Dolphins coach a ‘broken man’

2008-03-02 00:00

Coach Yashin Ebrahim was visibly upset after the KZN Dolphins stumbled to a 10-run defeat at the hands of the Eastern Cape Warriors in the MTN Domestic Championship match at the Maritzburg Oval yesterday.

"I am broken, I don’t want to go into the changeroom," Ebrahim said. "There were some shocking umpiring decisions. Yusuf Abdullah was given out lbw by Karl Hurter yet the ball hit his thigh pad. Ahmed Amla [lbw] also got a poor decision.

"We had done superbly well to get into a winning position and should have walked it," the coach said.

Indeed, with opener Imraan Khan on 66 and Pierre de Bruyn batting responsibly, the Dolphins, at 127 for four, needed under five an over off the last 14 overs — they were in the pound seats.

Yet Khan hit in the air to mid-on, Daryn Smit went eight runs later and De Bruyn was out for 41 to be the seventh wicket to fall. Even then, the Dolphins were still looking good provided the batsmen kept their heads, and 40 required off a generous 52 deliveries.

Johann Louw looked to be the man for the job, the all-rounder striking a pair of handsome sixes in his 26 off 21 balls. With 18 needed off 34 balls it was a simple game.

But Juan Theron bowled Louw, and Abdullah fell next ball before the same man threw in beautifully from the deep to run out last man Friend going for a suicidal second run, so unnecessary when the Dolphins still had four overs in which to find 11 runs.

"Our problem is that we lose wickets in clusters," Ebrahim said. "We have spoken about it and addressed it, but we lose it when it matters."

The Dolphins have two games left, both at Kingsmead, to snatch a home semi-final or at least a last-four berth. They will be encouraged by the heavy defeat inflicted on the Eagles, which keeps the Durban-based team in the running for a home semi, but the hurdle of losing games they should win still needs to be overcome.

At least there was some cheer for the 1 300 crowd. Hometown boy Morne van Vuuren won R500 for hitting the Kara Nichhas signboard first.

Remaining league matches: versus Warriors innings

HD Ackerman lbw b Thomas 16

MBA Smith c Friend b Abdullah 8

A Jacobs b Friend 4

RR Jeggels c van Vuuren b D Smit 28

DJ Jacobs lbw b Kent 28

Z de Bruyn c Khan b Louw 38

JP Kreusch b Louw 24

L Meyer not out 17

J Theron not out 15

Extras (lb 5, w 11) 16

Total (7 wickets; 45 overs) 194

Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-34, 3-42, 4-91, 5-112, 6-159, 7-166

Bowling: Abdullah 6-0-18-1, Louw 9-0-27-2, Friend 7-0-46-1, Thomas 9-0-38-1, Kent 5-0-21-1, D Smit 6-1-25-1, Van Vuuren 3-0-14-0.

Dophins innings

I Khan c de Bruyn b Kreusch 66

K Smit lbw b Tsotsobe 0

M van Vuuren b Tsotsobe 10

AM Amla lbw b Tsotsobe 0

JC Kent c Meyer b Tsotsobe 9

P de Bruyn c Meyer b de Bruyn 41

D Smit c DJ Jacobs b Kreusch 6

J Louw b Theron 26

AC Thomas not out 10

YA Abdullah c DJ Jacobs b Theron 0

Q Friend run out (Theron) 2

Extras (lb3, w10, nb1) 14

Total (10 wickets; 41 overs) 184

Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-24, 3-28, 4-38, 5-127, 6-135, 7-155, 8-177, 9-177, 10-184.

Bowling: Tsotsobe 9-2-48-4, Mjekula 9-1-22-0, Meyer 3-0-17- 0, Theron 6-0-26-2, DJ Jacobs 6-0-19-0, Kreusch 5-0-26-2, de Bruyn 3-0-23-1

Result: Warriors won by 10 runs

Eagles on March 7 (day/night); versus Cobras on March 9 (day).

Provisional log (nine matches unless stated): Titans 37 pts; Eagles (10) 23 pts; Cobras 22

pts; Dolphins (10) 21 pts; Warriors 16 pts; Zimbabwe 12 pts; Lions (10) 12 pts.

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