More ‘weather stigma’ predicted for Dolphins in Knights clash

2012-10-09 00:00

DOLPHINS captain Daryn Smit believes that, had the weather been kinder and allowed his bowlers another 20 overs at the Warriors on the final day of the four-day Sunfoil match at Buffalo Park at the weekend, his team would have wrapped up proceedings.

“Considering we lost about 90 overs over Saturday and Sunday, we did extremely well to get into such a strong winning position, requiring only three wickets with the Warriors more than 150 runs adrift of victory.

“Ninety overs in a four-day clash is a whole day and to come down to the wire is a credit to my team and the type of cricket we are playing this season,” he said.

Smit added: “When we came off for bad light on the final day, we had bowled one over with the new ball.

“We were set to move in for the kill and do some damage, but once again, were denied by the weather gods.”

It was another tough pill for the Dolphins to swallow. Said Smit: “For the second successive week, we have been within touching distance of winning and would be top of the four-day log had we got it right. First time around, against the Lions, we were our own worst enemies, succumbing to an inspired spell from Chris Morris that saw us fall short of our victory target.

“Against the Warriors, matters were out of our control. It was up to the weather playing its part and unfortunately, we were short-changed once more. It’s the story of Dolphins cricket. Home or away, the weather beats us virtually every time.”

And it seems there’s more to come ahead of this week’s four-day clash against the Knights, at Pietermaritzburg Oval, starting on Thursday.

“The forecast looks lousy, which means we will have the weather stigma over our heads again. It’s frustrating as we have a new, dynamic, positive and competitive approach and edge to our cricket this season.

“We have clearly shown our intent and losing vital time in a four-day match, where it’s tough enough getting into a winning position, tests your character,” said Smit.

Be that as it may, the skipper is more than happy with his charges, sighting Cody Chetty and Vaughn van Jaarsveld in the batting department for their good efforts against the Warriors, and Kyle Abbott taking charge of the bowling.

“Everyone has contributed so far and the youngsters — Chetty and spinner Prenelan Subrayen — have come through well. All we want is to make that breakthrough and get our first win under our belt,” said Smit.

Having practised on the PMB Oval pitch three weeks ago, Smit is hoping the traditionally slow, low pitch, conducive to spin, will have a touch more grass, being quicker with more pace and bounce.

Said Smit: “ We would ideally want a result friendly pitch to suit playing positive cricket, where our seamers would benefit. It’s tricky playing in Maritzburg as although we are the home side, we don’t get a close view of the pitch until the morning of the first day, at the toss.”

Whatever transpires at that toss, Smit and his men will spend the four days looking up at the skies, praying just for once, that Mother Nature will appreciate the finer things in life, such as a decent cricketing contest, and allow the match to run its full course.

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