Written by: Nick Tatham
No plans on slowing down for Roelofsen
Durban – With the current domestic cricket season coming to a premature
end due to the coronavirus outbreak, Hollywoodbets Dolphins batting star
Grant Roelofsen is hoping to improve on the stellar season he has
enjoyed when the new 2020/2021 season starts at the back end of the
In his first full season for the Dolphins Roelofsen has become a
mainstay at the top of the order and his versatility to open the batting
in red ball cricket and white ball cricket as well as keep wicket in
fifty over cricket has been a revelation for the Dolphins.
This season he racked up 575 runs in seven first class games at an
average of 44 which included three hundreds and one fifty. His three
centuries was the most by any player in the competition.
In fifty over cricket he finished the Momentum One Day Cup as the
competitions leading run scorer with 588 runs in ten innings at an
average of 65. He scored five fifties and one hundred in the ten innings
he played with a top score of 147 not out.
Despite the relative ease he has shown at the top of the order, he was
thrust into the role when he started playing for the Dolphins.
“I knew that opening the batting was my route into the side,” the 23
year-old said. “There was a slight fear of the unknown I guess but I was
just really excited to play for the Dolphins and I knew that opening the
batting would get me an extended run in the side.
“Although I hadn’t opened before when I trained it helped my mind-set
change and it gave me a taste of what I needed to do so I felt
It has been a watershed season for Roelofsen who has caught the
attention of many cricket pundits. From SA Schools cricket, to SA Under
19, to semi-professional cricket to franchise cricket, it has been a
patient journey for him but by all accounts he is here to stay.
“If you had told me before the season that this is how I would have
performed I would have been happy with that.
“I don’t think I blew it out the water at all and I set high standards
for myself,” he added candidly.
“I want to go all the way and be one of the best in the world and I feel
that if I keep following this path and train hard and play well then I
can do that.”
The Dolphins side showed a fairly drastic about turn when the new year
dawned as they won two of their three 4-Day Franchise Series matches
with a draw in the other and won seven of their ten One Day Cup clashes.
Roelofsen believes that the side has found a good blend both on and off
“Chatting to guys in the side that have been there for a number of years
the team dynamic is the best it’s been.
“There is a new and refreshing energy in the side and a lot of us are
friends away from cricket.
“I think the biggest change has been that we have all bought in to the
same idea and the whole team is pulling in the same direction.”
A first season at franchise level for Roelofsen has been a big learning
curve for him but he has managed to highlight areas that he has
earmarked as the most important.
“People tell you that it is a step up but I think the biggest change is
how much more demanding it is than semi-professional cricket,” he
“Travelling every week takes it out of you and the demands physically
and mentally are also things that you learn to deal with along the way.
“I don’t think I was as prepared for the demands of the travel as I
could have been.”
Roelofsen is in the unique position that he is a wicket keeper and an
opening batsman. In the longer version of the game he feels it’s going
to take its toll but he will fill any role that the team needs him to.
“To keep wicket and opening the batting in four-day cricket is really
demanding physically and mentally and I don’t think that I quite
committed one hundred percent to either which is a problem.
“In fifty over cricket I commit fully to both roles because the demands
aren’t quite as high but I haven’t made any decisions about my keeping
and will have to chat to the coaches about that going forward.
“At the end of the day if the team needs me to do I will,” he added.
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Grant Roelofsen will be hoping to replicate the fine form he showed in
both the 4-Day Domestic Series and the Momentum One Day Cup next season.
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins batsman
and wicket keeper Grant Roelofsen announced himself on the domestic
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