Written by: Nick Tatham
Dolphins eyeing second white ball final this season
Durban – The Hollywoodbets Dolphins will tackle the WSB Cape Cobras for
the second time in a semi-final this season when they take on the Cape
Town outfit at PPC Newlands in the Momentum One Day Cup play-off on
There have been a number of changes to the personal for the Dolphins
going into this must-win clash. Along with the experienced Imran Tahir,
the Dolphins will also lose captain Khaya Zondo as the pair join the
Proteas squad ahead of their ODI series against India starting on
Despite these losses Morgan knows that he has the player pool to choose
from that can get the job done. Another positive that he can draw on is
the return of Keshav Maharaj to the side.
“We have got guys there that have performed throughout the season. We’ve
got Sibz Makhanya back in the mix as well as Vaughn (van Jaarsveld) from
“Keshav led the team on the field in the last game against the Titans
because we knew that Khaya would be unavailable so he will take on the
captaincy role,” Morgan said.
Morgan has been hounded with team selection headaches throughout the
campaign, a problem that he is not complaining about. With the squad
slightly thinner this week he is glad he can call on players that have
been involved during the campaign.
“The nice thing about the Momentum One Day Cup this season is that we
have had to leave out players who have done well.
“Calvin Savage and Athi Maposa have done well for us and we have had to
leave them out of the side at stages.
“It’s great to welcome someone like Keshav back but it’s hard to leave
someone out, but we are in a good space,” the coach commented.
The men from Durban have been involved in a number of games against the
Cobras in white ball cricket this season, with the Dolphins coming out
on top on three of the five occasions with the other two being rained
This will be the sixth match between the sides in limited overs cricket
but will be the first time they have clashed at Newlands. Morgan
believes that his side will have to make more of an adjustment to the
conditions than the hosts.
“I would be surprised if they gave us a wicket that turns – we know that
Newlands doesn’t generally do that,” Morgan explained.
“No matter what, we will back our template and we back our balance in
our side because if it comes to that we can pick four guys that can bowl
“I’m sure that we will get a good solid Newlands deck and we’ll just
have to take it from there.”
The Momentum One Day Cup semi-final at PPC Newlands gets underway at
13:30 on Wednesday with a spot in the final against either the Multiply
Titans or the Warriors up for grabs on Friday, 2 February.
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HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS SQUAD:
Sarel Erwee, Kehsav Maharaj (c), Senuran Muthusamy, Sibonelo
Makhanya, Calvin Savage, Robert Frylinck, Athi Maposa,
Zack Paruk, Prenelan Subrayen, Morne Van Wyk, Dane Vilas,
Smangaliso Nhlebela, Mthokozisi Shezi, Vaughn van Jaarsveld.
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have lost two key players but will have Proteas star Keshav Maharaj to
lead the side in their Momentum One Day Cup semi-final against the WSB
Cape Cobras at PPC Newlands on Wednesday.
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