‘Two massive games for Dolphins,’ says Frylinck

2015-02-05 00:00

THERE’S a sense of purpose in the Dolphins camp ahead of their remaining two One-Day Cup matches against the table-topping Cobras at Newlands tomorrow and the Titans at ­Kingsmead on Sunday.

It was hot and steamy at Kingsmead yesterday morning, yet the lads were putting in the hard yards, particularly the bowlers who were fine-tuning their lengths and working on their yorkers.

Since the resumption of the One Day Cup, the Dolphins looked patchy in defeat against the Warriors last Friday in Port Elizabeth and shared the points in Pietermaritzburg with the Knights on Sunday after rain set in.

This follows a decent beginning to the competition that always saw them at the right end of the standings, in with a shout to challenge for the trophy.

Currently third, a win in one of their two upcoming matches will secure them a play-off spot against the Titans, with the venue still uncertain.

Whoever finishes second in the log gets home advantage for that play-off and the utopian scenario would be for the Dolphins to win both matches and bag that privilege.

There’s much cricket to be played still and Dolphins all-rounder Robbie Frylinck is under no illusions as to what has to be done.

“These are two massive games for us, with first prize getting that home playoff,” he said. “We owe it to our loyal supporters to produce the goods when it counts and to have them behind us, here at Kingsmead, in a playoff to secure a possible final berth … It’s the perfect scenario.”

Frylinck added that areas of concern from the last two matches had been “ironed out” in the change room and the team were fully committed to delivering the goods.

“We’ve come this far now and its time to finish the job and reap the rewards,” he said. “However, anything can happen in sport. That’s what keeps people interested. We had an unexpected, sub-standard day on Friday and that’s how the cookie crumbles. We can only hope we don’t tread the same road in the next few days.”

A welcome participant at the Dolphins’ practice was Protea all-rounder Ryan McLaren, released from duty with the South African A side against England A. Exciting as it is to see McLaren in the Dolphin ranks, he will not play in the two upcoming matches.

“I have a slight hamstring strain, not a tear, so am busy nursing it back to full strength,” he said. “It can’t deliver a full match just yet, but at least I can do the disciplines with the squad and get it treated as I go along.”

Both Dolphins matches will be telecast. Tomorrow’s match is from 2.45 pm and Sunday’s from 9.45 am on SS6 and 1.45 pm on SS2.

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