Dolphin fans hope for skies to clear up

2013-10-30 00:00

DURBAN cricket fans have been watching the skies with apprehension ahead of today’s Momentum One Day Cup meeting against the Knights at Kingsmead. It’s a case of will there or won’t there be any cricket come 3 pm, after heavy rain settled over Durban in the past few days.

Cricket followers are the proverbial optimists, none more so than Kingsmead stadium manager Brett Proctor. “It’s trying to clear up and I have allowed myself a peek at the forecast for today. If it can be trusted, it should be a sweltering 29 degrees with no sign of rain,” he said.

“Let’s all hope and at least get some cricket which constitutes a decent game with a result.”

The Dolphins, despite being undefeated in the competition and top of the standings, have had their last three games called off. Points were shared against the Titans (Kingsmead), Cobras (Paarl) and Lions (PMB) and while the batsmen spent some time in the middle in three hours of play against the Lions last Sunday, the team as a whole are champing at the bit to have a decent game.

None more so than Graham Onions, the England professional who joined the Dolphins last week, ahead of the Cobras match. To date, he has only bowled in the nets and has yet to make his debut with ball in hand, adding variation and firepower to the Dolphins attack.

“Such is the nature of the game, but it will be great to get on the park and do what I came here for, for the team. We are on a great run at the moment and I am keen to contribute toward that,” he said.

Dolphins captain Morné van Wyk, who has settled well as leader of the team and at the top of the order — he smashed a century in the previous meeting against the Knights in Kimberley — and has only failed once to date, was pleased with where the team are, but knows there are important matches still to be played.

“The rain has been frustrating and who knows which way those games would have gone. I’m happy there are more positives than negatives from the team right now and we all keep aiming for that perfect game, knowing we can always perform and reach higher than where we are,” he said.

“As a whole, the side is playing good cricket. Partnerships are being put together at crucial times and everyone is contributing. We need to build on the strong positions we find ourselves in and batsmen need to value their wickets more, careful of soft dismissals.”

Van Wyk was happy with his form and added that the atmosphere in the change room was positive. “The players want to get out there and give of their best,” he said.

“It’s clear to see, as in every match so far, there have been batsmen and bowlers who have rescued a situation and put us in a winning position. They have experienced that winning feeling and want more.”

The Dolphins squad for today’s match sees Imraan Khan returning for the out of form Jonathan Vandiar and Mthokozisi Shezi back in the mix from injury. The same squad is selected for Friday’s match against the Titans in Benoni.

Today’s match starts at 3 pm and is not televised.

Dolphins Squad: Morné van Wyk (capt), Khaya Zondo, Robbie Frylinck, Craig Alexander, Imraan Khan, Divan van Wyk, Daryn Smit, Mthokozisi Shezi, Keshav Maharaj, Graham Onions, Kyle Abbott, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Cody Chetty and Cameron Delport.

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