Sarel Erwee removes his helmet while batting with Andile Phehlukwayo during the 2017 Momentum One Day Cup. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

DURBAN - Dolphins opening batsman Sarel Erwee will miss this week’s Sunfoil Series match against the Lions, as he will be out of the country.

The left-hander, who scored 151 in the first innings against the Knights at Kingsmead, is attending the wedding of England limited-overs star Jason Roy in France this weekend.

“Sarel should go to his best friend’s wedding. I would do the same,” Dolphins coach Grant Morgan pointed out.

Erwee and Roy developed a close friendship during the winters that the former spent in the UK playing club cricket.

“When you look at the things going on around the world, like Las Vegas, hurricanes and everything else, it’s important to celebrate events like this,” Morgan continued.

“At the end of the day, family and friends come first. We are all humans, after all.”

It has been a busy few weeks for Erwee. Recently, he played a key role in helping KZN Inland secure the Africa T20 Cup, scoring the highest run aggregate for a single season in the competition’s history.

On top of that, Erwee has been selected to represent South Africa in the Hong Kong Sixes, which means he will miss the last round of the Sunfoil Series.

“I told him that it (going to the wedding) is a risk because he may lose his place in the side. There is a lot of competition for batters, and quality players will take his place while he is away,” Morgan warned.

The Dolphins have started the 2017/18 campaign with two draws, and face a tough Lions outfit in Maritzburg from Friday. “We see Maritzburg as being very key to us, and we are going up there an extra day early to prepare accordingly,” Morgan explained.

The one challenge that may trouble the Dolphins again is the weather. They lost over a day against the Knights - in a match they could have won - and the forecast for this weekend suggests more frustration on the sidelines.

Those are things that they can’t control, however, and Morgan and his men will go into the third round of four-day games with new man Dane Vilas in tow.

The former Protea looks set to don the gloves, judging by this week’s practices, where he kept wicket, and Morné van Wyk worked on his fielding drills.

The Mercury

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