Rampant Dolphins clean up

2014-11-07 00:00

WEDNESDAY night’s 54-run win by the Dolphins against the Warriors in a Ram Slam T20 clash at Kingsmead showed their intent.

Apart from a series of dropped catches, it was a strong performance — and gleaning a bonus point in the process has propelled the Dolphins to second on the table ahead of tonight’s meeting with the third-placed Cobras at Newlands.

Having lost their opening clash against the Lions by six wickets, it was imperative the Dolphins took control of the match and return to winning ways.

With West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo in the ranks, they did just that, pacing their batting and delivering a brutal and telling open spell with the ball.

They started cautiously, reaching 66-3 after 10 overs.

Final statistics show they scored 115 in the remaining 10 overs, 61 of those in the last five.

Top scorer Vaughn van Jaarsveld (51*) epitomised the approach, busy at the crease and only having three dot balls in his 33-ball innings.

It was a successful formula for T20 cricket and captain Morné van Wyk, despite the fielding, was chuffed at how the gameplan came together.

“It was a good toss to win and we wanted to set a solid total, putting the opposition under pressure from the start,” he said.

“We lost some early wickets up front but Dwayne and Vaughn showed their class and steered us to what I thought would always be a testing target.

“This put huge pressure on the Warriors when they batted as they could not allow room for error, which meant they had to play their strokes, thereby allowing us the opportunity to take wickets.”

Five Warriors wickets before they reached 40 had the game virtually signed and sealed.

All the Warriors could achieve was preventing a Dolphins bonus point by reaching 145.

They failed here too, but it was not all their doing as they ran into a rampant Craig Alexander.

The right-arm quick delivered one of his finest spells for the Dolphins, bagging 3-10 in his four overs of tremendous pace and accuracy.

His highlight was claiming Warriors skipper Colin Ingram first ball.

“I asked for an extra slip when he came in hoping to get him to nick one off,” said Alexander.

“It worked a treat. As bowlers, we have been putting in the hard yards in practise, wanting to bring that aggressive factor to the game. I think all our bowlers did that.”

Bowling was a concern for coach Lance Klusener after the Lions defeat and that was put right. Now it’s the fielding — catching particularly — that needs attention.

“We could have wrapped it up earlier and I think we will be concentrating on holding some catches in practise. We should do it under lights so we can really get it right,” said Van Wyk.

Tonight the Dolphins take on the Cobras before returning to Durban to face the Titans on Sunday in a match starting at 4 pm.



Knights 1 1 0 0 5 3.7

Dolphins 2 1 1 0 5 1.1

Cobras 1 1 0 0 4 0.7

Lions 1 1 0 0 4 0.586

Titans 1 0 1 0 0 -0.586

Warriors 2 0 2 0 0 -3.2

Tonight’s fixtures (all 6 pm): Cobras v Dolphins; Warriors v Lions; Titans v Knights.

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