Dolphins welcome 2016/17 season’s arrival
Durban – The Hollywoodbets Dolphins head to the Eastern Cape this week
eager to get their 2016/17 South African domestic cricket season underway
with an opening Sunfoil Series assignment against the Warriors at Buffalo
Park, East London on Wednesday.
After a lengthy and successful pre-season campaign, Head Coach Grant
Morgan and his Hollywoodbets Dolphins team welcome the arrival of the new
season and the start of a new era for the KwaZulu-Natal Franchise.
“We’ve had a nice build-up to the season where we did all the preparation
that was needed and have now reached the point where there is only so much
preparation you can do and then its time to pull the trigger,” explains
“It’s a relief to finally get to our first proper game that will count and
we’re really excited to get going against the Warriors on Wednesday,” he
Morgan has named a 14-man squad for the season’s opening two fixtures that
also see the men from Durban having to overcome an unusually short
turnaround time between four-day assignments.
An opening encounter against the Warriors from 5-8 October is followed by
a subsequent trip to Senwes Park in Kimberley for their 11-14 October
clash against the bizhub Highveld Lions.
Led by regular skipper Morné van Wyk, who spent the bulk of the second
half of last season side-lined by injury, the squad boasts good Franchise
experience through the likes of Imraan Khan, Daryn Smit, Vaughn van
Jaarsveld, Craig Alexander, Robbie Frylinck, Khaya Zondo, Keshav Maharaj
and Mthokozisi Shezi.
There is also room for emerging talents Sarel Erwee, Sibonelo Makhanya,
Calvin Savage, Rabian Engelbrecht and Tshepang Dithole for the two-match
“We’ve put stricter fitness criteria in place this season and I’m really
pleased that everyone passed these and Daryn Dupavillon – who is still
recovering from his shoulder surgery – is the only player not considered
due to injury,” says Morgan.
“Although it is the start of a new season, when selecting this squad we
were mindful of the potentially high volume of work our bowlers may be
faced with through the rare situation of having two fixtures within just
“As such, we've included a few extra options in the bowling department but
all-in-all there is a really good balance to our squad.
“We may lack a couple of superstars and we’re realistic about having lost
seven or eight players from last year as well as Andile Phehlukwayo now to
the national side, but we’ve still got enough depth in the province to
“We’re a side that has a really good ‘middle class’ group of players and
have adopted the mindset that we’re a bit of a ‘blue-collar’ outfit that
is prepared to work that little bit harder for results rather than rely on
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins travel to East London on Tuesday ahead of their
Wednesday to Saturday match against the Warriors.
They then travel directly to Potchefstroom for their second round fixture
against the bizhub Highveld Lions before taking on their third consecutive
away game of the season when they face up to the Multiply Titans at
Supersport Park Centurion from 20-23 October.
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins first 2016/17 home game takes place from 27-30
October when their fourth round Sunfoil Series clash against the VKB
Knights takes place at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban.
In the meantime though, KwaZulu-Natal fans are urged to get their tickets
for Wednesday, 5 October’s international match that sees the Standard Bank
Proteas take on Australia in the third match of the Momentum ODI Series.
Tickets for this can be purchased online at
www.ticketpros.co.za or from the
stadium’s ticket office.
More information can be found at
HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS SQUAD:
Morné van Wyk (captain), Craig Alexander, Tshepang Dithole, Rabian
Engelbrecht, Sarel Erwee, Robbie Frylinck, Imraan Khan, Keshav Maharaj,
Sibonelo Makhanya, Calvin Savage, Mthokozisi Shezi, Daryn Smit, Vaughn van
Jaarsveld, Khaya Zondo