Dolphins: Time to look to the future

2009-02-25 00:00

WITH five games left in a season of much disappointment, the KZN Dolphins have assembled a largely youthful side to take on the Titans in a Supersport Series match in Benoni from today.

After a Pro20 Series run that almost resurrected their season, the Dolphins now seem intent on looking towards the future, as the selections of David Miller, Cameron Delport and Keshav Maharaj in the same squad suggests.

The KZN franchise is almost at a crossroads, and it is perhaps time for the selection panel to choose a path and stick to it.

The Pro20 foundations lay in the work of old hands such as HD Ackermann and Alfonso Thomas, both at the tail end of their first-class careers. As well as they have served their adopted province, in the shorter version of the game, they will not be around long enough to be part of a Dolphins’ future that needs careful consideration immediately.

The alarm bells should have started ringing with the whirlwind departure of the precociously talented Jonathan Vandiar. The Dolphins simply cannot allow such talents to slip through, and it is surely with that in mind that Delport and company have been given a shot at the big time.

The Dolphins look like a side in need of enthusiasm and exuberance, and the youngsters in Benoni now just have to be given an extended run to make their mark.

The Dolphins cannot win the competition after a host of meaningless draws in the first round.

The least they can do, however, is lay the foundations for a fresh young side that will start challenging regularly for major honours again.

TITANS: Pierre Joubert (captain), Farhaan Behardien, Faf du Plessis, Blake Snijman, Gulam Bodi, Albie Morkel, Pieter Malan, Ethy Mbhalati, Imran Tahir, Heino Kuhn, Basheer Walters, Roelof van der Merwe, Tumelo Bodibe.

DOLPHINS: Ahmed Amla (captain), Imraan Khan, Rivash Gobind, Cameron Delport, David Miller, Jon Kent, Martin Bekker, Daryn Smit, Johann Louw, Quinton Friend, Yusuf Abdulla, Ugasen Govender.

The standings after five rounds are: Titans 54.62; Diamond Eagles 49.92; Warriors 42.24; Highveld Lions 39.22; Cape Cobras 29.52; Dolphins 26.54.

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