Morgan looking for a little extra in massive MODC week
Durban – With just one round robin fixture left for the Hollywoodbets
Dolphins to secure a spot in the 2017 Momentum One Day Cup qualifier,
coach Grant Morgan has asked his players to dig a little deeper in order
to get the Dolphins closer to a first 50-over final since the 2009-2010
The third-placed VKB Knights will be in Durban on Thursday to tackle the
Dolphins who slipped up against the Multiply Titans on Sunday. The side
from Durban will be hoping that with a good win they can secure a berth in
the either the play-off or, more appealing, a home final.
“We have a great chance to make things right again on Thursday,” coach
Grant Morgan mentioned. “Sunday’s game has gone, the sun has come up again
and we have another chance to impress and book a spot in the business end
of the competition.”
The national T20 Challenge crown which the Dolphins won in the 2013/2014
was their last taste of silverware, meaning that the side has an added
motivation to succeed.
“It’s a privilege to be in our position and to be playing cricket and to
be under pressure at this late stage in the tournament,” a philosophical
“We are in a place in the competition where we can express ourselves
against the best players in the country.
“But with that pressure, we should never fear any team in this
competition. We have experience, talent and form – all the right
ingredients to take us all the way!”
His side have enjoyed a strong one day campaign with some memorable
victories, including a spectacular from-the-death triumph over the Titans
as well as two good wins over the bizhub Highveld Lions.
The Dolphins’ victory against the Knights at the Manguang Oval in
Bloemfontein would have been one of the more satisfying. Having lost the
toss the Dolphins bundled the Knights out for 171 and a 71 from Morné van
Wyk helped them to a seven wicket win.
The Knights have improved since that 1 March loss, although they might
consider themselves a little inconsistent with four victories and four
Morgan’s plea to his players going into the final furlong of a long
domestic season is that they find something extra to get them over the
“I think that at this stage of the competition it’s no longer about
bowling and batting, it’s about learning from past mistakes as well as
dealing with the situations in front of us.
“It has been a long year and we have been through a lot so I hope that the
guys can draw on their experiences this year. They must play with that
same intensity that they have been playing with when they put that
Dolphins shirt over their shoulders.
“We made a promise to each other that we wanted to be the best Dolphins
team we possibly could be.
“It is important that we keep it together and remain humble until the
end,” Morgan said.
The competition is delicately poised with four sides vying for a spot in
the play-off series. The Multiply Titans are atop the log with 28 points
with the Dolphins second (24 points), the Knights third (23 points) and
the Warriors fourth (21 points).
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HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS SQUAD:
Cameron Delport, Rabian Engelbrecht, Sarel Erwee, Rob Frylinck, Sibonelo
Makhanya, Senuran Muthusamy, Kyle Nipper, Andile Phehlukwayo, Calvin
Savage, Mthokozisi Shezi, Prenelan Subrayen, Imran Tahir, Vaughn van
Jaarsveld, Morné van Wyk, Khaya Zondo (c).
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