Written by: Nick Tatham
Dolphins announce exciting squad for 2020/21 season
Durban – Following a strong conclusion to the 2019/2020 season, the
Hollywoodbets Dolphins have announced a number of exciting changes to
their squad as they welcome in three new players and reward three players
from within the strong KZN pipeline.
Coming into the Dolphins set-up from outside the province are two VKB
Knights stars, Keegan Petersen and Ottneil Baartman, while young Northerns
trailblazer, Ruan de Swardt, also joins the KZN set-up.
“Keegan has been a very consistent run scorer across all competitions, to
have a player of his calibre coming in to strengthen the top order is a
massive boost and adds to the depth we have in our squad.” Strydom said.
Petersen was rewarded with a call-up to the Standard Bank Proteas squad
for their recent test series with England and this is a good indicator
that his career is heading on the right trajectory.
Baartman has made the step up from semi-professional cricket to franchise
level well and stood out for the Knights in their recent Momentum One Day
Cup campaign as he finished as the side’s third highest wicket taker in
“Ottneil has shown over the last season that he has what it takes at
franchise level and we wanted to give him a chance to play regular cricket
at that level. He bowled well for the Knights in the recent One Day Cup
and will add good balance to our bowling line-up.”
22 year-old De Swardt has hugely impressive numbers at semi-professional
level especially with a batting average of 55 in First Class cricket and
88 in List-A cricket.
“Ruan is a hugely talented young all-rounder and to be able to have him
amongst our team is a massive bonus.”
The KZN Cricket Union’s highly successful development program continues to
produce future stars, and will this year see Lifa Ntanzi and Andile
Mogakane graduate to the Dolphins franchise team.
The experienced Mangaliso Mosehle has also been upgraded to a franchise
contract following his positive season at Hollywoodbets KZN Inland.
“Mangi played an important role for us behind the stumps in the 4-Day
Series and has so much to offer so we are delighted to have him in the
“Lifa has raw pace and Andile has all-rounder potential, we are really
excited about the talented players that the KZN pipeline keeps producing.”
Unfortunately there is a handful of players that will be leaving the
Dolphins including Sibz Makhanya, Okuhle Cele, Calvin Savage and Lwandiswa
“We want to thank these players for the impact that they have made at the
Dolphins and with KZN Cricket during their time here,” CEO of KZN Cricket
Heinrich Strydom said. “We wish them all the best on their new
As part of future planning, stalwart Vaughn van Jaarsveld, has joined the
Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal setup and will play an integral part as mentor
to some of the exciting young batsmen coming through the KZN pipeline.
Left-arm spinner, Smangaliso Nhlebela, has also been retained at
semi-professional level and will continue to develop his skills for the
Hollywoodbets Dolphins coach Imraan Khan is looking forward to hitting the
ground running with the squad as soon as they can.
"It's an exciting group of players to work with," he said. "There is a lot
of potential and the three boys that are coming in are quality players and
I am sure they will add another dimension to the group.
"Andile (Mogakane) and Lifa (Ntanzi) are home grown and we are looking to
grow their game's over the coming months."
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins Squad 2020/2021 Season:
Andile Phehlukwayo, David Miller, Keshav Maharaj, Andile Mogakane, Cody
Chetty, Daryn Dupavillon, Eathan Bosch, Grant Roelofsen, Keegan Petersen,
Keith Dudgeon, Kerwin Mungroo, Khaya Zondo, Lifa Ntanzi, Mangaliso Mosehle,
Marques Ackerman, Ottneil Baartman, Prenelan Subrayen, Rob Frylinck, Ruan
de Swardt, Sarel Erwee, Senuran Muthusamy.
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins will welcome talented batsman Keegan Petersen to
their ranks as they bolster their squad ahead of the 2020/21 domestic
seamer Ottniel Baartman is one of the latest signings the Hollywoodbets
Dolphins have made ahead of the 2020/21 season starting at the back end of
a stellar season at the semi-professional level, the Hollywoodbets
Dolphins have attracted the services of young Ruan de Swardt ahead of the
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