Cape Town - Dolphins
coach Grant Morgan is hoping for a much better first-innings batting
performance during the second-half of the Sunfoil Series campaign after
reflecting on the first half with a degree of satisfaction.
competition reached its halfway stage last week with the Durban-based franchise
going into the break in fifth place on a total of 61.42 points, just over 18
behind leaders the Titans (79.68).
round of matches will only resume again next February as the focus in between
shifts to the shorter formats.
of the other sides, the Dolphins drew all five of their games, with the
tournament witnessing only one win overall - the Titans overcoming the Highveld Lions in their final game.
boss Morgan is satisfied on the whole, but he wants to see an improvement when
they bat first in the four-day games.
"We have to
be pleased with the fighthing spirit we showed and the ability to bounce back
in a few games," he said. "But there are also one or two things we are
disappointed about and it has hit other teams.
weather has affected games, which we never want because we want to try and
manufacture scenarios where we can get results and also the fact that we
haven't played as well in the first innings of games.
discipline we feel we are stronger at and not to have done better is not very
is happy with the way his depleted bowling line-up has progressed.
Rabian Engelbrecht, Daryn Dupavillion, Lwandiswa Zuma and Okhule Cele have all
been sidelined by injury through the early part of the campaign.
a number of injuries since the competition started, so the workload has been
heavy on some of the others," Morgan explained.
nonetheless I have to be proud of the way the guys have fought, especially if
you look at the teams we have played thus far, we've had three against the top
two from last year."
Dolphins have already played the log leaders home and away, whilst also having
played the Knights, who are the reigning champions.
now looking ahead to a change of scenery for the summer, adding: "I think all
things considered, it hasn't been a bad start to the season. I would say we're
content rather than happy and we can go into white-ball cricket in a good
space. We look forward to challenging well in both competitions."
shifts to the shorter format, with the T20 Challenge scheduled to begin next
Friday, November 10.
Dolphins play the Cape Cobras in the opening round.