Fired-up Dolphins raring for some action

2009-10-14 00:00

AN upbeat KZN Dolphins travel to Port Elizabeth for their second SuperSport Series match of the season tomorrow.

The KZN franchise has had plenty to smile about of late, and they will be eager to transfer those good vibes on to the cricket field.

The recent acquisition of Shahid Afridi created a huge buzz in local cricket circles, and the Dolphins are also poised to add the signature of veteran spinner Claude Henderson to their ranks.

Henderson is currently playing for the Cobras in the lucrative Champions League, but Dolphins manager of playing affairs Jay Naidoo was confident of a deal being made.

“We are looking to sign Claude, but we just needed to sort out his status as a Kolpak player,” Naidoo said.

Naidoo also defended the side’s burgeoning age average, saying that in two or three seasons the Dolphins will be all the better for it.

The likes of HD Ackerman, Andrew Hall, Alfonso Thomas and Henderson means that competition for places is extremely tough.

Another recent arrival Loots Bosman is back to full fitness and should form an interesting opening partnership with skipper Imraan Khan.

Bosman showed what he could do last week against an admittedly limited Inland attack, but his free-scoring style will be a huge boost for the Dolphins.

Quinton Friend also starred last week in Pietermaritzburg and will be pressing for a place in the starting line-up. The Dolphins do have options, though, with Yusuf Abdulla, Johann Louw, Hall and Kent already filling bowling slots.

The only weakness at this stage seems to be the spin department.

The Dolphins first game against the Titans was literally washed away, and they will be eager to get a crack at a more than useful Warriors outfit.

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