Dolphins eager to bounce back following heavy loss

2015-02-26 00:00

DESPITE the heavy 10-wicket loss to the Lions in a four-day clash at the Wanderers last weekend, Dolphins captain Morné van Wyk believes his players can deliver in today’s four-day match against the Knights.

Playing on home soil at Kingsmead, Van Wyk said dwelling on the past was not an option and it was a matter of focusing on the task at hand and putting individual skills on the table.

“Life is about ups and downs. While we all enjoy the ups, when the down side hits, it’s shock and horror all around,” said Van Wyk. “Sport is no different but it provides opportunities to regroup, have another go and prove yourself.”

And that is what the Dolphins need to do. They have no choice really as a 10-wicket defeat cannot be any worse.

“Looking around the change-room after the Lions game it was clear to see we have plenty of talent among the players,” said Van Wyk. “We just never lived up to what we could and can do. It happens and it’s not something the players want. They want to do well.”

Every team have their moments somewhere in the season, where a below-standard performance quickly eliminates any highlights.

“We showed what we could do by beating the Knights in a four-day clash in Kimberley not too long ago,” said Van Wyk. “We had some regular players missing and went into the game with some young, new talent and still produced the goods. That’s what I mean when I say we have the players to perform.”

Up until the Lions game, the Dolphins had played four matches with two wins, a loss and a draw.

“This was the first game where we fell short and [today’s] match gives us the opportunity to get back on the horse,” said Van Wyk. “Four-day cricket is long and tough. The trick is to play well for long periods, win sessions and don’t allow the opposition to get away and be too comfortable.”

Since leaving the Knights and heading for Durban, Van Wyk has relished playing against his former team-mates, his bat a constant headache to them as he piles on the runs in all formats.

“There’s no definite reason why I seem to perform against the Knights but if I can cash in, I will make the most of it,” he said.

A balanced squad has been named by coach Lance Klusener, which sees the return of Khaya Zondo, Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Andile Phehlukwayo.

“We are up against a competitive side who offer much with bat and ball. We need to be on top from ball one and if we can get a win and get 20 points from the match it will reflect our character and purpose,” said Van Wyk.

“We have five matches to play. If we can win three, I won’t complain.”

In other matches, the Cobras play the Titans at Boland Park and the Warriors entertain the Lions at Buffalo Park.

Play starts at 9 am at Kingsmead today and entry is free.

Dolphins Squad: Divan van Wyk, Imraan Khan, Khayelihle Zondo, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Cody Chetty, Morne van Wyk (capt), Andile Phehlukwayo, Daryn Smit, Keshav Maharaj, Daryn Dupavillon, Graham Hume and Matthew Pillans.

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