‘The toss was crucial’

2014-10-21 00:00

DOLPHINS captain Morné van Wyk believes the toss was crucial in the One-Day Cup match against the Warriors at Pietermaritzburg Oval on Sunday.

It was a showdown that kept those who attended interested right to the end, the Warriors getting their first win in the competition with three balls to spare in the final over, by four wickets.

Warriors skipper Colin Ingram called correctly and he asked the Dolphins to bat, a decision Van Wyk agreed with.

“I’m not one to harp on about a toss, but for once I have to say that it was crucial in determining the course of the match,” he said.

“The wicket was slightly damp and looked like one for the first day of a four-day match. Had I won the toss, there would have been no second thoughts on asking the Warriors to pad up.”

Having scaled new heights on Friday in the game against the Knights in Bloemfontein with a 367-run world record (opening) 50-over partnership, Van Wyk and Delport went cheaply as the Dolphins struggled to 25-1 in the opening 10-over powerplay.

Then, when the Warriors came out to bat, the pitch was as docile as a sleeping baby, the batsmen playing with ease and virtually untroubled in setting about the 275-run chase.

“The pitch was like chalk and cheese. It was tricky in the morning when we batted, making timing of shots difficult and was a completely different animal after lunch,” said Van Wyk.

“Considering what we bowled on, I thought our bowlers did well, producing the good ball here and there.”

However, it was a match Van Wyk and his charges would have felt was there for the taking and in hindsight, it was four points they let slip through their fingers.

“We definitely made a game of it and there are positives to enjoy, such as posting the target we did and the depth in our batting as the other players came to the fore,” said Van Wyk.

“But, we can do better and we should have wrapped this game up.”

Vaughn van Jaarsveld’s 118 was a supreme effort considering the conditions, but Van Wyk felt it could have been worth a touch more.

“Vaughn went out at an important stage for us [226 in the 46th over] and if he could have stayed for another two overs and added another 20 runs or so, we would have been comfortable,” he said.

Dropped catches were another concern for Van Wyk, but he singled out Robbie Frylinck for showing his fighting qualities in making a game of it with bat and ball.

“We are disappointed, but there’s no time to dwell on what could have been. We have two big games this week where bagging the points is vital to ensure we stay interested in the competition,” he said.

On Friday, the Dolphins are at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, taking on the Lions and on Sunday, they welcome the high-flying Cobras to Kingsmead.



Cobras 3 3 0 0 14 1.415

Dolphins 4 2 1 1 10 0.192

Lions 4 2 1 1 10 0.033

Warriors 3 1 2 0 4 -0.59

Knights 3 0 2 1 4 -1.192

Titans 3 0 2 1 0 -0.48

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