Written by: Nick Tatham
Exciting season-opening Pretoria trip for Dolphins
Durban – In a repeat of last season’s four day campaign, the
Hollywoodbets Dolphins get their 4-Day Franchise Series underway with a
trip to the defending champions Multiply Titans at SuperSport Park,
Centurion starting on Wednesday.
A season opener against the Titans away from home is an exciting
prospect, and with many of the Dolphins stars having been busy playing
good, competitive cricket in the off-season coach Grant Morgan believes
that his players will hit the ground running.
“We are quietly confident that there are just a couple of small things
that we need to get right this season,” Morgan said. “We just need to
prevent those small batting collapses and the few poor sessions in the
“Those might have been the difference last season, even though we went
into the final round of the competition with a chance of winning it.”
The Dolphins will be without the services of captain Khaya Zondo and
Andile Phehlukwayo, who are with the Proteas ahead of their limited
overs series with Zimbabwe. Also missing from the squad is SJ Erwee, who
is unavailable for selection, while Dane Vilas is yet to return from
Keshav Maharaj will lead the squad that is still filled with quality
with Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Robbie Frylinck, Senuran Muthusamy and Cody
Chetty helping Maharaj form a strong backbone.
Young Hollywoodbets KZN Inland star Grant Roelofsen receives his first
call up to the Dolphins squad, while there is space for another exciting
youngster in Marques Ackerman. Lwandiswa Zuma gets his first four-day
squad call up after being plagued by injuries last season.
“With a few holes in your set-up with players away it is a great
opportunity for youngsters to come to the party.
“It’s really exciting to have a host of these younger guys involved and
getting an opportunity to test themselves at franchise level.”
Having been in two limited overs finals last season, Morgan knows that
four day cricket is where his squad needs to improve; he believes that
he knows where they can make changes to get better results.
“We might be privy to taking a few more calculated risks in four day
cricket this season,” Morgan explained. “We want to eliminate those
first innings batting and bowling trends that we developed last season.
“It always meant that we were fighting back in games, but we have become
a very difficult side to beat.
“We know that we have a lot of hard work to do in red ball cricket but
it is exciting, we are definitely backing ourselves.”
HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS SQUAD - 4-Day Franchise Series v Multiply
Keshav Maharaj (Captain), Marques Ackerman, Vaughn Van Jaarsveld, Cody
Chetty, Senuran Muthusamy, Sibonelo Makhanya, Jason Oakes, Grant
Roelofsen, Calvin Savage, Robert Frylinck, Okuhle Cele, Kerwin Mungroo,
Eathan Bosch, Lwandiswa Zuma.
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will be hoping that batsman Cody Chetty can show the form he did last
campaign before an injury ended his season when they take on the
Multiply Titans in their opening clash of the 4-Day Franchise Series
starting at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.
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