Robbie Frylinck.

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