Dolphins’ bowlers size up shaky Lions

2011-11-08 00:00

THE Dolphins will be in action against the Lions in the One-day Cup at Kingsmead tomorrow night, and fast bowler Kyle Abbott feels that now is the right time to get maximum points.

Both teams have played two games in the tournament so far, and although the Dolphins’ form going into tomorrow’s clash has not been ideal after two games that produced no results because of rain, the Lions have had the worst possible start to the tournament after two heavy defeats.

Abbott told The Witness that a win against the Lions will be vital for the Dolphins ahead of their first away game against the Titans in Pretoria on Friday.

“Going into the Titans match with confidence will be key. The Titans are a good unit and are hard to beat in Pretoria. But we have done it before so hopefully history can repeat itself.”

Reflecting on the two rained-out matches, Abbott said it is hard to assess the team’s strengths.

“I suppose if there is one aspect of our game that we can make an honest assessment of it is our bowling because we bowled our full complement of overs against the Warriors. But look at our batting. How can you make a call on that when the side has only faced 17 overs in two games?”

Abbott said the team is happy with the four points, which sees them sitting mid-table.

This tournament is the only one where the bowlers can stake a claim for a regular spot ahead of the arrival of Shaun Tait for the Twenty20 tournament next year, and Abbott admits that he is feeling the need to perform.

While being mindful of the arrival of the international players next year, all he needs to do “is put the team first and concentrate on my own game and the rest will sort itself out”.

• jonathan.faurie@witness.co.za

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