for CSA T20 Challenge
Durban – The Hollywoodbets Dolphins are relishing shifting into white ball
cricket mode this weekend when they get their CSA T20 Challenge campaign
underway against the Warriors at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Sunday, 13
The month-long competition is a crammed schedule that sees the Durban side
start with two games at home against the Warriors and bizhub Highveld
Lions on Sunday and Wednesday respectively before hitting the road for
four action-packed encounters against the Multiply Titans, BuildNat
Cobras, VKB Knights and their second clash with the Lions.
After five weeks of Sunfoil Series action, Grant Morgan and his charges
are looking forward to the arrival of white ball cricket with the coach
challenging his men to play a positive, expressive brand of cricket.
“The energy is very good, we played a practise game on Wednesday and there
were a lot of encouraging things from many of the players and I think the
momentum from a decent four-day campaign has made us a proud unit as
well,” explains Morgan.
“I want our guys to make themselves shine out of the TV screens and fill
the people of KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa with the sense that we’re a
team that really want to play during this competition,” he adds.
Morgan has named a thirteen man squad for the Dolphins first two clashes
of the tournament and having not been a part of the Dolphins mix thus far
this season, hard-hitting opening batsman Cameron Delport is a notable
2016/17 first-time inclusion.
“It’s great to be around the guys again and it’s nice to see the energy
and the positivity in the team after the four day stuff,” says Delport.
“As a team we’ve always enjoyed this competition and we’ve always played
“The tournament is action-packed and we’ve got some big hitters in the
team, so I think the competition suits us quite well,” he adds.
Having played in various T20 tournaments around the globe, the 27 year-old
left-hander is looking forward to implementing some of the keys lessons he
has learnt during his travels, as well as reigniting his partnership with
captain Morné van Wyk at the top of the order.
“I think I’ve calmed down a bit and having played in a couple of the other
leagues around the world with guys who have won Twenty20 World Cups,
talking to them and watching them play, I’ve learnt that you don’t have to
go right from ball one because you’re able to catch up later on.
“Morné and I want to be there as long as we can; the longer the two of us
can be there, the better for the team and hopefully we can put some good
“I’ve been feeling in good knick but I’m just looking to take it ball by
Delport is joined by middle-order batsman Cody Chetty and KZN Inland
all-round star Kyle Nipper while Prenelan Subrayen and Rabian Engelbrecht
were part of the Dolphins’ four-day squad during the first five weeks of
the season but will be hoping to get their first run for the team this
Standard Bank Proteas spinning ace, Imran Tahir has also been named in the
Dolphins outfit and will no doubt play a key role both against the
Warriors on Sunday and throughout the team’s CSA T20 Challenge campaign.
“They’ve got guys like Ackermann who has done well, Smuts has played in
the CPL, Colin Ingram is a world class player, Harmer and Birch will give
them experience and then they’ve also got some improving youngsters like
Magala,” says Morgan.
“But if I look at our side, we’ve got some guys who really know their game
and have been dominant in the Twenty20 format.
“Looking at Delport, Tahir, Van Wyk, Frylinck, Phehlukwayo, you hope those
guys can reach their maximum potential.
“We respect the Warriors, but we don’t have to stand back and I believe
that if we fire at 100% and they fire at 100%, then we can give a very
good account of ourselves.
“No one can afford to function ten percent under their best though,
because then they’ll get a hiding; it really is that close between the
The CSA T20 Challenge match between the Hollywoodbets Dolphins and the
Warriors gets underway at 14h30 at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban on
Sunday, 13 November. Fans can purchase their tickets from the stadium’s
ticket office or online via www.ticketpro.co.za.
More information can be found at
HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS SQUAD:
Morné van Wyk (captain), Craig Alexander, Cody Chetty, Cameron
Delport, Rabian Engelbrecht, Robbie Frylinck, Kyle Nipper, Andile
Phehlukwayo, Prenelan Subrayen, Mthokozisi Shezi, Imran Tahir, Vaughn van
Jaarsveld, Khaya Zondo