Cape Town - The Dolphins and Warriors will both be determined to make the most of
reaching the One-Day Cup final by winning the title when they clash at Kingsmead in Durban on Friday.
second favourites to reach the competition decider - they had to face tough
semi-finals on the road against the two teams that ended as the top two on the
table - but now find themselves with a rare chance of silverware.
Dolphins upset the Cape Cobras in Cape Town on Wednesday,
while the Warriors stunned defending champions the Titans on Tuesday.
relieved than pleased to have got through," said home coach Grant Morgan, whose
side defended a below par 230 at Newlands by dismissing the Cobras for 181.
never have been able to live it down had we lost that one. I think happy will
only come should we win the final."
visitors, meanwhile, dismissed the Titans for 230 on Tuesday and then won
emphatically by eight wickets and with over 15 overs to spare.
performance really showed our potential and we were really happy with it," Warriors Rivash Gobind explained.
"But it's now in the past and we need to
refocus before starting again on Friday."
have not won a the 50-over competition in the franchise era, with the last time
they claimed the prize in a South African season coming way back in 2001/02.
They did secure the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge title back in 2013/14.
They are in
their second final this season after also reaching the 20-over showpiece where
they were embarrassed by the Titans in a one-sided final.
plan to lose that game," Morgan explained. "We had a plan and it just happened
that our execution didn't come off.
embarrassed about it and now we're very proud about the way we've fought back.
That willingness to fight is really something that pleases me. But we're not
yet at our happy place and we'll be trying to get there tomorrow."
As for the
Warriors, Morgan added: "I've got huge respect for those Warriors and the way
they go about doing things. So, I expect them to put up a good fight, but
hopefully we’ll be able to pull it through."
visitors are bidding to win their first major trophy since 2009/10 when they
claimed both limited-overs trophies.
runners-up in both white-ball finals last year and Gobind is desperate to go
one better this time.
we strive for from the beginning of the competition," he added. "It's great
that we've put ourselves in a position to play in the last game of the
competition and everyone is looking forward to the day and the occasion.
There's lots of excitement among the players."
two meetings this season, the Warriors won comfortably in Durban, while the
Dolphins were easy winners in Port Elizabeth.
former player and coach for the KZN side, is expecting a closely-contested
fantastic team and I spent a lot of time working with a lot of those players,
so I know the qualities that they have," he concluded.
"It's no surprise to me
that they've made two finals this season.
"It will be
a big occasion, but I'm here to do a job and hopefully we can complete that on