Dolphins desperate for some game time

2012-11-30 00:00

MERE mention of the words Dolphins and cricket have been enough to break any drought this season. With three One-Day Cup matches abandoned thanks to rain, it’s vital the unwelcome visitor stays away for today’s day/night clash at Supersport Park, Centurion, against the Titans.

Having to share the points more often than not, the Dolphins are currently fifth on the log, having been second at one stage.

It’s through no fault of their own though as the players are keen to get on the park and fight for their points in a tight game of cricket instead of having to feed off scraps.

Dolphins opening batsman Cameron Delport highlighted his and the team’s frustration to date, saying, “We will do anything for a game, and even change our name.

“These past few weeks have been more than irritating. We have prepared hard, are focused and then have to sit in the change room and watch the rain falling. It hasn’t allowed for any rhythm in the team and the players have to start from scratch, with hardly any game time.”

It’s a case of what could have been for the Dolphins who still, if they win today’s game and next Wednesday’s meeting with the Warriors in East London, can qualify for the play-offs.

Delport is confident the Dolphins could be sitting pretty in the standings if Mother Nature had been kinder. Said Delport: “No game is easy, but we have had three home games called off, two at Kingsmead and one in Pietermaritzburg. Even winning two, if not all of those, would have seen us well up the points table. It’s been a fight against an enemy which cannot be beaten.”

Beating the Titans on their home patch will not be easy, but that’s the bottom line for the Dolphins. As a small confidence booster, the Titans were beaten at Kingsmead a few weeks back when the weather gods allowed one game to run its course; the Dolphins chasing 250 to win, inspired by Imraan Khan’s century at the top of the order.

“No team is easy to beat on their turf and the Titans have momentum after a great win, making over 300 against the Knights. Henry Davids (166) was in unbelievable form and there is a big mountain to climb if we want that all important win.

“We have to deal with what’s in front of us, do it properly and not put ourselves under any pressure. For once, if we have the weather on our side, we could sneak into a play-off spot,” said Delport.

Play starts at 3 pm.

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