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7 Nov 2013
4:12 pm

Play-off phase starts now for Dolphins

The list of permutations as to who could finish where in the top four of the domestic One-Day Cup competition may be long and involved, but Dolphins captain Morne van Wyk is only focusing on Friday's match against the Cape Cobras in Durban.

FILE PICTURE: Cameron Delport ( l) and Morne van Wyk. Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images.

“I’ve glanced at it, but even before last night’s results we were looking at Friday’s game as if it’s a play-off – just to get the intensity levels up and keep our standards high so that we can take that into the play-off should we get there,” said Van Wyk.

The Cobras were sitting pretty at the top of the table and would enjoy a home final next Friday unless they lost and Warriors grabbed a bonus-point win over the Titans.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins were in third and needed to take some points out of Friday’s fixture to guarantee a place in Tuesday’s play-off.

“Playing three times a week makes it quite tough to sit down and re-group and discuss a few ideas,” Van Wyk said.

“It’s been nice for everybody to have a rest and get re-focused, because we’re at the stage of the season where you could go weeks without practising and your skill levels should be pretty much the same – it’s just about being fresh.”

While the Cobras might be physically jaded after a one-run win over the Warriors on Wednesday night, they would be mentally buoyed by their ability to come through such a tense encounter.

“We’ve had a few of those this season and one of the key factors was the way in which the guys showed calmness on the field,” said coach Paul Adams.

“It’s important we recover from this game and pitch up tomorrow with fresh minds and get on our bike once again to make sure we focus and want to beat the Dolphins.”

The Cobras would be without batsman Omphile Ramela, who was writing an exam, as well as Shaheen Khan, who sat out Wednesday’s game with a side strain.

However, Beuran Hendricks had been recovering steadily from the side strain he picked up in the first game of the tournament and would travel to Durban for Friday’s match.