Dolphins out to weather Cape storm

2010-02-13 00:00

THE KZN Dolphins, facing a strong Cape Cobras unit at Newlands tonight, will be determined to turn around a disastrous show of form in the past few weeks.

The Dolphins will be without Loots Bosman, but their hosts will be missing the even more potent duo of Herschelle Gibbs and Charl Langeveldt.

That is not to say that things will be much easier for the Dolphins, as the Cape unit houses many players who have been in and around the Proteas setup in the past few years.

If the Dolphins are to have any hope of squeaking into the semi-final, they will have to win tonight, and then again when they visit the Lions at midweek.

It has not been the easiest of weeks for coach Graham Ford, with a protracted late-night meeting following Wednesday’s meek surrender to the Warriors in Durban.

The KZN outfit has shuffled a few names around, with Inland star Kyle Nipper again added to the travelling party.

Nipper’s all-round game suits the hurly-burly of Pro20 cricket — and one hopes the Dolphins will be looking to give some other youngsters a taste of the big time in the wake of a disastrous campaign.

It can hardly get any worse, and at least the enthusiasm of the likes of Nipper dashing around will be a welcome change.

Young Coastals batsman Khaya Zondo has also been drafted, as has Ruan Pietersen.

Pietersen hails from Griquas, where his seamers have produced good results in the first-class competitions.

Even if he only flourishes in the SuperSport Series, the Dolphins will be more than happy to welcome any sort of strike bowling to the table.

Dolphins: Imraan Khan (captain), Ahmed Amla, Dale Benkenstein, David Miller, Pierre de Bruyn, Daryn Smit, Johann Louw, Andrew Hall, Quinton Friend, Alfonso Thomas, Khaya Zondo, Ruan Pietersen, Kyle Nipper. TV: SuperSport 2 from 5.45 pm.

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