KZN look to
top Africa T20 Cup Pool D log
Durban – Hollywoodbets Dolphins Keshav Maharaj, Robbie Frylinck, Cameron
Delport, Sibonelo Makhanya, Rabian Engelbrecht and Senuran Muthusamy will
form the spine of the KwaZulu-Natal team taking on Boland, Eastern
Province and Gauteng in Pool D of the Africa T20 Cup at Boland Park, Paarl
The sextet will look to draw on their Franchise experience as well as
their combined knowledge of the Provincial landscape to overcome three
strong opponents in the final set of Pool stage fixtures in order to earn
themselves a spot in the play-offs alongside the already qualified North
West Seef Dragons, Zimbabwe and Northern Cape next weekend.
“We’ve had a good build up,” explains KZN coach, Roger Telemachus.
“Some of the guys were overseas during the winter, playing in the UK or
elsewhere, or with the national academy and SA ‘A’ setups.
“Those who have been around have been working hard with the Dolphins squad
and so all in all the guys have already played a fair amount already so
hopefully we can hit the ground running this weekend.”
Joining the more experienced campaigners in this weekend’s KZN outfit are
KZN Academy graduates top order batsmen Bruce Kerr and Dudu Zondo,
wicket-keeper/batsman Jason Oakes, left-arm orthodox Smangaliso Nhlebela
and seamers Okuhle Cele and Jesse Smit.
“This is a great chance for some of our youngsters to show what they’ve
got and to put in a few big performances at the next level,” says
“The guys have been working hard at the Academy all winter and so now it’s
a chance for them to hopefully take the next step in their careers.”
The former South African quick acknowledges KZN face a tall task this
weekend but believes his charges, led by the squad’s Hollywoodbets
Dolphins players, can replicate their knock-out phase qualification
efforts of 2015 or better.
“With guys like Keshav (Maharaj), Cameron (Delport) and Robbie (Frylinck)
in the squad we’ve got some great,experienced heads that can guide the
“Rabian (Engelbrecht) is fit and has looked fantastic in pre-season and
Sibz (Makhanya) has also captained his country at U19 level, so they will
be important too.
“We’re up against three quality sides this weekend but we’re just focusing
on trying to put it all together on our side because we believe that if we
can do that then we’re a very good team as well,” says Telemachus.
KZN square off against hosts Boland on Friday, Gauteng on Saturday and
Eastern Province on Sunday.
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Okuhle Cele, Cameron Delport, Rabian Engelbrecht, Robbie Frylinck,
Bruce Kerr, Keshav Maharaj, Sibonelo Makhanya, Senuran Muthusamy,
Smangaliso Nhlebela, Jason Oakes, Mishkal Ramsaroop, Jesse Smit,
Zipohozokuthula (Dudu) Zondo