‘Dolphins need to stand up now’

2012-11-13 00:00

THERE was an underlying sense of frustration and a clear indication that enough is enough when Dolphins coach Lance Klusener reflected on Sunday’s Momentum Cup match against the high flying Lions at the Wanderers.

Speaking to The Witness ahead of tomorrow’s clash against the Knights in Bloemfontein, Klusener said: “We let ourselves down again. In all our matches this season, at four-day and one-day level, we have been in a position to win, with the result in the balance.

“On Sunday, we were outclassed. We hit a wobbly from which we never recovered.”

History will record a convincing 89-run win for the Lions, a result which indicates the home side was in control from the beginning and dictated terms throughout the day.

Said Klusener: “They won the toss and put our bowlers to the sword. A total of 247 to win in 37 overs was more than what we anticipated and it was a case of having to go after the bowling from the start. In those situations, it either works or flops badly and this time it went against us as we finished well short on 157 in 31.1 overs.

“Our bowlers struggled and that put pressure on our options when deciding who our fifth bowler would be. We have had some harsh words, identified key areas and yes, a change of personnel is forthcoming as we can no longer flog a dead horse.”

Of major concern for Klusener is none of his batsmen staying at the crease and building possible match-winning innings. Lions opening batsman Stephen Cook (108*) blasted his second century of the competition in four games, while no Dolphins batsman has registered a century in any form of the game to date this season.

“Certain players need to stand up now and apply themselves to the situation at the right time.

“It does not help that 41 extras were given away by our bowlers either and we need to find the right formula to work for us.

“Making thirties and forties is no good when no other batsmen have laid the foundation with a sizeable score. We have the players capable of doing the job in all departments and I want 100% application, passion and commitment on the field,” said Klusener.

There’s not much time for talk as the Dolphins make their way to Bloemfontein for their fourth Momentum clash of the season.

It’s a vital game for the Dolphins, as two points after three games is a poor haul for a side that promises much.

“The Knights are never easy on their home patch and they have players who can contribute with bat and ball when the chips are down … It’s a big field and we will have to look at our gameplan and play differently to what we have so far this season.

It goes without saying that we need to bowl well and kick on with bat in hand,” said coach Klusener.

The Dolphins squad has not been announced, but there will be one forced change with opener Jonathan Vandiar aggravating an injury on Sunday. Klusener has decided to be cautious and not select him for tomorrow’s match.

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