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And now for something completely different…


Written by Udo Lütge (pastorshark)

Posted in :Cricket on 27 Mar 2019 at 21:02

I know this is a rugby site…but I thought I would just write a little something about that other ball sport…you know, the one with the hard white ball and bats! Local side the Dolphins have a home semi-final tomorrow night and will be aiming at reaching the Momentum Cup final.

For the first time in years I have actually made the effort to attend some matches at Kingsmead. With my weekends being jam packed full and many of my responsibilities keeping me from going to more than 2 or 3 Sharks games per season, my New Year’s resolution to give my teenage sons a bit more of dad’s time, I have taken them to several cricket matches this year. Ticket prices of R30 and the fact that you are allowed to take food and drink into the stadium makes it a far more affordable outing for a family than a game of rugby.

Anyway, after the regular season, the Dolphins have ended up in second place. They take on the third place Warriors from the Eastern Cape. They will want to draw confidence from a very comprehensive 9 wicket win against the Warriors a week or so ago. That win came on the back of a decent bowling performance and then three good innings by Sarel Erwee (who scored a century), Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Marques Ackermann. The dynamics will change substantially, however, with all Proteas players not in action in the IPL being available for the knockout phase.

The Warriors welcome back Sinethemba Qeshile – the wicketkeeper who made his Proteas T20 debut in the last game of the series against Sri Lanka – and Lutho Sipamla. Andrew Birch, who seems to do well against the Dolphins, is also back from injury. Meanwhile the Dolphins will also bestrengthened by Proteas star Andile Pehlukwayo.

The Dolphins have actually had a poor record at home this season and they will want to set that right tomorrow so that they can have a shot at the silverware by showing off their excellent away record against the Titans in the final. My boys and I, together with a kombi full of their friends and cousins, will be there from the first ball…so keep an eye out for us!!



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  • On the topic of bringing your own food and drink to games and our game against the Bulls:

    Can you imagine a stadium full of Bulls supporters, each with their own bottle of Klipdrift between their legs and a cooler box full of coke and ice? :lol: I’ll bet money that one won’t end up a pretty sight.

    I don’t follow the local cricket close enough to comment on it though but I’m glad there’s some extra sports action to look forward to in Durban.

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.03.19 08:44:26 by Quintin Reply
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  • Watch a couple of games and some highlights on tv. Must say they do look competitive!!! Will watch the game so Pastor you must ensure that you’re on tv as I will be looking out for you!

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.03.19 09:39:51 by JD Reply
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  • @Quintin (Comment 1) : The rule includes a specification of no glass and no alcohol – the alcohol is sold in a controlled environment at the game…it works quite well at the cricket…

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.03.19 10:55:23 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 2) : I’ll streak!! That’ll get me on… :o :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.03.19 10:55:51 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 2) : They’ve been a bit inconsistent…hopefully they are on top of their game today…

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.03.19 10:56:32 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 4) : I want to see you but that might be a bit to much of you :twisted:

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.03.19 11:34:40 by JD Reply
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  • I try to go down for domestic games with the wife and kid as well on occasion. For a family affair it is better than rugby( I have a young child who battles to sit still for a whole rugby game) there is space and the little ones can run around on the bank and you can even make a braai there in the designated area if you want. Quality of the cricket is high and as Pastor says its a fun day out for a minimal price.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.03.19 12:25:47 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 6) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.03.19 13:29:33 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Beautiful day in Durban…

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.03.19 13:30:39 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Boys have already got 2 autographs, including Andile Pehlukwayo…

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.03.19 13:46:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • And the Dolphins with the early strike…19/1 after 3.4 overs…

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.03.19 13:48:17 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 11) : its nice to bat second because more fans will come down after work I am sure.

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.03.19 13:51:59 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 12) : Definitely…we’re at somewhere between 800 and 1000 spectators right now

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.03.19 13:53:46 by pastorshark Reply
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  • And the Dolphins strike again…20/2 after 4.2 overs…

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.03.19 13:54:16 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Big wicket there. JJ Smuts goes for 4 and it is 28/3 after 6.1 overs…Dolphins on top!

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.03.19 14:03:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Maharaj strikes first ball!! 45/4…

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.03.19 14:23:01 by pastorshark Reply
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  • After a good partnership, Maharaj comes up with 2 quick strikes and the Dolphins are right back on top…93/6 after 24.1 overs…

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.03.19 15:20:12 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 93/7 as Maharaj Strike again!! All Dolphins now…

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.03.19 15:30:49 by pastorshark Reply
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  • A drop catch robs Maharaj of his five-for…but a run out off the next ball makes it 106/8…

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.03.19 15:36:12 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Great stuff. Go Dolphins

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.03.19 15:37:39 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • Another dropped catch… :x

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.03.19 15:38:14 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 20) : They have been very good today…

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.03.19 15:39:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I think you need to make your way to the authorities and convince them to schedule a 20/20 game after this is game ends.

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.03.19 15:39:17 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 23) : :mrgreen: A fans and players game…now that would be something…

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.03.19 15:40:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • By the way, we arrived at the ground to see that tickets were 2 for the price of 1! So I paid R100 for 5 tickets…

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.03.19 15:42:00 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 25) : Thats brilliant. Cheap day of good entertainment

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.03.19 15:45:23 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • I’m really enjoying the day out…there are about 6 or 7 cricket games going on in front of me…lots of kids playing…

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.03.19 15:46:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 117/9 as Birch goes for 16…

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.03.19 16:02:27 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I really enjoy going to the ground and watching cricket and all the sideshows that come along with it.

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.03.19 16:03:05 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Yeah I miss Kingsmead… picket cricket was awesome

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.03.19 16:12:19 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • That was a really top performance by the Dolphins! The Warriors are 119 all out.

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.03.19 16:13:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 31) : ……and Phehlukwayo goes wicketless – must be a weird feeling for him. Are there any / many demons in the pitch that the spinners got 6 wickets in only 15 overs.

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.03.19 16:33:43 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 32) : The wicket looked a bit slow…lots of Chinese cuts and the like…several of the wickets went caught at midwicket or cover as if the ball was stopping on the batsmen a bit. Otherwise it didn’t look like many demons. We’ll see how the Dolphins go now…

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.03.19 16:45:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 32) : Pehlukwayo did bowl well though (but for one over)…beat the bat a few times and had a plumb lbw turned down…

  • Comment 34, posted at 28.03.19 16:46:34 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 32) : Maharaj bowled a beautiful spell! Muthusamy got the tail lenders who were trying to play some shots…

  • Comment 35, posted at 28.03.19 16:47:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The Dolphins have got off to a solid 8/0 start with two boundaries and no false strokes or plays and misses…

  • Comment 36, posted at 28.03.19 16:48:38 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 34) : He is a great cricketer – I cant believe he hasnt got an IPL contract – worth his weight in gold with the bat and ball.

  • Comment 37, posted at 28.03.19 16:49:02 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • To bring this back to rugby but also ties in with the cricket – currently batting is SJ Erwee whose father Sarel played centre for Natal (Sharks) in the early 80′s and would tackle anything that moved and they would know they were tackled as well.

  • Comment 38, posted at 28.03.19 16:55:30 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 38) : I remember his dad very fondly…

  • Comment 39, posted at 28.03.19 17:26:16 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Yep, he and Ronnie Haarhof were a great centre pairing. Both tackled the stuffing out of their opponents.

  • Comment 40, posted at 28.03.19 17:29:01 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • The Dolphins are cruising and showing us that there really are no demons in this pitch…60/0 after 10.3 overs…

  • Comment 41, posted at 28.03.19 17:29:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 40) : Ah, memories…

  • Comment 42, posted at 28.03.19 17:29:41 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 79/1 off 13.3 overs…

  • Comment 43, posted at 28.03.19 17:42:21 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 100 up for the Dolphins in 15.4 overs…50 up for Vaughn van Jaarsveld…easy game…

  • Comment 44, posted at 28.03.19 17:56:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Easy 7 wicket win for the Dolphins in 19.1 overs! Well done, men!!

  • Comment 45, posted at 28.03.19 18:13:25 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Nicely done. Lets hope the sharks can do the job this weekend too.

  • Comment 46, posted at 28.03.19 18:18:26 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 45) : Great stuff!!!
    So glad for them!!! So this weekend it’s Natal vs Northern Transvaal in rugby and cricket!!!

  • Comment 47, posted at 28.03.19 18:19:15 by JD Reply
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  • GO SHARKS AND DOLPHINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 48, posted at 28.03.19 18:19:45 by JD Reply
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  • Job done. Safe trip home pastor and all others on the roads.

  • Comment 49, posted at 28.03.19 18:30:15 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • That, ladies and gents, was a truly enjoyable evening!

  • Comment 50, posted at 28.03.19 20:40:44 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 49) : we had a good trip home and the youngsters are still enthusiastically talking about what they experienced…and my niece says she is doing that again!!

  • Comment 51, posted at 28.03.19 20:47:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 48) : Yes please…

  • Comment 52, posted at 28.03.19 20:50:07 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 51) : Awesome to hear they enjoyed it and that you’re home safe!

  • Comment 53, posted at 28.03.19 22:11:47 by JD Reply
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