Can Dolphins break their ominous trend against wounded Warriors?

2014-11-14 00:00

IF sequences are to be followed, then the Dolphins are due for a loss tonight in their Ram Slam T20 Challenge clash against the Warriors in Port Elizabeth.

So far, it’s been a case of lose one, win one for the Dolphins and having won last time out against the Titans on Sunday, the omens do not look good.

But, without putting the knockers on the lads, when they have won, they have won good, getting a bonus point both times and looking strong on the log.

However, patterns in sport are there to be broken, to be rearranged and this is the perfect opportunity for the Dolphins to upset the applecart as such.

They have yet to win in the competition away from home, but will take heart from their convincing 54-run win against the Eastern Cape outfit in Durban nine days ago.

Although winless in the Ram Slam Challenge to date, the Warriors are wounded animals, keen to smell blood and move in for the kill. They have pride and purpose to play for and Dolphins captain Morné van Wyk is acutely aware of what his men could be up against.

“Yes, we have beaten them already in the competition, but we are on a clean slate, having to start and do the business all over again,” he said.

“Our last match is history and we cannot read into that, thinking we will pitch up and knock them aside once more. They are strong at home, especially in Port Elizabeth [St George’s Park] which has become a bit of a fortress for them.”

As Van Wyk and coach Lance Klusener have been emphasising all season, it’s a case of pitching up, assessing the conditions and putting the right team in the field. “No game in the T20 competition is easy. Fortunes can change in a few balls, an over and what looked strong and healthy can be reduced to ruins,” said Van Wyk.

“The Warriors are going to come hard at us. They have nothing to lose and will put everything on the line to get that elusive win. We need to be sharp and able to deal with that.”

One Dolphins man in good form at the moment is batsman Vaughn van Jaarsveld. To date, he has accumulated 157 runs in four innings at 52,33 with a strike rate of 145,37. A feature of his unbeaten 51 against the Warriors was the innings having only three dot balls. “Personal form is great, but the team is the bigger picture,” he said.

“We need to focus on performance and get some wins under the belt. Our objective is to win games and get to the top of the log.”

Cody Chetty, who has played some decent innings at number three for the Dolphins is in the squad and should get a start today, his hamstring niggle has been given some attention throughout the week.

Tonight’s match will not be televised.


Cameron Delport, Morné van Wyk (capt), Cody Chetty, Khayelihle Zondo, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Divan van Wyk, Dwayne Bravo, Sibonelo Makhanya,

Robert Frylinck, Keshav Maharaj, Prenelan Subrayen, Craig Alexander and Rabian Engelbrecht.

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