About the Match
The Warriors lost their recent match against Lions by a narrow 5 runs and are currently placed second on the table with 23 points, lose behind the Titans; they will try to improve their standings when they meet Dolphins, who stand 4th with 15 points, on 7th December at East London. The Dolphins also suffered defeat in their last outing against Cobras by 7 wickets, and will be eager to make a comeback here. Both sides have recently defeated the table-toppers Titans and will try to emulate the winning performance against each other on Wednesday.
Players like JJ Smuts and Colin Ackermann failed to fire with the bat while chasing 158 runs against Lions in the last match; Colin Ingram and Christiaan Jonker put up a heroic fight, scoring 47 and 35 runs respectively but it wasn’t enough to steer the team across the finish line. Speedster Andrew Birch put up an all-round feat scoring a well-made 30 and also taking a wicket in the first innings but his efforts went in vain as they lost the match by 5 runs.
The bowling attack has in-form pacemen like Sisanda Magala and Andrew Birch while spinners like Colin Ackermann, JJ Smuts and Ingram are in good form to outwit the opponents here. In the game against Titans, Birch took a splendid 5-16 in less than 4 overs to stifle the opposition to 147 all-out. Ingram and Ackermann then struck half-centuries while JJ Smuts contributed well with 33 runs to take the team safely home.
Magala, Ackermann, Walters and Gqamane provide their skills with pace while other all-rounders bring their spin talents to the table. The batting depth is good with experienced players and young talent; they can strategize well against the Dolphins and repeat their winning performance against the same opponent in an earlier match, which they won 7 wickets.
Morne van Wyk, Kevin Pietersen and Khaya Zondo put up terrific performances with the bat, when they met Cobras recently; while Pietersen top-scored with 79 off 51, Morne and Khaya posted 40+ runs each to take the total to a formidable 178. However, the bowling was lacklustre with players like Subrayen, Shezi and Tahir giving away too many runs and they lost the match by 7 wickets.
Against Titans, Cameron Delport and Morne van Wyk partnered to post a 60-run opening stand while chasing a tiff target of 171; Cody Chetty and Khaya Zondo kept the scoreboard ticking while Robbie Frylinck ensured that they reached the target well on time to win the match by 6 wickets.
When they had met Warriors earlier, the batting line-up had collapsed against the pace attack of the opposition and they could muster only 115 runs, which was hardly enough for bowlers like Andile Phehlukwayo, who registered brilliant figures of 2-3 in 2 overs, to defend. They have a good mix of spin and pace, which they can use cleverly to contain hard-hitters from the opposite camp here.
While the Warriors have won before against Dolphins and possess a psychological advantage to repeat it here, we feel that the Dolphins who have improved in their all-round performance in recent matches, are better placed to avenge their previous defeat and move their campaign ahead