Dolphins are one good game away from a long overdue trophy

2010-01-28 00:00

THE Dolphins have named a squad of 15 for tomorrow’s MTN40 Championship decider against the Warriors in Paarl.

Perhaps concerned by the weather and pitch conditions, the Kingsmead-based franchise has plumped for a varied list of options to be able to deal with whatever the East London skies throw at them.

Kyle Nipper, who impressed in his outing against the Titans two weeks ago, keeps his place, but the selectors have also added Keshav Maharaj to the mix.

Picking two spinners of similar description is somewhat baffling, but coach Graham Ford said that the squad was not only for the final, but also a reflection of those players who are considered as having a future within the KZN franchise.

Though the occasion of a domestic final would not seem the most ideal platform for a back-patting session, the powers that be in Durban have deemed it fit to load the bus with a squad for all seasons.

In terms of the actual make-up of the starting 12, the team is unlikely to veer too far from the outfit that did the business against the Titans in Pretoria on Sunday.

Kyle Abbott may lose out to the returning Quinton Friend, but the rest of the side pretty much picks itself.

Loots Bosman will play as a batsman, while Friend will probably miss out in the batting stakes.

The Dolphins have been in good spirits this week, and after standing on the brink of elimination just a week ago, they now find themselves one good game away from a long overdue trophy.

Some have questioned the logic of a qualifying system that has seen the Dolphins do just enough to get into the semis, and then pip the consistent Titans on the back of a one-off clash.

That is for the organisers to muse over, but the Dolphins will care not one jot if they wake up on Saturday with gold medals under their pillow.

DOLPHINS: I Khan (c), L Bosman, A Amla, H Amla, D Benkenstein, D Miller, J Louw, A Hall, D Smit, K Abbott, A Thomas, K Nipper, Q Friend, K Maharaj, P de Bruyn.

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