Cape Town - Dolphins coach Grant
Morgan admits the Dolphins are still hurting from their 20-over
final loss over the weekend, but is hopeful they can bounce back when they
begin their One-Day Cup campaign against the Cape Cobras in Durban
KwaZulu-Natal franchise suffered a heavy seven-wicket loss to the Titans in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge decider on Saturday, barely putting
up a fight as they were crushed in Centurion.
are desperate to bounce back at Kingsmead in what is the first
of two matches for them before the festive break.
"We have to
bounce back from a massive disappointment," Morgan reflected. "It wasn't our
plan to let our fans, our loved ones and the ones who support us down the way
we did on Saturday.
a heart-to-heart talk among the guys. We know there's no excuse.
didn't go in gung-ho, we had a plan, but it just didn't come off. It spiralled
and it got ugly quickly. I can't say we panicked, but I just feel my players
got their execution wrong. So, we'll learn from it now and hopefully move on."
Dolphins' home matches - one in the regular season and their semi-final - were
rained out in previous competition, with more wet weather forecasted for Durban
again this week.
sides are expecting to make plenty of changes after losing players to the Proteas.
Amla, Temba Bavuma and Vernon Philander will miss out for the visitors, while
the hosts will be minus Keshav Maharaj and Andile Phehlukwayo.
really thought much about losing some of the guys to the Proteas," Morgan
focussed I was on the final. Them leaving us will certainly give us some other
"But we do
have guys in form and so there are various options. We’ll obviously miss them,
but there are other options."
coach Ashwell Prince saw his side start the T20 competition with three
successive losses, before they stormed back to reach the semi-finals in
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But rain in
Durban meant their tournament ended in heartbreak.
believes a good start to the 50-over season is important, but also believes
there were good lessons learnt from their 20-over campaign.
"We had a
disastrous start to the T20 competition, so we want to obviously start this
competition in the best way possible," he stated. "But we also know that it's
not the end of the world if you don't, if you consider how we turned things around
in the T20 competition.
"At the end
there was only one team that won more games than us, so we can take heart from
that. The guys showed a lot of character and if they do that again, we'll have
every chance of success in this competition as well."
Play on Thursday gets under way at 13:30.