– Another helter-skelter domestic cricket season has come to a close and Dolphins coach
Grant Morgan is still on a mission to become the best franchise in South
The men from Durban challenged
for two titles in the last season, with a shared Momentum One Day Cup title to
show for their efforts. A disappointing showing in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge
final against a stacked Titans team was a blemish that Morgan’s men will look
to put right in 2018/19.
With that said, they were in the
hunt for the Sunfoil Series title right up to the final game of that campaign.
White ball cricket was where the
Dolphins shone over the past season amidst suggestions that they may have got
lucky due to the rain – a sentiment that coach Morgan believes is unfair on his
“We felt that it was incredibly
difficult to keep playing on and off with all the rain and still win the games
that counted,” Morgan stressed.
“For long periods we were
dominant in the T20 competition only to lose to one of the strongest domestic
teams in the past decade with De Villiers and co. in that Titans team.
“Ultimately, the reason, for me,
that the T20 final was so disappointing was that we did believe that we could
Despite the loss, Morgan’s team
brushed themselves off and showed the grit and determination that has become a
trait of the side under his tutelage to share the One Day Cup title with the
Warriors after a rained out final.
“To go into that 50 over campaign
and show the mental fortitude to not crumble after the disappointment of the
T20 final was admirable.”
Having performed well in the
white ball formats, the Dolphins never quite got their Sunfoil Series campaign
off the ground. Despite the fact that all the teams drew a number of the games,
the Dolphins battled to get those crucial bonus points when they counted.
The Dolphins ended the Sunfoil
Series in fifth place with a win, a loss and eight draws.
From the first game of the season
when the Dolphins had to bat for 100 overs to save a draw against the Titans,
they continued in that vein throughout and they fought hard for draws but
struggled to get into winning positions.
“We were never able to get on to
the front foot in the red ball campaign,” Morgan said.
“The one positive though was the
character that the players showed to fight back from tough positions.
“The players did some phenomenal
things and fought back from some incredibly difficult positions to keep teams
“That was very satisfying, but we
still have a long way to go none the less.”
Contesting two finals and winning
a trophy is a dramatic improvement on Morgan’s first season in charge of the
Dolphins. Despite him saying that the team has a long way to go, it is positive
to see the strides made by his players and staff.
“If you look at the measurables
of your success you will want to see players at the top of the bowling and the
batting averages but with so many of our games interrupted or lost to rain we
were never going to feature too highly.
“If you look purely on results
then I would say we have improved from last season and with the squad we have
we will push even harder next campaign,” Morgan concluded.