Loots Bosman makes welcome return for crucial roadtrip

2009-11-03 00:00

THE Dolphins face a hectic but crucial week of MTN40 action over the next six days, and they will have to quickly forget about Friday night’s display against the Warriors.

If Graham Ford’s men cannot turn the early season promise into solid points on the board, there will surely be changes to the make-up of the starting eleven — or is that twelve?

What has become abundantly clear in the first week of this new competition is that a horses-for-courses approach is best.

The sides that will win through to the latter stages are those who house players capable of taking the game away within 10 overs.

It is a worrying aspect of the Dolphins’ set-up that many of their players in the top order are very similar in their approach.

The absence of Loots Bosman was certainly felt on Friday night, but one player — however destructive — cannot be tasked with doing all the hitting. Bosman returns tomorrow after his exploits in the Hong Kong Sixes, a welcome shot in the arm for captain Imraan Khan.

“It’s good to have Loots back in the team. He’s coming from a high after winning the Hong Kong Sixes and is a fantastic one-day player. We conceded too many runs in the last 10 overs against the Warriors, which cost us the match. It was definitely not a 213 wicket, but rather a 180 wicket. Having said that, we want to forget about the past and win our next two games,” he said.

The Dolphins will also be looking to national player Hashim Amla to fire against the Lions in his last game before joining up with his Proteas team-mates to prepare for the English.

What was also noticeable about the Dolphins’ chase was that two of their bigger hitters, Cameron Delport and David Miller, were pushed so far down the order that they had little time to make any impact.

And yet Miller almost did save the day, with his assault on Rusty Theron surely giving the Dolphins brains trust a glimpse of what a more fruitful approach may be.

Delport and Miller have the ability to hit the ball over the fence — a priceless bonus in this hurly-burly format. But they will have no real leg to stand on if they are expected to come in and charge from the get-go.

Ford also suggested the loss of Andrew Hall’s bowling due to a tight hamstring saw the Warriors get too many runs on the board.

“We had them on the ropes with Mark Boucher and Craig Thyssen just in, and another wicket then would have made it a different game altogether.”

On a wicket that was more than a bit bowler-friendly, 213 did seem generous and the home side were duly exposed by a superb spell by Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

The Lions provide the next test before the Dolphins fly to Cape Town to face the star-studded Cobras on Friday night. They will be looking for at least one win on the road in order to get the season back on track.

Squad: Imraan Khan (captain), Loots Bosman, Hashim Amla, Ahmed Amla, David Miller, Andrew Hall, Cameron Delport, Daryn Smit, Johann Louw, Quinton Friend, Yusuf Abdulla, Alfonso Thomas Coach: Graham Ford.

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