Dolphins have two Bloem boys to thank

2013-11-11 00:00

BLOEMFONTEIN — The Dolphins cricket team have two Bloemfontein homeboys to thank for much of their success this season.

After trying to hire the bat of Morné van Wyk for years, their new captain did not disappoint.

He boasts the most runs yet in their One-Day Cup campaign.

Coach Lance Klusener recently sang van Wyk’s praises, saying he belongs on the Protea squad.

Van Wyk’s good batting is not the only reason why the Dolphins are playing in play-offs against the Titans in Durban tomorrow.

Christo Spies’s work behind the scenes contributed a lot to the rise of the coastal side. The former “shrink” from the Knights came recommended by Van Wyk.

His brief is to psych up the players, so that Klusener can focus on cricket matters.

This division of duties has worked well for the Dolphins in their quest for a national title.

While Spies only visited the team once in a while in the pre-season, he is now seen more often in the change room.

After losing two games only when he was not present, the Dolphins now treat him as their talisman.

They have already asked him to postpone returning to Bloem and stay on for the play-offs, Spies yesterday said from Durban.

The Dolphins need all the luck they can get, as the Titans are also playing very positive cricket at the moment.

They have — despite missing Jacques Rudolph to injury while Henry Davids and David Wiese were on national duty — won the determining bonus point against the Warriors on Friday in East London.

It would appear that the Titans have peaked at the right time.

With rain threatening, an extra day had been set aside for the play-offs in Durban.

Should the match not be played on Wednesday, the Dolphins will go through to the final against the Cape Cobras in Newlands on Friday.

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