The Dolphins announced their squad for the 2017-18 as they aim for some much-needed silverware.
One of the most notable additions to the squad is that of former Cape Cobras wicketkeeper Dane Vilas. Grant Morgan, the Dolphins head coach, will hope the experience of Vilas will go a long way to filling the void left by a quartet of key players in Cameron Delport, Divan Van Wyk, Craig Alexander and Daryn Smit.
‘With Daryn moving on and Divan retiring from the game, it has left some holes, but signing a guy like Dane Vilas is a solid replacement, and Sarel Erwee is starting to come into his own, which is encouraging,’ said Morgan.
Having been in contention across the formats, but ultimately missing out, Morgan will be hoping for better luck this time around.
‘We were in the top three of all three competitions after seven games, and were first in both the Sunfoil Series and the Momentum One Day Cup, so to miss out was tough.’
The Dolphins further identified the need to strengthen their bowling ranks to lighten the load on frontline bowlers Mthokozisi Shezi and Rob Frylinck, and with more bowling options at their disposal.
The return of Daryn Dupavillon and the inclusion of youngsters Lwandiswa Zuma, Rabian Engelbrecht, Eathan Bosch, Okuhle Cele and Calvin Savage will serve this purpose.
‘With Dupavillon back, who can bowl at 140km/h, Zuma, Engelbrecht, Bosch, Okuhle and Savage, we have bowlers that can back up our front two senior men,’ Morgan said.
‘Rob and Shezi bowled so many overs last season, but this season we might be able to afford to rotate our quicker bowlers,’ he added.
Dolphins Squad: Cody Chetty, Daryn Dupavillion, Robbie Frylink, Sibonelo Makhanya, Calvin Savage, Mthokozisi Shezi, Prenelan Subrayen, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Morné van Wyk, Sarel Erwee, Khaya Zondo, Eathan Bosch, Senuran Muthusamy, Rabian Engelbrecht, Lwandiswa Zuma, Dane Vilas, Okuhle Cele (Rookie), Smangaliso Nhlebela (Rookie).