Dolphins (cricket team)

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Hollywoodbets Dolphins
Hollywood Bets Dolphins logo.svg
Personnel
Captain South Africa Khaya Zondo
Coach South Africa Grant Morgan
Overseas player England Kevin Pietersen
Team information
Colours      Black      Green
Founded 2003
Home ground Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban
Capacity 25,000
Official website: http://www.dolphinscricket.co.za

First-class

T20

The Hollywoodbets Dolphins are a franchise cricket team representing the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. They take part in the Sunfoil Series first class competition, the Momentum 1 Day Cup and Ram Slam T20 Challenge limited overs competitions. The team's home venues are Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban and the Pietermaritzburg Oval in Pietermaritzburg.

Former Dolphins cricketers include Proteas players Shaun Pollock, Jonty Rhodes, Pat Symcox, Lance Klusener, Andrew Hudson, Errol Stewart, and Dale Benkenstein. International players to play for the Dolphins include Malcom Marshall, Neil Johnson, and Kevin Pietersen. Hashim Amla played for the Dolphins for many seasons before moving to the Cape Cobras.

Current Proteas cricketers in the Hollywoodbets Dolphins squad include Imran Tahir, Keshav Maharaj, Morné van Wyk, Andile Phehlukwayo, Robert Frylinck, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Dane Vilas and Mthokozisi Shezi.

They are the only side in South Africa that did not merge several provincial teams together to form the side when the franchise system was introduced into South African domestic cricket..

Playing kit

The Hollywoodbets Dolphins home kit consists of black shirts and black trousers with green trim during limited overs competitions. The away strip for limited overs competitions is purple shirts and purple trousers with yellow trim.

Sponsors

Hollywoodbets are the Dolphins' primary shirt sponsors until the end of the 2019/20 season,[1] with local radio station East Coast Radio (ECR 94.5FM) their associate sponsor.

Honours

  • SuperSport Series (0) – ; shared (2) – 2004–05, 2005–06
  • Ram Slam T20 Challenge Winners 2013/14
  • Momentum One Day Cup Winners 2017/18 (shared with Warriors)

The Hollywoodbets Dolphins finished as runners-up in the 2017/18 Ram Slam T20 Challenge, after losing to the Multiply Titans in the final at Centurion.[2]

The Hollywoodbets Dolphins reached the final of the 2017/18 Momentum One Day Cup after beating the Cape Cobras in the semi-final. The Dolphins played the Warriors in the final at Kingsmead, however the match was abandoned halfway through the Dolphins first innings due to persistent rain. The rain continued on the reserve day forcing the final to be abandoned, and the trophy was shared between the two teams.[3]

Squad

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Opening Batsmen
Cameron Delport South Africa (1989-05-12) 12 May 1989 (age 29) Left-handed Right arm medium-fast
Sarel Erwee South Africa (1989-11-10) 10 November 1989 (age 28) Left-handed Right arm off break
Imraan Khan South Africa (1984-04-27) 27 April 1984 (age 34) Left-handed Right arm off break
Middle order batsmen
Cody Chetty South Africa (1991-06-28) 28 June 1991 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm off break
Tshepang Dithole South Africa (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 25) Left-handed Right arm off break
Sibonelo Makhanya South Africa (1996-03-07) 7 March 1996 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm medium
Kevin Pietersen England (1980-06-27) 27 June 1980 (age 37) Right-handed Right arm off break Overseas player
Vaughn van Jaarsveld South Africa (1985-02-02) 2 February 1985 (age 33) Left-handed Right arm medium
Khayelihle Zondo South Africa (1990-03-07) 7 March 1990 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm off break
Wicket-keepers
Mbasa Gqadushe South Africa (1986-03-24) 24 March 1986 (age 32) Left-handed Right arm off break
Dane Vilas South Africa (1985-06-10) 10 June 1985 (age 33) Right-handed Right arm Wicket-Keeper
Morne van Wyk South Africa (1979-03-20) 20 March 1979 (age 39) Right-handed Left arm orthodox Captain, One-day opener
All-rounders
Robert Frylinck South Africa (1984-09-27) 27 September 1984 (age 33) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Senuran Muthusamy South Africa (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 (age 24) Left-handed Left arm orthodox
Kyle Nipper South Africa (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 30) Left-handed Left arm orthodox
Andile Phehlukwayo South Africa (1996-03-03) 3 March 1996 (age 22) Left-handed Right arm fast
Calvin Savage South Africa (1993-01-04) 4 January 1993 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm fast
Daryn Smit South Africa (1984-01-28) 28 January 1984 (age 34) Right-handed Right arm leg break Occasional wicketkeeper
Spin Bowlers
Keshav Maharaj South Africa (1990-02-07) 7 February 1990 (age 28) Right-handed Left arm orthodox
Prenelan Subrayen South Africa (1993-09-23) 23 September 1993 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm off break
Imran Tahir South Africa (1979-03-27) 27 March 1979 (age 39) Right-handed Right arm leg break
Seam Bowlers
Daryn Dupavillon South Africa (1994-07-15) 15 July 1994 (age 23) Right-handed Right arm fast
Rabian Engelbrecht South Africa (1992-11-04) 4 November 1992 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Mthokozisi Shezi South Africa (1987-09-09) 9 September 1987 (age 30) Left-handed Left arm medium
Eathan Bosch South Africa (1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 20) Right-handed Right arm fast

Contracted players and second team players who have represented Dolphins in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 season.

References

  • South African Cricket Annual – various editions
  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack – various editions
  1. ^ "Hollywoodbets signs new three year deal with Dolphins | Hollywoodbets Dolphins". dolphinscricket.co.za. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  2. ^ DEL CARME, LIAM. "Titans beat Dolphins by seven wickets to clinch the RAM SLAM T20". Times Live. Times Live. Retrieved 16 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Dolphins, Warriors share Momentum Cup title". cricket.co.za. Cricket South Africa. 
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