Klusener will give new players a run out

2014-03-13 00:00

COMPARED to recent seasons, the current one is definitely top of the pile as far as the Dolphins are concerned.

They have the Ram Slam T20 trophy in their grasp and are third on the log — 27 points behind leaders the Cobras with three games remaining.

One of those three matches starts today at Willowmore Park, Benoni, where the Dolphins meet bottom of the table Titans. The game provides Dolphins coach Lance Klusener the ideal platform to give new talent the opportunity to play tough, first class cricket.

In last week’s match against the Warriors in East London he included middle order batsman Sarel Erwee and left-arm chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi, both performing with aplomb.

Erwee finished with an undefeated 64 in the Dolphins’ second innings and Shamzi was man of the match, taking 5-68 from 21 overs in the Warriors’ first innings. Since arriving at the Dolphins last year, captain Morné van Wyk has made no bones about bringing young talent into the system, wanting to get youngsters into the Dolphins system, making them proud to wear and play for the badge.

“Cricket in this part of the world has a rich heritage, the walls of Kingsmead oozing history. This is a proud place to play cricket and the players must continue the heritage,” he said.

Another trump card played by Klusener was bringing young quick bowler Daryn Dupavillon into the mix against the Warriors in Durban last month. Again, it paid rich dividends, with Dupavillon grabbing seven wickets in the match and taking the man of the match honours.

“With the Cobras so far ahead it looks as though they will defend their title, but that allows us to draft in new players and if we win these next three matches, who knows where we will be on the log,” said van Wyk. “We are looking for the players to mature, learn and get better with every outing, while working toward the seasons ahead.

“We have made huge strides this season by winning a trophy and our aim is to get better, getting closer to four day honours next time around.”

The Dolphins have named an unchanged squad from East London, while the Titans, with one win all season, are also expected to introduce some new faces to their set up. Ethy Mbhalati is back in action but may not be match ready, while fiery speedster Marchant de Lange is expected to play.

The Dolphins are without David Miller and Kyle Abbott, who are both currently on national duty with the Proteas T20 squad.

Both sides are hoping to get onto the park after Johannesburg and its surrounds have been hit by heavy rain for the past 10 days.

In other fixtures, the Knights host the Cobras in Kimberley and the Warriors entertain the Lions in PE.

Dolphins Squad

Imraan Khan , Divan van Wyk, Cody Chetty, Khaya Zondo, Morné van Wyk, Daryn Smit, Keshav Maharaj, Craig Alexander, Tabraiz Shamsi, Robbie Frylinck, Daryn Dupavillon, Sarel Erwee and Matthew Pillans.

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