Table-topping Dolphins ready for tough Titans tussle
Durban – Andile Phehlukwayo makes a welcome return to the Hollywoodbets
Dolphins mix ahead of the KZN Franchise’s trip to SuperSport Park
Centurion later this week where they will face up to the Multiply Titans
from Thursday to Sunday in a third round Sunfoil Series clash.
Phehlukwayo returns to the Dolphins after being part of the
record-breaking Standard Bank Proteas ODI squad that whitewashed Australia
recently, a series that saw the young 20 year-old all-rounder make a
telling opening contribution at international level.
“It was really exciting to be part of the Proteas,” explained Phehlukwayo,
whose eight wickets in the five-match series – including 4/44 in the
opening encounter – were the most by any bowler while his 42 not out with
the bat helped guide South Africa to victory on his home ground, Sahara
Stadium Kingsmead, in the run-fest third fixture.
“I put in a lot of work in the off- and pre-season and a lot of that work
I put in with the Dolphins and the South Africa ‘A’ side helped to get
into the Proteas side, but I surprised even myself a bit as I didn’t
expect performances like that from myself.”
Phehlukwayo is now eager to make a seamless transition from white ball to
four day cricket as he looks to contribute to his Franchise’s domestic
“It’s always tough switching from 50-over cricket to four day cricket;
there are a lot of mental changes that have to happen and a lot of the
senior guys and they’ve been chatting to me about the change in mindset.
“I’ve got a bit of homework to do before Thursday, focus on my game plans
and the contributions I want to make for the team and then take that into
this week’s game.”
Having beaten the Warriors by an innings and 70 runs in East London and
the bizhub Highveld Lions by 77 runs in Potchefstroom in their opening two
fixtures of the 2016/17 season, the Dolphins find themselves aloft the
Sunfoil Series table on 35.20 points and the feeling in the camp is a good
“Everyone would agree that we’re quite happy with the start,” confirms
Hollywoodbets Dolphins captain, Morné van Wyk.
“With us playing five four-day games in a row to start with, there are
almost two mini competitions within the Sunfoil Series and these two wins
have definitely given us a good chance of finishing somewhere near the top
at the end of the first half.
“We’ve had some proper contributions from a few guys already and we’ve
been ticking a lot of boxes off the field as well, so there have been some
really good signs for us so far.”
“Hitting the road and spending time with each other as a squad during our
two week road trip also gave us a chance to get to know each other, which
was great, while getting two positive results was obviously also really
Grant Morgan is another pleased with his team’s start and the atmosphere
amongst his charges.
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins head coach is however well aware of the
challenge that awaits his side this weekend in Pretoria as they take on
the Sunfoil Series defending champions.
“We’re allowed to be happy, but that’s not to say that this week we
haven’t knocked a few pertinent issues out the way to avoid complacency
either,” says Morgan.
“It’s not a case of thinking too much about what can go wrong but rather
focusing on what will go right and sticking to our processes.
“We’re expecting an aggressive contest and there’s no doubt the Titans are
going to come out of the trenches firing this week, but we’re looking
forward to it.”
With the Dolphins’ spinning all-rounder, Keshav Maharaj having departed
for Australia with the Porteas’ test outfit on Sunday, the twelve-man
Hollywoodbets Dolphins squad sees Prenelan Subrayen and Senuran Muthusamy
join Phehlukwayo as the other new faces in the mix for the first time this
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HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS SQUAD:
Morné van Wyk (captain), Craig Alexander,
Sarel Erwee, Robbie Frylinck, Imraan Khan, Senuran Muthusamy, Andile
Phehlukwayo, Mthokozisi Shezi, Daryn Smit, Prenelan Subrayen, Vaughn van
Jaarsveld, Khaya Zondo