The next generation of Sunfoil Dolphins have been in dominant form in Kimberley recently when the Suncoast Dolphins Academy youngsters surged to commanding victories in all four of their clashes of the Inland division of the CSA National Academies Week from 20-23 September.
Comfortably overcoming all of their fellow emerging outfits from Northerns, Griquas, Gauteng and Free State, the men from KwaZulu-Natal flew their franchise’s flag high as they looked to stamp their authority on the tournament as a team while also staking a claim for higher honours individually.
In the first of their three 50 over encounters, wickets for Mishkal Ramsaroop, Smangaliso Nhlebela and Senuran Muthusamy restricted Northerns to 150/9 and with steady efforts with the bat from Jason Oakes (46) and Greg Oldfield (35), the men from Durban claimed victory by five wickets in just the 36th over.
Taking confidence out of their day one efforts, KZN continued to impress with the ball on day two as again Muthusamy got amongst the wickets, this time supported ably by fellow left-arm orthodox Kyle Simmonds and right-arm seamer Thula Ngcobo. Having bowled Griquas out for just 114, the chase was a measured one by KZN however a four wicket victory was still achieved in with more than 17 overs in hand.
After being put in by Gauteng on day three of the tournament, KZN’s batsmen shone magnificently as Oakes again anchored the innings en route to his 43 from 100 deliveries while former SA U19 star Oldfield blasted a superb run-a-ball 73 while Ramsaroop’s 34-ball 30 aided in KZN posting an impressive 244/7 in their 50 overs.
An impressive effort by emerging quick Tshepo Moreki (3/13) and some fantastic support by the spin-twins Simmonds (2/20) and Ramsaroop (3/37) saw Gauteng limp to 140 all out, handing KZN a deserved 104 run victory.
The final day’s action saw the tournament switch briefly into T20 mode and after winning the toss and opting to bat, KwaZulu-Natal’s batsmen set a very competitive 187/7 with left-handed Muthusamy the chief blaster, compiling a significant innings of 76 off just 47 deliveries, including four boundaries and four sixes.
On the back of his sublime knock with the bat, Muthusamy then continued his rich vein of form with the ball as he clinched a rare five wicket haul in the shorter format which ripped the heart out of the Free State chase, leaving them 69 all out and handing KZN a massive 119 run win, making it four from four in the process.
While the likes of Muthusamy, Oldfield, Ramsaroop, Simmonds and Oakes contributed with good consistency throughout the four days, a pleasing characteristic of the side’s clean sweep at the week for both the players and coaching staff alike was the collective team effort throughout.
Tomorrow’s stars now return to KwaZulu-Natal ahead of the start of the 2014/15 club cricket season this weekend as they look to use the platform the Suncoast Dolphins Academy’s off-season programme has given them to shine on the club circuit in the hope of cementing a slot in the KZN Amateur side’s line-up and beyond.
Suncoast Dolphins Academy team:
Tshepo Moreki, Kyle Simmonds, Smangaliso Nhlebela, Luke Schlemmer, Jason Oakes, Mishkal Ramsaroop, Gregory Oldfield, Daniel Sincuba, Calvin Savage, Thula Ngcobo, Senuran Muthusamy, Johnny Riekert, Cameron Gordon, Yashin Ebrahim (Coach), Bheki Nyathikazi (Assistant Coach)
SUMMARY OF RESULTS – SUNCOAST DOLPHINS ACADEMY
CSA ACADEMIES WEEK (INLAND)
Day 1 – Northerns v KZN (50 overs)
Northerns 150/9 (Ramsaroop 3/25, Nhlebela 2/21, Muthusamy 2/37)
KZN 151/5 (Oakes 46, Oldfield 35)
KZN won by 5 wickets
Day 2 – Griquas v KZN (50 overs)
Griquas 114 all out (Simmonds 3/15, Muthusamy 2/11, Ngcobo 2/31)
KZN 115/6 (Muthusamy 27, Oldfield 21)
KZN won by 4 wickets
Day 3 – KZN v Gauteng (50 overs)
KZN 244/7 (Oldfield 73, Oakes 43, Ramsaroop 30)
Gauteng 140 all out (Moreki 3/13 Ramsaroop 3/37, Simmonds 2/20)
KZN won by 104 runs
Day 4 – KZN v Free State (T20)
KZN 186/7 (Muthusamy 76)
Free State 69 all out (Masheshemane 5/27)