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Dolphins looking for elusive Sunfoil Series win:

Durban – With six draws from their first six games of the Sunfoil Series, the Hollywoodbets Dolphins head to Port Elizabeth hoping to claim a victory that has eluded them throughout the four-day season when they clash with the Warriors from Thursday to Sunday.

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The Dolphins began the second half of the Sunfoil Series last week in Bloemfontein and Grant Morgan’s men started the game slowly which put them well and truly on the back foot.

A strong rear-guard effort in their follow-on innings helped them secure a draw, however if they are to push for overall series honours they need to play on the front foot more often.

“I would say that we have only shown hints of our A game here and there throughout the season,” coach Morgan stressed. “We owe ourselves our A game at least three times out of the next four games.

“For me the thing is that we lose small portions of a four day game badly in both batting and bowling.

“The frustrating part is that we are spending too much time on the back foot in games and have to recoup games through some massive fightbacks.

“We can’t carry on like this because we are losing crucial first innings points and we are getting to a stage where we need to win but if we can’t we need to stay in touch and get those first innings points.”

Despite battling to get wickets against the Knights last week, Morgan has gone with the same bowling line up with the inexperience not being a problem for the Durban sides mentor.

“Our attack can nip the ball around and I am hoping that we can improve on our performance last week.

“I think there might have been some nerves for the guys but we are going to back them and see what they can come up with down in PE.

“We are taking down the same eleven that played last week and we have added Prenelan Subrayen and Daryn Dupavillon to the squad.

“Daryn has a bit of an injury and probably won’t play but we want him to be back in the mix after such a long time and he can work with the trainer and maybe bowl a bit as well,” the coach added.

The Durban-based outfit’s last trip to St George’s Park yielded a bonus point victory in the Momentum One Day Cup and with Morgan’s knowledge of the conditions and the wicket, his side should be confident they can break their streak of drawn matches.

“You can really get any kind of wicket there and I definitely see it as a result wicket,” Morgan said.

“The Warriors do have an ability to bowl well against us and with our recent relationship with the Warriors; that gives the game a nice little edge too.

“We can put a lot of pressure on them by getting our batting right in the first innings and we have various ways of getting 20 wickets, but that’s going to be the challenge.”

HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS SQUAD:
Sarel Erwee, Morne Van Wyk, Vaughn Van Jaarveld, Senuran Muthusamy, Sibonelo Makhanya, Dane Vilas, Keshav Maharaj (Captain), Robert Frylinck, Athi Maposa, Kerwin Mungroo, Zakariya Paruk, Daryn Dupavillon, Prenelan Subrayen.

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Dolphins earn hard fought draw in Bloem:

Bloemfontein – Two fighting second innings centuries from Sarel Erwee and Dane Vilas earned the Hollywoodbets Dolphins a draw against the VKB Knights in their Sunfoil Series clash that ended on Sunday.

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Day four saw the Dolphins still trailing the hosts by 54 runs with Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Sarel Erwee at the crease. The former was the first wicket to fall when he was caught for 51.

Erwee then fell immediately after Van Jaarsveld when he also caught, this time off the bowling of Marchant de Lange for a match-saving 128.

Sibz Makhanya was the next to fall for a duck before the pair of Dane Vilas and Senuran Muthusamy got together and take the game out of the hands of the Knights.

They put on 179 runs for the fifth wicket and took the Dolphins’ lead to 185 before the match was called a draw.

Vilas finished with 102 not out while Muthusamy continued his good form backing up his first innings half century with 73 not out.

The draw is the sixth of the season for the Dolphins as the sit in fourth place on the Sunfoil Series log.

Next up for the Dolphins is a trip to Port Elizabeth where they will play the Warriors from Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 February.

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