Dolphins keen on 50 overs after Cobra draw

2011-10-24 00:00

DOLPHINS captain Imraan Khan was yesterday named man of the match in the drawn game between the Dolphins and the Cape Cobras at Newlands in Cape Town.

Khan has been steadily finding his feet in the competition and scored a magnificent 141 in the Dolphins’ first innings on a pitch that was full of runs.

On Saturday, day three, the Dolphins resumed on 152/6. Khan and vice captain Daryn Smit batted through to lunch. Tain stopped play early with captain and vice captain still at the crease.

It was much of the same yesterday, the last day of the match, where Khan and Cameron Delport produced a master class of batting, leaving the Cobras bowlers frustrated.

The Dolphins were all out for 316 with Vernon Philander (4/50) and Johan Louw (2/35) the pick of the Cobras bowlers.

The Dolphins then took to the field with a draw the only plausible result. Kyle Abbott struck early when he dismissed the dangerous Andrew Puttick for five and Stiaan van Zyl for just one. He finished the day with figures of 2/30. He was ably supported at the other end by Friedel de Wet (1/14) and former Cobra pace man Dane Paterson (1/40) as the Dolphins tolled their way to a hapless draw.

The most recent result leaves the KwaZulu-Natal side mid-table, with half the side’s fixtures in the competition behind them.

Coach Graham Ford says some soul-searching needs to occur if the side are to find their feet in the competition.

However, the Dolphins can now look forward to the Momentum 50-over tournament, a format of cricket that Ford feels the side will be more competitive in.

The Dolphins host the Cobras in their opening fixture at Kingsmead on November 4, and then make the short trip to Pietermaritzburg where they host the Warriors on November 6. They return to Kingsmead for a meeting with the Lions on November 9 before they start travelling.

With hard-hitting batsmen Loots Bosman and Cameron Delport, batting will be the Durban side’s strength in the tournament, but the likes of Abbott, De Wet and Robbie Frylinck will have a point to prove ahead of the arrival of Australian fast bowler Sean Tait for the T20 tournament.

Similarly the batsmen will also want to prove a point ahead of the arrival of West Indian Chris Gayle, also for the T20. If anything, the side look settled going into the shorter version of the domestic game with a bowling attack comprising of Abbott, De Wet, Frylinck and possibly Paterson or spin bowler Keshav Maharaj the most likely combination.

Khan, Bosman, Delport and Smit will bolster the batting order in the absence of David Miller, who will be on international duty with the Proteas for most of the season.

“Exciting times lie ahead for the Dolphins as we gear up for the 50- over and 20-over games.

“I said at the beginning of the season that we will be making a serious push for the T20 title as we would like to feature in next year’s Champions League,” said Ford.

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