Warriors will be a tough nut to crack, says Ford

2011-11-16 00:00

AFTER Friday night’s win against the Titans in Pretoria, Dolphins coach Graham Ford believes his side will face a tough encounter against the Warriors in tonight’s One-day Cup match in East London.

“Feeling confident from the win against the Titans is good, but it is important to keep our feet on the ground because there is still a lot of cricket to be played in this tournament, and the Warriors are a tough nut to crack,” said Ford. He noted that the performance of the team is not perfect.

Without going down to the ground and having a look at the pitch, Ford told The Witness that he expects a slow track and that the team may be unchanged for the game. But the fact that the wicket will be slow may be more beneficial to the Warriors.

“If the wicket is slow, bowlers like Johan Botha and Nicky Boje will have a big role to play in the game. And they have a good balance with Wayne Parnell, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Rusty Theron.

“The Warriors batsmen are also probably used to the ball coming on to the bat a lot slower. We have to be better than 100% tonight.”

A slow track would benefit the Dolphins’ big hitters, Loots Bosman, Devon Conway, Daryn Smit and Cameron Delport.

Bosman and Smit were on top form against the Titans.

Chasing 315 to win the match, Bosman scored 112 while Smit made 95.

Captain Imraan Khan set the foundation with a well-played 60.

Robbie Frylink was the top bowler in the Titans match and his ability to bowl at pace and bowl slower off cutters towards the end of the innings might see him be the Dolphins main bowler tonight.

Dolphins squad:

Imraan Khan (captain), Loots Bosman, Ahmed Amla, Daryn Smit, David Miller, Cameron Delport, Matthew Hulett, Robbie Frylinck, Kyle Abbott, Friedel de Wet, Keshav Maharaj and Dane Paterson.

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