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Cricket | Momentum One Day Cup

Pain and pride spur the Dolphins

Sunfoil Dolphins captain Daryn Smit believes his squad can use the pain of Sunday’s opening Momentum One Day Cup defeat to their advantage when they take on the Chevrolet Warriors at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban on Friday.

The KwaZulu-Natal franchise had victory lifted from under their noses by the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras on Sunday and have been hurting ever since. “The guys have been hurting not just because we lost, but the manner in which it happened at the end there,” Smit said on Thursday.

“We understand that losing is part of the game, but the manner in which we lost hurts the most. But it’s good to see the guys hurting because it shows they really take pride in getting out there and doing well for the Dolphins.

“We had a day off on Monday and then a good chat on Tuesday to look back at the game and where we went wrong. It’s been about trying to rectify those things for the rest of the week.”

The Dolphins had the game sewn up in Pietermaritzburg, with the Cobras on the ropes at 174 for eight, before a 51-run unbroken stand between Charl Langeveldt and Dane Piedt left them stunned.

“It was hard to take, but we’re trying to put the past behind us and making sure we learn from it,” he explained.

“We need to make sure that in the future in these sorts of situations, we don’t take things for granted and we don’t expect to wrap up games. We need to stick with what’s worked for us and do the basics correctly.”

It left the KZN franchise still searching for a first win across all competitions this season – four matches in the Sunfoil Series and the solitary one-day outing. Smit added: “People always say winning becomes a habit, but at the same time so can losing and it’s twice now this season we’ve been in winning positions and haven’t quite managed to get over the finishing line.

“I do think that getting into winning positions is a big positive for us; we now just have to believe that we can finish things off. I’m confident it’s going to take just that one win to kick start things and get that belief back in the team.”

Their preparation this week has again been hampered by the high quantity of rain in Durban with almost all their training taking place indoors.

The Warriors on the other hand were in action in midweek and again fell to a heavy loss by going down to the bizhub Highveld Lions in Port Elizabeth. They were thumped by six wickets, their second successive heavy defeat after a 91-run thrashing at the hands of the Chevrolet Knights on Sunday.

However, skipper Davy Jacobs is adamant they will soon turn the corner. “We obviously haven’t started out very well and that’s because we haven’t done the basics, especially with the batting,” he said. “We’ve spoken about it and need a more solid start that will allow us to build momentum and partnerships through the innings.

“If we can do that, we’ll be fine.”

Play starts at 3pm.


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