Series is Dolphins’ chance to improve

2009-09-02 00:00

WITH the SuperSport Series commencing later this month, the KZN Dolphins are readying themselves for an improved display in the four-day cricket competition.

Last season’s results make for dismal reading, with seven draws and three losses, but several key personnel changes should see an altogether stronger challenge mounted from Kingsmead.

Coach Graham Ford is still in the UK, in the final month of his contract with Kent. Also in England are all-rounders Daryn Smit and Alfonso Thomas, while veteran batsman HD Ackerman is also competing on the county circuit.

New recruit Loots Bosman is still recovering from an injury suffered earlier this year.

The rest of the Dolphins’ squad are playing in a three-day friendly against the Lions in Gauteng, and after yesterday’s first day, the Lions had reached 277 for six in 74 overs.

Though results are not everything at this stage, Imraan Khan’s men will surely be looking to solve their bowling woes.

They failed to take 20 wickets in a single match last campaign, and the return to full fitness for Quinton Friend and Johann Louw is expected to bring a change in fortunes.

The Dolphins have several warm-up matches lined up, with one day clashes against the Suncoast Academy, the KZN Inland outfit (September 15 in Maritzburg) and Durban club champions Berea Rovers before a final three-day clash against the Warriors from September 22.

Convenor of selectors Jay Naidoo said the competition for places is encouraging, with National Academy graduates Keshav Maharaj, David Miller and Khaya Zondo all knocking furiously on the door for higher honours.

With a jam-packed summer to look forward to, the Dolphins have set their sights on a fast start.

And there is certainly no better place than the SuperSport Series to start moving on from last year’s disappointing standards.

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