16 Nov 2017
Written by: Nick Tatham
Busy weekend of RAM SLAM action for Dolphins
Durban - Following a strong opening round RAM SLAM T20 Challenge
performance, the Hollywoodbets Dolphins will take on the VKB Knights in
front of their home crowd at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Friday night
before jetting to Potchefstroom for a clash with the bizhub Highveld
Lions on Sunday.
The Dolphins showed their prowess with the bat in their opening match
against the WSB Cape Cobras in Centurion last weekend where they amassed
231/2 in their 20 overs, however captain Khaya Zondo believes that the
conditions in Durban might not be conducive to high scoring given the
"We have to make sure that we come back down to earth because the
conditions are going to be very different here in Durban with some
weather around," the astute leader mentioned.
"It is important that we look carefully at what we have to deal with in
terms of the conditions on Friday from both a bowling and batting
The Dolphins' impressive display with the bat at SuperSport Park last
Sunday was a welcome sight and Zondo isn't concerned that the Cobras
fell 15 runs short on the DLS Method.
"When you score 230/2 that tells you that the wicket is a good one and
allows the batsmen to score freely.
"This tells you that the bowlers are going to be under pressure due to
the conditions so I don't see our bowling as an issue at all.
"Conditions are going to change with every game and we expected the ball
to fly out of the ground at Centurion so it wasn't anything we didn't
prepare for," he added.
Opening batsman Sarel Erwee laid down an impressive marker with his
dominant 103 from 58 deliveries against the Cobras but the 28 year-old
understands that the Kingsmead wicket might not be as batsman friendly.
"The conditions here in Durban are going to be very different as well as
a different bowling attack so we will have to adjust accordingly and
adjust as quickly as possible.
"Going back to the basics before Sunday was key for me. The processes
for me remained the same throughout my innings and the closer I got to
the hundred the more I felt like I could get over the line," Erwee said.
There were a number of impressive elements to the Dolphins win over the
past weekend, however taking on the Knights, who have played two games
going into Friday's encounter, will be a completely different challenge.
"They have got two guys in their batting line up (Theunis de Bruyn and
David Miller) that they rely on quite heavily and if we can get rid of
them early or bog them down then I think we will be winning the battle
"They'll come here with a few quick bowlers and so we have a bit of an
idea of what they will want to do, but obviously it is vital that we
stick to what we need to do.
"If we execute our plans as a team and the individual player execute
their own plans then 95 percent of the time your team will get over the
line," Zondo explained.
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins take on the VKB Knights on Friday, 17
November at 18:00 with the gates to Sahara Stadium Kingsmead opening at
17:00. Tickets are R50 for adults and R30 for children and are available
at ticketpros.co.za and at the gate.
HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS SQUAD:
Sarel Erwee, Morne Van Wyk, Khaya Zondo (c), Sibonelo Makhanya, Andile
Phehlukwayo, Rob Frylinck, Keshav Maharaj, Prenelan Subrayen, Athi Maposa, Eathan Bosch, Smangaliso Nhlebela, Mthokozisi Shezi,
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captain Khaya Zondo is hoping that his side can carry the momentum
gained from their RAM SLAM T20 Challenge round one victory over the WSB
Cape Cobras into their upcoming clashes with the VKB Knights at Sahara
Stadium Kingsmead on Friday evening and the bizhub Highveld Lions at
Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Sunday.
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