Dolphins hit the road to take on the Titans

2013-11-01 00:00

HAVING suffered their first defeat in the Momentum One-Day Cup to the Knights at Kingsmead on Wednesday night, the Dolphins have hit the road, taking on the Titans in Benoni today.

In a bizarre evening weather-wise at Kingsmead, where two overs of the Dolphins batting was lost due to players leaving the field for lightning and the Knights batting in an arena surrounded by fog, the Dolphins were denied victory by an extraordinary unbroken record ninth-wicket partnership of 91 between Dillon du Preez (56*) and Quinton Friend (34*).

They tore into the Dolphins bowlers, rescuing the Knights from 141-8 in pursuit of 232 for victory, getting home in 45.1 overs.

It has broken the Dolphins’ momentum, but they are still second on the log, behind the Cobras who secured the points by beating the Lions on the same night.

Dolphins captain Morné van Wyk was not too perturbed with the result and gave credit to Du Preez’s great knock.

“It was 90 overs of great cricket and the result could have gone either way. We had them on the ropes and then Quinton and Dillon produced something special,” he said. “Dillon plays an innings like that one in 10 visits to the crease and last night was his stage, ably supported by Quinton.”

Although his bowlers came in for some stick at the end, Van Wyk maintains his faith in his attack. “We probably bowled too full where we should have bowled just back of a length. Our energy levels were good and there’s no excuses,” he said.

Kyle Abbott, spearhead of the Dolphins attack, finished the night with 2-37 from 9.1 overs and looked forward to richer rewards in Benoni.

“It should be an interesting contest on a ground that had offered the best of both worlds this season,” he said.

“Last week, the Knights were skittled for 90 against the Titans at Willowmoore Park, but earlier in the season, I had played for the SA “A” side, where 300 plus was scored. I can’t predict what will happen, but we have learnt our lesson against the Knights and need to attack more with ball in hand, targeting the batsmen’s chest and head area.”

Van Wyk though, was focused on today’s match as the competition reached the business end of affairs.

“At this time of the season, people start looking at logs and who is where. We are happy where we are and what we have achieved this season,” he said.

“We need to focus on what we do well, take one game at a time and play to our strengths. It’s really a case of pitching up and playing, hopefully leaving with the spoils.”

The Dolphins squad are unchanged for the Knights match.

After today’s match, the Dolphins play the Warriors in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday and the Cobras at Kingsmead, on Friday, November 8.

The side finishing top of the log automatically qualifies for the final, with second and third place playing for a spot. The two teams in the final qualify for the Champions League.

Dolphins squad: Morne van Wyk (captain), Khaya Zondo, Robbie Frylinck, Craig Alexander, Imraan Khan, Divan van Wyk, Daryn Smit, Mthokozisi Shezi, Keshav Maharaj, Graham Onions, Kyle Abbott, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Cody Chetty and Cameron Delport.

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