With two good wins under their belt, the Dolphins are eager to continue their winning One-Day Cup ways when they take on the Cape Cobras in Paarl on Friday afternoon.
Wins against the Highveld Lions in Pietermaritzburg and the Titans at SuperSport Park see the Durban side occupying the top spot on the log early in the competition. Coach Grant Morgan is impressed with how his side has started.
‘We had to have some honest chats after the four-day competition and do some introspection which I think we have done,’ said Morgan.
‘There is still a fair way to go in the campaign and we haven’t hit our A game yet, but hopefully when that comes together we will find ourselves in a good position.
‘Having the likes of our internationals for this first bit, Dane Vilas back in the side, Robbie Frylinck who has been overseas playing, it’s a great mix that we have in the side.’
The Dolphins have managed to score over 300 in both of their outings so far in the competition, with a number of the batsmen contributing. In their win over the Titans, it was Andile Phehlukwayo who made a significant tally, scoring 69 off 61 balls.
Having come off a strong campaign with the national side against Pakistan, Phehlukwayo is glad to be contributing to the Dolphins.
‘I have been working really hard off the field and I want to keep that consistency and momentum in my performance.
‘I felt that I underperformed with the bat over the past few seasons, which is probably due to a lack of discipline and shot selection.
‘The potential has always been there and I think the more domestic and international games that I play, plus the people that I surround myself with will help me grow quicker,’ said Phehlukwayo.
A trip to Paarl is never an easy task and Morgan knows that only too well. Despite the fact that the Dolphins have done well in the winelands town in recent times, Morgan knows that the Cobras will also pose a significant threat.
‘They’ve got good players across their side,’ added Morgan. ‘Good opening partnerships, both bowling and batting. They have a good young middle order who can handle pressure, but most importantly, they seem to be a happy team. They are a proud team and they stick together, so we are going to have to be at our best.’
Talking about playing at Boland Park, Morgan believes it is a surface where batsmen have to work harder for their runs.
‘You can get a lot of boundaries in Paarl, but more often than not you have to run hard and do the small things well, that’s where you can make the difference.’
Unfortunately for the Dolphins they will be without the services of the experienced Rob Frylinck, who picked up an injury in the win over the Titans. Kerwin Mungroo has joined up with KZN Inland for their clash with Western Province. The pair have been replaced in the squad by Eathan Bosch and Calvin Savage.
Dolphins vs Cape Cobras
Vaughn van Jaarsveld
Morné van Wyk
Khaya Zondo (c)
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