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Ontong targets opening pair

November 20, 2014 18:00:15 UK

Cape Cobras captain Justin Ontong believes the best chance of derailing reigning RAM SLAM champions the Sunfoil Dolphins is to separate their opening pair early.

Opposite number Morne van Wyk and his first-wicket partner Cameron Delport can take matches away from opponents not long after they have begun and recently shared a world record 367-run stand in a 50-over contest against the Chevrolet Knights.

If it all comes together then they can post big totals, so we’ve just got to make sure that we’ve got all our plans in order.

Justin Ontong

“The one thing that’s evident with the Dolphins is that they play high-risk cricket, so on their day they can be very dangerous,” said Ontong.

“If it all comes together then they can post big totals, so we’ve just got to make sure that we’ve got all our plans in order.”

The hosts should be boosted by the return to fitness of overseas player Dwayne Bravo and explosive batsman Cody Chetty following hamstring and quad niggles last week.

Victory in a re-match of last year’s final would enhance the Durban-based outfit’s chances of reaching the latter stages once more.

“I think second spot is also attainable and if we win all of our games we’ll be right in there,” said Dolphins coach Lance Klusener ahead of Friday’s encounter at Kingsmead.

“For us every game is a big game from here on in, but it’s great that we’re in this position and that our future is in our own hands.”

With established duo Rory Kleniveldt and Justin Kemp still not yet fully fit it will once again be an inexperienced bowling attack lining up for the visiting Cobras including former Dolphin Mthokozisi Shezi.

The Dolphins are 5.50 to win the Ram Slam T20 Challenge, the Lions are 2.50 and Cape Cobras are 3.75.

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