Dolphins on target

2014-01-31 00:00

ONE down, two to go. That’s the run-in the Dolphins have in their quest to finish in the top three of the Ram Slam T20 standings, thereby qualifying for a play-off in the competition.

Tonight they face the Knights at Kingsmead, where a win will secure them a play-off berth as they search for a long overdue domestic cricket trophy.

After Wednesday night’s strong eight-wicket win against the Titans at Centurion, they are currently second in the standings with 23 points from eight games, two points behind the Cobras, who have played the same number of games.

The Cobras are also in action tonight, taking on the lowly Lions at the Wanderers and if the Lions upset the form book and pull their first win of the competition out of the bag, the Dolphins can go top if they do the business.

Finishing top of the log automatically secures a home final, while second and third place have a play-off to determine the other finalists.

However, it’s a matter of one game at a time and the Knights are not a team to be taken lightly.

In the corresponding fixture last season at Kingsmead, Dolphins opener Cameron Delport struck a superb, undefeated century to see the Dolphins home and captain Morné van Wyk, who knows the Knights better than anyone, will be hoping his young side can deliver another comanding performance.

“We were controlled from the start against the Titans and that was key for us,” he said.

“Some of our recent matches have been lost by allowing the pressure to get to us, especially when chasing a total, but we showed what we are capable of when we pitch up and play good cricket.”

Cricket is a fickle game though and Van Wyk knows that past performances count for nothing when the coin is tossed and a new game starts.

“Our destiny is in our own hands. We have identified areas where we needed to improve through the campaign and these are falling into place.

“I have huge confidence in the players and believe our batsmen can do the business. It’s important to peak and win at the right time and we are doing that as we stake our claim in the tournament.”

Van Wyk added this was a moving week for the Dolphins as they rounded off their T20 challenge with three matches. Having dealt with the Titans, they are looking to finish off the Knights and then get the points in their final match on Sunday, at the Wanderers, against the Lions.

If the Dolphins happen to win their last two matches and the Cobras stumble in one of their final two encounters, Durban cricket fans will be in for a rarity — a home final in a domestic competition.

Craig Alexander, returning from injury, is the only change to the squad.

Tonight’s game starts at 6 pm and and will be telecast on SuperSport Two and SuperSport HD2.

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

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