Written by: Nick Tatham
Dolphins looking for elusive Sunfoil Series win
Durban – With six draws from their first six games of the Sunfoil Series,
the Hollywoodbets Dolphins head to Port Elizabeth hoping to claim a
victory that has eluded them throughout the four-day season when they
clash with the Warriors from Thursday to Sunday.
The Dolphins began the second half of the Sunfoil Series last week in
Bloemfontein and Grant Morgan’s men started the game slowly which put them
well and truly on the back foot.
A strong rear-guard effort in their follow-on innings helped them secure a
draw, however if they are to push for overall series honours they need to
play on the front foot more often.
“I would say that we have only shown hints of our A game here and there
throughout the season,” coach Morgan stressed. “We owe ourselves our A
game at least three times out of the next four games.
“For me the thing is that we lose small portions of a four day game badly
in both batting and bowling.
“The frustrating part is that we are spending too much time on the back
foot in games and have to recoup games through some massive fightbacks.
“We can’t carry on like this because we are losing crucial first innings
points and we are getting to a stage where we need to win but if we can’t
we need to stay in touch and get those first innings points.”
Despite battling to get wickets against the Knights last week, Morgan has
gone with the same bowling line up with the inexperience not being a
problem for the Durban sides mentor.
“Our attack can nip the ball around and I am hoping that we can improve on
our performance last week.
“I think there might have been some nerves for the guys but we are going
to back them and see what they can come up with down in PE.
“We are taking down the same eleven that played last week and we have
added Prenelan Subrayen and Daryn Dupavillon to the squad.
“Daryn has a bit of an injury and probably won’t play but we want him to
be back in the mix after such a long time and he can work with the trainer
and maybe bowl a bit as well,” the coach added.
The Durban-based outfit’s last trip to St George’s Park yielded a bonus
point victory in the Momentum One Day Cup and with Morgan’s knowledge of
the conditions and the wicket, his side should be confident they can break
their streak of drawn matches.
“You can really get any kind of wicket there and I definitely see it as a
result wicket,” Morgan said.
“The Warriors do have an ability to bowl well against us and with our
recent relationship with the Warriors; that gives the game a nice little
“We can put a lot of pressure on them by getting our batting right in the
first innings and we have various ways of getting 20 wickets, but that’s
going to be the challenge.”
HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS SQUAD:
Sarel Erwee, Morne Van Wyk, Vaughn Van Jaarveld, Senuran Muthusamy,
Sibonelo Makhanya, Dane Vilas, Keshav Maharaj (Captain), Robert Frylinck,
Athi Maposa, Kerwin Mungroo, Zakariya Paruk, Daryn Dupavillon, Prenelan
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Sarel Erwee has been in good form for his side in the Sunfoil Series this
season and he will hope to guide his team to their first win of the
current campaign following six draws.
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