17 Jan

The Sharks and Dolphins briefed the media today on their T20 clash to take place at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Sunday, January 22, 2012.

There’s no more pleasing sound than the crisp thwack of shining cricket ball on willow, the sight of a menacing fast bowler tearing in, or a correct and powerful drive straight down the ground, but who knows what we will get when the Sunfoil Dolphins and KZN Sharks face one another in the Pick n Pay Durban Challenge at Kingsmead on Sunday.

The local rugby powerhouses will take on our provincial cricket outfit at their home ground Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Sunday, and there was plenty banter floating around at the press conference today.

Dolphins coach Graham Ford commented (with deadpan expression): “We are taking our preparations very seriously. We know about the Pat Lambie threat, but we’re also taking their fast bowling potential very seriously.”

A lot at stake

KZN Cricket CEO Jessie Chelan quipped: “There’s a lot at stake for the Dolphins,” to the amusement of members of the press gathered at the union’s offices. Victories, as we all know, have been rather hard to come by thus far in a tough season for the Dolphins. One can only imagine the agony the Dolphins would suffer were they to be upstaged by their opponents from Mr Price King’s Park.

Pick n Pay Durban Challenge, Sahara Stadium Kingsmead

Sharks skipper Keegan Daniel and Dolphins captain Imraan Khan size each other up ahead of the Pick n Pay Durban Challenge

Sharks skipper Keegan Daniel wasn’t giving too much away, but did mention that Pat Lambie would be heavily relied upon, and they were hoping former DHS all rounder Alistair Hargreaves would offer a fast bowling option. Other names mentioned were Charl Mcleod, who’s expected to keep wicket, Ryan Kankowski and Daniel himself. It’s not yet clear whether the Beast will be padding up at Kingsmead on Sunday.

“We’re just going to out there and have some fun. There are some old rivalries from back in school days, so it could be a lot of fun,” said Daniel.

Chelan said that Pick n Pay had approached the Sharks and Dolphins a few months ago about replicating the scenario in Western Province and Bloemfontein, where the Cape Corbas take on The Stormers and the Cheetahs take on the Knights.

He said the occasion was all about family fun and that on this, the first clash between the two teams, the union would be pleased to see a crowd in the region of 6000-8000.

Proceeds are to be split between the two unions’ charities:
Sharks: Sharks Make a Difference
Dolphins: Cricket Development Programme.

Event info:
Venue: Sahara Stadium Kingsmead:

Date: January 22, 2012

Time: Gates open at 10am with the match starting at 12 noon.

Tickets cost just R30 for adults and R15 for Under 16s. Ticket Sales are already under way.

Tickets are available from Sahara Stadium Kingsmead ticket office, Pick n Pay Umhlanga Crescent, Durban North Hyper, South Coast Hyper, Queensburgh and the Pavilion. You can also purchase tickets online at ticketpros.co.za or at selected Postnet outlets.

For queries, contact Sahara Stadium, Kingsmead on 031 335 4200.

The format of the game will have some tweaks here and there to ensure that no teams are disadvantaged. These rules are:


  • Regardless of toss, The Sharks to field first.
  • Both teams will use 11 players to bat.
  • The Sharks will field 15 players.


  • No Sunfoil Dolphin bowler may bowl more than four overs.
  • No restriction on the number of overs bowled by The Sharks bowlers.
  • No bouncers allowed
  • Wides and no balls strictly monitored and enforced for the Sunfoil Dolphins but some leniency given towards The Sharks.


  • No fielding restrictions for The Sharks.
  • The Sunfoil Dolphins must have five fielders (excl wicketkeeper) in the circle at all times. This limits the Sunfoil Dolphins to a maximum of four players outside the 30m circle


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