Good start, says Van Wyk, but Dolphins still have to work

2013-10-15 00:00

AND so it came to pass … indeed it did, as the Dolphins knocked up a solid six-wicket win against the Lions in their opening game of the Momentum Cup one-day competition in Potchefstroom on Sunday.

With a bonus point to boot, it’s been many a long season that the side have won their opening clash in any competition. The way they went about it leaves one begging for them to continue in the same vein.

It was not all plain sailing though, the pitch at Senwes Park offering uneven bounce and asking much of the batsmen from both sides.

“It was definitely a great toss to win, but in all fairness, it was not a great wicket,” said Dolphins captain Morné van Wyk. “It was not a great contest between bat and ball, and very unusual for Potch, which is normally a wicket full of runs.”

Nonetheless, Van Wyk hailed the performance as a great team effort. “We performed well in all disciplines. Our bowlers found their line and length from the start, and strangled the Lions batsmen,” he said. “We were rewarded with early wickets and always had them on the back foot.

“Backed up by superb fielding, we restricted them to a below par score, but, having seen the wicket, we knew we would have to bat smartly to reach the target.”

A mini top order collapse had the Dolphins tottering on the brink of an all too familiar collapse, but the experience of Vaughn van Jaarsveld (56) and David Miller (76) saw the Dolphins across the line in under 40 overs, securing the bonus point.

“That’s exactly what that is — a bonus,” said Van Wyk. “It’s not something we target before a game, but, if the opportunity arises, we will take it. Thanks to David’s brilliant knock, we were able to get home comfortably. We needed someone to stay at the wicket and from the word go, he set the tone with Vaughn. They showed great maturity and experience in closing the game for us.”

Next up is the Knights on Friday, a day-night encounter at the De Beer’s Oval in Kimberley.

“There is still plenty of work to do and it’s back to start, working on all disciplines again,” said Van Wyk. “We have shown what we are capable of, but the Knights are to be respected. It’s a new game, new conditions … who knows what will transpire, but we obviously want to keep our momentum going.”

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