Written by: Dave Macleod
Dolphins primed ahead of One Day Cup final
Durban – Following their dramatic recovery to win their Momentum One Day
Cup semi-final, the Hollywoodbets Dolphins feel confident that they can
win their first domestic 50 over competition outright when they face the
Imperial Lions in the title decider in Potchefstroom on Thursday.
The Dolphins have won two of their completed pool games and then
returned to Senwes Park to beat the Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras by three
wickets in their semi-final on Monday while the Lions had their
semi-final rained off on Tuesday and qualify for the final through
The Lions were the dominant side in group B during the pool phase and
stand-in coach for the Dolphins Quinton Friend knows that it is going to
be a difficult match against the Johannesburg-based side.
“They are a good side under the guidance of Wandile Gwavu and they are a
well-drilled team,” Friend said, who is coaching in the absence of head
coach Imraan Khan who has been called up to the Proteas side as
assistant coach for the T20 series against Pakistan.
“We are well aware of the Lions and what is coming our way but they have
also lost a few players to the Proteas T20 squad in Ryan Rickleton and
“In losing two players like that it’s massive in that line-up and
replacing them will be really big for them.”
Despite the Dolphins getting over the line in their semi-final and
winning their two pool matches, Friend knows that from a batting
perspective there is a lot of room for improvement.
“I’m still not entirely happy with how we are operating from a batting
perspective, our top five and six need to be taking a lot more
“We haven’t batted at our best in this competition yet and we have got
to the final so it shows you how well our six, seven, eight and nine are
getting us over the line.
“We’ve chatted a lot about it and we know the capabilities of our top
five and they know that in a final you have to stand up and make a
difference,” Friend added.
The match will be close to the pinnacle of the season for the Dolphins,
however they want to treat the match as they would any other.
“We are trying not to put too much emphasis on the word final,” Friend
stressed. “We didn’t put much focus on the word semi-final either; we
just saw it as another cricket match.
“Keeping the pressure off us is important because in the semi-final it
seemed like we did worry about it a little when we were 60 for five.
“The encouraging thing is that the guys know what to do when chasing in
a play-off match and they understand and know what it is going to take
to win a final,” he commented.
Should there be rain in Potchefstroom on Thursday then Friday has been
set aside as the reserve day.
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Following his heroics
in the semi-final, the Hollywoodbets Dolphins will hope that experienced
all-rounder Rob Frylinck (pictured) can continue his form into the
Momentum One Day Cup final against the Imperial Lions at Senwes Park on
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