Written by: Nick Tatham
Kimberley test next up for Dolphins
Durban - The Hollywoodbets continue their manic Momentum One Day Cup
run-in with an encounter with the VKB Knights at the Diamond Oval in
Kimberley on Sunday.
The Dolphins and the Knights had contrasting fortunes in their fixtures on
Friday with the Knights beating the Warriors while the Dolphins went down
to the Multiply Titans.
For Dolphins coach Grant Morgan the most important thing for his side is
that they keep on pushing hard in their remaining games.
"In my three seasons in this competition we have led the standings early
and we are not going to sit back and just accept that we are in a
play-off," Morgan mentioned.
"We have tried to work hard at our inner ring fielding and have made
changes to the side which are in line with improving our team.
"We are not going to fall into that trap of assuming anything and we are
trying to put all the talk into practice for the people."
Going into their final three round robin games of the competition, Morgan
is putting pressure on his chargers to look at each game as a must-win.
"We are approaching our last games as play-off games," he stressed. "If we
are going to be in a knock out position later in the competition we want
to try and replicate that in our next three games."
All of the Dolphins' remaining games are on the road and Morgan is hoping
that his side can continue their good form away from KwaZulu-Natal.
"These two losses at home hurt but we have a good record on the road in
"Being dangerous away from home can set us up nicely and hopefully give us
some good momentum towards the play-offs," Morgan added.
Sibz Makhanya returned to the Dolphins side for the first time this
campaign and top scored with 55 for the hosts in their loss to the Titans
"It's nice to be back in the side and contributing," he said. "It is a
strong squad so it is quite hard to get a game and it is a bit sour that
we lost but I am glad that I was able to contribute to the side."
Getting a good knock in at the beginning of a busy away schedule will give
Makhanya some good confidence going into three matches in six days.
"If someone had offered me this innings at the start I definitely would
have taken it and if I get game time going forward hopefully I can get the
ball rolling and put in some performances that get us over the line.
"We had a chat and we agreed that we wouldn't take the soft option and
look for that one win, we want to adopt the championship mentality and try
and win every game,' Makhanya added.
The Dolphins will take the same 15 players to Kimberley that played in
They will be hoping that captain Khaya Zondo will have recovered from a
back strain that kept him out of their loss to the Titans on Friday.
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v VKB Knights:
Sarel Erwee, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Marques Ackerman, Dane Vilas, Khaya
Zondo (c), Sibz Makhanya, Senuran Muthusamy, Keshav Maharaj, Calvin
Savage, Eathan Bosch, Okuhle Cele, Prenelan Subrayen, Mthokozisi Shezi,
Kerwin Mungroo, Lwandiswa Zuma.
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Makhanya (batting) was one of the shining lights for the Hollywoodbets
Dolphins in their match against the Multiply Titans recently and will want
to build on that form when the Durban outfit travel to Kimberley for a
Momentum One Day Cup clash with the VKB Knights on Sunday.
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