Written by: Nick Tatham
Dolphins triumph at exciting Umthunzi Cup
Durban – The Hollywoodbets Dolphins pulled off back-to-back wins over
the VKB Knights in two 50 over matches in Port Shepstone that made up
the second annual Umthunzi Cup.
The Thursday afternoon T20 was rained out, however both sides were able
to get out onto the Port Shepstone Country Club for 18 holes of golf on
the Friday before heading their separate ways after the activities.
Over the two games that took place the Dolphins won the first 50 over
clash by 58 runs and then followed up with a three wicket win the
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins coaching staff were encouraged to see players
showing some good pre-season form ahead of another two jam-packed
four-day and fifty over campaigns for the Dolphins.
In the first game of the Umthunzi Cup the Dolphins batted first and
racked up a defendable 290 for six in their 50 overs.
Cody Chetty and Eathan Bosch starred with the bat. Chetty scored 81
batting at three while Bosch chimed in with 63 batting at seven.
In reply the Knights could only manage 232 all out. Bosch once again
showed his pre-season form bagging six for 35 in nine overs. There were
also wickets for Daryn Dupavillon, Kerwin Mungroo, Keith Dudgeon and
Calvin Savage - securing a 58 run victory for the Durban side.
In the second game a day later the Knights batted first and notched up
267 for the loss of six wickets in their 50 overs.
Lwandiswa Zuma and Prenelan Subrayen both picked up two wickets each
while Okuhle Cele bagged the other one to go with a run-out.
Mangaliso Mosehle led the Dolphins charge with the bat scoring 97 not
out as he helped steer the ship home.
Marques Ackerman was also in good form, the left hander scored 63, as
the Dolphins snuck across the line by three wickets.
Umthunzi Hotel and Conference General Manager Ryan Ringo was delighted
that the South Coast town of Port Shepstone could host two of the
country’s top franchises again.
“We are extremely grateful to be considered as hosts once again,” Ringo
said. “This event is hugely significant for the Port Shepstone Country
Club and for the people of the region.
“We very rarely get to see professional cricketers in these parts and so
to have the Dolphins and the Knights down here is great for building
awareness for the people of the region.
“The mini cricket tournament that took place on Wednesday could go a
long way in us finding the next David Miller down the South Coast!”
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