Dolphins’ relief at rain’s arrival

2014-11-18 00:00

AT the beginning of every week, talk is mostly centred around the ups and downs of the weekend’s sporting showdowns.

Here in Durban, those who follow cricket are jabbering nine to the dozen about the Dolphins’ performance against the Knights in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge at Kingsmead on Sunday, and how they were blessed by the rain.

History will record the Dolphins being bowled out for a paltry 82 and then being saved by the rain, forcing the game to be called off and the points shared. What won’t be recorded will be the feeling of the Knights who must have felt more than peeved to have to share the points.

However, Dolphins captain Morné van Wyk was rather circumspect when reflecting on his team’s batting effort, getting more talkative when the rain issue was discussed.

“Our batting — there’s not much I can say,” he said.

“These things do happen to any team on any given day. There’s no definite reason for it, the only explanation being that this is the roller coaster of any professional sport at individual or team level.”

Sitting in the dugout watching it unfold, Van Wyk had time to reflect. “Such is the nature of cricket. I’ve seen it all before and been on both sides of the fence,” he said.

“I was in the Eagles team who bowled a strong Titans team out for 47 in 2003/04. Why or how we managed that or what made the Titans slump to that score I cannot tell you.”

Van Wyk opted to bat first on what looked like a great wicket to score runs. “It was nice and maybe the bounce was a little more than we anticipated. But the Knights were good,” he said.

“Their bowling was better than great and they hit the right areas. All round they were smart.”

The biggest disappointment for Van Wyk was delivering such a performance in front of the home crowd.

“It was a big day for the union and although far from full, it was the biggest crowd we have experienced this season,” he said. “They stayed to watch us play and on our current form, expected and deserved better. That was a huge letdown.”

As for the rain, Van Wyk is not complaining about sharing the points.

“Again, such is life. In any contest, one team will always get the raw end of the deal and this time it was the Knights,” he said.

“If we had made close to 200, we would have felt aggrieved by the rain. There’s two different views and this time, we were the ones keeping quiet.”

There’s all to do this week before the Cobras arrive for Friday’s showdown at Kingsmead. The Dolphins will work hard to bring back the motivation after Sunday, knowing points are vital at this stage of the tournament. They are currently fourth with 12 points, a massive 10 points behind the log-leading Lions.

Cody Chetty and West Indian Dwayne Bravo, who missed the Knights game with injury niggles, are receiving treatment and could be back in the reckoning.

As for the fans — don’t lose hope. We all stumble at times but let’s appreciate the opportunity to get up again and continue the race. Support the boys when they need it most.

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