Van Wyk confident of Dolphin victory

2013-11-12 00:00

DOLPHINS captain Morné van Wyk is confident he has the players with the ability to see off the Titans in today’s Momentum Cup One-Day play-off at Kingsmead.

The winner travels to Cape Town on Friday to meet the Cobras in the final and that is where Van Wyk wants to start his weekend.

The Dolphins qualified for the play-off by beating the Cobras by 71 runs in Durban on Friday, a confidence-boosting win that has Van Wyk believing his side can lift the trophy.

“I’m chuffed we finished tied for first on the log and it’s great to be in that position, especially as we play at Kingsmead in front of a home crowd,” he said.

“We looked at where we wanted to go over the season and in the years ahead, and are on track with where we want to be.”

It’s been a different Dolphins side out on the park this season and, having tasted the fruits of winning, there has been a clear belief in the team that they can go all the way.

Batsmen have batted with focus and commitment, and bowlers — especially Craig Alexander, who has two five-wicket hauls in the competition to date, including against the Cobras on Friday — have found an extra gear, bowling with terrific pace and attacking batsmen with the ball.

“There’s been a steady improvement as we have gone along, and I am confident, calm and excited that we can take care of business today,” said Van Wyk. “We take one game at a time and, yes, I was happy how we dealt with the Cobras on Friday. We saw that game as a play-off, the first of possibly three must-win games and we came through well.”

Van Wyk highlighted how the Dolphins had competed in every game, the games lost having slipped away in the dying overs of the match.

“What we are doing is definitely working for us and losing is not the end of the world,” he said. “In fact, losing makes us re-focus. It makes us grow and improve, showing areas where we need to sharpen up.”

As for the Titans, Van Wyk had respect for them, but still backed his troops to put them down.

“They have had a great run to get into this position, particularly in their last game against the Warriors,” he said. “I would take playing them any day and like us, they have senior players who have been in these situations before and know how to deal with the pressure and expectations.

“At the end of the day though, it’s just another game of cricket and I believe we have what’s needed to win.”

The Dolphins and Titans have met 21 times, the Dolphins winning nine, the Titans eight with four no results.

Dolphins squad: Keshav Maharaj, Divan van Wyk, Robbie Frylinck, Kyle Abbott, Daryn Smit, Craig Alexander, Morné van Wyk (captain), Khaya Zondo, Imraan Khan, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Graham Onions, Cameron Delport and Cody Chetty.

Today’s match starts at 3 pm and tomorrow has been set aside as an extra day if rain prevents a result.

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