Momentum the key for Dolphins against Titans

2014-01-24 00:00

CONFIDENCE is high in the Dolphins camp ahead of tonight’s Ram Slam T20 meeting with the Cobras in Paarl.

This after Morné van Wyk’s men returned to winning ways in the competition against the Lions on Wednesday in Durban, in a match where 412 runs were scored in 40 overs.

The win saw the Dolphins climb to second on the log with 15 points, 10 behind the Cobras and one ahead of the Warriors, although the Dolphins have two games in hand over the Cobras.

Nonetheless, tonight’s game should see the Dolphins seeking some redemption after they looked less than ordinary in losing to the same opposition by 25 runs at Kingsmead on Sunday. Wednesday’s performance would have no doubt pleased coach Lance Klusener and batting consultant Dale Benkenstein as the top order batsmen clicked into gear, amassing a score beyond 200 with only two wickets down.

Star of the show was opening batsman Cameron Delport who, after his duck against the Cobras, bounced back with a superb innings as he smashed and lofted the ball all around Kingsmead in making 82. He shared in a century opening stand with Van Wyk and was unlucky not to reach three figures himself, a milestone he achieved in the competition last year against the Knights at Kingsmead.

“You have to back yourself in this format and play your natural game, which for me, is to play my shots,” said Delport. “There’s no point in dwelling in the past and with the ball being pitched up to me, I gave it the treatment. It was a timely knock and obviously I would like to continue in the same vein against the Cobras tonight and put one over them.”

Van Wyk, who contributed 42 to the cause, was chuffed with the result but, having seen the Cobras defend a total of 129 against the Titans, also on Wednesday, knows it’s a whole new ball game in Paarl.

“Bouncing back from a below average performance against the Cobras at the weekend shows the character of the team and what playing good cricket can achieve,” he said. “We are just over the halfway mark in the competition and have a few games to make up, but we have the belief to go into today’s match knowing what we can do and playing for the win and the points.

“We must not get carried away and still need to maintain our focus on the task at hand. Every game is a new beginning and the job needs to be done all over again. We need to keep our discipline and carry on from where we left off in our last game.”

Dolphins selectors have kept faith with the same squad that did the business against the Lions.

In other matches today, the Warriors host the Titans at Buffalo Park, East London, and the Lions entertain the Knights at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom.

All matches start at 6 pm and the Lions match will be televised on SuperSport Two and SuperSport HD2.

The Dolphins are also in action on Sunday, welcoming the Warriors to Kingsmead in a match starting at midday.

Dolphins Squad: Prenelan Subrayen, Kyle Nipper, Morne van Wyk (capt), Craig Alexander, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Daryn Smit, Cameron Delport, Robbie Frylinck, Khaya Zondo, David Miller, Cody Chetty and Vaughn van Jaarsveld.

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