Moses, Addicott firmly in reckoning for Dolphins

2010-09-25 00:00

THE Dolphins completed their preparations for the start of the Supersport Series with a trip to Benoni during the week.

With no fewer than six hundreds and 90 spread over two innings, Graham Ford’s charges certainly have been batting for days, but it is the bowling that is giving the coach a headache.

“Quinton Friend and Yusuf Abdulla are struggling with injuries, so that is a big loss for us,” Ford said last night.

“We will just have to soldier on, and see how things go next week,” he added.

Next week, of course, is the Dolphins’ first assignment in Kimberley against the Free State Knights ( formerly Eagles).

“The batters got excellent time in the middle, and we are seeing the fruits of the labour put in during the winter,” the Dolphins minder added.

Among those who have impressed with their hard yards are Brad Moses and Glen Addicott.

For years, it had seemed that anyone who plays on this side of the N3 wasn’t a factor in Dolphins’ matters, but Ford says the St Charles-bred buddies have more than showed their worth.

“It’s exciting to see the way they have progressed through the winter. They have forced themselves into the reckoning, and the fact that they were part of the trip tells you that they are definitely a part of our plans,” Ford explained.

Moses, who made his Supersport Series debut late last season at Newlands against the Cobras, made it back-to-back tons for the Dolphins. Last week at the Oval, he made a fluent 100 against the Cobras, and this week’s ton against Easterns would have done his cause for a spot in the Dolphins’ top order no harm.

Addicott, who hits the ball harder than most, chiselled out a second innings hundred in Benoni to show his own worth.

His whirlwind 50 against Chennai Superkings had put him in the frame for the MTN40 and the Pro20 later in the season, but the Inland star is intent on proving that he has what it takes for the longer format, too.

The Dolphins have the weekend off, before they look to fill the big hole of Kimberley with buckets of runs and loads of wickets next week.

THREE-DAY FRIENDLY

Dolphins 1st innings: 548 for 2 dec ( L Bosman 133, B Moses 100 ret, A Amla 101*, D Miller 105*, H Amla 93)

Easterns 1st innings: 306 all out ( B Whatmore 5/54, T Shamsi 3/98)

Dolphins 2nd innings: 335 for 4 (G Addicott 104, D Smit 100 ret, D Miller 52)

Easterns 2nd innings: 120 for 3 ( T Shamsi 2/27)

Result: match drawn.

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