Dismal Dolphins have plenty to ponder after meek performance against Warriors

2010-02-08 00:00

THE Dolphins have problems, and yesterday’s meek 23-run demise against the Warriors was a stark reminder of the magnitude of the issues facing the Durban franchise.

It wasn’t so much the loss that was the issue, but rather the spineless capitulation that did little to repay the nearly 6 000 souls that showed up hoping for a game.

The Dolphins coach, Graham Ford, had suggested last week that he was worried about his side’s lack of firepower, especially in the bowling stakes.

It seems Ford’s diagnosis may need a few additions, as his charges looked listless and well below par against a “second-string” Warriors team.

Dropped catches, fumbles and poor shots usually creep in towards the end of a season, but we are still in the midst of massive competition here.

The Dolphins, in falling so far short of 162, showed a disconcertingly soft under-belly, one that was further exposed by the rare failure of hotshot David Miller.

Miller’s current batting slot is not doing him any favours, as time and again he has had to get going before he has even got his engine started.

With only 120 balls to play with, the Dolphins may as well give him as big a chance to make an impression as possible.

It can hardly get any worse.

The manner of the Dolphins’ wickets yesterday — all caught trying to lift the tempo — suggested a hint of panic.

Wednesday’s game against the Eagles is now a must-win, if the Dolphins still harbour any dreams of a semi-final slot.

They have labelled this competition “Rock Star Cricket”.

On yesterday’s evidence, the only star on show — from a local perspective, anyway — was the delightful Pixie Bennett when she performed a few numbers on stage.

Sadly, though, the Dolphins did little to rock anyone’s world.

Scoreboard

Warriors

A Jacobs c de Bruyn b Louw54

J Smuts c Friend b Maharaj43

C Ingram lbw de Bruyn32

C Thyssen b Hall19

D Jacobs not out2

J Kreusch b Hall11

Extras (1lb )1

TOTAL (for 5; 20 overs)162

Fow: 1-70, 2-118, 3-143, 4- 152, 5- 162

Bowling: Louw 4-0-23-1, Friend 3-0-24-0, Hall 4-0-38-2, De Bruyn 2-0-11-1, Benkenstein 3-0-20-0, Maharaj 3-0-29-1, Smit 1-0-16-0

Dolphins

L Bosman c Boje b Theron10

I Khan c Theron b Boje45

A Hall c Ingram b Meyer10

A Amla c Ingram b Ntini31

D Miller c A Jacobs b Boje5

D Benkenstein c sub b Meyer21

J Louw c Kreusch b Ntini0

D Smit c sub b Theron0

P de Bruyn not out6

Q Friend not out2

Extras (3w, 6lb )9

TOTAL (for 8; 20 overs)139

Fow: 1-12, 2-42, 3-75, 4-84, 5-114, 6-116, 7-122, 8- 134

Bowling: Ntini 4-0-22-2 (2w), Theron 4-0-20-2, Kruger 2-0-19-0 (1w), Meyer 4-0-29-2, Kreusch 3-0-18-0, Boje 3-0-25-2

Result: Warriors won by 23 runs

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