Khan, Van Jaarsveld back with Dolphins

2011-12-22 00:00

AS the Dolphins look ahead to their matchup against the table-topping Knights on Tuesday, the team’s middle order welcome back some valuable experience in the form of Vaughn van Jaarsveld.

Van Jaarsveld has just completed a three month ban, which was handed to him by the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport in October after being found guilty of a drug related charge.

Dolphins vice-captain Daryn Smit told The Witness that Van Jaarsveld has been eager to get back into the fold since the start of the ban and has been training really hard.

Smit said: “We all know the quality that he has. He was really happy being able to train with the team after having to train by himself for the past three months.

“The team will be looking to him to put his hand up and to give the middle order some gusto.”

Van Jaarsveld has played only one game in the SuperSport Series, scoring 103 in the Dolphins’ only innings against the Lions.

More good news for the Dolphins is that captain Imraan Khan has been given the green light to play after fully recovering from a medical condition.

Smit said the team has moved on after the disappointing loss to the Warriors last week, reiterating coach Graham Ford’s view that there is a bright future ahead for the Dolphins.

“Cody Chetty and Nash Govender batted well in the second innings in their SuperSport Series debuts. It was also nice to see Divan van Wyk scoring a century in the second innings. Despite the result we played well and it was only an hour of madness which lost the game for us,” said Smit.

He added that the energy on the field was one of the best it has been all season and the bowlers fed off that energy, bending their backs to bowl effort balls.

“We are now approaching the crucial part of the season.

“We can’t afford to lose too much ground on the top teams if we want to be competitors in this competition,” said Smit.

The Dolphins have already lost to the Knights in the competition at Kingsmead and will be looking for revenge this time out. But Smit said this will not be easy as they have two of the competitions top wicket takers in their team.

“Johan van der Wath [21 wickets] and Quinton Friend [18 wickets] are in good form this season and we don’t expect anything different come Tuesday,” said Smit.

The Dolphins are in second last place on the SuperSport Series log with 34,58 points and the Knights are on top with 70,34 points.

In other matches next week, the Cobras take on the Warriors in Paarl while the Lions take on the Titans in Benoni.

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