Written by: Nick Tatham
Titans provide Dolphins with first test of new season
Durban – The Hollywoodbets Dolphins will get their 2019/2020 season under
way with a CSA 4-Day Franchise Series clash against the Momentum Multiply
Titans at SuperSport Park, Centurion from 7-10 October.
It is going to be a fresh start for the Dolphins with a new coach in the
form of former opening batsman Imraan Khan and the side has put emphasis
on improving their red ball cricket record this season.
The Titans have been a side that have historically done well in red ball
cricket, however Khan believes that his side have done the hard yards in
the lead into the season as is ready to hit the ground running.
“The boys have trained incredibly hard in the off-season and looking
forward to getting the season underway,” coach Khan said.
“It’s going to be a tough start against the Titans. They are a good side
and well organized team but we are more than confident in our ability and
we have prepared really well for the season.
“We have got some really exciting players in our side and I am expecting
an entertaining clash.”
Khan will make his debut has a head coach at franchise level next week,
however he isn’t too concerned about that and wants the players to be as
prepared as possible.
“It’s more excitement than anything else at the moment because a lot of
work has been done by the guys during the winter.
“Now it is about the guys going out there and executing the plans that we
have put in place,” Khan added.
Khaya Zondo had a long off season with the SA ‘A’ side in India and has
only recently returned to the Dolphins. With some valuable experience in
the sub-continent under his belt, Zondo is excited for the new era for the
“There are things that we want to change in our four-day approach so that
we can improve on previous seasons.
“We have a fresh coaching staff with fresh ideas and I think that will
definitely help me as a captain. They will be giving me different pointers
and different perspectives in situations where we can win or flip games
into our favour.”
The Dolphins will welcome back Daryn Dupavillon to their red ball side
after he made a strong return to the Dolphins in the One Day Cup last
To have that added option of out-and-out pace is something that both coach
and captain are looking forward to.
With last season’s leading wicket-taker for the Dolphins Eathan Bosch as
well as Andile Phehlukwayo and spin from Prenelan Subrayen, the Dolphins
have the majority of their bases covered.
Marques Ackerman was a revelation for the Dolphins last season and will
move into a crucial role in the top order with a lot of responsibility
resting on his shoulders to continue the form he showed.
With Sarel Erwee still returning from injury, wicket-keeper Grant
Roelofsen will fill the role of opening batsman with the experienced
Vaughn van Jaarsveld.
The middle order will be marshalled by captain Zondo, Cody Chetty, Sibz
Makhanaya and Phehlukwayo.
HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS V MOMENTUM MULTIPLY TITANS SQUAD
Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Grant Roelofsen, Marques Ackerman, Khaya Zondo
(captain), Cody Chetty, Sibz Makhanya, Andile Phehlukwayo, Eathan Bosch,
Prenelan Subrayen, Daryn Dupavillon, Okhule Cele, Kerwin Mungroo, Jason
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Khaya Zondo (pictured) and his team will head to the nations capital to
take on the Momentum Multiply Titans in their opening clash of the 2019/20
4-Day Franchise Series starting on Monday.
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