Dolphins ready to take on Cobras

2013-03-14 00:00

DOLPHINS opening batsman Cameron Delport believes his team has the players to send the Cobras packing in today’s Ram Slam T20 Challenge match at Kingsmead.

Delport’s undefeated 103 set the platform for the Dolphins to register their first win in the competition against the Knights in Durban last Friday and the side is looking for more of the same against a Cobras side licking their wounds after defeat to the Titans in Paarl on Tuesday.

Both sides are languishing at the wrong end of the log and the four points gleaned from a win is like a pot of gold to either side, particularly the Cobras.

However, Delport said the Dolphins were keen to show that Friday’s win was no flash in the pan. Said Delport: “It was my day on Friday and it went my way. While great to get a hundred, it was important we finally got back to winning ways. It’s been frustrating being on the wrong side of results, but we can only keep trying. We showed what we are capable of and hopefully that momentum is still with the team.”

Delport added that besides his contribution in the Knights match, fellow batsmen Ravi Bopara and David Miller had shared vital partnerships with him and had hit the ball well.

“Obviously I will be the man to get out early and no doubt the Cobras have their plans to achieve that. However, Ravi and David looked comfortable and scored freely against the Knights and found their groove quickly. If they do the same today, we could shut the Cobras out of the competition,” he said.

For Cobras skipper Justin Ontong, it has been an up and down campaign. “Our last game [on Tuesday] against the Titans where we lost by seven runs, was a prime example. We have strugged to put all three disciplines together at the same time and gave away runs in the field that cost us,” he said.

There is a mathematical chance of the Cobras getting somewhere in the competition, but they will have to rely on favours from other teams, something that does not always work out. Said Ontong: “We haven’t produced our best form and need our senior players to take more responsibility.”

The Dolphins have selected a strong team and will not be satisfied with anything less than a win. Gates open at 4 pm and play starts at 6 pm.

Dolphins squad: Divan van Wyk, Cameron Delport, Ravi Bopara, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, David Miller, Daryn Smit (captain), Calvin Savage, Keshav Maharaj, Cody Chetty, Yusuf Abdulla, Mthokozisi Shezi, Prenelan Subrayen and Craig Alexander.

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