Written by: Nick Tatham
Dolphins determined to fight hard in final T20 Challenge week
Durban – With three more matches left in the round-robin phase of the
CSA T20 Challenge for the Hollywoodbets Dolphins they have a busy week
starting with a clash with the VKB Knights in Bloemfontein on Wednesday,
a trip to Port Elizabeth on Friday and a home game on Sunday.
With three opportunities to pick up maximum points, the Dolphins are
still in with a shout at qualifying for the play-offs.
Given that they currently occupy fifth place on the log with eight
points, if they can win their last three games they will be in the mix
for a semi-final.
Coach Grant Morgan believes that his side are close to turning those
narrow losses into wins.
“I think that we are about 10-15% off where we need to be and we have
been doing things quite well but we haven’t done everything well enough
to get over the line,” the coach said.
“We are not playing poor cricket, but by the same token we are not
playing winning cricket and that’s what counts.
“We are privileged to be in this position and we don’t take that for
granted at all and we will never stop fighting in this competition.”
The importance of the results from this week’s matches is not lost on
the Dolphins captain Khaya Zondo but he is confident that his players
have what it takes to weather the storm.
“We were under pressure in the One Day Cup after winning our first three
games and we are in a similar situation here where we just have to win
games,” Zondo said.
“That’s all it is about from here on in for us and we need to win as
many games as possible in order to give ourselves a chance of making it
into the semi-finals.”
With the intense run in to the semi-finals, Zondo and his players will
have little time for introspection, but that is what he feels is needed
ahead of a busy five days.
“The guys are looking at themselves and how they can contribute more
meaningfully to the team’s performance.
“In close losses like we have had in this tournament we need to know
where we individually could have done better.
“If you bowled a bad over, missed a chance or dropped a catch, those
things all add up so we need to put that right.”
The Dolphins face the VKB Knights in Bloemfontein on Wednesday. They
will then travel to Port Elizabeth to take on the Warriors on Friday and
then finish the round robin with a clash with the WSB Cape Cobras in
Durban on Sunday.
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins Squad:
Sarel Erwee, Morné van Wyk, Cody Chetty, Khaya Zondo (c), Marques
Ackerman, Andile Phehlukwayo, Rob Frylinck, Sibz Makhanya, Keshav
Maharaj, Prenelan Subrayen, Daryn Dupavillon, Vaughn van Jaarsveld,
Mthokozisi Shezi, Senuran Muthusamy.
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will be happy with the return to form of Cody Chetty, who scored a solid
56 in their previous CSA T20 Challenge clash with the Multiply Titans as
the Dolphins line-up a three game onslaught starting with the VKB
Knights in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, the Warriors in Port Elizabeth on
Friday and the WSB Cape Cobras in Durban on Sunday.
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