Dolphins find balance

2014-11-13 00:00

DOLPHINS coach Lance Klusener believes he has come some way to getting the balance of the team right.

He believes he has achieved that goal after last Sunday’s convincing all-round performance from the team in the 64-run win against the Titans.

“That’s the secret to any team performing, getting that balance. It does not come easy and can be a frustration for many a coach, but I believe we have that in our T20 team right now. It’s taken time, but we have found it.”

It’s been an up and down Ram Slam T20 Challenge for the Dolphins to date, having played four matches, winning two and losing two. The two games they have won have been strong performances at Kingsmead, against the Warriors and Titans, where they secured a bonus point each time. “You are going to have your highs and lows in the T20 format. It’s part of the package, but we would like to get on a roll now and knock up a few wins on the trot,” said Klusener. “To date, our best game has been against the Titans, but we are only at the halfway stage of the competition.”

Selecting two spinners — Keshav Maharaj and Prenelan Subrayen — for the Titans clash was an astute move by Klusener.

On a wicket that looked full of runs, the pair accounted for six wickets between them for less than 50 runs, completely derailing the Titans’ run chase.

“They took their opportunities and produced the goods,” said Klusener. “We have a squad of 14 handy players from which to select the match day team and these guys came to the party.

“It was satisfying to see them rewarded for their skills and value to the franchise.”

Tomorrow the Dolphins are in Port Elizabeth to face the battling Warriors and Klusener is waiting to see what the conditions dish up before selecting his team.

“We are not one team all the time. Conditions play a vital part and against the Titans, we happened to have the right players for those conditions,” said Klusener. “PE is different and we will need to have a look at what’s offered before we make a call. Again, it’s getting the balance right and putting the right players on the park.”

Klusener added the Dolphins were still looking for the perfect game and had been working on their fielding this week.

“It’s all work in progress and it comes down to doing things right, getting the execution one hundred percent on the day, when it counts,” he said.

“We can look great in practice, but it stands for nothing if we get it wrong in the middle.”

Tomorrow’s match is not televised.

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