A first final at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in 16 years will see the Hollywoodbets Dolphins host the Warriors in the Momentum One Day Cup grand finale on Friday.
The Dolphins beat the WSB Cape Cobras in their semi-final at PPC Newlands on Wednesday evening by 49 runs. The win booked their spot in the final and coach Grant Morgan is under no illusions as to how difficult the task is going to be.
“I rate the Warriors as probably the best fielding team in the competition,” he said.
“They were in two finals last season and have been in a semi-final this season already so they have proven to be a good side across both white ball campaigns.
“We will have to play our best game of the season if we are going to get over the line on Friday.”
Morgan and his chargers were slightly disappointed by how their innings in the semi-final concluded after they got off to a brilliant start. He believed that 230 was always going to be defendable, however his bowling attack needed to fire.
“Our bowlers knew that they had to be on point and they were. The bowlers have been superb throughout the season, but I still don’t think that we have put that perfect game together yet.
“Our batting has come close to hitting its straps but we have fallen by the wayside at times which has prevented us from getting that big score,” he added.
The Dolphins top order has been in good form throughout the campaign with Morné van Wyk, Sarel Erwee and Dane Vilas being amongst the runs.
Along with Vaughn van Jaarsveld, who missed a few games due to injury, the Dolphins top order can be a difficult nut to crack.
Durban hasn’t had a domestic cricket final since the 2001/2002 season when KwaZulu-Natal beat Western Province in the 50 over competition and Morgan is hoping his team can give the fans a positive show.
“All we want to do is to keep improving and we have done that in the RAM SLAM and now we have done it again in the Momentum One Day Cup.
“We want to give the fans in Durban something to be proud of and this is the second final in the city in six months after the Currie Cup final.
“To play in front of a home crowd in a final is something that all the players are looking forward to,” Morgan concluded.
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