Written by: Dave Macleod
Red ball cricket the focus for defending champion Dolphins
Durban – After reaching the final of the CSA T20 Knock-Out, the
Hollywoodbets Dolphins turn their attention to defending their CSA 4-Day
Domestic Series crown when they face Six Gun Grill Western Province
starting on Friday in Cape Town.
The Dolphins won the final edition of the old 4-Day Domestic Series last
season in an emphatic victory over the Momentum Multiply Titans but will
go into this first match of the new era with a different looking side
due to injuries and unavailability of a number of players.
Prenelan Subrayen, Eathan Bosch, Grant Roelofsen and Lifa Ntanzi are all
unavailable for selection and talisman Keshav Maharaj as well as Andile
Phehlukwayo are on duty with the Proteas, however coach Imraan Khan
knows he has a well-balanced, strong squad to choose from.
“There will be a lot of familiar faces in the starting eleven but there
will also be a lot of new faces,” Khan said. “With the injuries come
opportunities for other players to step up.
“We’ve managed to source Rubin Hermann to come in on loan as a wicket
keeper for this match because of the absence of Grant (Roelofsen).
“He’s a really good cricketer and has spent a few years at the Titans
prior to the restructure and we are looking forward to watching him over
Following a busy early season period where the Dolphins spent the entire
T20 competition in the Free State and Northern Cape, Khan wanted to give
his players a bit of a break before they hit the ground running this
week to focus on red ball cricket.
“After so much time in the bubble I wanted the boys to have some time
with their families and get away from the game a bit before we went to
“We had a nice session on Tuesday but lot of our preparation for this
week was done well before the T20 competition even started.
“Our focus was that we were prepared from a bowling loads perspective
and we had to make sure that the guys were ready to meet the challenges
of four day cricket.
“Gavin (Muir) our strength and conditioning coach has made sure that our
bowlers are prepared for the pressures by bowling double spells
throughout training days so that when we start on Friday the boys are
ready to bowl extended spells.”
After featuring for the Dolphins in the T20 Knock Out Thando Ntini,
Bryce Parsons, Jason Smith and Odirile Modimokoane are also in line to
make their first class debuts for the side.
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v Six Gun Grill Western Province:
Sarel Erwee, Marques Ackerman (captain), Keegan Petersen, Khaya Zondo,
Jason Smith, Eathan Bosch, Rubin Hermann, Odirile Modimokoane, Darryn
Dupavillon, Bryce Parsons, Ottniel Baartman, Ruan de Swart, Kerwin
Mungroo, Thando Ntini.
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins batsman Keegan Petersen will form an important
part of the side as they look to defend their title and become the first
winners of the new CSA 4-Day Domestic Series when they start their
campaign against Six Gun Grill Western Province on Friday.
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