Written by: Nick Tatham
Dolphins & Warriors in Durban One Day Cup final
Durban – A first final at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in 16 years, will see
the Hollywoodbets Dolphins host the Warriors in the Momentum One Day Cup
grand finale on Friday.
The Dolphins beat the WSB Cape Cobras in their semi-final at PPC
Newlands on Wednesday evening by 49 runs, to book their spot in the
final and coach Grant Morgan is under no illusions as to how difficult
to task is going to be.
“I rate the Warriors as probably the best fielding team in the
competition as well as being the hungriest team,” he said.
“They were in two finals last season and have been in a semi-final this
season already so they have proven to be a good side across both white
“We will have to play our best game of the season if we are going to get
over the line on Friday.”
Morgan and his chargers were slightly disappointed by how their innings
in the semi-final concluded after they got off to a brilliant start. He
believed that 230 was always going to be defendable, however his bowling
attack needed to fire.
“Our bowlers knew that they had to be on point and they were. The
bowlers have been superb throughout the season, but I still don’t think
that we have put that perfect game together yet.
“Our batting has come close to hitting its straps but we have fallen by
the wayside at times which has prevented us from getting that big
score,” he added.
The Dolphins top order has been in good form throughout the campaign
with Morné van Wyk, Sarel Erwee and Dane Vilas being amongst the runs.
Along with Vaughn van Jaarsveld, who missed a few games due to injury,
the Dolphins top order can be a difficult nut to crack.
Durban hasn’t had a domestic cricket final since the 2001/2002 season
when KwaZulu-Natal beat Western Province in the 50 over competition and
Morgan is hoping his team can give the fans a positive show.
“All we want to do is to keep improving and we have done that in the RAM
SLAM and now we have done it again in the Momentum One Day Cup.
“We want to give the fans in Durban something to be proud of and this is
the second final in the city in six months after the Currie Cup final.
“To play in front of a home crowd in a final is something that all the
players are looking forward to,” Morgan concluded.
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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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will look to the experience of the likes of Dane Vilas (pictured) for
guidance when they take on the Warriors in the Momentum One Day Cup
final at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Friday.
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