Rain foils Dolphins clash with Cobras

2012-09-15 00:00

NO play was possible on the second day of the pre-season three-day friendly between the Dolphins and Cape Cobras at Kingsmead yesterday.

Steady overnight and morning rain prevented any play, with umpires calling it a day at lunch as the clouds failed to clear.

An interesting day was in prospect as both sides fine-tuned their tactics and combinations ahead of the opening Sunfoil Series four-day matches later this month.

On Thursday, the Dolphins had skittled the visitors for 158, with all the pacemen among the wickets. This after Rory Kleinveldt had won the toss and opted to give his batsmen the opportunity to get their eye in under cloudy, dark conditions.

At 29/4 the idea had horribly misfired and it was the home side who enjoyed a better lunch.

Although not a huge score, yesterday would have proved whether it was enough as, with ball in hand, the Cobras’ bowlers extracted good use from the pitch in 14 lively overs on day one, reducing the Dolphins to 36/2.

Whether permitting, today’s final day should see the Dolphins enjoying batting practice, with the likes of Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, David Miller and skipper Daryn Smit getting an opportunity to keep the fielders busy.

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