Knights sure to test Dolphins' young 'uns

2011-03-24 00:00

THE KZN Dolphins come into today’s SuperSport Series clash with the Chevrolet Knights rather light on experience, but coach Graham Ford says that it is an ideal opportunity to see what the future holds for the Dolphins.

Aside from Imran Tahir, who is at the World Cup, the Dolphins are also missing Ahmed Amla, Loots Bosman, Kyle Abbott and the departing Quinton Friend.

“It is a young line-up, especially the bowling attack, but it is also reward for guys that have performed well at amateur level during the season,” he explained last night.

Friend, a spearhead in four-day cricket for the Dolphins, is leaving to join the Knights, funnily enough.

“He has been a leader of the attack, particularly in this format,” Ford lamented, as he lost yet another paceman.

“But we have to soldier on and hopefully one of the young guys puts their hand up going forward.”

The Dolphins may yet rely on the spin duo of the much-improved Keshav Maharaj and also leg-spinner Abdul Haq Razak.

The Oval pitch is usually spin-friendly, though a lot will depend on the rather dicey weather lifting for long enough.

Ford said his side was looking forward to being in Pietermaritzburg again, where they usually get decent support.

“There is usually a decent crowd, and hopefully that will be the case again,” he added.

There is a debut in the line for KZN Inland seamer Brady Barends, and he will be eager to continue on his fine form on the Oval track.

The visitors, though, with a clutch of quality batsmen, will be no pushovers.


Imraan Khan (Captain), Divan van Wyk, Daryn Smit, Devon Conway, Jon Kent, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Keagan Eccles, Abdul Haq Razak, Brady Barends. 12th man Sumanth Sunkari.

Play starts at 9.30 am and entrance is free.

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