U19 Dolphins make a strong start to Cricket SA Cubs tournament

2015-01-07 00:00

THE U19 Dolphins have made a strong start at the Cricket South Africa Cubs Week in Stellenbosch.

The Durban-based outfit have already made it two wins from two games and did so in fine style on Monday and yesterday.

Starting off the tournament against the Warriors, the Dolphins kept the boys from EP down to 161/6 in the first innings, with Dolphins captain Sibonelo Makhanya (DHS) taking two wickets for 27 runs.

Makhanya then led the way in the Dolphins’ run chase, scoring 67 runs to help his team to a comfortable five-wicket victory.

“We were pretty happy with the first win,” Dolphins U19 coach Lucky Dladla told The Witness yesterday while his side were busy taking on the South African U17 Invitational side in their second fixture of the week.

They backed up their win over the Warriors with an impressive demolition of the SA U17 side yesterday.

Bowling first once again, the Dolphins demolished the SA battling line-up, restricting them to 65 all out. Fast bowler Lwandiswa Zuma (Maritzburg College) tore the batting line-up apart, taking five wickets for 20 runs.

With a measley target to chase, the Dolphins ended up winning by seven wickets to claim their second win of the tournament.

Having started the week so strongly, Dladla is expecting a tough challenge from the Lions, who they face tomorrow. The Johannesburg outfit were the unofficial winners of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week last month, making a strong statement going into the Cubs Week.

The eight teams at the tournament are divided into two pools and play cross-pool fixtures. The two teams that top both groups will battle it out in the final on Friday to be crowned champions.

Dladla is looking to help his side claim the tournament title for the first time and to achieve that feat, the coach is banking on Makhanya and vice-captain Zuma to lead the way.

“Sibonelo is our most experienced player, having competed in the Cubs Week last year. Zuma is one of our strongest bowlers and we need him to keep on delivering throughout the week,” Dladla said.

With two matches played, the coach was happy with his team’s bowling but was more uncertain about their batting as his players have had to chase down only low totals.

The Dolphins are in action again today, where they take on the Knights and Dladla was cautiously optimistic ahead of the fixture. “They are not quite as strong as the Lions, but anything can happen in cricket so we will have to take it one step at a time.”

U19 Dolphins squad: Jerome Bossr (Glenwood, KZN Coastal), Bruce Kerr (Westville, KZN Coastal), Sohail Mahmoud (Maritzburg College, KZN Inland), Sibonelo Makhanya (c, DHS, KZN Coastal), Jason Marshall (Michaelhouse, KZN Inland), Nduduzo Mfoza (Glenwood, KZN Coastal), Gavin Morris (Hilton, KZN Inland), Lungi Ngidi (Hilton, KZN Inland), Yetish Ramssurup (Northwood, KZN Coastal), Stephen Reeves (Hilton, KZN Inland), Jesse Smit (Westville, KZN Coastal), Brandon Tattam (Michaelhouse, KZN Inland), Lwandiswa Zuma (vc, Maritzburg College, KZN Inland).

Dolphins remaining fixtures:

Today: Dolphins vs Knights

Tomorrow: Dolphins vs Lions

Pool A: Dolphins, Knights, Lions, SA U17

Pool B: Cobras, Titans, Warriors, Zimbabwe

Scores in brief

Day 1: Warriors U19 — 161/6 (Craig Sansom 52; Sibonelo Makhanya 2-27).

Dolphins U19 — 163/5 (Sibonelo Makhanya 67; Tim Niemand 2-26).

Day 2: SA U17 — 65 all out (26.4 overs) (Wiaan Mulder 31*; Lwandiswa Zuma 5-20).

Dolphins U19 — 66/7 (Sohail Mahmoud 19; Lutho Sipamla 1-17).

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