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Dolphins Eye Playoffs with Two Matches Left

  • April 18, 2024
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Dolphins Eye Playoffs with Two Matches Left

The Hollywoodbets Dolphins sit firmly in playoff contention with two matches remaining in the CSA T20 Challenge. They can solidify their spot in the final four by defeating the AET Tuskers at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Currently in third place, the Dolphins need some favorable results to secure a top-two finish and a home semi-final. However, they’re riding a three-match winning streak heading into the crucial clash.

The Tuskers, with only two wins in the competition, pose a potential threat. Despite their record, Dolphins coach Imraan Khan remains confident: “We’ve been playing good cricket and peaking at the right time,” Khan said. “These next two games are crucial before the playoffs, and we need to maintain this momentum entering the knockout stages.”

The Dolphins initially relied heavily on Bryce Parsons for runs early in the competition. However, with Parsons injured, Marques Ackerman has stepped up, scoring 215 runs with three half-centuries in nine matches. Bowling-wise, captain Prenelan Subrayen leads the team with 14 wickets in 11 matches, while Okuhle Cele and Ottniel Baartman have each taken 11 wickets.

“Spreading the workload has been a positive for us,” Khan explained. “Eathan Bosch filled the void left by Ottniel Baartman’s absence, showcasing our squad depth. There’s work to be done, but I believe we’re in a good position.”

Friday’s match serves as a warm-up before facing the Warriors in Gqeberha, a team they haven’t played since the competition’s second match. However, Khan emphasizes staying focused on the present: “You can’t get ahead of yourself in T20 cricket. Our priority is getting ready for the Tuskers on Friday. We’ll shift our focus to the Warriors after that.”

“Any team can win on any given day,” Khan concluded, “so staying focused on each challenge is crucial.”

The match against the Tuskers at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium starts at 2:00 PM, brought forward from the original time.

Hollywoodbets Dolphins Squad:

  • Grant Roelofsen
  • Brad Porteous
  • Khaya Zondo
  • Tshepang Dithole
  • Jason Smith
  • Jon-Jon Smuts
  • Eathan Bosch
  • Okuhle Cele
  • Andile Phehlukwayo
  • Marques Ackerman
  • Prenelan Subrayen
  • Daryn Dupavillon
  • Andile Simelane
  • Tristan Luus

Picture courtesy of Gallo Images

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