Written by: Nick Tatham
Morgan steps down as Dolphins mentor
Durban – Hollywoodbets Dolphins head coach Grant Morgan has stepped down
from his position in order to take up the role of assistant coach of the
Scotland national team after three seasons in Durban.
Morgan joined the Dolphins at the start of the 2016/17 season and hit
the ground running with his side falling just short in all three
competitions; however it was a sign of things to come under the tutelage
of the experienced coach.
In his second season at the helm, Morgan’s side showed further
improvement when they went on to contest the T20 Challenge final, but
were beaten by a Proteas-laden Multiply Titans side at SuperSport Park.
The pinnacle of his term with the Durban franchise was the sharing of
the Momentum One Day cup trophy with the Warriors.
It was unfortunate that the final couldn’t be played but the Dolphins
side showed how much they had grown under Morgan on the way to the title
In his final season with the franchise they once again made it to a
white ball final. They played the Titans again in a final, this time it
was the Momentum One Day Cup final where they lost at Centurion.
The CSA T20 Challenge competition last season saw the Dolphins make the
semi-finals, but they lost to the bizhub Highveld Lions in Johannesburg.
Morgan had been involved in turning around the side at KZN Inland before
he came to the Dolphins, his first role as a franchise head coach.
"When I was offered the position to coach the Dolphins I could not say
no," he said. "To coach a big franchise side like the Dolphins was an
honour and from my time at Inland I knew how much talent there was in
the Dolphins set up.
"To have been able to work with these players for the past three seasons
has been a privilege and I will stress that our Dolphins 50 over side is
one of the best teams I have ever coached.
"I have grown immeasurably as a coach during my time here and have left
with some great memories,” Morgan added.
Speaking about the resignation of the coach, CEO of KZN Cricket Heinrich
Strydom was full of praise for the coach.
“It has been a privilege to work with Morgs,” Strydom said.
“He is a very knowledgeable coach and incredibly experienced. He is one
of the most passionate cricketing people that I have ever met and his
presence will be missed. On a personal note I have learnt a number of
lessons from him that I will apply in my day-to-day running of KZN
“We would like to thank him for his service and passion for cricket in
the province and wish him all the best going forward.”
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Grant Morgan has resigned from his position as head coach of the
franchise to take up a position with the Scotland national team as
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