Written by: Nick Tatham
Morgan reflects on positive season, eyes work to do
Durban – Another helter-skelter domestic cricket season recently came to
a close and Hollywoodbets Dolphins coach Grant Morgan reflected
positively on the past season, and highlights the amount of work his
chargers have still to do to become the best franchise in South Africa.
The men from Durban challenged for two titles in the last season, with a
shared Momentum One Day Cup title to show for their efforts. A
disappointing showing in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge final against a
stacked Multiply Titans team was a blemish that Morgan’s men will look
to put right in 2018/19.
With that said, they were in the hunt for the Sunfoil Series title too
right up to final game of the season.
White ball cricket was where the Dolphins shone over the past season and
amidst suggestions that the Dolphins may have got lucky due to the rain
- a sentiment that coach Morgan believes is unfair on his players.
“We felt that it was incredibly difficult to keep playing on and off
with all the rain and still win the games that counted,” Morgan
stressed. “For long periods we were dominant in the T20 competition only
to lose to one of the strongest domestic teams in the past decade with
De Villiers and co. in that Titans team.
“Ultimately, the reason, for me, that the T20 final was so disappointing
was that we did believe that we could win.”
Despite the loss, Morgan’s team brushed themselves off and showed the
grit and determination that has become a trait of the side under his
tutelage to share the One Day Cup title with the Warriors after a rained
“To go into that 50 over campaign and show the mental fortitude to not
crumble after the disappointment of the T20 final was admirable.”
Having performed well in the white ball formats, the Dolphins never
quite got their Sunfoil Series campaign off the ground. Despite the fact
that all the teams drew a number of the games, the Dolphins battled to
get those crucial bonus points when they counted.
The Dolphins ended the Sunfoil Series in fifth place with a win, a loss
and eight draws.
From the first game of the season when the Dolphins had to bat for 100
overs to save a draw against the Titans, they continued in that vein
throughout and they fought hard for draws, but struggled to get into
“We were never able to get on to the front foot in the red ball
campaign,” Morgan mentioned. “The one positive though was the character
that the players showed to fight back from tough positions.
“The players did some phenomenal things and fought back from some
incredibly difficult positions to keep teams at bay.
“That was very satisfying but we still have a long way to go none the
Contesting two finals and winning a trophy is a dramatic improvement on
Morgan’s first season in charge of the Dolphins. Despite him saying that
the team has a long way to go, it is positive to see the strides made by
his players and staff.
“If you look at the measurables of your success you will want to see
players at the top of the bowling and the batting averages but with so
many of our games interrupted or lost to rain we were never going to
feature too highly.
“If you look purely on results then I would say we have improved from
last season and with the squad we have we will push even harder next
campaign,” Morgan concluded.
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with the Momentum One Day Cup trophy that they shared with the Warriors
after a rained out final at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in February.
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