Klusener has some tricks up his sleeve

2014-03-06 00:00

AFTER a two-week break, the Dolphins are on the road for their next Sunfoil Four-Day Series match, meeting the Warriors at Buffalo Park, East London, starting today.

It’s a match both sides will want to win for different reasons. For the hosts, a win will boost their confidence and hopefully lift them off the bottom of the table, while the Dolphins will be looking to recover after their collapse in their last game, against the Cobras at Paarl.

In that match, having been competitive throughout, the Dolphins were asked to knock off 253 runs to win and they somehow threw the game away with a more-than-sub-standard 84 all out to lose by the proverbial mile.

Having beaten the Warriors in Durban the previous week by an innings and 45 runs, a win that saw them climb significantly up the table, they were expected to keep riding the wave of success against their Cape rivals, but the all-too-familiar collapse, which seems to have become a trademark of Dolphins cricket, saw them returning to Durban with their tails between their legs.

But, under captain Morné van Wyk, the Dolphins have shown they have character this time around and are able to pick themselves up when needed.

The next four days provide the ideal opportunity, especially without the services of bowling stalwart Kyle Abbott, who did duty in the third Test against Australia at Newlands, and the in-form David Miller, who joins the Proteas T20 squad ahead of the matches against Australia.

Teenager Daryn Dupavillon, who impressed with a five-wicket haul in his debut against the Warriors in Durban, should get another run and could provide the pace needed on what should be a challenging wicket.

Dolphins coach Lance Klusener is holding his final team selection close to his heart but is willing to try some new combinations to generate a win.

“Sure it was disappointing to fall away like we did against the Cobras when the game was there for the taking, but that is history and it’s time to deal the cards for a new round,” he said. “In the position we find ourselves, we could take a gamble here and there to get a good haul of points.”

Klusener hinted he may give some players who have been on the fringe of the team a run. “I have some tricks up my sleeve which I might employ for the game,” he said. “There are players who have been in the wings and it gives us an opportunity to use something fresh.”

The only previous four-day match at Buffalo Park this season produced a high scoring draw, but Warriors coach Piet Botha admits it’s difficult to get a balance that will provide something for the seamers and spinners.

“It comes down to going to extremes,” he said.

“Either it can be green for the seamers or bare for the spinners. In between, it becomes flat.”

The fixture in East London last season saw rain and bad light thwart the Dolphins as they charged toward victory, the weather having the final say with the Dolphins needing three wickets to win.

For the Warriors, their major concern is the loss of skipper Davy Jacobs who is nursing a foot injury.

Dolphins Squad: Imraan Khan, Divan van Wyk, Khaya Zondo, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Cody Chetty, Morné van Wyk (captain), Daryn Smit, Keshav Maharaj, Mthokozisi Shezi, Robbie Frylinck, Daryn Dupavillon and Craig Alexander.

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