- Spinner Prenelan Subrayen credited Marques Ackerman for his brave captaincy that led to the Dolphins' defeat of the Titans in the CSA 4-Day Series.
- The Dolphins beat the Titans by an innings and 76 runs in the CSA 4-Day Series final in Durban on Monday.
- Subrayen and spin twin Senuran Muthusamy took 19 of the 20 Titans wickets that fell in the match.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) 4-Day Franchise Series final man-of-the-match Prenelan Subrayen credited Dolphins captain Marques Ackerman for opening with spin against the Titans.
The Dolphins took the CSA 4-Day Franchise Series trophy outright in incredible fashion at Kingsmead by an innings and 76 runs on Monday.
Astonishingly, spinners Subrayen and Senuran Muthusamy took 19 of the 20 Titans wickets that fell, grabbing match figures of 10/80 and 9/92 respectively.
"I think it was just a case of staying patient for as long as possible," said Subrayen.
"It was a great decision by the captain and coach (Imraan Khan) to open the bowling with me.
"I was up for it from the get-go and I think that was a really smart decision on their part and really well done to them."
After posting an imposing first innings score of 295, the Dolphins knocked the Titans over for a paltry 53 in their first innings chase (Subrayen getting 6/24 and Muthusamy getting 3/12), with Subrayen opening the bowling in tandem with medium pacer Ottniel Baartman.
In the second innings, Ackerman went again with the same combination, reaping similar rewards after Subrayen nabbed 4/56 and Muthusamy starred with 6/79.
"It all comes down to runs on the board," said Subrayen, crediting centurion Sarel Erwee and Ackerman (74) for their key knocks.
"If your team has runs on the board, it allows your spinners to express themselves even more, rather than bowling defensively and trying to hold up an end.
"Really well done to our batters Ackers (Ackerman) and SJ (Erwee), in particular in this game, for playing massive parts in setting it up."
Although Proteas spinning all-rounder Keshav Maharaj didn’t take part because of international duty, the Dolphins’ spinning trio contributed massively to getting the Durbanites to their third final this season.
Maharaj also had some key batting knocks along the way, something the Proteas hope continues in national colours come April’s Pakistan tour.
"In the absence of the brilliance of Keshav (Maharaj) and in the presence of the brilliance of Sen (Muthusamy), I think we feed off each other quite a bit," Subrayen said.
"I don’t think it’s a case of [anyone playing] second fiddle. It’s more a case of feeding off each other’s knowledge and getting the job done together.
"Kesh plays a massive role in all formats of the game, in the batting and bowling department. I’d say he’s got all the skills one can possess but it’s his knowledge of the game and of spin bowling that makes him a cut above the rest."