Cape Town - Dolphins
coach Grant Morgan is expecting another tough early-season Sunfoil
Series assignment for his team when they come up against
reigning champions the Knights at Kingsmead in Durban
host secured a credible draw against the Titans in their
opening match of the campaign last week, a match they looked likely to
after the opening three days.
Morgan wants to take the positives from the draw in Centurion into their first home game of the season.
are really proud of what we achieved on the last day, especially from
27 for three," he said. "I think what we have to address is why 27 for
three? Why 317 in the first innings? And we know why.
partnerships and good contributions, but a lack of a big partnership
and an individual score in the first innings and then a cluster of
in the second innings. So those are the things we’ll hope to avoid
against the Knights."
Titans ended runners-up last season have been one of the strongest
teams in the competition during recent seasons. Morgan believes it is
to be playing the top sides early in the campaign.
"It's good to be
playing the two teams that were fighting it out for the title last year
in our first two games this year," he added.
"We see it as a big
challenge to play the two championship teams up front
because it really tests us and gives us an opportunity to see where
"We respect the Knights, like we respected the Titans last week and we're expecting a tough game again at Kingsmead."
players that were part of the KwaZulu-Natal Inland Africa
T20 Cup-winning team at the weekend are in the Dolphins squad - Sarel
Erwee, Athi Maposa and Kerwin Mungroo.
Andile Phehlukwayo and Keshav
Maharaj are unavailable due to their Proteas commitments.
coach Nicky Boje was happy with the way the champions began the
campaign despite failing to get over the line against the Cobras in
very pleased with the performances of the players in the first game,
there were a lot of positives to take out of it," he said.
did get quite flat and it was hard work, but the guys stuck to it and we
were the team on top for most of the game."
ahead to the challenge the Dolphins will pose, the Knights boss
conceded it will be tough work as always against the Durbanites.
always a tough side to play against. They've got some very good
individuals and they're playing well as a team, so it's going to be a
game and we’re looking forward to it," he added.
van Biljon will lead the Knights this week after Theunis de Bruyn
reported for national duty. Also out for the same reason is Duanne
Sarel Erwee, Senuran Muthusamy, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Cody Chetty, Sibonelo Makhanya, Khayelihle
Zondo (capt), Morne van Wyk, Robert Frylinck, Calvin Savage, Mthokozisi Shezi, Prenelan Subrayen, Athi Maposa, Kerwin Mungroo.
Ottneil Baartman, Mbulelo Budaza, Werner Coetsee, Corne Dry, Eddie Leie, David Miller, Luthando
Mnyanda, Grant Mokoena, Keegan Petersen, Patrick Kruger, Rudi Second, Pite van Biljon (capt), Shadley van Schalkwyk.