Written by: Nick Tatham
Many positives from Dolphins MODC campaign
Durban – Despite a disappointing and controversial end to their Momentum
One Day Cup campaign, the Hollywoodbets Dolphins can look back on the 50
over competition with pride and garner many positives going into the CSA
T20 Challenge starting this weekend.
The Dolphins were defeated by the Multiply Titans in the competition
final on Sunday in a game that the visitors might have felt could have
followed a different path had they had a few decisions gone their way.
With three finals in two seasons under their belt, coach Grant Morgan
knows that there is work to be done if they want to turn those final
appearances into trophies.
“We have rallied really well and we always do and we win but we have a
couple of aspects that we need to clean up,” Morgan said.
“There is an ability to fight back from helpless positions and we have
proven that we can beat any side.
“Quite a few players had to come into the side when our Proteas weren’t
available and they proved that they belong at this level which is hugely
“We have enough depth at the Dolphins and we have enough young talent
and that is great for the system in that the older players can’t rest on
their laurels which keeps that edge in the squad.”
The Dolphins started their One Day Cup tournament well with three wins
in their first four games. A loss to the Warriors in game four was
followed by another win over the VKB Knights, but that was then followed
by three losses in a row.
A resounding win against the Warriors in PE and a rain out in
Potchefstroom set up a semi-final meeting with the Warriors in Durban –
a side that has historically played well at Kingsmead.
The Dolphins put together a clinical performance to emphatically beat
the Warriors by seven wickets.
Throughout the competition different players put their hands up for the
Dolphins but Sarel Erwee rediscovered his form after spending the first
few games as 12th man and grabbed his chance well.
The hard-hitting left-hander finished as the competition’s third highest
run scorer with 440 runs, including two hundreds while Vaughn van
Jaarsveld continued to bat well as he has done for many seasons.
“For SJ (Erwee) to get back into form was huge because he was dropped at
the beginning of the campaign so it was great to see his determination
to do well coming through,” said Morgan.
“Vaughn (Van Jaarsveld) might have been a little disappointed but he had
a great competition with the bat as well.”
From a bowling perspective the Dolphins relied heavily on their
three-prong spin attack with Keshav Maharaj, Senuran Muthusamy and
Prenelan Subrayen doing the bulk of the work following the departure of
In the end it was the all-rounder Muthusamy who ended as the leading
wicket taker for the Dolphins with 11 scalps while Okuhle Cele finished
the tournament with 10 wickets to his name.
The Dolphins will now begin their CSA T20 Challenge with a clash against
the VKB Knights in Durban on Saturday.
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins batsman Sarel Erwee played a crucial role in
getting the Durban side to the Momentum One Day Cup final recently and
finished the tournament as the third highest run scorer.
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