Written by: Nick Tatham
Friend reflects fondly on first season with the Dolphins
Durban – Following a successful playing career that included a stint
with the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, current bowling coach of the Durban
franchise Quinton Friend feels satisfied with his first season on the
He joined a fresh set of coaches at the beginning of the year with
Imraan Khan taking the helm and Mduduzi Mbatha also coming on board as a
fielding coach. Their success as a coaching unit has seen them all sign
new two year contracts.
“I think I could say that it was a successful season for the team even
though we had a tough start,” Friend said. “It was always going to be a
challenge with a new set of coaches trying to instil their vision on the
side and trying to get a settled team from a selection point of view.
“We managed to do that and that is how we reaped the rewards towards the
end of the season and it was great to come out on top by winning the
Momentum One Day Cup.
“There is a lot of hard work that lies ahead and we need to keep our
feet on the ground and become a team that believes that we can reproduce
this form every season.”
Being part of the Dolphins set-up was a first franchise coaching role
from Friend who believes that he has grown a lot as a coach in the short
space of time that he has been with the Dolphins.
“I learnt so much this season,” he explained. “I think it is sometimes
difficult coming into an environment not knowing what type of characters
there are in the team but I must say the guys were magnificent in
“It is fantastic working with the current bowling attack that we have
and they have worked extremely hard and bought into the plans that I
brought to the table.
“You have to give them all the credit in how they went about their
business and executed the plans as we continue to strive for perfection
as a bowling unit.”
With the likes of Daryn Dupavillon, Eathan Bosch, Prenelan Subrayen,
Kerwin Mungroo and the experienced Rob Frylinck amongst the bowling unit
for the new season, Friend is excited by what they and the rest of the
Dolphins can produce next campaign.
“We have probably got the best mixture of bowlers in our franchise so I
am very upbeat about how things are looking for the coming season.
“Hopefully we can get out on the field and in the nets and test our
skills sooner rather than later,” he mentioned.
The Dolphins have made a handful of signings in the offseason and Friend
is looking forward to the impact that they will make in the new season.
“We’ve signed Ottniel Baartman from the VKB Knights and he is going to
offer us good control and pace but we are going to work on upping his
speed during the offseason.
“We are going to work hard on that because I believe that he is a player
that can make that step up.”
Friend will be able to work with the bowlers for a full offseason this
year and although there aren’t massive changes to make he will tweak
things here and there to make sure his bowling unit hits the ground
running at the start of the new campaign.
“Hopefully with the time we have before the season we can grow from
strength to strength as Dolphins cricket.
“I only had a month with the side before last season so we have time to
make necessary changes but I am very positive about where this group of
players is heading going into the next season.”
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins assistant coach and bowling mentor Quinton Friend
was satisfied with how his first season as a Dolphins coach went and is
excited to help the side grow into consistent trophy winners.
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