Dolphins seek improvement with the bat

Dolphins seek improvement with the bat

Dolphins captain Morne van Wyk has been involved in a few batting calamities in his time, so he would not panic after last weekend's innings defeat to the Cape Cobras.


The Dolphins were bowled out for 88 in their first innings and never recovered, but Van Wyk remained philosophical as he prepared for Thursday's four-day clash with the Knights at the Maritzburg Oval.

"I was part of the Knights team that was bowled out for 28 (by the Warriors in the 2008/09 season), and a few other low scores as well," Van Wyk said. "It happens, and you just have to dust yourself off and realise that it's a new game on Thursday with new opportunities. If we have a good game or two, this will feel a long time ago."

By contrast, the Knights would go into the second round of fixtures in relatively high spirits after they successfully held off the Warriors on a trying final day to secure a draw.

Knights skipper Johan van der Wath was pleased with the way some of his young batsmen handled the challenge of facing off-spinner Simon Harmer on a turning wicket, and felt it stood them in good stead for the competition ahead.

"We were a little bit behind the eight ball at some stages," said Van der Wath. "It was a terrible wicket - after five overs of day one the ball wasn't carrying through to the slips. "But it turned, and they obviously had Harmer who was quite a threat. I think it was a great fight on Sunday to get a draw out of the game."

The Knights were mulling their options in the pace department, and could blood one of their youngsters in Thursday's game.

(File photo:Gallo Images)

- Sapa

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