Cape Town - Dolphins
coach Grant Morgan is hoping for more complete performances in the closing few
rounds of the One-Day Cup regular season starting with one against the Highveld Lions in Durban on Wednesday.
KwaZulu-Natal franchise have endured a poor past two games with back-to-back
losses resulting in their home semi-final hopes hanging by a thread.
slipped from first at one point of the campaign to third and even wins in both
remaining games - the second being against the log-leading Titans -
will not guarantee that.
Dolphins will need to win both games and hope the Cape
Cobras slip up in their final match, but for Morgan, he wants a more complete
showing by his charges.
after they were beaten by the Titans in a low-scoring encounter in
Pietermaritzburg at the weekend.
them under pressure in Maritzburg and a lot of effort was needed for that," he
said. "We had three or four opportunities to win it and we didn't. So it was
done since the game is addressed the areas where we need to improve. We need to
put bigger partnerships together and we need to make sure we fire all as one.
single person has made a contribution over the season, but we haven't had it in
a curve and we just need to get that curve going upwards."
also keen to avoid a repeat of last season when they narrowly missed out on the
"We want the public to know that there's not a softening of our
mindsets now that we in the semi-final," he explained.
ways after last year that we can take for granted that things won't happen that
will put us in a position that we can be again where we were last year.
"For me the
disappointing thing is we started opening up daylight between the amount of
games we'd won and lost."
the Dolphins have enjoyed a vastly improved 2017/18, highlighted by reaching
the final of the T20 Challenge where they lost to the Titans.
we can play for at this juncture of competition is two-fold," Morgan said. "We
improved in the RAM SLAM by ending second this year, we've showed the people
improved as in the position this year is similar to last year, the difference
being there's more daylight between us and the sides with the same number of
don't just want to get into the semi-final. Last year we ended fourth when it
was a second versus third play-off place. We want to finish as high as we can to
improve again to open that day light."
edged the Dolphins earlier in the season when they won a final-ball thriller in
desperate to make amends for that loss, adding: "They hold the advantage over
us this season by beating us the way they did and now we want to get that back
over them. So we're confident of taking them down."
Johannesburg-based team have their own worries and plenty to play for at Kingsmead.
joint last on 11 points and need to overhaul the Warriors (13 points) to reach
have two matches remaining.