Dolphins will learn on the weekend if the season has been worth it

2009-01-22 00:00

COME Sunday night, the Dolphins will know whether or not their season still has any sense of meaning. A fast start in the Pro20 series, against the big guns of the Eagles and the Titans, will give the KZN outfit one last chance of silverware in a season of disappointment.

The much-hyped Pro20 series has already shown itself to be rather unpredictable, with the unfashionable Warriors soundly thrashing a star-laden Titans outfit.

One simple lesson for the Dolphins from Wednesday’s dramatic start is that it needs just one big performance to push a side to victory.

Davey Jacobs’s late assault saw him smash five consecutive sixes, instantly changing his side’s total from mediocre to far more testing.

Of course, the Titans failed dismally, with an arrogance that suggested that they still thought they would smash their way home despite wickets tumbling rather regularly.

Some of the shots they played were criminal, and the Dolphins can expect a backlash on Sunday.

But first it’s off to Bloemfontein, which houses its own set of big-hitters and wily spinners.

The Eagles are efficient, consistent and eager to wipe their capitulation in the MTN final from their memory.

Morne van Wyk and Loots Bosman are devastating at the top, while Rilee Rossouw and Dean Elgar are not shy to put bat on ball.

The spin twins, Con de Lange and Thandi Tshabalala will also play a role tonight.

The Dolphins are still searching for a complete performance. Often it’s been one element missing in each match this season, hence the disappointing results thus far.

Johann Louw and Alfonso Thomas return, but it’s the performance of Grant Rowley that could hold the key.

Imraan Khan and Ahmed Amla have had good form without really dominating, but in Rowley the Dolphins have the guy who can hit a long ball.

Pro20 is a batsman’s paradise of almost complete recklessness — and if he can get himself set, the Dolphins may yet spring a surprise.

Tonight the Dolphins will definitely need a performance that takes the game away from the Eagles. The question is who will put their hand up?

TV coverage on Supersport 2 at 6 pm.

DIAMOND EAGLES: Boeta Dippenaar (captain), Dean Elgar, Loots Bosman, Rilee Rossouw, Morne van Wyk, Ryan Mclaren, Ryan Bailey, CJ de Villiers, Con de Lange, Dillon du Preez, Shadley van Schalkwyk, Thandi Tshabalala.

DOLPHINS: Ahmed Amla (captain), Grant Rowley, Imraan Khan, HD Ackerman, Jon Kent, Daryn Smit, Pierre de Bruyn, Alfonso Thomas, Johann Louw, Quinton Friend, Yusuf Abdulla, Keshav Maharaj, Martin Bekker.

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