Dolphins eager to bounce back following heavy loss

2015-02-26 00:00

DESPITE the heavy 10-wicket loss to the Lions in a four-day clash at the Wanderers last weekend, Dolphins captain Morné van Wyk believes his players can deliver in today’s four-day match against the Knights.

Playing on home soil at Kingsmead, Van Wyk said dwelling on the past was not an option and it was a matter of focusing on the task at hand and putting individual skills on the table.

“Life is about ups and downs. While we all enjoy the ups, when the down side hits, it’s shock and horror all around,” said Van Wyk. “Sport is no different but it provides opportunities to regroup, have another go and prove yourself.”

And that is what the Dolphins need to do. They have no choice really as a 10-wicket defeat cannot be any worse.

“Looking around the change-room after the Lions game it was clear to see we have plenty of talent among the players,” said Van Wyk. “We just never lived up to what we could and can do. It happens and it’s not something the players want. They want to do well.”

Every team have their moments somewhere in the season, where a below-standard performance quickly eliminates any highlights.

“We showed what we could do by beating the Knights in a four-day clash in Kimberley not too long ago,” said Van Wyk. “We had some regular players missing and went into the game with some young, new talent and still produced the goods. That’s what I mean when I say we have the players to perform.”

Up until the Lions game, the Dolphins had played four matches with two wins, a loss and a draw.

“This was the first game where we fell short and [today’s] match gives us the opportunity to get back on the horse,” said Van Wyk. “Four-day cricket is long and tough. The trick is to play well for long periods, win sessions and don’t allow the opposition to get away and be too comfortable.”

Since leaving the Knights and heading for Durban, Van Wyk has relished playing against his former team-mates, his bat a constant headache to them as he piles on the runs in all formats.

“There’s no definite reason why I seem to perform against the Knights but if I can cash in, I will make the most of it,” he said.

A balanced squad has been named by coach Lance Klusener, which sees the return of Khaya Zondo, Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Andile Phehlukwayo.

“We are up against a competitive side who offer much with bat and ball. We need to be on top from ball one and if we can get a win and get 20 points from the match it will reflect our character and purpose,” said Van Wyk.

“We have five matches to play. If we can win three, I won’t complain.”

In other matches, the Cobras play the Titans at Boland Park and the Warriors entertain the Lions at Buffalo Park.

Play starts at 9 am at Kingsmead today and entry is free.

Dolphins Squad: Divan van Wyk, Imraan Khan, Khayelihle Zondo, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Cody Chetty, Morne van Wyk (capt), Andile Phehlukwayo, Daryn Smit, Keshav Maharaj, Daryn Dupavillon, Graham Hume and Matthew Pillans.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.