Written by: Dave Macleod
Dolphins excited to get season underway
Durban – The Hollywoodbets Dolphins begin their quest for another
successful season when they start their CSA T20 Knockout campaign in
Bloemfontein in Pool C against the North West Dragons on Friday.
The Dolphins lost in the final of last season’s CSA T20 Challenge and
will be hoping to go one better this season, however with North West,
Easterns and the South African Under 19 side in the group it’s going to
be a demanding three days of cricket this weekend.
Bloemfontein’s Mangaung Oval has already played host to a round of group
matches so the Dolphins have been able to see what the Free State ground
will offer. Coach of the Dolphins Imraan Khan is expecting some good T20
conditions in the Free State capital.
“Last week it looked like a good deck, if anything it was a touch slow
in the morning but it looked like a really nice surface for T20
cricket,” Khan said.
“It’s a massive ground so I think par scores will be around 150 and 160
but I think it’s going to be a good weekend of cricket.
“I do suspect that as the weekend goes on it might take a little bit
more spin than what is expected in Bloemfontein but generally it looks
really good so we suspect that there will be good conditions.”
Going into the competition the Dolphins will be taking a squad of
sixteen players to Bloemfontein which means that there are a few players
outside of their contracted group that could be in line for senior
“Unfortunately for us Eathan (Bosch) and Lifa (Ntanzi) have missed out
on the tour and we’ve got Trevor (Odirile) Modimokwane, who is a
left-arm spinner with us and Brad Porteous, who did good work for
Coastal last season, is also with us.
“Trevor joins us from North-West and he’s played SA Under 19 and we
believe there is some really good potential there going into this
competition,” Khan commented.
The Dolphins off-season signings Bryce Parsons, Jason Smith and Thando
Ntini are all in line for Dolphins debuts this week and with the
experience of Prenelan Subrayen leading the side Khan believes that all
the new faces will slot into the starting eleven easily.
“Our environment is in a good space at the moment and the boys are
enjoying each other’s company and there’s been some good banter around
“The vibe in the squad is good at the moment and as we said there is
good experience in the squad with some exciting and talented
youngsters.” Khan added.
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins face the North-West Dragons in their
competition opener followed by Easterns on Saturday and finally the SA
Under 19 side on Sunday.
Hollywoodbets Dolphins Squad:
Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Grant Roelofsen, Marques Ackerman, Khaya
Zondo, Ruan de Swardt, Bradley Porteous, Odirile Modimokwane, Jason
Smith, Thando Ntini, Thamsanqa Khumalo, Darryn Dupavilion, Kerwin
Mungroo, Ottniel Baartman, Prenelan Subrayen (captain), Bryce Parsons.
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Dolphins spinner Prenelan Subrayen (pictured) will captain the Dolphins
side in their upcoming Pool C clashes with the North West Dragons,
Easterns and the SA Under 19 side in Bloemfontein starting on Friday.
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