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Cricket Creates Strong School and Community Bonds

Dolphins continue their popular school engagements

Durban – The Hollywoodbets Dolphins recently visited two schools in Pietermaritzburg, Deccan Road Primary School as well as Merchiston Preparatory School, where they shared a little bit of cricket knowledge with the schools’ aspiring players.

The pupils of both institutions were overjoyed as they got to meet the players and receive their autographs. At Deccan Road Primary School, the Dolphins all-rounder and Proteas spinner, Keshav Maharaj was an absolute favourite, the organisers even had to step in and rescue him as he was trapped by pupils.

Hollywoodbets Dolphins’ Khaya Zondo with an ecstatic fan from the Deccan Road Primary School in Pietermaritzburg. Anesh Debiky/Hollywoodbets Dolphins

The KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union marketing manager, Nana Ngubane explained that the schools’ visit they had conducted was part of a strategy they have as an organisation to try and create a strong bond with the communities around KwaZulu-Natal.

“The Hollywoodbets Dolphins is a proudly KwaZulu-Natal brand and prides itself in taking cricket to the communities of KZN,” said Ngubane. The schools were also encouraged to come and support the Dolphins whenever they are in action, especially if the matches are at the PMB Oval.

Merchiston Preparatory School’s Director of Sport, Richard Bennett thanked the KZN Cricket Union and the Hollywoodbets Dolphins for giving the children the opportunity to meet their heroes.

According to the Dolphins’ coach, Grant Morgan, visiting schools in this manner is always a beautiful experience as it draws the children who love cricket closer to their idols. He also commended his players for the maturity they displayed during their interaction with pupils.

Hollywoodbets Dolphins’ seamer Mthokozisi Shezi is swamped by excited fans when the Durban-based franchise visited Merchiston Primary School in Pietermaritzburg. Anesh Debiky/Hollywoodbets Dolphins

“The Dolphins are absolutely thrilled about the Schools Programme we have embarked on this season and the reaction and exposure we are getting from the kids during these interventions is unbelievable,” he stated.

Captain of the Hollywoodbets Dolphins Morné van Wyk is joined by a number of ecstatic fans from the Deccan Road Primary School in Pietermaritzburg.
Anesh Debiky/Hollywoodbets Dolphins

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