Written by: Nick Tatham
Stiff opening home assignment for Hollywoodbets Dolphins
Durban - The opening round of the 2017/18 Sunfoil Series produced a
batting masterclass across the board, and following their fighting draw
last week the Hollywoodbets Dolphins' task gets more difficult as they
take on defending champions the VKB Knights in Durban from Thursday 28
September to Sunday 1 October.
It was a difficult opening three days of the season for Grant Morgan's
men who found themselves continuously chasing the Multiply Titans, but
they would have taken huge heart from their fourth day heroics that saw
captain Khaya Zondo notch up his sides first hundred of the season.
Despite having to bat out for a draw in their opening fixture, Morgan
was slightly disappointed that his side couldn't put more pressure on
the Titans in the fourth innings.
"We felt that we let ourselves down a bit last week because we got
ourselves into a position where we couldn't win the game," Morgan said
"Take nothing away from the team, led by Khaya (Zondo), to take away a
result like that against a team that had a number of international
players is a huge effort."
The Knights started their season in the same dominant fashion that they
finished the last, and if it was not for some resilient batting from the
WSB Cobras on the final day of their encounter the Knights would have
claimed a solid round one victory in Bloemfontein.
There has been a slight rejig in the side with the loss of Keshav
Maharaj and Andile Phehlukwayo to the Proteas team for the upcoming
series against Bangladesh. Despite this captain Zondo is confident in
the players that will step into the starting eleven.
"I feel that the guys that we have coming into the side will be just as
good and they know what we are trying to achieve.
"The guys coming in are known performers and have done it for us in the
past before, so I have full confidence in them.
"We will also play as a team. If there is a bit of a gap in terms of
skill or in the experience that Kesh and Andile have then we will cover
that as a team," he said.
Having just finished as the highest run scorer of the Africa T20 Cup for
tournament winners Hollywoodbets KZN Inland, Dolphins opener Sarel Erwee
has had to make the quick adjustment to red ball cricket once again.
"I have had a bit of time to reflect on what went wrong for me last
"Changing formats means that I just need to be a bit more patient and
letting the ball come to me rather than going at it like I do in white
ball cricket," Erwee explained.
Hollywoodbets KZN Inland speedster Kerwin Mungroo gets a call up to the
Dolphins side for the first time while his fellow Inland seamer Athi
Maposa is also named in the 14-man squad.
Hollywoodbets Dolphins Squad: Cody Chetty, Rabian Engelbrecht, Sarel
Erwee, Rob Frylinck, Athi Maposa, Sibonelo Makhanya, Kerwin Mungroo,
Senuran Muthusamy, Calvin Savage, Mthokozisi Shezi, Prenelan Subrayen,
Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Morné van Wyk, Khaya Zondo (c).
Grant Morgan (Head Coach), Imraan Khan (Assistant Coach), Nicholas
Moffitt (Trainer), Anderson Ndovela (Team Manager).
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Grant Morgan was slightly disappointed by how his side went about their
draw against the Multiply Titans but is confident they can beat the
Sunfoil Series defending champion VKB Knights in Durban from 28
September to 1 October.
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