Hollywoodbets Dolphins' MODC journey still well on track
Durban – The Hollywoodbets Dolphins might have suffered their first defeat
of the 2017 Momentum One Day Cup on Sunday, however coach Grant Morgan has
likened the tournament to a cross-country road trip believing that his
chargers are still on track with a month left of the competition.
The Durban-based franchise now hit the road after enjoying a two-game home
stint, when they travel to Bloemfontein on Tuesday ahead of their clash
with the VKB Knights on Wednesday which is then followed by a trip to the
Friendly City to take on the Warriors on Friday.
“There were positives from all aspects of the game on Sunday but there
were also a few little negative things,” Morgan commented.
“I think each and every guy knows that they could have contributed a tiny
bit to our batting innings but I am not going to blame anyone.
“It is a collective thing and I think if each player could have found an
extra run or two then those 22 runs would have made the difference.”
The Dolphins have the acclaim of having the tournament’s most in-form
bowler in their ranks with Rob Frlyinck leading the statistics with the
ball and following his century, Morné van Wyk sits in fifth on the batting
averages with a number of other Dolphins chasing top ten positions.
“We back every player in this side to do a good job and on Sunday Khaya
and Morné batted until the 45th over and no team is not going to send in
Rob Frylinck in a situation like that and also Calvin (Savage) hit the
ball out the ground against the Lions.
“It’s not a case of us not backing Sibz Makhanya, especially after his
terrific knock on Friday, to come in at six but we try to make the right
decisions for the right reasons.
“We have tried to create role definitions where certain decisions are made
for specific reasons and I think that the guys have bought into that,”
As the tournament moves closer to Friday's halfway mark, Morgan believes
that getting into a position of strength earlier rather than catching up
places later on in the competition is paramount for his men.
“Any time you can set something up earlier rather than later is a bonus
and I use the example of a trip from Cape Town to Johannesburg.
“If I plan my journey well I make sure I know where I am going to stop and
put petrol in and where I am going to eat.
“So hopefully all the puzzle pieces fall into place and by the time you
are nearing your destination you hope to be in a position where you can
just cruise in and not leave too much to do at the end,” he commented.
The squad will remain unchanged for the two upcoming fixtures with Senuran
Muthusamy coming into the side following the departure of Keshav Maharaj
to New Zealand with the Proteas Test squad.
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins will play against the VKB Knights in
Bloemfontein on Wednesday and then they will travel to Port Elizabeth
where they will take on the Warriors on Friday.
HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS SQUAD:
Cody Chetty, Rabian Engelbrecht, Sarel Erwee, Rob Frylinck, Sibonelo
Makhanya, Senuran Muthusamy, Kyle Nipper, Calvin Savage, Mthokozisi Shezi,
Prenelan Subrayen, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Morné van Wyk, Khaya Zondo (c).
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