The Sunfoil Dolphins head inland to Bloemfontein on Friday to take on the Chevrolet Knights in their third Momentum One Day Cup clash having had their second match of the competition against the bizhub Highveld Lions destroyed by rain on Wednesday evening at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead.
With a win and a rained out no result, the Dolphins currently sit at the top of the log alongside the Lions but the two sides have played two games with the other four franchises having only had a solitary outing thus far.
Wednesday produced a bright start for the hosts when they had the Lions 45-3 before a sublime knock from the evergreen Neil McKenzie and a belligerent innings from left-hander Jean Symes pegged the home side back. The Dolphins will be hoping that they can put away an early advantage should they gain one against the side from the Free State on Friday.
The Dolphins handed out two debut caps at the start of Wednesday’s fixture with seamer Rabian Engelbrecht and all-round Sibonelo Makhanya earning their first List A appearances for the Durban based side.
Both players put in decent bowling spells upfront before being on the receiving end of some good batting towards the tail of the innings when McKenzie and Symes were teeing off. Nevertheless, it was been an invaluable experience for the young duo who continue their franchise involvement when they head up and over the escarpment to the City of Roses.
The Knights got their season off to a poor start with a loss in their opening game to the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras in Kimberly last weekend and they will be hoping to make amends in their upcoming games.
The match in Bloemfontein at Chevrolet Park starts at 15:00.
The Squad (for next two fixtures):
Morne van Wyk (c), Cameron Delport, Cody Chetty, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Khaya Zondo, Daryn Smit, Robbie Frylinck, Craig Alexander, Sibonelo Makhanya, Rabian Engelbrecht, Prenelan Subrayen, Daryn Dupavillon, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Nipper and Thandi Tshabalala.