Dolphins ready to take on Cobras

2013-03-14 00:00

DOLPHINS opening batsman Cameron Delport believes his team has the players to send the Cobras packing in today’s Ram Slam T20 Challenge match at Kingsmead.

Delport’s undefeated 103 set the platform for the Dolphins to register their first win in the competition against the Knights in Durban last Friday and the side is looking for more of the same against a Cobras side licking their wounds after defeat to the Titans in Paarl on Tuesday.

Both sides are languishing at the wrong end of the log and the four points gleaned from a win is like a pot of gold to either side, particularly the Cobras.

However, Delport said the Dolphins were keen to show that Friday’s win was no flash in the pan. Said Delport: “It was my day on Friday and it went my way. While great to get a hundred, it was important we finally got back to winning ways. It’s been frustrating being on the wrong side of results, but we can only keep trying. We showed what we are capable of and hopefully that momentum is still with the team.”

Delport added that besides his contribution in the Knights match, fellow batsmen Ravi Bopara and David Miller had shared vital partnerships with him and had hit the ball well.

“Obviously I will be the man to get out early and no doubt the Cobras have their plans to achieve that. However, Ravi and David looked comfortable and scored freely against the Knights and found their groove quickly. If they do the same today, we could shut the Cobras out of the competition,” he said.

For Cobras skipper Justin Ontong, it has been an up and down campaign. “Our last game [on Tuesday] against the Titans where we lost by seven runs, was a prime example. We have strugged to put all three disciplines together at the same time and gave away runs in the field that cost us,” he said.

There is a mathematical chance of the Cobras getting somewhere in the competition, but they will have to rely on favours from other teams, something that does not always work out. Said Ontong: “We haven’t produced our best form and need our senior players to take more responsibility.”

The Dolphins have selected a strong team and will not be satisfied with anything less than a win. Gates open at 4 pm and play starts at 6 pm.

Dolphins squad: Divan van Wyk, Cameron Delport, Ravi Bopara, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, David Miller, Daryn Smit (captain), Calvin Savage, Keshav Maharaj, Cody Chetty, Yusuf Abdulla, Mthokozisi Shezi, Prenelan Subrayen and Craig Alexander.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.