Dolphins ‘to down Lions'

2007-11-15 00:00

With a positive attitude has come winning results and the Dolphins lie in second place while the Lions prop up the log.

Dolphins captain Ahmed Amla told The Witness one of his principal tasks is to keep the young team's feet on the ground. “I am mindful that things will get tough, but the change in outlook is encouraging compared to 12 months ago. The guys are enjoying their cricket and the spirit off the field is the best I've ever known. At the same time, the hard work is paying off and Graham Ford and the coaching staff behind the scenes are very supportive and it is an exciting environment to be in.”

The Dolphins controlled the game virtually throughout in their 10-wicket victory over the Warriors last week, but the Lions have England paceman Steve Harmison in striking form. Inconsistent Harmison may have been, but he got things right enough times to take nine wickets against the Cobras in his debut - and this time he'll have support from paceman Garnett Kruger, back after a one-match suspension.

The Western Cape Cobras meet the Free State/Griquas Eagles in Cape Town with former Lancashire and KZN Inland fast bowler Mario Saliwa included in the Bloemfontein-based team's squad of 12.

In the other SS Series match, the Eastern Cape Warriors host the Northern Titans in Port Elizabeth.

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