DURBAN - The Dolphins returned to Durban in very good spirits, after they held their nerve to defeat the Cape Cobras off the final ball in Paarl on Wednesday.
The three-wicket win was sealed by Robbie Frylinck’s pair of sixes off the last two balls of a contest that yielded nearly 600 runs, despite a slow and increasingly low track.
“We knew that it was going to get tougher and tougher to bat on, so it was really satisfying to get over the line,” centurion hero Morne van Wyk said of the surface.
Van Wyk made 107, his 24th List A ton, but said it was tough going all the way through.
“Even though we were in for a long time, it was a very slow surface, even more so than PE,” the veteran revealed.
“The key for us was getting a good platform, and having wickets in hand for the end.”
He and Sarel Erwee (80) put on 161 priceless runs upfront, but the Dolphins had a nervy finish to their chase, as the Cobras belatedly hit their straps with the ball.
“It wasn’t easy, and we were not surprised at all how much we struggled at the end. It was good to get over the line,” Van Wyk said.
Though they won their second consecutive away match on the coast, Van Wyk said that the team was keen to be a lot more clinical at the business end, with bat and ball.
“We were not pleased with how we finished off their innings with the ball. There is no way a team should be scoring 90 runs in the last 10 overs on a pitch like that,” he lamented.
In the same breath, the former skipper admitted that the batters were a bit loose at the end, and made things a bit more complicated.
“I guess we would like to be more clinical, and manage those last few overs better. We could have been more assertive, and make things a bit easier,” Van Wyk said.
On Friday, the Dolphins are back on home soil, taking on the Knights.
“It will be good to get back into our home kit,” Van Wyk joked. “It’s been a while since we played at home, in front of our fans, and it’s something we have been looking forward to. We have got a few good wins on the road, but we are looking forward to the extra pace on the wicket, too.”
Van Wyk himself will be looking to continue a fine vein of form, and he also showed that there is still plenty of life in his legs on Wednesday.
Having kept wicket in the sapping heat, he then batted for almost the entire Dolphins innings, over 90 overs of concentration.
“It will be good to put up the feet a bit (on Thursday), but we go again against the Knights and, as the adage goes, we all start back on zero,” Van Wyk said.
The Dolphins host the Knights at Kingsmead from 1:30pm.