Poor batting and no lights cost Dolphins

2014-11-04 00:00

DOLPHINS captain Morné van Wyk highlighted two areas he felt cost the Dolphins in their opening Ram Slam T20 clash against the Lions at the Wanderers on Sunday.

“Not having a recognised, settled batsman at the crease in the final overs and having our momentum ruined by the lights going off were key for us,” he said.

Playing in the last match of the day’s triple-header, the Dolphins lost to the hosts by six wickets after winning the toss and batting first.

They posted a reasonable 172-9, built on the back of a 71 third-wicket partnership between Cody Chetty (68) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld (40). The rest of the batting, bar Prenelan Subrayen (26), failed to get going and in hindsight, anything over 150 was a bonus.

In reply, the Lions cruised home in 18.5 overs, reaching 173-4, thanks to Chris Gayle blasting 56 from 38 balls at the top of the order.

“The Lions had a decent batsman at the crease throughout their chase, something we missed out on,” said Van Wyk. “Chetty and Van Jaarveld laid the platform, but we failed to launch effectively from there.”

Losing quick wickets prevented any late order stability for the Dolphins and just when it seemed they were back on track, out went the lights.

“It’s not the first time that’s happened to us and while it’s out [of] our control, it’s more than frustrating,” he said.

“It plays into the opposition’s hands as it disrupts our progress.”

The interruption came with 2.5 overs remaining and Subrayen finding his range with a strike-rate of 200.

“We were off for about 25 minutes and it’s tough to pick up on that when you return to the crease,” said Van Wyk.

“It stalled us as it took seven or eight balls to get back into things and it’s virtually impossible to expect a batsman to go back into fifth gear straight away.”

What encouraged Van Wyk was that third wicket partnership after the early loss of Cameron Delport (0) and himself (5), leaving the Durban boys tottering on 27-2.

“We recovered well and although Chetty batted well, another 20 runs from him would have been huge,” he said.

“There is a massive difference between 60 and 80 runs in this format and losing Chetty and Van Jaarsveld within 29 runs of each other was another key setback.”

Despite the loss, Van Wyk remained positive the Dolphins would return to winning ways.

“This is only our second loss of the season [after a One Day Cup loss to the Warriors] and I thought we were okay in most departments,” he said.

“While we failed to launch in the batting, I thought our bowling wasn’t too bad considering how batsmen dominate in this format and we took our catches.

“There’s still a good atmosphere and attitude in the team and we are bonding well. I think it was a good performance and the test now is how well we bounce back.”

There is plenty of opportunity for that this week with the Dolphins hosting the Warriors at Kingsmead tomorrow (6 pm); travelling to Newlands to face the Cobras on Friday and returning to Durban to welcome the Titans on Sunday (noon).

West Indian Dwayne Bravo has jetted into Durban and will join the team for the remainder of the competition, a vital cog in the middle-order batting and a more than useful, wicket-taking bowler.

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