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Coastal keen to get 2019/20 season underway:

Durban – The Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal side will begin it’s 2019-2020 CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup and One Day Cup against South Western Districts this week at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium as they target returning trophies to the KZN cricket trophy cabinet.

Having won the CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup in the 2017-2018 season the Coastal side missed out on an opportunity for silverware last season and coach Roger Telemachus is hoping that his side can recreate that winning form.

“We’ve had long chats about this coming season and we want to go back to that blueprint that won us the competition two seasons ago,” Telemachus said. “We batted incredibly well and hit our targets and bowled teams out. We took 20 wickets in a lot of those games and that was the difference.

“If we can get back to that we will have a strong season again.”

The Coastal side played well at the recent CSA Provincial T20 Cup and were unlucky to not qualify for the semi-finals and Telemachus knows that his players are looking to build on the cricket that they played during that competition.

“We played some outstanding cricket and it was great to see the boys playing good, positive cricket.

“We know that winning three-day cricket can be difficult and you have to be positive and that is how we are going to try and play our cricket this season.

“There will be times where you have to knuckle down and score at two runs an over but we have guys that can take the game forward if we need to.”

Calvin Savage will lead the Coastal side in their opening game this week and his all-round skill and leadership ability will be important for the side. Along with Savage, Khalipa Cele, Smangaliso Nhlebela and Michael Erlank will be important members of the squad.

SWD will provide the first opponent for Telemachus and his side and the coach is looking forward to another good contest.

“We will not underestimate them even though we are playing in our own backyard, we will still respect them,” Telemachus said.

Dolphins academy all-rounder and Westville Boys High old boy Matthew Pollard will make his First-Class debut for KZN Coastal after a strong good performances in the KZN youth structures.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what Pollard will do on Thursday, I know he is a good bowler and also handy with the bat,” Telemachus said.

“We are excited to start our season at home this week because I think the wicket will be friendlier than the one in Oudtshoorn.

“There is a bit of grass on the pitch but we expect it to be a run-fest,” Telemachus said. “We will be looking to get our combinations right and cash in where we can.”

Coastal will then face SWD in a 50 over contest on Sunday, a format that Telemachus wants his team to improve on this season.

“The season we won the three day trophy we nearly qualified for the 50 over play-offs but we have worked hard on improving our white ball skills.

“It’s going to be a good contest to start the season,” the coach added.

The team will once again have the support of Hollywoodbets for the season. It will be the second season that the company will be backing the Coastal side and with their support Coastal will be looking for another trophy for the cabinet.

For more information visit www.dolphinscricket.co.za

Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal v South Western Districts Squad
Mishkal Ramsaroop, Michael Erlank, Khalipha Cele, Blayde Capell, Calvin Savage (captain), Brad Porteous, Smangaliso Nhlebela, Zakariya Paruk, Matthew Pollard, Thula Ngcobo.
Management: Roger Telemachus (Head Coach), Thoks Zulu (Assistant Coach)

HOLLYWOODBETS KZN COASTAL SEASON FIXTURES

CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup
October 2019
Thu 03 – Sat 05 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v South Western Districts, Kingsmead Stadium Durban
Thu 31 – Sat 02 Northern Cape v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Diamond Oval Kimberley
November 2019
Thu 14 – Sat 16 Easterns v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Willowmore Park Benoni
Thu 21 – Sat 23 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v North West, Kingsmead Stadium Durban
December 2019
Thu 12 – Sat 14 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v Free State, Kingsmead Stadium Durban
Thu 19 – Sat 21 Western Province v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Newlands Stadium Cape Town
February 2020
Thu 13 – Sat 15 Boland v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Boland Park Paarl
Thu 27 – Sat 29 Border v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Buffalo Park East London
March 2020
Thu 12 – Sat 14 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Kingsmead Cricket Ground Durban
Thu 19 – Sat 21 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v Northerns, Kingsmead Cricket Ground Durban

CSA One Day Provincial Cup
October 2019
Sun 06 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v South Western Districts, Kingsmead Stadium Durban
November
Sun 03 Northern Cape v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Diamond Oval Kimberley
Sun 17 Easterns v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Willowmore Park Benoni
Sun 24 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v North West, Kingsmead Stadium Durban
December
Sun 15 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v Free State, Kingsmead Stadium Durban
Sun 22 Western Province v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Newlands Stadium Cape Town
February 2020
Sun 16 Boland v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Boland Park Paarl
Sun 30 Border v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Buffalo Park East London
March 2020
Sun 15 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Kingsmead Cricket Ground Durban
Sun 22 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v Northerns, Kingsmead Cricket Ground Durban

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Positive Inland host Gauteng in season opener:

Pietermaritzburg – Hollywoodbets KZN Inland will be hoping to build on a strong CSA Provincial T20 Cup campaign when they face the Central Gauteng Lions in the first round of the new season’s 3-Day Provincial Cup and One Day Provincial Cup at the Pietermaritzburg Oval starting on Thursday.

The Inland side showed positive early season form when they made the finals of the T20 Cup where they lost to Easterns, and will hope to carry that momentum into their first game of the season this week.

Once again Hollywoodbets have continued their support of the Pietermaritzburg-based provincial side for the second consecutive season and with the support of the sponsors will hope to build on their display last season.

It’s going to be a tough start to the season as Inland come up against a traditionally strong Gauteng side – a side that finished second in their pool last season in the three-day and one-day competition.

As is tradition, the one day cup match will follow the day after the conclusion of the three-day game which gives the side’s very little time to recover.

The side will have new management in the form of former Proteas T20 player Yusuf Abdullah as their head coach and former Dolphins star Ahmed Amla as assistant coach. Abdullah has come into the role and made a final already so the early momentum is with him and his side.

“We are very excited to get the season started properly now,” Abdullah said. “The T20 really set the tone for us and although we didn’t win the title I think we learnt some valuable lessons that are really important for us going forward.

“I think in the T20 Cup we did the basics really well and had a positive mind-set, this is something that we want to carry through the season.”

It is a long season with ten three-day games on the cards for Inland and Abdullah is trying to create a strong culture within the squad.

“We have worked hard in trying to make sure that the players are in a good space and I think it’s important that we know how the guys feel.

“In the pre-season we put a lot of emphasis on team unity and I think that we have got a strong sense of unity within the squad going into the season.”

Inland will be led by 2018/19 captain Luke Schlemmer again and Abdullah has confidence in the youngster.

“It was his first season captaining the side last season and you could see that he was learning.

“We are sure that he has grown as a leader and is the right man to take the side forward this season,” he added.

For more information visit www.dolphinscricket.co.za

Hollywoodbets KZN Inland Squad v Central Gauteng Lions
Johnny Riekert, Sthabiso Zungu, Joel Veeran, Luke Schlemmer (Captain), Mangaliso Mosehle, Kushen Kishun, Gareth Dukes, Tyron Koen, Kurtlyn Mannikam, Athi Maphosa, Lwandiswa Zuma, Nduduzo Mfoza, Rob Frylinck.
Management: Yusuf Abdullah (Head Coach), Ahmed Amla (Assistant Coach)

*Michael Booth and Kyle Nipper will join the squad for the 50 over game on Sunday.

HOLLYWOODBETS KZN INLAND SEASON FIXTURES

CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup

October 2019
Thu 03 – Sat 05 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland v Central Gauteng Lions Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg
Thu 24 – Sat 26 Easterns v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland Willowmoore Park, Benoni
November 2019
Thu 21 – Sat 23 Free State v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
December 2019
Thu 12 – Sat 14 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland v Northern Cape Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg
January 2020
Thu 16 – Sat 18 Boland v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl
Thu 23 – Sat 25 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland v North West Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg
Thu 30 – Sat 01 Northerns v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland Tshwane University of Technology, Centurion
February 2020
Thu 13 – Sat 15 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland v Eastern Province Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg
March 2020
Thu 05 – Sat 07 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland v Border Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg
Thu 12 – Sat 14 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban

CSA One Day Provincial Cup

October 2019
Sun 06 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland v Central Gauteng Lions Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg
Sun 27 Easterns v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland Willowmoore Park, Benoni
November
Sun 24 Free State v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
December
Sun 15 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland v Northern Cape Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg
January 2020
Sun 19 Boland v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl
Sun 26 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland v North West Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg
February 2020
Sun 02 Northerns v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland Tshwane University of Technology, Centurion
Sun 16 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland v Eastern Province Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg
March 2020
Sun 08 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland v Border Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg
Sun 15 Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal v Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban

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