Dolphins’ Klusener just 'mad'

2012-12-07 00:00

DOLPHINS coach Lance Klusener was not one to mince his words after the Dolphins had succumbed to the Warriors in East London, thereby throwing a play-off chance in the Momentum One-day Cup out the window.

He summed up his feelings rather bluntly, saying: “I’m mad.”

Short and to the point, those two words are like a spear through his heart, the heart of a man who wears the Dolphins franchise more than just on his sleeve.

The carrot was there, dangling for the Dolphins to take.

The maths was simple — win against the Warriors and a possible play-off spot was there for the taking. In Paarl, the Cobras dismantled the Titans to allow the Dolphins to sneak in the back door. All they had to do was win.

Said a disgruntled Klusener: “It was embarrassing for me, the team and our loyal fans.

“It’s definitely not something to be proud of. It was there for the taking and we screwed up.

“We only have ourselves to blame and need to take a hard look at our approach and commitment to the 50-over game.”

The Dolphins bowlers did an admirable job restricting the home side to 210, easily attainable at a comfortable 4,2 runs an over — or so it should have been.

Once again, the Dolphins top order struggled and, at 46-3, it was left to Vaughn van Jaarsveld (71) and Cody Chetty (39) to repair the damage. They did this with a 94-run partnership, but thereafter, the batsmen fell like skittles, fading meekly to allow a staggering 22-run win for the Warriors.

“I am not used to losing and as a coach, its damn tough sitting on the sidelines watching the carnage before you,” added the coach.

“At least as a player you can get involved and do something about it, but a coach has no choice, but to watch.

“Our batting has been brittle and we need players to back up their performances without throwing away good form.

“It’s no good scoring a hundred and then battling to reach double figures in the next four innings.”

While raging at the loss and the manner it was achieved, “It wasn’t as though we were facing world class bowlers”, Klusener did find some positives in the campaign.

“Considering we even had a chance of qualifying was an achievement itself,” he said.

“It’s a fairly young squad and the potential is there. However, with potential you must have belief and confidence and I believe this is one of our weak points.

“We have competed on most occasions, yet we seem to have a fear of achieving. We dominate for periods then suddenly take our foot off the pedal for half-an-hour and that’s the game gone.”

With the One-day Cup out the way, it’s back to the Sunfoil four-day series for the Dolphins, starting against the Knights (December 20 to 23, Bloemfontein); against the Titans (December 27 to 30, Kingsmead) and against the Lions (January 3 to 6, Kingsmead).

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