Back to One-Day rush

2015-01-30 00:00

THE Dolphins resume their journey in the One-Day Cup (50-over) ­competition today when they meet the Warriors at St George’s Park.

Having had close to a three-month break from the format, coach Lance ­Klusener’s men will want to settle early and cement their place at the top end of the log as they begin the first of four matches within the week.

Currently second on the log after a decent first round in the competition, it won’t be easy for the Dolphins, who play two matches on the road — one in Pietermaritzburg and their last match at Kingsmead next Sunday — against the Titans.

Klusener has set his sights on reaching the playoff and hopes to have the ­situation done and dusted by the time that Titans game rolls around.

“We would have liked to be sitting at the top of the log with possibly an extra win from the first round, but that is not the case,” he said. “Still, being in the running is what counts and we know there is some hard, good cricket that needs to be played on difficult surfaces. It’s time to turn things up.”

Klusener also lamented on the ­importance of home games, saying: “We normally produce the goods at home and we need to play more matches on familiar turf. If we can nail our two away matches [PE today and Cape Town next Friday] and bag the points in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, we should nail a playoff spot with ease.”

Due to the Dolphins having recently played three back-to-back four-day matches, players not involved in the longer format of the game have been able to rest and work on their one-day skills.

Left-arm spinner Keeshav Maharaj is one of them and the break has recharged his batteries. “It was great to give the body a rest and now it’s about taking an opportunity and producing the goods for the team on the field,” he said.

“… We are focused on what lies ahead and know what we have to produce to be in contention come the business end of the competition.”

Regular captain and keeper Morné van Wyk is back in the squad after being with the Protea ODI set-up, while KZN ­Inland’s Kyle Nipper, after a season of consistency in the three-day game, books a spot in the dressing room.

Cameron Delport is back at the top of the order with Van Wyk, with ­Jonathan Vandiar, Andile Phehlukwayo and Daryn Smit in the ranks.

Phehlukwayo has put his matric ­behind him; Vandiar gets another opportunity after getting important runs against Border last week in a three-day match and Smit returns having missed the Ram Slam T20 in a season that has seen him bounce in and out the side.

Craig Alexander returns from injury to spearhead the attack in the absence of Kyle Abbott, while fellow speedsters ­Daryn Dupavillon and Tshepo Moreki are also in the mix.

Today’s match starts at 3 pm and is telecast on SS2.

In other matches, the Cobras play the Titans at Newlands and the Lions host the Knights at the Wanderers.

Dolphins Squad: Morné van Wyk (capt), Cameron Delport, Kyle Nipper, Cody Chetty, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Jonathan Vandiar, Andile Phehlukwayo, Robbie Frylinck, Keshav Maharaj, Daryn Dupavillon, Craig Alexander, Tsepho Moreki and Daryn Smit.

Today’s fixtures (all 3 pm)

Warriors v Dolphins

Highveld Lions v Knights

Cape Cobras v Titans

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