Dolphins welcome back stars for final 4-Day Series challenge

The Hollywoodbets Dolphins will be boosted by the return of star batsman Vaughn van Jaarsveld and influential Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj for their final CSA 4-Day Franchise Series match against the WSB Cape Cobras at the Pietermaritzburg Oval starting on Monday.

It is the final round of the franchise red ball competition and the Cobras currently sit at the top of the log with the final game crucial for them if they are to win the competition with the bizhub Highveld Lions staring them down.

In some welcome news for the Dolphins they will welcome back Van Jaarsveld to the squad as well as Proteas spinner Maharaj.

Van Jaarsveld has missed the last two matches as he recovered from a facial injury he sustained while fielding against the Lions in Durban.

Maharaj returns to the fold after he helped the Proteas in their test series win over Pakistan recently.

The Dolphins and the Warriors might have counted themselves a little unlucky last week in East London when both sides went into the final day with a chance to win the game.

Both sides pushed hard, however the weather was the ultimate winner and they both had to settle for a share of the spoils.

In the previous meeting between the Dolphins and the Cobras in Cape Town saw the home side win by five wickets.

Since then the Dolphins have found a revelation at number three with Marques Ackerman scoring 336 runs in just three games for the franchise.

Ackerman is averaging 56 for the Dolphins and has racked up a first Dolphins hundred and followed that up with two fifties against the Warriors last week.

Amongst the bowlers, Eathan Bosch has been far and away the stand-out with 31 wickets to his name so far in the campaign.

He is currently fourth on the wickets table and with Beuren Hendricks unavailable Bosch needs two wickets to past him into third.

Dane Paterson is in second with 33 wickets, if Bosch can bag three wickets in the match he will move into second place behind spinner Dane Piedt.

Play begins in Pietermaritzburg at 09:00.

Hollywoodbets Dolphins v WSB Cape Cobras
Sarel Erwee, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Michael Erlank, Marques Ackerman, Khaya Zondo (c), Sibz Makhanya, Senuran Muthusamy, Grant Roelofsen (wk), Keshav Maharaj (vc), Eathan Bosch, Keith Dudgeon, Okhule Cele, Kerwin Mungroo, Prenelan Subrayen.

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