27 Feb 2018
Written by: Nick Tatham
Dolphins keen to build on Sunfoil Series momentum
Durban – The Hollywoodbets Dolphins finally broke their Sunfoil Series
drought against the Warriors in Port Elizabeth recently, and following a
week’s break they will be looking to continue that momentum when they
host the WSB Cape Cobras in Pietermaritzburg starting on Thursday.
Victory in Port Elizabeth was paramount to keeping the Dolphins hopes of
fighting for the Sunfoil Series crown alive with just three games left
in the season. It was stand-in captain Keshav Maharaj’s seven second
innings wickets that helped the Dolphins to a 55 run win.
It has been a long season for the Durban-based outfit who were in both
white ball finals, the RAMSLAM T20 Challenge, where they lost to the
Multiply Titans, and the Momentum One Day Cup, where they shared the
trophy with the Warriors.
It’s been a taxing 2018 so far and to have a week where they could put
their feet up was crucial to revitalise the players for the final push,
according to coach Grant Morgan.
“With the injuries to our bowlers the break has come at the perfect time
and it has also given our batsmen time to reflect on what has gone well
but also what we can improve on,” Morgan said.
“Some guys obviously carried on working this week but for a guy like
Dane (Vilas), it has been an incredibly long 12 months of cricket so he
needed some time off.
“The older guys all took the opportunity to relax for a bit after what
has been a very demanding season.”
The Dolphins will lose star spinner Keshav Maharaj to the Proteas as
they start their Sunfoil Test Series against Australia at Sahara Stadium
Kingsmead on Thursday, however Morgan isn’t too stressed about who will
step into his role.
“Obviously we have got a guy like Sen (Muthusamy) who can fill that role
comfortably – and he is one of the highest wicket takers in the Sunfoil
Series this year.
“Then we also have a guy like Prenelan Subrayen who can come in if the
conditions are suitable.”
Andile Phehlukwayo has been involved with the Proteas set-up throughout
the series against India and will be returning to the Dolphins, however
with his heavy work load over the last six months has not been
considered for selection this week.
The Titans and the VKB Knights hold the top two spots on the log with
the Dolphins sitting in fourth just behind the Warriors.
With three games left in the competition, Morgan wants his team to play
the best possible cricket that they can and show their mettle in the
“We feel that it is our duty to our fans and to ourselves to continue to
fight and looking back on our fights this season I feel that it has been
us that has set up the log how it is,” he explained.
“Our two results against the Titans, and a few other teams, meant that
the Titans haven’t been able to run away at the top of the log.
“We think that we have now earned the right to have a crack and we don’t
see that as pressure, we see that as an energiser!”
The Dolphins will also welcome back captain Khaya Zondo to the side
following his absence. The middle-order star was a member of the Proteas
squad for the recent ODI series against India.
The first clash in the Sunfoil Series between the Dolphins and the
Cobras was a high-scoring affair at the Recreational Ground in
Oudtshoorn with Dane Vilas, Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Morné van Wyk all
HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS SQUAD:
Sarel Erwee, Morné van Wyk, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Khaya Zondo (c),
Senuran Muthusamy, Dane Vilas, Sibonelo Makhanya, Rob Frylinck, Prenelan
Subrayen, Kerwin Mungroo, Rabian Engelbrecht, Smangaliso Nhlebela.
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