DOL vs NWD Match Preview
Sarel Erwee has been excellent as an opening batsman and will be looking to give his team a good start as he pairs up with Bryce Parsons. While Marques Ackerman and Khaya Zondo haven’t been in the best of forms this season, Jason Smith has lent some stability to the middle order.
Andile Phehlukwayo is a good all-rounder in the team but hasn’t got many chances with the ball so far. The inclusion of JJ Smuts adds depth to an already strong batting line-up and the Dolphins will be hoping to put up a big score here. Smuts and Prenelan Subrayen were superb with the ball in the previous match, as they picked up a total of 19 wickets between them.
The batting has been a big letdown for the Dragons this season as none of the batsmen have been able to score consistently. Lesego Senokwane is the top-scorer for the team so far with 199 runs in 6 innings but he will need to do much more if the team wants to end the season on a high.
He will be looking for some support from his fellow top-order batsmen, Grant Mokoena and Shaylen Pillay, both of whom have played a couple of good innings but have failed to build up momentum. The middle-order batsmen including Duan Jansen and Christopher Britz have been underwhelming, to say the least, and will be looking to contribute in a better way here.
Delano Potgieter has been excellent with the ball, picking up 15 wickets, and has also done a decent job with the bat. Potgieter is the joint-highest wicket-taker for the team this season along with Renaldo Meyers.
The weather is expected to remain overcast throughout the next week and we might see some delays or interruptions due to rain.
The pitch at Durban offers plenty of assistance to the seamers as it provides consistent bounce. The ground occasionally sees windy weather as it lies in the vicinity of the ocean, and the bowlers can get some good swing. However, the surface gets easier to bat on as the match progresses. Anything over 200 will be tricky to chase here in the 4th inning.
Renaldo Meyer’s Consistent Bowling
Renaldo Meyer has been one of North West’s most consistent bowlers over the last few matches. In his last 5 outings, Meyer has picked up 15 wickets with a bowling strike rate of 39.33.
There are no updates regarding injuries from either side.
DOL vs NWD Probable 11
DOL Playing 11
- Sarel Erwee (C)
- Marques Ackerman
- Grant Roelofsen (Wk)
- JJ Smuts
- Bryce Parsons
- Thando Ntini
- Prenelan Subrayen
- Andile Phehlukwayo
- Khaya Zondo
- Jason Smith
- Ottniel Baartman
NWD Playing 11
- Lesego Senokwane
- Shaylen Pillay
- Grant Mokoena
- Senuran Muthusamy
- Christopher Britz
- Heino Kuhn (C)
- Delano Potgieter
- Khanya Cotani (Wk)
- Duan Jansen
- Eldred Hawken
- Renaldo Meyer
We are backing the Dolphins to win this contest. They have been clinical in their last few outings and have found a good balance of players within the squad. The Kingsmead Stadium is their home ground and the team has a pretty good record there.
On the other hand, the Dragons have been below par in their performances so far and are likely to struggle against quality opposition like the Dolphins.
Sarel Erwee: Sarel Erwee is the Dolphin’s premier batsman at the moment. In his last 5 outings, he has scored 364 runs at an impressive average of 45.50.
JJ Smuts: JJ Smuts is an excellent all-rounder with the ability to chip in at critical phases of a match. In his 110 First Class appearances, he has scored 5949 runs and has also picked up 179 wickets.
Delano Potgieter: Delano Potgieter is consistent performer with the bat as well as the ball. He has an average of 35.24 in First Class matches and has picked up 104 wickets with a miserly economy rate of 2.98.
DOL vs NWD Dream11 Team 1
Keeper: G Roelofsen
Batters: S Pillay, J Smith, S Erwee, L Senokwane
All-rounders: J Smuts (C), P Subrayen (VC), D Potgieter
Bowlers: E Hawken, O Baartman, R Meyer