Written by: Nick Tatham
Final season push as Sunfoil Series returns
Durban - The Hollywoodbets Dolphins will have to refocus sharply
following their shared Momentum One Day Cup triumph when they head to
Bloemfontein to tackle the VKB Knights in the Sunfoil Series from
Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 February.
The four day competition has seen the men from Durban draw all of their
first five encounters of the campaign. They currently sit in fifth place
on a log that has very few points separating the top from the bottom.
"There is a 17.72 point difference between us in fifth and the Titans at
the top of the log," coach Grant Morgan said. "We know where we want to
go from here on in and I've worked out that we will probably need three
wins out of the five games and a total of 164 points.
"That means that we need around 100 more points if we are going to win
the Sunfoil Series."
Despite the fact that the Knights did not feature too prominently in
either of the limited overs competitions, Morgan is under no illusions
of how difficult a side they are to beat.
"I am expecting the toughest game of the season," he stressed. "I am
expecting a very hurt bunch of guys with some quality players who are
desperate to climb back to the top of the four-day competition.
"It's going to be an incredibly tough match relative to where we are
coming from after our success and where they are coming from after being
hurt in white ball cricket."
The Dolphins batting line-up, despite the loss of captain Khaya Zondo
and Andile Phehlukwayo to the Proteas, is still a strong one with a few
changes being made to balance out the line-up.
"We will go with Morné van Wyk and Sarel Erwee up top with Vaughn van
Jaarsveld three and Sen Muthusamy at four.
"Makhanya, Vilas, Maharaj, Frylinck, Zak Paruk, Athi Maposa and Kerwin
Mungroo will make up the rest of our eleven," Morgan added.
It will be a franchise debut for young Zakariya Paruk who has put in
some strong performances for the KZN Coastals team and has been rewarded
with a first class call up.
"We are taking a fairly new look side which has a good mixture of
experience and youth and to have Keshav's leadership there is great too.
"It will be a case of us finding the energy and focus again, but the
guys will be alright. We had a few days off after the final so I think
the boys are good," he commented.
Veteran Rob Frylinck will be expected to lead the Dolphins bowling
attack along with captain Keshav Maharaj, as they guide a youthful
Dolphins seam attack.
"We've got four seamers, with Sibz Makhanya being our fifth seamer and
very able second spinner in Sen Muthusamy, whose move to four in the
batting order allows him to share more of the spinning load with Keshav.
"Athi has come on in leaps and bounds and Kerwin has shown great promise
while Zak has really earned his spot in the team."
19 year-old Paruk has featured in ten games for the KZN Coastals team
where he has picked up an impressive 28 wickets at an average of 17. His
best figures of 5/44 came against KZN Inland at Saraha Stadium Kingsmead
in November 2017.
HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS SQUAD:
Sarel Erwee, Morne Van Wyk, Vaughn Van Jaarveld, Senuran Muthusamy,
Sibonelo Makhanya, Dane Vilas, Keshav Maharaj, Robert Frylinck, Athi
Maposa, Kerwin Mungroo, Zakariya Paruk, Lwandisa Zuma,
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return to Sunfoil Series action this week and will be relying on the
all-round attributes of the likes of Senuran Muthusamy (pictured) and
co. when they take on the VKB Knights in Bloemfontein from 8-11
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