Written by: Nick Tatham
Fired up Dolphins ready for T20 Challenge
Durban – Following a disappointing end to the Momentum One Day Cup, the
Hollywoodbets Dolphins are relishing the chance to fight for more
silverware as they get their T20 Challenge campaign underway with a
clash with the VKB Knights at Kingsmead on Saturday evening.
It has been a long domestic season for all the players with the Mzansi
Super League providing a early season T20 fix for the players but with
another month-long competition motivation levels might have been waning,
something captain Khaya Zondo believes is not true.
“It’s not hard at all to find the motivation to play for the Dolphins in
another competition,” Zondo said resoundingly.
“It is another opportunity for guys to forward their careers, to better
the team and to fight for another trophy.
“There is a lot of motivation within the squad and the coaches and your
life can change within a month!
“Morgs (Grant Morgan) always says you are five good innings away from
being a multi-millionaire! So the boys are fired up and ready for
another exciting competition.”
The Knights will always provide a tough test and they improved
dramatically in the second half of the One Day Cup beating the Dolphins
in Kimberley towards the end of the competition.
They will be difficult to beat but Zondo knows that the pressures will
be very different to what they were a few weeks ago.
“They had nothing to lose in the One Day Cup and there wasn’t too much
pressure on them.
“With it being a new campaign you don’t quite know how they are going to
react to the pressure but I am sure they will start strongly having
finished well in the mast competition
“We are expecting a good team when they get here and another serious
contest,” Zondo added.
Coach Grant Morgan has analysed the side from Bloemfontein and knows
that they have a number of strengths that the Dolphins will need to
“They won’t make a lot of mistakes and will field well,” Morgan said.
“They have a great captain in Pite van Biljoen and they will do the
“If we do the basics well then hopefully our skill-level will mean that
we will edge them.”
The Dolphins will be without the services of experienced
wicket-keeper/batsman Dane Vilas who has returned to Lancashire for the
start of the County Championship.
They will also be without the services of Andile Phehlukwayo and Rob
Frylinck who are both carrying injuries.
The match at Kingsmead starts at 18:00.
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins captain Khaya Zondo (pictured) and his squad are
relishing the chance to fight for more silverware when they get the CSA
T20 Challenge campaign underway with the clash with the VKB Knights at
Kingsmead on Saturday evening.
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