Durban - As the players take a well-earned rest following a taxing
2016/17 season, the Dolphins can confirm that two players will
join their ranks for the upcoming season - Proteas wicketkeeper/batsman Dane
Vilas and former Knights seamer Lwandiswa Zuma, both on two-year contracts.
The signing of Vilas is a coup for the Durban-based franchise as the 31-year-old 'keeper and middle-order batsman will be able to add value on the field
as well as in the change room with his wealth of experience.
"To have a guy like Dane coming to Durban just adds so much value to the
franchise," coach Grant Morgan said.
"He is a quality wicketkeeper and a really good batsman who has the
ability to take the game away from the opposition."
Vilas and Morgan have worked together in the past both at the national academy
and at the Highveld Strikers. Vilas says this played a part in his decision to
take up the deal.
"Having worked with Morgs in the past was a big influence for me to move
to Durban but also my wife Pippa has family in Durban which helped make it an
easier decision," Vilas commented.
"I had seven great years at the Cobras and really enjoyed myself but I
felt like it was time to move on and I am excited to contribute to the
Vilas recently signed a Kolpak deal with English county side Lancashire and the
right-hander will spend the European summer plying his trade at Old Trafford
predominately as a batsman.
"I will be available to keep for them if they need me to but they have a
young 'keeper Alex Davies who is trying to break into the England ranks so it
will be good to offer assistance where I can.
"For me I feel like signing the Kolpak deal will mean that I will be able
to focus on contributing to the Dolphins in all three formats," Vilas
The other signing that the Dolphins have made is young Lwandiswa
Zuma. The 20-year-old right-arm fast bowler, who was schooled at Maritzburg
College, returns to the province of his birth for the 2017/18 season.
Zuma, who represented the Knights for two of the recent One-Day
Cup campaign fixtures, has represented South Africa at Under-19 level and will
bolster the seam bowler stocks with the likes of Rob Frylinck, Mthokozisi Shezi
and Rabian Engelbrecht being worked hard throughout the past season.
More information can be found at www.dolphinscricket.co.za