Written by: Dave Macleod
Dolphins eye prestigious 4-Day silverware
Durban - The Hollywoodbets Dolphins and the Momentum Multiply Titans will
face off in the 4-Day Domestic Series final starting at Hollywoodbets
Kingsmead Stadium on Thursday with an eye on the country's most
illustrious cricketing silverware.
Most professional cricketers regard red ball cricket as the ultimate test
and therefore the ultimate prize. For experienced Dolphins opening batsman
Sarel Erwee that couldn't be more true.
"Red ball cricket tests you completely from your mental skills to your
cricketing skills so we see this as the most important match of the
season," Erwee said. "It's the format that players want to do well in and
that is where you showcase what you are about.
"To have the opportunity to play in a five day match is another incredible
opportunity for the guys and also to do it at our home venue has got the
guys very excited.
"4-Day wins are tough so to be competing in a final is massive for us as a
This is the first occasion that the Dolphins have qualified for three
finals in the same season and it's the first time in fifteen seasons that
there has been a final to decide the winner of the 4-Day Domestic Series.
The last final that took place saw the Dolphins and the Titans play out to
a draw in the 05/06 season but the trophy went to the Dolphins by virtue
of finishing top of the log. That was also the last season that the
Dolphins won the red ball competition.
The Dolphins have had to make a few changes to their squad given that
Keshav Maharaj and Daryn Dupavillon have been called up to the Proteas
squad. With such influential players gone, Erwee is more than confident
that those that are coming into the side will also deliver.
"The two guys we are losing have been really important to us this campaign
but we have got so many quality players in our squad so they can fill
those positions quite easily.
"We're not a side that is full of superstars, we have just got guys that
do well together and fight for each other and the Union."
With the Dolphins losing the competitions leading wicket taker in Maharaj,
the Titans lose the competitions top run scorer in Aiden Markram. The
opening batsman is one of a few that will not be available for the Titans
but Erwee knows their depth is also enviable.
"You don't want to underestimate anyone especially a team and a Union like
the Titans because they have high quality players in that set-up.
"For us it's about focusing on our roles and what we have to do this week
as well as what's worked for us this season and not looking to hard at the
The first ball on Thursday will be at 09:00 and the match will be
televised on SuperSport.
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v Momentum Multiply Titans
Marques Ackerman (c), Prenelan Subrayen, Lifa Ntanzi, Sarel Erwee, Grant
Roelofsen, Khaya Zondo, Senuran Muthusamy, Keith Dudgeon, Kerwin Mungroo,
Ottneil Baartman, Mangaliso Mosehle, Ruan De Swardt, Eathan Bosch, Keegan
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will welcome back seamer Ottneil Baartman to the squad for their CSA 4-Day
Domestic Series final against the Momentum Multiply Titans at
Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium starting on Thursday.
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