Written by: Nick Tatham
Settled Dolphins excited by Lions semi-final match-up
Durban - Following two consecutive CSA T20 Challenge wins and a favour
from the bizhub Highveld Lions, the Hollywoodbets Dolphins have booked a
spot in the competition semi-finals against the Lions at the Wanderers on
The topsy-turvy nature of the Dolphins campaign meant that the final day
of the round robin phase of the competition was going to be crucial, and a
clinical win against the WSB Cape Cobras was all the Dolphins could do
before relying on the Lions to get one over the Multiply Titans.
Grant Morgan's chargers have found a winning formula at the back end of
the campaign and the coach is not going to change the tactics now that
they are in a play-off game.
"We will got the Wanderers with an open mind but we won't allow our
tactics to be influenced too much," Morgan said.
"We have struck a good balance so far in the competition and we don't want
that to be changed when we get up there.
"It has been a long season and we know that the Wanderers has had a lot of
cricket played on it but we are going to go and expect a traditional
"If it is slow then that plays into our hands but we won't expect that."
This semi-final will be the fourth white ball play-off in two seasons for
Morgan's men and despite the route they took the coach believes his side
continues to grow.
"Although it's not ideal to come from where we did, it is encouraging that
we made the play-off's because it takes a certain type of steel from the
players to get through from the position we were in.
"Maybe the side is maturing a bit showing that they can come back from
tough positions," he added.
The Lions have been one of the most consistent sides in the competition
with a handful of Proteas and a few players who are in good form. They
have only lost two fixtures during the competition and beat the Dolphins
by 18 runs in the only meeting of the competition.
Morgan knows they have some big game players and hopes that his team can
put a peg in the sand early against the table-toppers.
"Their top order is strong with (Ryan) Rickelton coming into form and then
they have Proteas like Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen doing
"They have fire-power down the order with Dwaine Pretorius and Wiaan
Mulder who add that all-rounder element.
"Bowling-wise, Bjorn Fortuin up front has kept the runs down and taken
wickets so he has been able to dictate the pace of play.
"They don't have Beuren Hendricks anymore so you can press the button
against their seam attack, but you have to pick the right moment against
them," Morgan explained.
The Dolphins will go into the clash with the same squad that did the
business in Port Elizabeth and Durban last week for the clash on
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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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Following a hundred and a 48
in his only two outings for the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in the CSA T20
Challenge, Vaughn van Jaarsveld will be crucial in the Dolphins' quest to
qualify for a second consecutive CSA T20 Challenge final when they play
the bizhub Highveld Lions in the semi-final at the Wanderers on Wednesday.
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