Optimism aplenty for hungry Dolphins ahead of One Day Cup
Durban - As another opportunity for silverware becomes available, the
Hollywoodbets Dolphins under the new regime of coach Grant Morgan and
captain Khaya Zondo see the upcoming Momentum One Day Cup as a chance to
win their first 50-over trophy in the franchise era.
The Durban-based side take on the Multiply Titans in their opening
Momentum One Day Cup match at Supersport Park Centurion on Friday.
Having ended in the middle of the table in the 2015/2016 edition of the
Momentum One Day Cup, the Dolphins' white ball form has not been as strong
as coach Morgan would have liked with the side disappointing in the CSA
"We are very excited about the upcoming 50-over competition and looking
back I feel that in the Sunfoil Series we didn't deliver a fourth place
performance, I think we were better than that," Morgan said.
"With the shift back to white ball cricket, I think that myself and the
team might have learnt a few things during the T20 competition but we come
out the other side a stronger team.
"I also just want to say that I am really excited to see Khaya (Zondo)
taking over the captaincy and honoured in the way that Morné gave up the
"Myself and Khaya formed a good relationship during his two games in
charge during the Sunfoil Series, and I am not paying him lip-service, I
am really excited to have him at the helm," Morgan added.
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins welcome back Sarel Erwee to the squad after the
left-hander was sidelined with a nasty finger injury. The opener, who
scored an impressive century in his last One Day Cup encounter against the
Multiply Titans will add some class to the top of the order.
With two four-day captaincy gigs under his belt, Khaya Zondo is not
worried about the pressures that the shorter formats of the game pose. He
hopes that through strong performances from himself and his team it can
make his transition to captain an easy one.
"Whether I was going to become the captain now or in five years time the
fact is that the test was going to come so I am not too phased whether it
is T20 or 50 over cricket - it's just a different kind of pressure.
"I am going to try and lead the troops as best I can and if the guys are
performing then it can also make the captain look good!" Zondo mentioned.
Zondo's form through the Sunfoil Series was prolific with the middle order
batsman amassing an impressive 740 runs throughout the four-day
competition so recreating that form in the shorter format will be
paramount for the 26 year-old.
"Personally I am going to have to keep putting good performances together
with bat, in the field and with the ball if needed.
"I don't think that too much has changed for me, I will just need to take
on the challenges that captaincy will throw at me and deal with them."
HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS SQUAD:
Cody Chetty, Rabian Engelbrecht, Sarel Erwee, Rob Frylinck, Keshav
Maharaj, Sibonelo Makhanya, Kyle Nipper, Calvin Savage, Mthokozisi Shezi,
Prenelan Subrayen, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Morné van Wyk, Khaya Zondo (c)
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