Durban dives in for T20 double dose

A strong representation by the DolFAN Army is expected at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Sunday, 4 December as the province’s cricket fraternity looks to be part of all the excitement and action of the CSA T20 Challenge double header that sees the Hollywoodbets Dolphins take on the BuildNat Cape Cobras and the Warriors square off against the bizhub Highveld Lions.

Fresh off their victory over the table-topping Multiply Titans on Wednesday, the Dolphins hope to continue their winning ways when they face up to the Cape based side in the day’s second match that gets underway at 14h30 while the all-important Warriors vs. Lions clash commences at 10h00.

With the in-form Cameron Delport and Morné van Wyk, global T20 sensation Kevin Pietersen, Proteas spinners Keshav Maharaj – back from national duty – and Imran Tahir as well as the dangerous all-rounder Robbie Frylinck all named in the Dolphins squad, the home team will look to cement their position in the top half of the table with a positive result.

Delport, who has amassed 200 runs in six innings at an average of 40.00 and a strike rate of 142.85 and claimed ten vitals wickets with the ball, has played a key role in getting the Dolphins to third place on the log and his contribution will again be crucial this Sunday.

He and opening batting partner Morné van Wyk – who himself has notched up 223 runs in six innings at an average of 37.16 and a strike rate of 139.37 to sit third on the competition’s Most Runs list, two places higher than Delport – have been vital for the KZN franchise.

The pair will hope to again combine successfully this weekend, giving their side a good platform from which the likes of Pietersen, Maharaj and Frylinck can launch later on in their batting innings.

The workman-like approach of Cody Chetty – who has accumulated scores of 46*, 35 and 28* – all at better than a run-a-ball rate – and the experienced Khaya Zondo in the middle order will too give the Durban outfit’s batting line-up confidence ahead of Sunday’s clash.

Fit-again fast bowler, Rabian Engelbrecht – ruled out of Wednesday’s encounter due to a plaguing back injury – is available for selection once more while all-rounder Calvin Savage – another to have recently recovered from injury, his a side strain – has also been named in the 14-man squad.

Durbanites are reminded that both of this weekend’s matches in Durban will be televised and so are urged to get down to Sahara Stadium Kingsmead to stand a chance to ‘Catch a Million’ by taking a clean, one-handed catch off any six hit during either contest.

Fans can purchase their tickets to Sunday’s double dose of T20 action at the stadium’s ticket office or online at from R30.

Morné van Wyk (captain), Cody Chetty, Cameron Delport, Rabian Engelbrecht, Robbie Frylinck, Mbasa Gqadushe, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Nipper, Kevin Pietersen, Calvin Savage, Mthokozisi Shezi, Prenelan Subrayen, Imran Tahir, Khaya Zondo