Plenty of cricket action to keep the fans happy

2008-10-29 00:00

KZN Dolphins batsman HD Ackerman won’t appeal his two-match suspension for dissent and Grant Rowley comes in for the SuperSport Series match against the Eastern Cape Warriors at Kingsmead from today.

Cobras’ Vernon Philander is appealing, so will play against the Lions, as the sanction is not valid until the appeal is heard.

The Dolphins were dealt another blow with the call-up of Johan Louw to the Proteas for the Kenya and Bangladesh limited-over series.

“The squad won’t change, Dolphins convenor of selectors Jay Naidoo told The Witness yesterday.

“The 13-man squad is now 12 and one of specialist bowlers Quinton Friend, Yusuf Abdullah, Saidi Mlongo or Ugasen Govender will sit out.

“Unfortunately the weather in Durban Thursday and Friday is not looking good with 60% rain forecast.”

The Warriors lose Proteas Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher and Johan Botha and untested opening batting combination Jon-Jon Smuts and Michael Smith will feel pressure. Ashwell Prince and Makhaya Ntini are still there, so the inconsistent Warriors still look good.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins’ Jon Kent leads the SS Series batting averages with 201 runs from two innings at 100.50 with the Warriors’ Justin Kreusch second. Dolphins opener Imraan Khan lies third and has the most runs, 331 from five innings at 49.25 including two centuries.

Pierre de Bruyn is fourth, Daryn Smit sixth, Ahmed Amla seventh, Arno Jacobs of the Warriors 13th and HD Ackerman next.

In the bowling department Makhaya Ntini tops with 13 wickets at 10 runs apiece, while the Cobras’ left-arm spinner Claude Henderson has the most wickets on 16. A warning to the in-form Dolphins batsmen that they may have a tough time at Kingsmead is the presence of Robin Peterson, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Rusty Theron in places three to five. The Warriors’ Zander de Bruyn is in 14th spot just before the lone Dolphin, fast bowler Quinton Friend, in 15th place with eight wickets at 25.62 per scalp.

In other Dolphins news, left-arm fast-medium bowler Yusuf Abdullah, captain Ahmed Amla and CEO Cassim Docrat travelled to New Delhi last weekend for the Champions League launch, a competition that takes place in early December and features Pro20 runners-up the Dolphins alongside champs the Titans and the best Twenty20 exponents.

At a glittering function attended by the likes of Steve Waugh, Abdullah won the award for the world’s best Twenty20 economy rate of 4.3 per over, the Cobras’ Charl Langeveldt the best strike rate of 10 balls per wicket, Shaun Marsh of Western Australia Warriors the most aggregate runs and the Black Caps’ Brendon McCullum the best strike rate.

Amla went as the Dolphins skipper with Docrat representing the franchise.

TEAMS

Dolphins: Imraan Khan (vice-capt), Rivash Gobind, David Miller, Ahmed Amla (capt), Grant Rowley, Jon Kent, Pierre de Bruyn, Daryn Smit, Quinton Friend, Ugasen Govender, Yusuf Abdullah, Saidi Mlongo.

Warriors: Michael Smith, JJ Smuts, Zander de Bruyn, Arno Jacobs, Ashwell Prince, Davy Jacobs (capt), Justin Kreusch, Robin Peterson, Rusty Theron, Makhaya Ntini, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Wayne Parnell.

Fixtures: Dolphins vs Warriors (Durban); Cobras vs Lions (Paarl); Titans vs Eagles (Benoni).

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