Dolphins looking for a bit of Irish spirit

2011-03-04 00:00

THE Dolphins will be looking to draw on the spirit of the Irish tonight as they contest the pivotal second leg of the Pro20 Series semi-final against the Warriors at Kingsmead.

Coach Graham Ford said the antics of the unfancied Irish against England during the week proved that anything can happen in this “crazy game”, and that will be the message he passes on to his players.

“That can happen in this game, it just takes a crazy innings by some guy and anyone can beat any­one on their day,” Ford said.

The Dolphins, up against the highly decorated, vastly experienced Warriors, will certainly need to be at something approaching their best tonight.

“… They are a serious franchise, with serious players. We just have to come up with strategies to combat that,” he said.

Last week’s first leg saw the Dolphins’ top order disappear, and there have been some reinforcements roped in for tonight’s win-or-bust affair.

David Miller remains a potent weapon, and he will hope to get out of his curious patch of form of late.

“We have brought in a few guys to give us a few options, and the practice games that we have had this week have given us a fair indication of where we want to go,” he said.

Glen Addicott and Cameron Delport have pretty straight-forward game-plans, which revolve around dispatching the ball as far as possible.

It is highly unlikely that they will both play, but the Dolphins certainly need to have someone who can simply clear the ropes deep in the innings.

Ford also admitted that their strategy of using part-time bowlers is wearing thin.

“I guess most of the sides have got used to it, and they have come up with plans to attack those guys,” he conceded.

He also added that, having performed solidly in the early part of the campaign, the so-called part-timers may have suddenly felt a weight of expectation, as curious as that sounds.

Ford also pointed to the crowd as being a help — or a hinderance.

“When we went down to PE, it was pretty loud down there, and it took some of the guys off guard.

“I’d like to think we will have a similar crowd [tonight] because we have enjoyed very good support this season,” he said.

The Dolphins cannot dither tonight, they cannot live in blind hope that it will be alright on the night.

Against a batting list that includes Messrs Prince, Jacobs and Boucher, the bowlers will have to be precise.

And Makhaya Ntini’s burst with the new ball last week showed that there is plenty of kick in the old horse yet.

The Dolphins may take inspiration from the Irish, but they could certainly use a fair old sprinkling of that leprechaun luck as well tonight.

Play starts at 6 pm.

TV - Supersport 2 from 17.45 pm.

Dolphins squad: Imraan Khan (Capt), David Miller, Devon Conway, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Ahmed Amla, Loots Bosman, Daryn Smit, Kyle Abbott, Jon Kent, Keshav Maharaj, Yasir Arafat, Glen Addicott and Cameron Delport.

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