Dolphins tak­ing it game by game

Daily News - - SPORT - NICK TATHAM

FOL­LOW­ING their stirring open­ing round win in the 2017 Ram Slam T20 Chal­lenge, the Dolphins will re­assess this week and coach Grant Mor­gan wants his side to take the com­pe­ti­tion as it comes.

The Dolphins dom­i­nated with the bat in their open­ing fix­ture of the tour­na­ment against the Cape Co­bras with opener Sarel Er­wee con­tin­u­ing the bril­liant form he showed in the Africa T20 Cup when he helped guide KZN In­land to their maiden title.

His 103 not out along with the 67 not out from cap­tain Khaya Zondo helped the men from Dur­ban notch up 231-2, a record for a day T20 game at SuperSport Park in Cen­tu­rion.

Un­for­tu­nately for both sides, the DLS method had to de­cide the out­come with the Dolphins win­ning by 15 runs af­ter a lengthy weather delay.

Coach Mor­gan was happy with how his team shaped up, with the likes of Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Im­ran Tahir still on the side­lines.

“We made some fear­less se­lec­tions, and given the sit­u­a­tion, our new caps Eathan (Bosch) and Smanga (Nh­le­bela) re­alised it was go­ing to be tough when they had to bowl,” Mor­gan said.

“The Co­bras knew the weather was com­ing and they were in trou­ble so they had to pull the trig­ger.

“Ev­ery­one bowls ex­pen­sive overs in their ca­reers and it’s great to have op­tions avail­able to us go­ing for­ward in the com­pe­ti­tion.”

En­cour­ag­ingly for the Dolphins, both Van Jaarsveld and Tahir are back in light train­ing.

The Dolphins have be­come known for play­ing en­ter­tain­ing white ball cricket and al­though Mor­gan wants this to con­tinue, he is hop­ing that his side can be more clin­i­cal this sea­son.

“We made some great scores last year but we lacked the con­sis­tency in the T20 cam­paign.

“We would win one and then lose the next which didn’t give us any mo­men­tum.

“The en­cour­ag­ing thing for me is that I didn’t have to let the play­ers know this af­ter Sun­day’s game, they ad­dressed it at the team meet­ing on Tues­day,” Mor­gan added.

It is a jam-packed week­end of Ram Slam T20 Chal­lenge ac­tion for the Dolphins as they take on the Knights at Kingsmead on Fri­day, and then travel the Sen­wes Park in Potchef­stroom to play the Highveld Lions on Sun­day. – Gameplan Me­dia


OFF TO A FLYER: Dolphins opener Sarel Er­wee posted a bril­liant 103 not out against the Cape Co­bras last week­end.

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