Dolphins hot on Cobras’ heels

2014-10-24 00:00

TONIGHT’S One Day Cup clash against the Lions in Potchefstroom is an important one for the Dolphins, who will be keen to take the four points on offer after stuttering against the Warriors last Sunday.

Currently second on the log, a win would cement the Dolphins’ position and allow them to gain some ground on the Cobras, who are well ahead at the top of the pile.

While the batting has been encouraging in the matches the Dolphins have played to date — Morné van Wyk, Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Cameron Delport — all reaching three figures, the former twice, it’s the bowling that has looked slightly off course at times.

Great starts have been derailed by poor finishing at the death, allowing the opposition to either amass healthy totals or chase a target, after looking hopelessly outclassed just a few overs prior. Thankfully the batsmen have been up to the task as the Dolphins have had to dig deep with determination and character to stay in their games.

In the build-up to tonight’s match, Dolphins coach Lance Klusener has focused much on skills training, particularly the bowling and fielding, with emphasis on keeping things tight and maintaining a firm grip on proceedings.

All-rounder Robbie Frylinck is key to the Dolphins’ progress in the 50- and 20-over formats. By his own admission he is enjoying an encouraging start to the season, but he sees no cause for panic just yet.

“The season has gone well for me so far, especially with my batting where I am feeling more confident,” he said. “As for my bowling, I am picking up wickets, especially upfront, but the pressure at the end of the innings is a different animal, hard to conquer.

“Second on the log shows we are producing the goods and it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s not that bad and there is definitely no cause for panic.”

Frylinck singled out the team’s performance last Friday in Bloemfontein against the Knights, when it looked at one stage as though the hosts would haul in the imposing 368 set by the Dolphins.

“More than 700 runs were scored that night for the loss of seven wickets. We took all those wickets which, on that pitch, speaks volumes for what we actually achieved,” he said.

“Against the Warriors, conditions changed and while we never took wickets early on, we never gave away too much, making them work for their runs. I started with some tight overs, but one over where they got after me, swayed the match in their favour. That’s the game though.”

It’s a hard ask for Frylinck to keep producing. After all, he is only human and is entitled to get it wrong every so often. “I bowl at the start of an innings, in the middle and at the death. It’s not easy, especially death bowling. That’s an art and the difference between winning and losing is a fine line. There are not many bowlers in SA cricket who get this right and it’s a problem in our cricket in general.

“Some days it works, others not. We are not robots and we try the best we can. We have the players who can do it when it counts and when it comes off, the feeling of accomplishment is great, albeit for a short time until we have to do it again.”

Tonight’s game will not be televised.

Tonight’s fixtures (all 3 pm starts)

Warriors v Knights

Lions v Dolphins

Titans v Cape Cobras

One Day Cup log


Cobras 4 4 0 0 19 1,424

Dolphins 4 2 1 1 10 0,192

Lions 4 2 1 1 10 0,033

Warriors 3 1 2 0 4 -0,59

Knights 4 0 3 1 4 -1,259

Titans 3 0 2 1 0 -0,48.

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