Written by: Dave Macleod
Dolphins through to third final of season
Durban – After their seven wicket win over the Warriors secured a home
final in the CSA 4-Day Domestic Series against the Momentum Multiply
Titans at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium this week, the Hollywoodbets
Dolphins have entrenched their reputation as one of the most consistent
franchises in the country by reaching the finals of all three formats of
the domestic calendar.
The Dolphins have enjoyed a remarkable season that started with sharing
the Momentum One Day Cup with the Imperial Lions after the final was
rained out and then they made the final of the Betway T20 Challenge
before securing the CSA 4-Day Domestic Series decider to complete the
clean sweep of finals.
Knowing that a win over the Warriors would give them a good chance of
qualification, the Dolphins needed the VKB Knights to either lose or
draw against the Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras. With the Cobras producing a
win and the Dolphins winning at St George’s Park it meant that the
Dolphins went to the top of Pool A.
“The level of performances the boys have put out across the season and
through all three competitions has been brilliant,” coach Imraan Khan
said. “The players deserve all the credit because it’s been good to
watch and it’s great to see all the hard work that they have put in is
Khan and his side have followed a simple blueprint throughout the season
which has proven to be successful as the Dolphins have won four of their
4-Day Series matches, tied with the Knights on the most wins, and this
won’t change going into the final.
“We took a few days off after the Warriors game to rest and recover but
we’re back at it, focusing on our processes.
“Playing at home means that we should have a good understanding of the
conditions. We have to play a good five days of cricket because the
Titans are a very competitive side but we are looking forward to the
The match will be over five days and not the traditional four days that
domestic first-class cricket usually runs for. This is another challenge
in itself for players that are not familiar with playing five days of
“Fortunately we have a few guys in the squad that have test experience
so they will pass that on to the group.
“I still don’t think much changes to be honest and we just want to play
good, solid cricket and stick to the basics for as long as possible.
“And the team that does that the best, certainly in the first few days
of the contest, will be the team that is probably in a good position for
the remainder of the match,” Khan added.
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coach Imraan Khan has been impressed with his side's performances this
season as they prepare to face the Momentum Multiply Titans in the CSA
4-Day Domestic Series final at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium this
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