Dolphins ‘fell apart at the wrong time’

2014-02-25 00:00

FOR the second time this season, the Dolphins were dismissed in the eighties by the Cobras in a Sunfoil Series four-day clash.

In their first match of the season at the Pietermaritzburg Oval, the Dolphins were sent crashing for just 88 in their first innings and were never in the match, losing by an innings and 98 runs.

This time around, it was at Paarl, on the final day in what had been, up to that point, an intriguing contest with the odds stacked slightly in the Dolphins’ favour.

A slight first-innings lead, great bowling from Kyle Abbott as he finished with 12 wickets in the match and the Dolphins found themselves chasing 253, the lowest total of the game, to win.

An opening partnership of 26 proved to be the best of the innings by a mile as this time, the Dolphins were knocked over for 84 to lose by 168 runs with plenty of time to spare.

Cobras debutant Travis Muller finished with 5-21 and spinner Dane Piedt finished off proceedings with a hat-trick, taking care of Keshav Maharaj, Mthokozisi Shezi and Craig Alexander.

It was down to earth with more than a bump for the Dolphins who had been riding the crest of a wave after winning the domestic T20 trophy. They followed this up with a convincing innings and 45 runs win against the Warriors in the first match of the second round of the four-day series and were in control for much of the game in Paarl.

Dolphins captain Morné van Wyk couldn’t quite place his finger on what went wrong.

“We just fell apart at the wrong time,” he said. “Up until then, we had been really competitive and had won most of the sessions. One session went completely head up for us and that was it.”

The win saw the Cobras return to the top of the log as they grabbed 17,08 points, while the 8,34 points for the Dolphins saw them still in with a chance in fourth spot.

Next up for the Dolphins is a trip to Buffalo Park, East London, to meet the Warriors again, from March 6 to 9.

“One of our features this season has been our ability to bounce back when the chips are down and we will have to display that character again. There’s no time dwelling on the past and we must look to move forward and improve,” he said.

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