One Day Cup

Dolphins pray for fair weather

2012-11-29 17:56
Cameron Delport (Gallo Images)

Durban - As the One Day Cup reaches its business end, the Dolphins have become far too familiar with large chunks of their season being washed away by rain.

The Durban-based franchise travels to Pretoria for Friday's clash with the Titans, who narrowly managed to beat the Knights in Kimberley on Wednesday.

Top-order batsman Cameron Delport talked about his side's frustrations with the weather.

"We might have to change our name, or something... anything," said Delport.

"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 said were it not for the rain, the Dolphins could have probably added a few more ticks to the win column this season.

"No game is easy, but we would have backed ourselves to win, especially at home," he said.

"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 lying in fifth position with two games to go in the round-robin phase.

With their fate not in their own hands, the KwaZulu-Natal side hope luck will be on their side as they seek a place in the play-offs, starting in Centurion on Friday.

"They [the Titans] look in good form, and it won't be easy to beat them," said Delport.

"The way Henry Davids played the other night was unbelievable, and we will have to find a way past that."

As for the Titans, they will look to keep up their winning ways after amassing 322 against the Knights on Wednesday.

Davids, who scored a wonderful 166, said he felt in good touch going into the game.

"I felt really good out there from the start," he said.

The Dolphins need wins against both the Titans and the Warriors next week to push their claims for a knockout place.

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

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

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