Written by: Nick Tatham
Exciting times as Miller returns home to the Dolphins
Durban – The Hollywoodbets Dolphins pre-season has been boosted with the
news that big-hitting Proteas star David Miller will return to the
franchise following two seasons in Bloemfontein when the 2018/19
domestic season begins later this year.
Miller’s professional career started with the KwaZulu-Natal franchise
once he left school at Maritzburg College when he made his first-class
debut for the franchise in 2008.
Following his Proteas debut two years later, Miller has notched up 105
One Day Internationals as well as 60 T20I caps to go with 200 List-A’s
appearances and 63 First-Class turn-outs for the Dolphins and the VKB
“My two seasons with the Knights were great and they were just what my
career needed,” Miller said. “My time there challenged me in different
areas but it was quite an easy decision for me to come back to Durban.
“I do a lot of travelling as it is and so the travel between Durban and
Bloemfontein became an issue and I am happy to be back where it started
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins shared the Momentum One Day Cup and were
beaten finalists in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge, so taking up the
opportunity to re-join a franchise that is taking steps in the right
direction is something Miller is excited about.
“The Dolphins had a good season in white ball cricket last year and they
are building something special and I am looking forward to adding to
that this season.
“I have heard a lot of good things about Morgs (Grant Morgan) and his
passion for the game and his work ethic beyond training and matches, it
is exciting,” the 28 year-old added.
Miller’s return will bolster the core of the Dolphins squad which has
been in a rebuilding phase since his departure, which was followed by
the loss of stalwarts like Kyle Abbott, Daryn Smit and Cameron Delport.
Despite these losses, the Dolphins still retain a base of players that
include the likes of veterans Morné van Wyk, Rob Frylinck, captain Khaya
Zondo, Keshav Maharaj, Mthokozisi Shezi and Dane Vilas.
“I have played with a lot of the guys from about 11 or 12 years old so
it’s not about rejoining the team, it’s about being reunited with mates!
“Coming back is the next step in my career and I hope that I can help
the Dolphins to more success in the future,” he added.
The strongly built left-hander made waves in late 2017 when he blasted
the fastest T20I hundred off just 36 deliveries against Bangladesh in
Having a player of the calibre of Miller back in Dolphins colours will
be a huge boost for the Dolphins as they search for more silverware in
the next season.
“Dave’s ability to win games at international level will be crucial for
the Dolphins in the next season,” CEO of KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Heinrich
“Having a team man like Dave in our ranks will only make the team
stronger and with his experience we are sure that he can pass on his
knowledge to the younger players in the squad.
“We hope that the Dolphins fans are as excited as we are for Dave’s
Miller’s next assignment will be the newly formed Canada T20 League
where he will represent the Winnepeg Hawks. The competition takes place
from 28 June to 15 July.
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The returning David Miller
(left) and KZN Cricket CEO Heinrich Strydom (right) are flanked by the
Hollywoodbets Hotties at the official unveiling of Miller as the
Hollywoodbets Dolphins' newest signing at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium on
Tuesday ahead of the 2018/2019 season.
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