Crucial match as Dolphins look to final push towards semis

2011-11-18 00:00

AFTER their loss to the Warriors on Wednesday night the Dolphins will be looking to bounce back in their One-day Cup encounter with the Knights in Bloemfontein tonight.

Coach Graham Ford said a win is crucial for the side’s confidence ahead of the final push towards the semi-finals.

“We are currently in fourth spot on the log, three points adrift of the Knights. A win will not only take us above them, but it will give us the psychological edge over the Knights on the return leg in Pietermaritzburg on November 27.”

Ford said he is happy to be returning to a pitch that is traditionally more suited to pace.

“Kyle Abbott, Friedel de Wet and Robbie Frylinck were disappointed that they were not among the wickets in East London, but, as expected, the wicket was slow and their batting line-up is perfectly suited to those kinds of tracks.”

Warriors opening batsman JJ Smuts, his Cobras counterpart, Richard Levi, and Dolphins vice captain Daryn Smit have been the form batsman of the tournament. Smit scored his maiden limited-over century against the Warriors.

“It is nice to see Smit hitting some of the form we know he is capable of. He has really worked on his game this season …” said Ford.

The match against the Knights is the last away match before the Dolphins return to face a Titans side at Kingsmead. The Titans will be looking to exact revenge for their narrow loss in Pretoria.

“We have to be wary of the Titans because they might feel that they can win their remaining matches and push for a semi-final. Because there … are four teams who are fighting for two positions, the rest of the tournament will be interesting,” said Ford.

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