A glimpse of SA's future

2014-03-27 00:00

WITH the Dolphins and the Lions out of the running for four-day series honours, their clash starting at Kingsmead today should be worth casting an eye over if just to see some up and coming youngsters in action.

For those in the know when it comes to cricket, none could be worth a look more that Kagiso Rabada, the SA U19 fast bowler who set the U19 World Cup alight in Dubai earlier this month when he grabbed 6-25 in the semi-final against Australia.

The tournament showcased the finest cricket talent South Africa has waiting in the wings and Rabada looks likely to be rewarded with his debut for the Lions today. Since his heroics in Dubai, he has played two first-class games for Gauteng with a return of 7-105 and today’s match gives him the ideal platform to step into the next chapter of his cricket career.

It’s been a tough season for the Lions and coach Geoffrey Toyana wants his team to “finish strong”.

“I could give some of the up and coming youngsters a chance today so I can see what we have for next season. Rabada is a huge find and talent for us and should he play, we will monitor him closely, see how he comes through and what he can do for us,” said Toyana.

Not to be outdone, Dolphins counterpart Lance Klusener has used his troops wisely this season, unleashing his own dose of future potential in recent games, with outstanding results.

Fast bowler Daryn Dupavillon made his debut count with a five-wicket haul against the Warriors at Kingsmead last month, going on the be the man of the match as he claimed seven wickets.

Left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi followed suit, returning from his debut in East London, also against the Warriors, with a five-wicket haul in his bag, while batsman Sarel Erwee, a product of St Charles College, scored an unbeaten 64 in the same match.

With some key Dolphins players on the injury list, most notably Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Calvin Savage, Robbie Frylinck and Jonathan Vandiar — the latter who has spent the majority of the season playing for the three-day provincial side after a disastrous start in the one-day competition last year — Klusener is happy to see what he “has in the cupboard” for next time around.

“Besides the youngsters, we still have our senior statesmen in the side such as Daryn Smit, skipper Morné van Wyk who has done an outstanding job in getting the team into the right zone this season and Kyle Abbott who returns to the team after doing some T20 duty for SA against Australia,” said Klusener.

Today’s game starts at 9 am and entry is free.

In other matches, the table-topping Cobras meet the Knights at Newlands in a match which could determine the overall champions with one round remaining, and the Titans and Warriors square off at SuperSport Park.

Dolphins Squad: Imraan Khan, Divan van Wyk, Khaya Zondo, Cody Chetty, Sarel Erwee, Morne van Wyk, Daryn Smit, Kyle Abbott, Keshav Maharaj, Craig Alexander, Matthew Pillans, Daryn Dupavillon, Tabraiz Shamsi.

Dolphins v Lions

Matches 19

Dolphins win 4

Lions win 6

Draw 9

Dolphins highest score 567-9

Lions highest score 553-8

Dolphins lowest score 147

Lions lowest score 102

Dolphins best batting - Hashim Amla 208

Lions best batting - Alviro Petersen 186

Dolphins best bowling (match) - Mthokozisi Shezi 7-45

Lions best bowling (match) - Chris Morris 12-101

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