10 Nov 2017
Written by: Nick Tatham
Dolphins eager to get RAM SLAM campaign underway
Durban - The 2017/18 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge is ready to go and the
Hollywoodbets Dolphins are hoping to hit the ground running when they
take on the WSB Cape Cobras at SuperSport Park Centurion on Sunday, 12
Players and franchises were left in limbo following the postponement of
the T20 Global League, and subsequent to Cricket South Africa's decision
to move the domestic T20 competition from early 2018 players have the
chance to showcase their skills in the shortest format of the game
before the Momentum One Day Cup kicks off in late December.
The 2017 edition of the RAM SLAM takes on a much more devastating form
with all Proteas players available to the various franchises which adds
a certain anticipation to the competition that might have been lacking
in previous editions.
A Dolphins side with the likes of Andile Phehlukwayo and the best T20
spinner in the world, Imran Tahir, means the depth of the squad is
increased especially when you lob those Proteas into the mix alongside
Keshav Maharaj, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Rob Frylinck, Dane Vilas, Morné
van Wyk and Khaya Zondo.
Despite this squad depth the Dolphins will be without the services of
Tahir and Van Jaarsveld for their opening clash of the campaign as the
injury cloud which has plagued the Durban franchise in recent months is
yet to evaporate.
"We aren't a team that are happy with mediocrity," coach Grant Morgan
"Although we are pleased with the fighting spirit that we created during
the Sunfoil Series, we have discussed that during this T20 competition
we want to play more off the front foot and we want to take the approach
of not always being a side that has to fight back.
"We want to dominate games and we know that we have the ability to do
With the likes of Phehlukwayo and Tahir back in the Dolphins mix, Morgan
does believe that despite their obvious influence it is going to be
crucial for the squad as a whole to perform should they want to win the
"We are going to be need the guys that are just below our internationals
to put in the big performances throughout the tournament.
"There are guys there that I know are good enough to play for South
Africa and if we are going to become the champions then it is vital that
our stock-standard, 'middle class' player stands up and makes himself an
international," Morgan emphasised.
Last season's edition of the domestic T20 showdown ended badly for the
Dolphins who only managed to win three of their ten fixtures and
finished fifth on the log, only ahead of the VKB Knights.
Coming up against the WSB Cape Cobras in their opening clash of the
competition will be a challenge for the Dolphins, and playing them at a
neutral venue is something that captain Khaya Zondo is curious to take
"Both teams will know what to expect from Centurion, but it isn't your
home ground," Zondo mentioned.
"This will be a slight disadvantage for both teams so it will come down
to the team that picks up the conditions the quickest and adapts will
have the advantage.
"We know that they have some strong players but we have also got strong
players so it will be an even contest and we are excited to get out
there and see how it goes."
HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS SQUAD:
Sarel Erwee, Morne Van Wyk, Khaya Zondo (c), Sibonelo Makhanya, Andile
Phehlukwayo, Rob Frylinck, Keshav Maharaj, Prenelan Subrayen, Cody
Chetty, Athi Maposa, Eathan Bosch, Smangaliso Nhlebela, Mthokozisi Shezi,
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will welcome back Proteas star Andile Phehlukwayo for their upcoming RAM
SLAM T20 Challenge opener against the WSB Cape Cobras at SuperSport Park
Centurion on Sunday, 12 November.
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