Sunfoil Series first half finale an opportunity for Morgan’s Hollywoodbets
Durban – The Hollywoodbets Dolphins will look to finish the first half of
the Sunfoil Series strongly when they take on the BuildNat Cape Cobras at
Boland Park, Paarl from 3-6 November in the fifth round of the domestic
After having shared the spoils with the VKB Knights in the weather
affected clash at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead last week, the KZN Franchise
currently occupies third place on the log and are eager to push for a
positive result this weekend before the season switches into white-ball
“I do feel that we let the Knights off the hook a bit last week,” says
Hollywoodbets Dolphins head coach, Grant Morgan.
“We really played poorly on day one to turn a great start of 123/0 into
being 191/7, but all 11 of our guys bat and the tail got us out of a bit
of trouble, to a point where I felt we were in a decent position when the
“We always want to be in a higher position on the log and I feel we’ve
left a couple of batting points out there in some of our previous games,
but we’re reasonably satisfied with where we are.
“We’re certainly not going to go to Paarl with one foot on the T20
Challenge plane, as it were. The Sunfoil Series is a very important
competition and we’re making sure that we focus ball by ball, session by
session and day by day to leave ourselves in the best position we can by
next Monday,” he adds.
Having suffered a broken finger while fielding during their Knights clash,
Sarel Erwee is replaced by the vastly experienced Divan van Wyk at the top
of the order while fast bowler Rabian Engelbrecht has been added to the
Despite having been left out of the opening two games of the 2016/17
season and the Knights match only his fourth Dolphins appearance, 22
year-old Senuran Muthusamy has already left a telling mark at Franchise
The young left-handed batsman and left-arm orthodox bowler has notched up
232 runs, at an average of 38.67, during his four Dolphins outings thus
far while his return of 4/57 with the ball against the Knights – including
claiming the prize scalps of David Miller and Rudi Second – further
highlights his all-round value to the Dolphins setup up.
“I’m just grateful for the opportunities at this stage and am really glad
that I can contribute to the team,” says Muthusamy.
“I’m just looking to take it game by game at this stage but I think I can
add a lot of value with both bat and ball and I enjoy both aspects of the
game, so I see myself becoming an all-rounder slowly but surely.”
A positive result for the Dolphins against the bottom-of-the-log Cape
Cobras this weekend would see them head into the Sunfoil Series
mid-competition break comfortably in reach of the top of the log.
Morgan and his charges are however not taking the Cape outfit lightly and
are rather looking to embrace the opportunity the trip to Paarl presents
“We should always believe we can beat any team, but that doesn’t mean
we’re going to Paarl expecting to knock the Cobras over and definitely
aren’t taking them for granted.
“They will be a dangerous team but we’re looking to just focus on our game
and avoid getting involved in a bitter battle.
“Paarl is a lovely little town and if you embrace it, you can gain
success, so we’re looking forward to our trip there.”
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins take on the BuildNat Cape Cobras at Boland
Park, Paarl from 3-6 November. More information can be found at
HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS SQUAD:
Morné van Wyk (captain), Craig Alexander, Rabian Engelbrecht, Robbie Frylinck,
Imraan Khan, Senuran Muthusamy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Mthokozisi Shezi,
Daryn Smit, Imran Tahir, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Divan van Wyk, Khaya Zondo