With the pre-season around the corner for the Hollywoodbets Dolphins following a strong 2018/19 campaign, four new full contracts have been awarded while two players have shifted from rookie to full contracts ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Batsman Marques Ackerman, wicket-keeper Grant Roelofsen, and bowlers Daryn Dupavillon and Keith Dudgeon have been given contracts while Okuhle Cele and Smangaliso Nhlebela have upgraded from rookie deals to full contracts.

The Dolphins will go into the new season without the services of stalwarts Morné van Wyk and Mthokozisi Shezi who both retired from the game at the end of the season. Dane Vilas will also not be returning to the Dolphins and will remain in the UK at the end of the current County Championship season.

Both rookie players, Smangaliso and Okuhle, have been upgraded to full contracts following another season of solid performances. Having burst on to the scene and recently having won Newcomer of the Year at the Hollywoodbets Dolphins awards Marques Ackerman was awarded one of the available contracts.

Wicket-keeper Grant Roelofsen has been part of the Dolphins red-ball set up for the past season and was the next in line when it came to taking the gloves, and with the departure of two keepers the spot in the squad opened up for the Hollywoodbets KZN Inland star.

Daryn Dupavillon recently returned to the Dolphins set-up after a full season with the Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal side and made an immediate impact on his return to regain the contract that he lost due to a string of unfortunate injuries.

Following two strong seasons in the KZN Coastal side where he shone with the ball which led to a Hollywoodbets Dolphins debut in the CSA 4-Day Franchise Series, Keith Dudgeon has been awarded his first full franchise contract.

“From an amateur perspective we are fortunate to welcome Proteas wicket-keeper/batsman Mangaliso Mosehle at Hollywoodbets KZN Inland while SA Under 19 star Thamsanqa Khumalo has signed his first contract with Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal,” said CEO of KZN Cricket Heinrich Strydom.

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