Dolphins still have T20 chance

2012-03-14 00:00

THE Dolphins are in the midst of a MiWay T20 Challenge season in which nothing, it seems, is going their way.

Star import Chris Gayle has left the team after failing to play a game thanks to a troublesome groin injury, while four consecutive rained-out matches have left the men from KwaZulu-Natal with no wriggle room as the race to secure a play-off place heats up.

The vagaries of the competition mean that the team that finishes top of the log will host the final while second and third will play off for the right to play in the final.

The Highveld Lions have made the early running in the competition and head the standings on 28 points, but the next four teams are separated by just four points, with the Dolphins in fifth place, four points behind the second-placed Cape Cobras.

The Dolphins have three league matches left in the competition with all their fixtures against teams above them on the log so three wins would almost certainly secure a play-off position.

The Dolphins will begin their quest to play in the knockout stages of the competition by taking on the Knights at Kingsmead tonight.

“To win three in a row in this competition is a big ask,” Dolphins coach Lance Klusener told The Witness. “It takes a tremendous effort and if we want to win anything then we might need to win five in a row.

“But we will take small steps and see if we can get a result against the Knights. We are going to need a little bit of luck and probably need a result to go our way but we have still got a chance [in the competition],” he said.

One area of concern for Klusener is his charges’ lack of game time. They last played a full game on March 2. “That is a concern, but, on the other hand, the boys are really looking forward to getting on to the park … you don’t really know how the boys are going to come out of the blocks having not played for a while,” Klusener said.

Dolphins squad: Loots Bosman, Cameron Delport, Imraan Khan (capt), Cody Chetty, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, David Miller, Daryn Smit (wk), Kyle Abbott, Robbie Frylinck, Mthokozisi Shezi, Fidel Edwards, Prenelan Subrayen, Ahmed Amla.

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