Dolphins ‘need to start filling the history book with some victories’, says captain Daryn Smit

2012-11-06 00:00

SUNDAY’S Momentum One-day Cup clash against the Cobras at Pietermaritzburg Oval is recorded as a loss for the Dolphins and a case of what could have been if things had been done right.

For the spectator, it was a thriller. A rain delay had reduced the target for the Cobras and given them the upper hand, but the Dolphins were going to fight every inch of the way.

And so they did, only allowing a ninth wicket 51-run partnership by unlikely batting heroes Charl Langeveldt and Dane Piedt to ruin the occasion.

For Dolphins skipper Daryn Smit — who played his part with a half-century and three catches behind the stumps — it was a bitter pill to swallow.

“We need a win to get the season going. We have come close here and in the four-day competition but somehow, cannot take that final stride to cross the line and breast the tape,” he said.

“I am tired of having to keep saying there are lots of positives to take from every game … we need to start filling the history book with some victories …”

Smit acknowledged that pressure took its toll in the end and his men did not execute their plans well at the end of the Cobras’ innings.

Said Smit: “Pressure does things to people and it was clear to see that happening. We have identified where we went wrong and lost the initiative and have this week to work on matters before Friday’s clash against the Warriors at Kingsmead and the Knights in Bloemfontein on Sunday.”

Reflecting on the match, Smit was happy with how things had gone, the result the only blemish on what was considered a day that went according to plan, even better sometimes.

“We won the toss and opted to bat on what we knew was a pitch that would deteriorate as the day wore on.

“Initially, I sent word to the changeroom that it was a 220 or 230 strip. To get just over 250 was a bonus and we believe we could have defended that,” the captain added.

In the disappointment of losing, Smit was positive in his praise of Dolphins debutant Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who bagged two wickets.

“He showed his worth and his last three overs were tight. He added experience and a new flavour to our bowling with his left-arm pace,” he said.

Friday sees the Dolphins back at headquarters in a day/night clash.

While home games are important to win, Smit was rueful in saying: “It feels like another away game for us.

“We haven’t played here all season and it’s as though we are stepping onto a ground we don’t quite know.

“I’m sure we will settle soon and, dare I say, win a game which, I believe, will open the floodgates and get our season under way.”

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