Dolphins sign Titans players in a bid to strengthen side

2008-01-18 00:00

IN a bid to strengthen their side ahead of the limited-overs component of the cricket season, the KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins have signed North-East Titans players Alfonso Thomas and Zander de Bruyn.

Both have been released from their contracts with the Titans, and a Dolphins press release yesterday said De Bruyn and Thomas “are experienced campaigners who will fill in the gaps left by Dale Benkenstein and Lance Klusener”.

Those are certainly big shoes to fill, and the news will not lessen the concern of Dolphins supporters that the KZN team are a little light for the crash and bash of limited-overs cricket.

Dolphins CEO Cassim Docrat believes otherwise, though.

“We welcome the two new signings as this will definitely strengthen the Nashua Dolphins squad ahead of the MTN Domestic Championship and the Standard Bank Pro20 Series,” he said in the statement.

The services of Thomas have been secured for next season as well, while De Bruyn’s future with the franchise will be assessed by the Dolphins at the end of the current campaign.

Thomas (nearly 33) is described by CricInfo as a right-arm fast-medium bowler who has played in 90 limited-overs matches with a combined batting average of around 17 down the lower order and 96 wickets at around 32.

De Bruyn (nearly 31) is a right-hand bat and is described as a fast-medium bowler who has 97 limited-overs matches behind him, with a combined batting average of around 25 and a Pro20 strike rate of 120 runs per 100 balls faced. He has taken a combined total of 68 wickets at about 28 runs per wicket.

The MTN Domestic Championship takes place from February 6 to March 20, while the Standard Bank Pro20 Series is from March 29 to April 26.

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