KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Media Release

 No: KZNCU2015

02 Oct 2019

Embargo : None

Written by: Nick Tatham


Coastal keen to get 2019/20 season underway

Durban – The Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal side will begin it’s 2019-2020 CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup and One Day Cup against South Western Districts this week at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium as they target returning trophies to the KZN cricket trophy cabinet.

Having won the CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup in the 2017-2018 season the Coastal side missed out on an opportunity for silverware last season and coach Roger Telemachus is hoping that his side can recreate that winning form.

“We’ve had long chats about this coming season and we want to go back to that blueprint that won us the competition two seasons ago,” Telemachus said. “We batted incredibly well and hit our targets and bowled teams out. We took 20 wickets in a lot of those games and that was the difference.

“If we can get back to that we will have a strong season again.”

The Coastal side played well at the recent CSA Provincial T20 Cup and were unlucky to not qualify for the semi-finals and Telemachus knows that his players are looking to build on the cricket that they played during that competition.

“We played some outstanding cricket and it was great to see the boys playing good, positive cricket.

“We know that winning three-day cricket can be difficult and you have to be positive and that is how we are going to try and play our cricket this season.

“There will be times where you have to knuckle down and score at two runs an over but we have guys that can take the game forward if we need to.”

Calvin Savage will lead the Coastal side in their opening game this week and his all-round skill and leadership ability will be important for the side. Along with Savage, Khalipa Cele, Smangaliso Nhlebela and Michael Erlank will be important members of the squad.

SWD will provide the first opponent for Telemachus and his side and the coach is looking forward to another good contest.

“We will not underestimate them even though we are playing in our own backyard, we will still respect them,” Telemachus said.

Dolphins academy all-rounder and Westville Boys High old boy Matthew Pollard will make his First-Class debut for KZN Coastal after a strong good performances in the KZN youth structures.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what Pollard will do on Thursday, I know he is a good bowler and also handy with the bat,” Telemachus said.

“We are excited to start our season at home this week because I think the wicket will be friendlier than the one in Oudtshoorn.

“There is a bit of grass on the pitch but we expect it to be a run-fest,” Telemachus said. “We will be looking to get our combinations right and cash in where we can.”

Coastal will then face SWD in a 50 over contest on Sunday, a format that Telemachus wants his team to improve on this season.

“The season we won the three day trophy we nearly qualified for the 50 over play-offs but we have worked hard on improving our white ball skills.

“It’s going to be a good contest to start the season,” the coach added.

The team will once again have the support of Hollywoodbets for the season. It will be the second season that the company will be backing the Coastal side and with their support Coastal will be looking for another trophy for the cabinet.

For more information visit www.dolphinscricket.co.za

Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal v South Western Districts Squad
Mishkal Ramsaroop, Michael Erlank, Khalipha Cele, Blayde Capell, Calvin Savage (captain), Brad Porteous, Smangaliso Nhlebela, Zakariya Paruk, Matthew Pollard, Thula Ngcobo.
Management: Roger Telemachus (Head Coach), Thoks Zulu (Assistant Coach)

HOLLYWOODBETS KZN COASTAL SEASON FIXTURES

CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup

October 2019
Thu 03 - Sat 05 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v South Western Districts, Kingsmead Stadium Durban
Thu 31 - Sat 02 Northern Cape v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Diamond Oval Kimberley
November 2019
Thu 14 - Sat 16 Easterns v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Willowmore Park Benoni
Thu 21 - Sat 23 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v North West, Kingsmead Stadium Durban
December 2019
Thu 12 - Sat 14 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v Free State, Kingsmead Stadium Durban
Thu 19 - Sat 21 Western Province v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Newlands Stadium Cape Town
February 2020
Thu 13 - Sat 15 Boland v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Boland Park Paarl
Thu 27 - Sat 29 Border v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Buffalo Park East London
March 2020
Thu 12 - Sat 14 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Kingsmead Cricket Ground Durban
Thu 19 - Sat 21 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v Northerns, Kingsmead Cricket Ground Durban

CSA One Day Provincial Cup

October 2019
Sun 06 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v South Western Districts, Kingsmead Stadium Durban
November
Sun 03 Northern Cape v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Diamond Oval Kimberley
Sun 17 Easterns v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Willowmore Park Benoni
Sun 24 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v North West, Kingsmead Stadium Durban
December
Sun 15 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v Free State, Kingsmead Stadium Durban
Sun 22 Western Province v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Newlands Stadium Cape Town
February 2020
Sun 16 Boland v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Boland Park Paarl
Sun 30 Border v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Buffalo Park East London
March 2020
Sun 15 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Kingsmead Cricket Ground Durban
Sun 22 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v Northerns, Kingsmead Cricket Ground Durban

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The Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal side will be relying on experienced players like Michael Erlank (pictured) when they begin their 2019-2020 season a clash against South Western Districts from Thursday at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium.
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