Dolphins still not at 100% for trip to Paarl

2008-10-13 00:00

JON Kent and HD Ackerman return to the KZN Dolphins to meet the Cape Cobras in a third-round SuperSport Series match in Paarl from Thursday.

But Proteas batsman Hashim Amla is still injured, Grant Rowley drops out of the XI that drew with the Highveld Lions and valuable all-rounder Johann Louw is attending his brother’s wedding.

Apart from the Cobras/Dolphins clash, the match in East London between the East Cape Warriors and Northern Titans looks to be one of the most star-studded domestic first-class games in some time. The Warriors have six SA-contracted players and the Titans five. The other match sees the champions, Free State Eagles, at home to the Lions in Bloemfontein.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins are in fourth place in the six-team SS Series competition, the 10 match points earned by the Warriors, Lions and Eagles in the two rounds setting them apart from the rest, but the Dolphins’ healthy batting and bowling points-haul means they are less than six log points behind the Bloemfontein-based franchise.

The SS Series points system is as follows: bonus points are awarded in the first 100 overs of each team’s first innings. The first batting point is awarded at 150 and then 0,02 points for each further run within 100 overs. Bowling points are awarded at three, five, seven and nine wickets within 100 overs (maximum of four).

KZN DOLPHINS

Imraan Khan (vice-capt), Rivash Gobind, David Miller, Ahmed Amla (capt), HD Ackerman, Jon Kent, Pierre de Bruyn, Daryn Smit, Quinton Friend, Ugasen Govender, Yusuf Abdullah, Saidi Mlongo.

SS Series log (two rounds): Warriors 25,44; Highveld Lions 22,66; Diamond Eagles 20,42; Dolphins 14,82; Titans 13,54; Cape Cobras 12,34.

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