Dolphins welcome distraction of Knights clash

2010-11-19 00:00

THE Dolphins will take to the field tonight with a mild sense of relief, after a hectic last few days off it.

What with Vaughn van Jaarsveld’s ‘drug saga’, and Loots Bosman’s fractured mitts, it is a small wonder that coach Graham Ford’s charges remembered they have a date with the Chevrolet Knights this evening.

“It has been a hectic week,” Ford admitted last night, though he welcomed the distraction of a cricket match.

“Losing Loots is obviously a huge blow for us, especially in the form he was in,” he said.

Bosman, after being struck by the slippery Craig Alexander of the Lions last Friday, saw a specialist this week to determine how long he will have to twiddle his thumbs.

“The doctor was pleasantly surprised at the progress I have already made after a few days,” Bosman said last night, before adding that four to six weeks was the damage.

Bosman added that he was desperately disappointed not to be able to assist the Dolphins’ charge into the MTN40 semi-finals, but he would be a willing cheerleader tonight.

“They guys did so well in Cape Town, and it will be great to see them keep it going.

“Vaughn played so well, and I hope that he can put the last few days behind him,”an upbeat Bosman added.

Ford, meanwhile, said he was happy to be in a position to use tonight’s clash as a chance to try a few things, ahead of next week’s playoffs.

“We certainly didn’t expect to be in this position, but now that we have qualified, it might give us a chance to explore other options before the semis.”

A significant bonus for the Dolphins is the almost certain return of one Hashim Amla for the semis.

“It looks very likely that Hash will be able to join us for that phase of the competition, and that is obviously a massive plus,” Ford explained.

The Dolphins had to do some shuffling in Cape Town, with Ahmed Amla opening in place of Bosman.

That didn’t go too well, and Ford hinted that they may try another option at the top of the order.

While the batting has hogged much of the headlines, Ford also had reason to smile about two of his leather-flingers after the emphatic win over the Cobras on Sunday.

“It’s been encouraging to see Kyle Abbott grow into his role this season,” the coach said.

“He has had a few matches where he didn’t quite hit his straps, but he bowled nicely in Paarl.”

Another who did his duties very well was young Keshav Maharaj, the left-arm slow bowler.

“That was the best I have ever seen him bowl,” Ford enthused.

“The pitch was helpful, but it was good to see him execute so well, and the captain also handled him very well.”

Ford will be looking for more of the same tonight.


Dolphins Squad:

Imraan Khan (Captain), Divan van Wyk, Ravi Bopara, Ahmed Amla, Daryn Smit, Glen Addicott, Kyle Abbott, Quinton Friend, Imran Tahir, Cameron Delport, Jon Kent, Mthokozisi Shezi, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Khaya Zondo and Vaughn Van Jaarsveld.

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