Hollywoodbets Dolphins Media Release

 No: DOL2111

5 June 2020

Embargo: None

 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 coaching staff.

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 welcoming me.

“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.”

For more information visit www.dolphinscricket.co.za.

Should you require any further assistance please contact Nick Tatham (083 610 1232) or email nick@gameplanmedia.co.za.

Follow the Hollywoodbets Dolphins on social media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DolphinsCricket/
Twitter: @DolphinsCricket
Instagram: @DolphinsCricket

ENDS

Image Caption Photographer Click to download the hi-res pic
Hollywoodbets Dolphins logo - JPEG  

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. Anesh Debiky

HOLLYWOOD SPORTSBOOK IS A LICENSED BETTING OPERATOR. HOLLYWOODBETS SUPPORTS RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING. NO PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 YEARS ARE PERMITTED TO GAMBLE. WINNERS KNOW WHEN TO STOP.NATIONAL GAMBLING TOLL-FREE COUNSELLING LINE 0800 006 008.

Conditions of usage of photographs: All photographs supplied and hyperlinked herewith may be used free of charge, with full credit to the photographer and agency as provided. The photographs may not be modified or retouched in any way, but may be cropped to suit the layout requirements of the publications. The photographs provided may be used exclusively for editorial purposes, and may be reprinted in any newspaper, magazine, television programme or on any website. These photographs may not be used for any commercial or promotional purpose, including but not limited to posters, advertisements, commercials, promotional email correspondence, point-of-sale material or any retail promotion. Should such usage be desired, please contact us at the details below.
Is this of no value to you?
This media release is intended for use by media professionals covering this specific activity or sport. Should this release not be relevant you, please advise us immediately and we will be glad to remove your name from this particular database. It would be useful to us if you could advise us which subjects you would like to continue receiving releases on.
For any further information, or if you cannot access the images, please contact:
Gameplan Media
(031) 764 3017