Dolphins: Continue to seek elusive first SuperSport series win

2009-03-23 00:00

THE KZN Dolphins have named a 12-man side for their trip to Port Elizabeth to face the Chevrolet Warriors in the SuperSport Series match from Thursday.

The KZN franchise are missing regulars, with Johann Louw and Yusuf Abdulla joining Hashim Amla on Proteas duty in the Twenty20 internationals starting on Friday.

Joining them on the absentee list will be paceman Quinton Friend, who failed a fitness test yesterday.

“We have drafted in Vyash Gobind and Kyle Abbott from our amateur side, and they will both be making their franchise debuts,” Dolphins manager of playing affairs Jay Naidoo said yesterday.

Naidoo also explained that though Abdulla and Louw are due back next week for the final fixture in the Dolphins’ season, it is unlikely that Friend will make it.

“The physio said that it was very unlikely for Quinton to be back in time for next week, so it looks like the end of his season unfortunately.”

The Dolphins will face a Warriors outfit stripped of several of its own Proteas, with Johan Botha and Wayne Parnell on Twenty20 duty, while Jacques Kallis and Makhaya Ntini have been rested after the Test series against Australia.

Left-arm seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe is also missing, as he continues to recover from knee surgery.

The Dolphins will still face the in-form Ashwell Prince, who has racked up 404 runs in his last two knocks.

The inexperienced Dolphins attack, likely to be led by Jon Kent and Ugasen Govender, will have their work cut out to curb the Proteas star.

The KZN side will welcome back Imraan Khan after his Test debut last week, and they will be looking to him to continue his fine domestic form as they continue their search for that elusive first win in the SuperSport Series this season.

DOLPHINS SQUAD: Ahmed Amla (Captain), Imraan Khan, Cameron Delport, David Miller, Jon Kent, HD Ackerman, Daryn Smit, Kyle Abbott, Vyash Gobind, Ugasen Govender, Saidi Mlongo,Craig Woods. Coach: Yashin Ebrahim.

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