One-day Cup: ‘One win does not make you champions’ says Dolphins skipper Daryn Smit

2012-11-16 00:00

THERE’S a saying that quality takes time and watching the Dolphins dismantle the Knights by 128 runs in a Momentum One-day Cup clash in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, it was worth the wait.

In all departments, the Dolphins were on the front foot, posting over 300 with the bat, the bowlers finishing the job, with the fielders putting their bodies on the line in giving nothing away.

Bar Cody Chetty’s over, the shoulder dropped catch, it was a near faultless performance.

While overjoyed in finally breaking the team’s duck and getting the first win of the season, captain Daryn Smit said: “While it’s great to win, it’s frustrating it’s taken so long to reach this point.”

“We showed the quality of players we have in the squad and we should have never taken three games to produce the goods.

“Granted one was rained out, but the other two we could have done better,” he added.

There was a distinct change in approach. The Dolphins wanted to win and as a team, they worked together to reach their goal.

Coach Lance Klusener’s wry smile as victory was sealed was a brief reflection on what had happened off the field in the build-up to the match.

Smit added: “Harsh and honest words were spoken after last weekend’s pasting by the Lions.

“It had to be done and was necessary for the team.

“We needed to pull together, as some players were in a comfort zone, needing to straighten up and change their mindset going forward. Lance did not mince his words and we knew we had to step up to the mark.

“As players, we got together away from the coach and management to discuss where we were and what we hoped to achieve.

“It had a huge impact and we carried our commitment onto the field and through the game.

“We arrived in Bloemfontein on Monday, giving ourselves enough time to practice and settle down.

“We were extremely professional in our approach and, as captain, I said after the game that this is the minimum standard I expect. We have shown the class of player we have and what we can do.”

Going into the game bottom of the log, with no wins and a point deducted for a slow over rate, the Dolphins have leapfrogged into third spot, earning a bonus point for their win, and are now sitting behind the Lions and the Titans.

“It’s looking better and more comfortable, but there is still much work to do in the competition.

“One win does not make you champions and while in high spirits, we are back on the starting grid for today’s clash against the Titans at Kingsmead,” he added.

The Titans are a formidable outfit and will not be easy customers.

However, Smit is encouraged by his batsmen all getting in against the Knights, particularly Vaughn van Jaarsveld and “Golden Arm” Imraan Khan, whose gentle spinners broke the back of the Knights batting with three quick wickets in the middle of the innings.

Smit said: “Our batsmen are getting in, there’s competition between the quick bowlers [Craig Alexander and Kyle Abbott] to get in the team and I am happy to slot into any batting position, from three to seven.

Today’s match starts at 3 pm with gates open from 2 pm. Tickets are from R30.

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