Dolphins looking to the heavens for respite
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Thursday, 29 November 2012

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It's become a familiar tale. Any mention of the Sunfoil Dolphins is usually followed by the pitter patter of rain drops. The players are climbing walls, while coach Lance Klusener is almost ready to chuck away his fishing rod in disgust.

The Durban franchise make the trek to Supersport Park Centurion to face the Nashua Titans on Friday in the Momentum One Day Cup, and top order star Cameron Delport admitted that they will do just about anything for a game.

"We might have to change our name, or something...anything," he bemoaned.

"It is almost not worth talking about, but it has just been the most frustrating few weeks ever. We have prepared so well for games, and then just had to sit around in the change-room and watch the rain come down. It is getting harder and harder to take, and we haven't been able to build any sort of rhythm as a team."

Delport also pointed out that had they not been rained off, they would have fancied their chances to win some of those matches.

"No game is easy, but we would have backed ourselves to win, especially at home. That would have been four points each time, and if you add those to our total, it makes a huge difference."

Three washouts have left the Dolphins in the doldrums, depending on other teams' results to help them out as they try to sneak into the playoffs. They will have to do that the hard way, against the rampant Titans on Friday.

"They look in good form, and it won't be easy to beat them. The way Henry Davids played the other night was unbelievable, and we will have to find a way past that," he added.

As for the Titans, they will look to keep their foot firmly on the pedal, after amassing 322 against the Chevrolet Knights in midweek.

That was on the back of a wonderful 166 by Henry Davids, who had said he felt in good touch going into the game.

"I've been feeling good, and I felt really good out there from the start," he admitted.

So imperious as the opener, that he smashed his career-best on an empty stomach - after skipping lunch!

"The physio gave me some grief about not eating, and that is why I ended up cramping at the end."

The Dolphins may well wonder just how much more damage a fully fed Davids can inflict if they let him get off to a flyer again.

With time running out to make a charge, they have no choice but to beat the Titans at their fortress, and then do the same to the Chevrolet Warriors next week.

"All we can do is play what's in front of us," Delport insisted.

"We are not going to put any pressure on ourselves, but we also know that we still have some hope left in this competition."

Play at Supersport Park starts at 3pm.


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