Dolphins chasing an elusive first win

2011-11-09 00:00

THE Dolphins’ One-Day Cup fixture against the Lions at Kingsmead today is a perfect opportunity for the Durban team to find that elusive first win and improve their log standings.

The usual suspects are leading the log, with the Dolphins currently in fifth spot. The team who have showed the best form thus far in the tournament are the Cobras. After sharing the points with the Dolphins in their first match because of rain, the Cobras beat the Lions comprehensively in Johannesburg on the weekend, with Andrew Puttick and Richard Levi scoring centuries. In the process Levi broke the record for the fastest century in domestic limited overs cricket. In contrast, the Dolphins had two rained-out matches and feel frustrated at not getting sufficient time to find their form.

But four points against the tournament’s leading two sides sees them in a better position than the Lions, who are at the bottom of the log.

The revised rules of the competition doubly reward a win, stating that the team finishing on the top of the log at the end of the regular season automatically qualify for the final, which will be at their home ground. Teams finishing second and third will then play each other in a once off semi-final. There are still seven matches to play, with a possible semi-final and final also to be fitted into the schedule before December 9. This leaves little space for teams to rest and recuperate, a concern for Dolphins fast bowler Kyle Abbott.

Today’s fixture: Lions vs Dolphins at Kingsmead at 3 pm.

Dolphins squad: Imraan Khan (Captain), Loots Bosman, Ahmed Alma, Daryn Smit, David Miller, Matthew Hulett, Cameron Delport, Kyle Abbott, Robbie Frylinck, Friedel De Wet, Keshav Maharaj and Dane Paterson.

Team P W L NR Pts NRR

Cobras 2 1 0 1 6 1.44

Warriors 2 1 0 1 6 0.62

Knights 2 1 1 0 5 0.677

Titans 2 1 1 0 5 -0.28

Dolphins 2 0 0 2 4 0

Lions 2 0 2 0 0 -1.884

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