Former Knights captain Morné Van Wyk joins the Dolphins

2013-03-08 00:00

THE Sunfoil Dolphins are delighted to confirm the signing of Morné van Wyk for the 2013/2014 season.

A former Chevrolet Knights and Proteas batsman and wicket-keeper, Van Wyk comes with a wealth of experience.

His batting experience and leadership skills as a former Chevrolet Knights captain will add tremendous value to the Sunfoil Dolphins squad.

The 33-year-old made his first class debut in the 1996/1997 season and his One-day International debut for the Proteas in 2003 at Lords.

He has earned respect for being an attacking top order batsman.

Commenting on joining the team Van Wyk said: “It’s an honour for me to be welcomed into the Sunfoil Dolphins cricket family.

“During my career and before, they were one of the powerhouses in SA cricket and hence I’ve always held cricket here in high regard.

“I look forward to starting a new life here with my family and in particular, I’m excited to contribute to the Dolphins and cricket as a whole in KwaZulu-Natal.”

KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union (KZNCU) president Fa-eez Jaffar said: “We are glad to have obtained a player like Morné in our squad for next season.

“He brings a tremendous amount of experience with him.

“He will help and guide our youngsters on and off the field.”

Jesse Chellan, CEO of KZNCU said: “With our current young squad, growing our players on the field of play was identified as a gap.

“Morné brings considerable leadership qualities as well as on-field excellence. He has been the rock around which the Knights team have performed, especially in limited overs cricket.”

Van Wyk has already relocated to Durban and will be part of the squad from April 2013.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins will face a tough task taking on the resurgent Knights in a Ram Slam Challenge T20 clash at Kingsmead today.

With only two points from five outings, the Dolphins are effectively out of any running as far as being a threat in the competition is concerned.

The Knights are in second place on the log after wins against the Titans, Lions and Dolphins.

There’s only pride to play for as far as the Dolphins are concerned and a win will boost confidence in the camp and restore belief in the fans.

Some new faces have been added to the Dolphins squad in an attempt to rediscover winning ways.

In all their matches so far, the Dolphins have failed to reach 140, and captain Daryn Smit is hoping the brittle top order can kick-in and build a platform for the bowlers to defend.

Smit said: “We have battled this season and can afford to try new combinations now that we are not contenders in the competition. The team knows it hasn’t delivered and, like our fans, are desperate for a win.”

Today’s match starts at 6 pm.

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

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