Klusener wants something different for Dolphins - a winning start

2013-10-10 00:00

DOLPHINS coach Lance Klusener wants to do things a little differently on Sunday when his charges meet the Lions in the opening round of the Momentum One Day Cup at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom.

He wants to get off to a winning start, something the Dolphins have not managed in any format of the game in recent seasons. He has named a solid, talented side to fulfil his demands.

“Plenty of work has been done in the off-season and being the first game of the season, we have a full pool of players to pull from,” said Klusener.

This time around, it was a case of who to leave out, especially after the past two weekends where Dolphins batsmen playing for the KZN Inland and Coastal teams scored six centuries between them.

“It’s great to see players like Jonathan Vandiar, the Van Wyk brothers [Morné and Divan] and Imraan Khan among the runs,” said the coach. “They are all in the mix for selection and it encourages healthy competition among the squad for places in the side.”

Sunday’s encounter is a tough opener for the boys from the coast, but Klusener backs his team if they do the basics right.

“There are only six teams in the competition and none of them want to finish in the bottom two of the table,” he said. “A top-three finish guarantees a semi­final play-off and it’s a matter of taking our catches and working at all disciplines to progress. At the end of it all there are small margins to decide whether the campaign is a success or failure.”

Senwes Park is traditionally known for big scores, with a good batting wicket. For Klusener, it’s about getting the combinations right, with skills and variations different to the Wanderers.

“The key is for one of the top three batsmen to get in and go all the way,” he said. “On the bowling front, it’s time for players like Robbie Frylinck and Calvin Savage to stand up and be respected.

“Craig Alexander generates good pace and has been around a long time, and it’s really a case of these bowlers bowling to their potential. If they deliver, compared to being average, then we will have a formidable side.”

Looking at the team, there is no place for Khan and Cameron Delport’s name is also missing.

“Imraan [Khan] is unlucky considering his weekend hundred, but it’s healthy that he has runs under the belt and played a long innings,” said Klusener. “He will definitely have his opportunity this season and it must be remembered he is another bowling option.

“As for Cameron [Delport], he has just passed a fitness test and needs more game time. He has a role to play this season and is a player to watch.”

With last season’s skipper Daryn Smit re-inventing himself as a leg spin bowler, the Dolphins have an extra bowling alternative, allowing Klusener to explore more options.

“We have a crop of young players coming through, eager to put up their hands and that is a healthy state. We have four specialist bowlers and the fifth option can be shared among a number of players who can turn their arms over,” he said.

Batting coach and former Dolphins captain Dale Benkenstein said: “It’s great to have the batsmen getting runs, but they must score when it counts and the pressure is on.”

TEAM: Morné van Wyk (captain), Kyle Abbott, Craig Alexander, Cody Chetty, Robbie Frylinck, David Miller, Keshav Maharaj, Calvin Savage, Daryn Smit, Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Khaya Zondo, Divan van Wyk.

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