Written by: Nick Tatham
Crunch time for Dolphins in the RAM SLAM
Durban - It's been a disrupted RAM SLAM T20 Challenge campaign for the
Hollywoodbets Dolphins, however with two wins on the bounce and a home
play-off, the Durban side is feeling confident going into the semi-final
game against the WSB Cape Cobras at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Thursday
With only five completed games in their ten round robin fixtures, the
Dolphins knew that they had to win their final two games if they wanted a
chance to host a play-off game and they did that emphatically with wins
over the VKB Knights and the Multiply Titans.
"It was a must win situation for us and we were incredibly happy with how
the boys responded to that," assistant coach Imraan Khan said.
"We were thrown challenges at different stages of both games and the team
dealt with those well so the confidence is quite high and we are looking
forward to the challenges that lie ahead on Thursday."
The Dolphins chased down an imposing 168 in 17 overs on Friday thanks
largely to a 70 not out from Morné van Wyk. The Titans were the next side
in the firing line as the men from the East Coast defeated the table
toppers by a record 89 runs.
"You always want to peak at the right time in a competition and it is
something that we chatted about as a team.
"We have a strong squad of players but the challenge has always been to
produce consistently strong performances and fortunately we have come good
at the right time.
"Hopefully there are still a few strong performances left in us!"
It has been three seasons since the Dolphins last tasted success when they
won the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge and with a wealth of experience in the
squad captain Khaya Zondo will look to the senior players for advice
should he need it.
"I will use everyone that is available to me because everyone might have
different options at different stages," Zondo commented.
"I am very open to suggestions and I sift through them and try and see
what is best for the team at that particular stage of the game."
Van Wyk's form has been a shining light for the Dolphins and he sits sixth
on the runs scorers list with just six innings played. His 256 runs at an
average of 64 and a strike rate of 152 has given his side momentum going
into the play-off stage of the competition.
"I have worked quite hard and been quite disciplined in my approach this
season and feel that I have been hitting it well since the pre-season.
"In the four day campaign I feel I probably could have scored more runs,
but I have been around the block long enough to know that I just need to
keep my head down and do the basics well.
"It's been great to do well in those big games where there is a lot on the
line," Van Wyk said.
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins tackle the WSB Cape Cobras in the RAM SLAM T20
Challenge semi-final at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead for a spot in the final
where they will meet either the Multiply Titans or the Warriors on
Gates open at 16:00 with the match starting at 18:00.
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HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS SQUAD:
Sarel Erwee, Morne Van Wyk, Khaya Zondo (c), Sibonelo Makhanya, Andile
Phehlukwayo, Rob Frylinck, Keshav Maharaj, Prenelan Subrayen, Athi Maposa,
Imran Tahir, Mthokozisi Shezi, Dane Vilas, Vaughn van Jaarsveld.
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Two fifties in the last two
RAM SLAM T20 Challenge matches for Morné van Wyk shows the kind of the
form the experienced campaigner is in going into the Hollywoodbets
Dolphins' semi-final against the WSB Cape Cobras at Sahara Stadium
Kingsmead on Thursday.
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