Cape Town - Coach Grant Morgan admits that the One-Day Cup
final loss last weekend has hurt them, but he is confident the Dolphins have the mental strength to bounce back when they launch their CSA T20
Challenge bid on Saturday.
The KwaZulu-Natal franchise welcome the Knights to
Kingsmead in the opening round, just days after being crushed by the Multiply
Titans in the 50-over final in Centurion.
"It was a tough one in Pretoria, we had our own challenges
as a team towards the back end of the 50-over campaign," Morgan reflected.
"We were reeling a bit, we had to regroup and then we came
back well in the end. I think the final has jolted us a bit, but we’re a
mentally strong group and we have had some time to regroup now.
"We had two days off after we got back. It’s been quite a
long and relentless preparation for each competition this season, and the
turnovers have been so small, we decided just to give the guys a break."
Their progress in the one-day competition represented some
respite after a difficult four-day campaign.
But this is a totally different tournament, according to the
"We’ll look to pick up from reaching last year’s final and we
now have the distinction of having played in three white-ball finals in a row," he added.
"We’re a work in progress, so for those who don’t want to respect us,
good luck to them.
"We can strike anyone on our day and we can strike hard. So
we look forward to a good T20 Challenge."
The Knights have endured a poor campaign overall. They were
never in the mix in either of the first-class or List A competitions and have
also had to deal with the mid-season departure of coach Nicky Boje.
His replacement Alan Kruger’s side have just never managed
to hit their stride, but spinner Eddie Leie says there was still hope for them.
"Some wise guy once said it’s not how you start, but how you
finish," he stated.
"Hopefully we can end well and go into the off season as a
happy team because more than anyone else, I think we deserve at least a
play-off position, if not winning.
"It will be a nice little feather in our caps."