Pietermaritzburg – A fluent maiden CSA 4-Day Domestic Series century from Grant Roelofsen helped the Hollywoodbets Dolphins to 234 for four before bad light just after tea brought an early end to day one against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Pietermaritzburg on Monday.
Roelofsen missed the Dolphins’ previous game after he didn’t recover from a concussion sustained in the first game of the season against the Momentum Multiply Titans. He scored a half century for the Dolphins in that game then doubled that on Monday.
“I missed the previous game so I was able to put in some hard work last week and I am glad that it paid off,” Roelofsen said.
“Hopefully we can get out there on Tuesday morning and rebuild and take the innings as deep as possible for the team.”
Having spent a number of season at Hollywoodbets KZN Inland before breaking into the Dolphins side, Roelofsen knows what the conditions are going to be like.
“It’s a typical Maritzburg wicket I think. It’s on the slow side but there are runs out there if you apply yourself and if you bowl the right areas there is something in the wicket for the bowlers too.
“We would have liked to only be three down but we have scored well today and will look to build on it tomorrow,” he added.
Roelofsen opened the batting with Vaughn van Jaarsveld and the pair were not together long before the latter nicked off the second delivery of the day.
Marques Ackerman was his traditionally attacking self coming in at three, however the Cobras bowlers were able to throttle his intent and that forced a lose shot where he skied a Jason Smith delivery to mid-off for 35.
It was a crucial partnership in the greater scheme of the match. Their eighty run stand came in just over seventeen overs.
Match-saver in their previous encounter Cody Chetty made six and captain Khaya Zondo added ten which pegged that Dolphins back to 138 for four.
Andile Phehlukwayo joined Roelofsen and they made merry in good batting conditions in the afternoon session.
Roelofsen went to a maiden CSA 4-Day Domestic Series hundred, before Phehlukwayo went to a first half century of his season.
The pair’s partnership was at 96 with Roelofsen 113 not out and Phehlukwayo 61 not out when the clouds became heavier and the umpires called the players from the field.
In the 63 overs that the Dolphins batted they amassed 234 for four.
SUMMARY OF THE SCORE – Hollywoodbets Dolphins v WSB Cape Cobras
Dolphins 234 for four (Grant Roelofsen 113* Andile Phehlukwayo 61* Marques Ackerman 35)
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Durban – Hollywoodbets Kingsmead hosted a successful KFC mini-cricket Provincial Seminar on Friday where Coaches and Coordinators were celebrated for the role they play in producing the next generation of cricketers.
KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union CEO Heinrich Strydom said the KFC mini-cricket is the flagship development programme in the country and it is important to recognise the people that sacrifice so much time to develop young cricketers.
“The way this programme has evolved is incredible,” Strydom said. “KFC mini-cricket is coached on a volunteer basis and to see people putting in their time and effort is truly humbling.”
Valley of a Thousand Hills KFC mini-cricket chairperson Sandile Zondi said working with children is not really about rewards, the main reward is to see the young boys and girls become professional cricketers and for them to see school as a joyful place.
KwaZulu-Natal KFC mini-cricket Coordinator Horatius Sokhanyile understands the importance of the role that teachers play in helping the programme grow.
“I take my hat off to the teachers who sacrifice their time to make sure that KFC mini-cricket continues to prosper in KZN and today is all about them,” Sokhanyile said.
Cricket South Africa and KFC celebrated a decade long partnership of developing cricket in the country earlier this year in the Western Cape.
Coach of the month award recipient, Brigitta Wellman from the Ilembe district said the KFC mini-cricket programme helps the kids with social and personal development.
“I enjoy being a KFC mini-cricket coach,” Wellman said. “I love to see the growth among the children and how their passion grows as their understanding grows too.
Administrator of the year, Ahmed Ameer appreciated the recognition for all the hard work that has gone into the next generation of cricketers in the province.
“I would like to thank Cricket South Africa and the KZN Cricket Union. To be recognised with an award like this is heart-warming and it is something I will cherish for years to come and will definitely keep me in the programme.
“I hope KFC mini-cricket continues to touch the lives of children across South Africa.”
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