Can KZN’s boys beat the odds in Bloem?

2012-12-20 00:00

BLOEMFONTEIN — It’s back to the whites for the franchise cricketers today as the Sunfoil Series resumes with the Knights taking on the Dolphins at Chevrolet Park in Bloemfontein.

The teams go into the match with the Knights third on the log, already 19 points adrift of the Cape Cobras. The Dolphins are hard on their heels, less than a point behind. But with the Lions and the Titans lurking close behind with matches in hand, both will be hard pressed to maintain these positions.

Historically, the Knights have had the better of their coastal rivals in this format, winning seven of the previous seventeen encounters and the Dolphins just three, with seven drawn. That was the result when the Dolphins visited Bloemfontein last season when they finished on 245 for seven, chasing a target of 319.

The seamers did most of the damage in that match with Mthokozisi Shezi and Robbie Frylinck claiming five-wicket hauls in the Knights’ first innings, while Quinton Friend responded with a fifer for the home side.

The top-order batsmen had their work cut out, with most of the runs for the Knights coming down the order. Morné van Wyk contributed 79 and the Knights will be looking forward to his return after he missed the entire Momentum One-day Cup due to a shoulder injury.

Daryn Smit was the cornerstone of the Dolphins batting in that match with 95 and 56 not out. He has been one of their better batsmen this season, but the player to catch the eye has been Cody Chetty, who is averaging over fifty and is the only Dolphins batsman to have passed 200 runs in the competition to date. Kyle Abbott, with thirteen wickets at an average of 17, has been the outstanding bowler for the men from KwaZulu-Natal.

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