Dolphins to play for pride, says skipper

2011-11-29 00:00

DOLPHINS captain Imraan Khan says his team still have pride to play for in their One-day Cup encounter with the Cobras at Newlands in Cape Town tomorrow night.

“It has been a disappointing season and we would like to end it with a win. All of the stops will be pulled out tomorrow night,” said Khan.

This will not be easy as the Cobras can look to their Protea players to boost their ranks.

“Guys like Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher will want as much time in the middle as possible ahead of the Sri Lankan tour. And I am sure Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander will want to bowl as many overs as possible. They will also be dangerous because they will want to keep the Warriors at bay in order to secure a home final,” he said. The Warriors take on the Titans in Pretoria tomorrow night.

The Dolphins’ chances of reaching the semi-finals of the tournament ended on Sunday in the rain after the home side lost to the Knights by 102 runs on the Duckworth Lewis system.

This was the fifth Dolphins home match of the campaign that was affected by rain. Points were shared in four of the matches, while Sunday’s rain held off long enough for the Knights to face 50 overs and for the home team to face the 20 overs that constituted a match.

Khan, who has played for the Dolphins since 2003, said he has never experienced so many rained-off matches.

“We know that this is the wet season in the province. But in the past only one or two matches were affected by rain, not every home game in the competition …” said Khan.

He said that the side’s exit from the tournament comes at a bad time for the team as key players are just finding the form needed to do well.

“It’s sad for players like Loots Bosman and Daryn Smit who are in fine form. Kyle Abbott and Robbie Frylinck were also just finding their line and lengths …”

After tomorrow’s match the Dolphins face a lengthy lay-off before they travel to Bloemfontein to take on the Knights in the SuperSport Series. They return to Pietermaritzburg before the arrival of Chris Gayle and Shaun Tait, who are currently playing in the Zimbabwe Twenty20 tournament.

Tomorrows fixtures:

Cobras vs Dolphins – Cape Town

Lions vs Knights – Johannesburg

Titans vs Warriors - Pretoria

• jonathan.faurie@witness.co.za

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