Dolphins eye fresh blood for team overhaul

2010-03-09 00:00

WHILE the Lions and the Warriors ready themselves for a cup final on Friday night, it’s all rather quiet at Kingsmead.

With the Dolphins’ dismal Pro20 campaign consigning them to an unplanned vacation, coach Graham Ford’s troops have been steeling themselves for the last two assignments for the domestic season.

A trip to Cape Town next week is followed by a final fixture at home against the resurgent Lions, and the Dolphins’ new-look squad will be eager to impress Ford ahead of the off-season cull.

The former Kent minder is convinced that his team needs freshening up, and the focus on young local talent has already seen several PMB hopefuls drafted into regular practice with the KZN franchise.

Kyle Nipper, who has already featured in the Pro20 series, continues to do his Dolphin prospects little harm, with a solid showing in Namibia keeping the slightly built but nuggety all-rounder firmly in the sights of the selectors.

Nipper will be joined by the top-order duo of Glen Addicott and Bradley Moses.

Certainly, they are two of the side’s most naturally talented players, and a more determined approach by both has finally realised some of the results that their abundant talents demand.

Addicott hit a typically brisk half-century against a strong Gauteng side a week ago, while Moses has notched up several half-centuries, including 93 in Namibia last week.

The Dolphins are on the hunt, and several of Inland’s brightest prospects will know that higher honours are not as far away as previously thought.

Hashim Amla and Loots Bosman have returned to the fold, although both may still not play next week — for different reasons.

Amla is nursing a niggle, says playing affairs manager Jay Naidoo, while Bosman will be away on compassionate leave.

The duo would have added calm and class to a batting card rich in promise, but very short on battle-hardened experience.

With little in the way of match practice, the make-up of this week’s KZN Coastals squad will be most interesting, as Ford may decide to give several of his fringe players a run in the lower tier before they face the music from a classy Cobras unit.

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