Don’t expect Justin Ontong, former skipper of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to wither and fade at age 37. In fact, he is incredibly ambitious and has expressed his determination to represent South Africa at test level one more time in his final two years in the first-class arena.

“I want to be the best player domestically during the next two seasons of my career with the Cobras and I would like to see them back at the summit of the logs. But I still dream of representing South Africa in another test,” he said.

Ontong has represented South Africa in 44 international games, and in his previous match, as the national T20 captain, the Proteas romped to victory against the West Indies in Durban in January 2015.

Ontong was sensational in the previous first-class season and was named the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Sunfoil Series player of the year. He hammered 593 runs in the four-day format at a remarkable average of 53.90 and assembled two hundreds.

His career record of 11 564 runs at an average of 41.59 with 25 tons, indicate that he is still a force to be reckoned with.

The consummate team man, Ontong says he has enjoyed the high intensity of the physical training in their second week of pre-season training at Newlands and suspects the Cobras will embark on a rigorous training program of 11 weeks before the season starts.

“We must remember it is a packed season with three T20 campaigns, which includes the T20 Global League in which some of us might play.

“The return of Qaasim Adams and the availability of Temba Bavuma makes this a potentially strong top seven of international class. And don’t forget that several Cape Cobras players have been plying their trade successfully overseas, including Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Dane Piedt, Richard Levi, Vernon Philander and Rory Kleinveldt,” he added.

Ontong says he is a very competitive player who loves to be at the front of the pack during physical training exercises. He does not intend to just fade in his final two years at domestic level, but to be South Africa’s premier player on the domestic scene.

Ontong, if he performs to the standards of last season and 2013/2014 in which he scored 927 runs, can eclipse the 12 000-run milestone and also complete his 30th first-class ton in 2017/2018. If he does, he might just assist the Cobras in lifting the Sunfoil Series trophy once again.

The Cape Cobras, one of South Africa’s leading cricket franchises who has produced more than 20 senior international players since the dawn of the new millennium, has proudly announced World Sports Betting as the new title sponsors of the Cape Cobras over the next three years.

World Sports Betting (WSB), South Africa’s premier Online Sportsbook, offers online, mobile, tele-bet and in-store betting on a wide range of sport including Cricket, Horse Racing, Soccer, Rugby, Golf, Motorsports and much more, with hundreds of thousands of markets to bet on every day. They are particularly well known as the top Cricket Sportsbook in SA, offering hundreds of pre-match and live-in-play markets on all major matches.

“We are extremely upbeat about the association with the Cape Cobras,” said Warren Tannous, Chief Executive Officer of WSB. “Henceforth they will be known as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, and we are confident that more than three trophies over the next three seasons will be emblazoned with that exact name.

“That is not only because we at WSB are proud supporters of the franchise who have been the conveyor belt of some of the best players to ever play cricket, but also because of its track record of winning eight franchise titles since 2004 and being the second best in terms of trophies won during the past 13 years.

“Our immediate aim and focus is to offer extensive resources and support to the Cobras so that they can return to the summit of the game domestically,” added Tannous.

Asked about the synergy between the two brands, Ryno Du Plessis, National Marketing Manager for World Sports Betting calls it a “Winning combination”. “We look forward to changing the face of Cobras Cricket and fans of the franchise can expect some fantastic on field activations, cheerleaders and a whole lot more… We are especially excited to see our heroes take the field in their new WSB Orange away kits,” said Du Plessis.

“We also express our vehement opposition to match-fixing. We wish to work in association with the players and the South African Cricket Players Association where our assistance is needed in order to educate and train players about the unlawfulness and dangers of match-fixing – a sad reality which has tarnished the industry of betting. We look forward to working with the Cricket authorities to break down the stigma around the industry,” added Tannous.

Hilton Hasson, chief operating officer of WSB in the Western Cape, also shared his thoughts… “We are passionate about being involved with the development of the game at grassroots level and we endeavour to support the growth and development of schools and academies in the Western Cape, with the Western Cape Cricket team, in order for cricket as a game to prosper,” Hasson added.

Joking, Tannous adds: “Our Slogan has always been, Bet with the Best. Now we are also Batting with the Best.”

“As the Cape Cobras, we are excited to see WSB come on board as their level of energy, passion for the game and commitment to make the Cape Cobras a world-class brand is unparalleled,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Cape Cobras.

“What excites us is WSB’s level of support for the development of the game in order to lure masses to take up cricket as sport,” said Dien.

“We are excited about the synergy between WSB and the Cape Cobras. Generally, passionate sports fans invest much of their time on weekends to support the game, something WSB does equally well,” Dien remarked.

“The three years that we will be in the same stable with a commercial giant committed to cricket like WSB on board, might just see us re-establish ourselves as the leading franchise in the country. It had been the case for large periods since the dawn of the millennium until the end of the 2014/2015-season,” Dien added.

“WSB is not a company that associates themselves merely with the fully professional stars. No, they are a charitable sports betting company who want to see the game flourish at grassroots level in order to broaden its base. This is an exciting prospect,” said Beresford Williams, chairman of Western Cape Cricket.

“Broadening the footprint of a brand like the Cape Cobras with an exciting and vastly growing global name in the sport entertainment industry like WSB will undoubtedly be significantly beneficial to both parties,” said David Brooke, Brand Activations and Sponsorship Manager of the Cape Cobras.

“This is an exciting fit. We can assist WSB to become an even greater household name, while they are committed to strengthen the Cape Cobras as a match-winning franchise,” added Brooke.

Ultimately, fans of the franchise can look forward to a new era of Cape Cobras Cricket when the new partnership kicks in… They are invited to stay up to date with all the exciting new developments by following the Cape Cobras and World Sports Betting on Social Media today.

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Within five months to the day, Dane Paterson has undergone a remarkable transformation.  Hit for 38 runs in 3.5 overs in his T20 International debut on the 25th January 2017, the Cape Cobras’ spearhead struggled initially to come to terms with that performance.

But the past two weeks saw the 28-year-old Paterson show his true colours. He captured 7-27 for South Africa ‘A’ against Hampshire, took 1-32 against England at Taunton and assisted Andile Phehlukwayo in securing a nail-biting three run T20 win for South Africa against England, and then produced a career-best 4-32 against England in the deciding T20 match at Cardiff.

“I think Dane has demonstrated for the Cape Cobras domestically that he can take the new ball and finish off well in T20 matches,” said Albie Morkel, a former South African player in 58 One Day Internationals and 50 T20 matches.

“He is capable of bowling at least three Yorkers very well in the final overs. Perhaps he must just be given that role as death bowler with Andile and Chris Morris at international level,” added Morkel.

Faiek Davids, assistant coach of the Cape Cobras, said coaches can assist a player and give him pointers or tell him that he is capable, but ultimately, it boils down to self-belief.

“The thing about Paterson is that he wants to bowl the death overs. He is a wholehearted performer, but he must be left to his own devices.

“Initially, AB de Villiers was telling him what to do, but when he was given free reigns to bowl at the death, he executed those Yorkers very well.

“Paterson went through a tough time of self-doubt after he struggled in the first T20 Internationals. But he adapted very well and showed his mettle. He must just be given that role and offered the opportunity to execute his Yorkers, as he is one of the best in that role. He does it at pace and is extremely accurate,” Davids said.

Paterson is already one of the country’s most respected cricketers and is growing in stature.

“One of the reasons why Paterson is so successful with the death bowling is that he is extremely cool. That state of mind, plus the many hours that he has put in the hard yards, have contributed to his career-best exploits in Cardiff, said Davids about the Cape Cobras’ fast bowler.

Newlands Cricket Stadium, previously voted by The Cricketer magazine as the number-2 ranked cricket stadium on the globe, will host a world-class T20 team, the Kolkata Knight Riders during the T20 Global League in November – December this year.

Cricket South Africa announced the franchise owners and hosting cities in a ceremony in the UK on Monday, with local-boy JP Duminy confirmed as the marquee Proteas player assigned to the Cape Town franchise.

An international marquee player will be assigned to the Cape Town Knight Riders, as well as two rookies and there will be four non-local players per squad. Only players eligible for the Proteas are classified as local.

“I am extremely excited that the KKR team under the astute leadership of one of the world’s all-time greats who played his cricket under the shadows of the oaks, Jacques Kallis, will call Newlands home during the T20 Global League, said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA).

“The record of KKR is superlative and anybody playing against them will have a daunting task. Just remember that they were the champions in the Indian Premier League in 2012 and 2014 and a semi-finalist in 2017,” added Dien.

The local marquee players assigned to the eight franchise teams are Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir.

The international marquee players are Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Chris Gayle (West Indies), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Eoin Morgan (England), Kevin Pietersen (England), Kieron Pollard (West Indies) and Jason Roy (England).

“We don’t have any doubt that many of the top players would love to ply their trade at Newlands as this is one of the inspirational grounds in the world and its curator, Evan Flint, was recently crowned as the best groundsman in South Africa at the CSA awards ceremony,” commented Beresford Williams, president of the WPCA.

“Since the dawn of the new millennium, Newlands and the WPCA have been the nurseries that have produced 21 international players, while the Cobras have won eight titles since the inception of the franchise format in 2014/2015,” said David Brooke, Brand Activation and Sponsorship Manager of the WPCA

“Also, Newlands is undoubtedly the venue with the most die-hard fans in the country and any event with an international flavour usually draws a packed stadium. Recent examples that spring to mind was the Test against England in 2016 when more than 85 000 spectators attended,” Brooke added

“In the 2015/2016 season, more than 147 000 spectators turned up to support South Africa, and one can expect the same from the crowd, who will turn up in their tens of thousands to give their vocal and vociferous support to the Knight Riders at Newlands,” said Dien.

The owner of KKR with a 55 % shareholding is Shah Rukh Khan, an Indian film personality.

“We are looking forward to work in close co-operation with Mr Khan, Jacques (Kallis) and the rest of the management team,” Dien added.

“We are grateful to Cricket South Africa for the commitment they have made to upgrade all the international grounds, with an estimated R13m set to be spent on upgrading facilities at Newlands,” Dien concluded.

“We have little doubt that the association will serve the Newlands faithful, the players and the game of cricket, and also serve as a motivation to many aspiring young cricketers from all over the Western Cape to make cricket their game of choice. Yes, even cricket at grassroots level will be ignited by this announcement and the subsequent performances by KKR,” Williams said.

The announcement comes as Cricket South Africa recently earmarked more than R350 million to be invested on stadium refurbishment and upgrades over the next three years.

 

Cricket South Africa (CSA) today officially announced the successful eight Team Owners who, in a clear vote of confidence in South Africa’s new T20 Global League, have earned the right to be part of cricketing history.

After much anticipation and with excitement at an all-time high, the reveal took place at a well-attended industry launch event at London’s most prestigious hotel, The Bvlgari, London. The event set the tone for a new standard in T20 cricket.

EY (previously known as Ernst & Young) ran the team owner selection process to ensure integrity, compliance and due diligence was followed throughout the process by both CSA and potential owners.

“Competition was stiff, with more than 150 Expressions of Interest (EOI) received from around the world and a shortlist of heavy hitters to consider, but after rigorous discussions and engagement with each of the potential owners, we are certain that our final eight owners have the perfect combination of strategic insight and passion needed to make the first T20 Global League a complete success,” said CSA President, Chris Nenzani.

The official eight team owners, host cities and marquee players are:

1.  Shah Rukh Khan

2.  Mr Fawad Rana

3.  GMR Group

4.  Mr Javed Afridi

 

5.  Mr Osman Osman

6.  Mr Ajay Sethi

7.  Mr Mustaq Brey

 

8.  Mr Sushil Kumar

KKR

Lahore Qalandars

Delhi Daredevils

My Sports World / Peshawar Zalmi

SA Consortium

Channel 2

Brimstone Investment Corporation

City Sports

Cape Town

Durban

Johannesburg

Benoni

 

Pretoria

Port Elizabeth

Stellenbosch

 

Bloemfontein

JP Duminy

Hashim Amla

Kagiso Rabada

Quinton de Kock

 

AB de Villiers

Imran Tahir

Faf du Plessis

 

David Miller

Joining the owners will be the eight Protea Marquee Players who have now been assigned to a team on the basis of the city they have historically been associated with or a city they will be able to build a strong association with. Alongside the Protea marquee players, the eight International marquee players that were previously announced will help drive the global spirit of competition as the franchises battle for top spot.

“The announcement of the team owners is a key milestone to successfully launch our T20 Global League,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “We are thrilled by the international mix of owners and the passion and excitement that was clearly demonstrated during the bidding process by them and the marquee players. It sets up our #T20GL as a fans favourite in the cricketing calendar.”

The player draft is scheduled for 19 August, with almost 400 players from 10 countries confirming their interest.

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The Cape Cobras joined forces with Heart FM on Thursday, visiting Wesfleur Primary School in Atlantis, as part of Heart FM’s unique and life-changing 16 Days for Youth campaign.

The players and management of the Cape Cobras assisted in handing out soup and packing and handing out goodie bags to the learners and then helped facilitate a sports program being run by Play Sport 4 Life.

“Heart FM has dome some remarkable things in the Western Cape communities that they have visited the past couple of weeks,” said David Brooke, Brand Activations and Sponsorship Manager of the Cape Cobras.  It was a great honour for the Cape Cobras to be involved with this heart-warming campaign in Atlantis today.

“If we can help in any way to inspire these young learners to play sport, it can be the start of a very exciting journey and lead to greater things,” Brooke added.

Ashwell Prince, the Cape Cobras coach said: “It’s important for the Cobras players and management to give back to the communities who support them.

“We saw some amazing talent on show today, from talented singers and dancers to brilliant skill on the sports field; hopefully one day we’ll see one of these youngsters playing for the Cobras and even the Proteas.

“The players and management have been inspired by these children today. Wesfleur Primary School can be very proud of their learners.”

Heart FM moved the microphone to the heart of the communities during the first sixteen days of June, not only to be involved in hands-on projects, but to engage with young learners and to hear and understand their stories and their dreams.

The station shut down its broadcast studio for 16 days to undertake youth-focused projects.

The visit to Westfleur Primary School was on the penultimate day of their successful 16-day campaign.

The initiative identified projects in communities whereby the teams were able to bring people together to effect change.

This year the 16-day journey kicked off in Hawston and travelled to Grabouw, Kenilworth, Heideveld, Robertson, Worcester, Tulbagh, Malmesbury, Constantia, Mitchell’s Plain, Saldanha, Paternoster, Langebaan, Atlantis and Klipheuwel.

Dane Paterson, arguably the Cape Cobras’ finest strike-bowler when international stalwarts like Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and Wayne Parnell are not plying their trade domestically, nipped out 7-27 in 13.4 overs to help set up a South Africa ‘A’ win by 251 runs against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on the weekend.

The Cape Cobras’ captain, Dane Piedt, took 3-36 for South Africa ‘A’ as the hosts, who had to score 371 runs for an improbable victory, were dismissed for a paltry 119 in the second innings.

Heino Kuhn managed an unbeaten 200 in the first innings, while Heinrich Klaasen scored 103.

Aiden Markram, the SA ‘A’ skipper, who scored an undefeated 102 in the second innings before declaring the innings closed on 185 for one, sang Paterson’s praises from the Rose Bowl.

“Dane hit the right areas consistently and forced the batsmen to play at most of the deliveries. And they could not figure out whether he was nipping it away from them or into their middle-stump.

“I think it would be fair to say that there was a bit of swing and nip of the seam on offer for him, and he utilized it beautifully.

“He is a wholehearted performer who gives 110% every time he bowls,” said Markram.

Those remarks echoed the sentiments of Paul Adams and Justin Ontong, former coach and skipper of the Cape Cobras, during the Sunfoil Series campaign of 2014/2015 in which Paterson finished with 42 scalps. He was the leading wicket-taker in the domestic four-day showpiece that season.

Ontong and Adams said at the time that Paterson was a brave-hearted performer who would give everything for his team and would bowl more overs than most. Because of that 42-wicket haul, he broke into the SA ‘A’ team, but did not enjoy the best of outings on a foreign Indian pitch where most newcomers struggle to adapt in the infancy stage of their careers.

Domestically, he took 4-33 in the final of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge to set up a comprehensive win in the final against the Knights at PPC Newlands in December 2014.

Subsequently, he dominated the awards evening of the Western Province Cricket Association and was named Cape Cobras Player of the Season.

Paterson was slightly off the boil last season, taking 23 wickets at an average of 29.04 with a best performance of 5-79 in the Sunfoil Series.

He made his T20 International debut for South Africa and was also a member of the South African One Day International squad in New Zealand, but upon his return to the Momentum One Day Cup campaign, the Cape Cobras star struggled to emulate his heroic feats of 2014/2015.

Yet this performance at the Rose Bowl in which he ripped through the top and middle-order and restricted the hosts to a lowly 185, would go a long way in restoring Paterson’s self-confidence.

At his best, the 28-year old right-handed seam bowler is a sight to behold. Aggressive and bowling fairly straight with a good Yorker and an excellent bouncer, Paterson has taken 368 wickets in 80 first-class matches.

At the age of 20, Kyle Verreynne will be thrust into the position as successor of the former national wicketkeeper of the Cape Cobras, Dane Vilas, who has just joined the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, in 2017/2018.

But Salieg Nackerdien, interim coach of the Western Province semi-professional team, says the wicketkeeper-batsman Verreynne, currently at the Powerade National Academy, possesses all the attributes to become a highly successful and prolific franchise wicketkeeper.

“I think what the national academy will do for his batting is to assist him in capitalizing on starts and on turning 40’s or 70’s into big centuries. They will offer him more ideas on game plans and on how to construct an innings,” he said.

“He drives very well on both sides of the wicket and he is certainly not afraid of fast bowling. He can manipulate the ball through the gaps against the spinners as well.

“But I think the academy will even improve his batting against slow bowlers,” said Nackerdien, who was a stalwart of Boland years ago and an assistant coach to Paul Adams in the 2015/2016-season.

Nackerdien is full of praise of the abilities of Verreynne behind the stumps, saying he has got what it takes to move to the next level.

Verreynne is a natural aggressor, a man fearless and adventurous in spirit with a wide array of attacking shots.

In just 11 games for Western Province, he has scored 691 runs at an average of 53.15. He has struck a century and four half-centuries in these few matches, which included 98 in the penultimate game of the season.

But if inserted at number five and six and surrounded by genuine all-rounders like Jason Smith, Dayyaan Galiem and last season’s Cape Cobras Player of the Season, Aviwe Mgijima, one can expect him to strike more centuries.

His strike rate of 67.21 suggests that there is nothing tentative about his approach and that his philosophy resembles that of Quinton de Kock: “See the ball; hit the ball.”

Verreynne was wicketkeeper and opener of the South African U19-team but he is likely to slot into the number six position of the Cape Cobras in the 2017/2018-season.

 

Western Province has announced the appointments of several highly acclaimed and decorated coaches in key positions to further entrench their pipeline structures as the province, one of the country’s premier nurseries in producing national players, prepare for the 2018 season.

Paul Adams’ appointment as Western Province Academy and provincial U19 coach was confirmed by the Western Province Cricket Association on Tuesday.

Adams won five trophies during his tenure as coach of the Cape Cobras. He represented South Africa in 45 tests and 24 One Day Internationals.

Siya Sibiya, one of the coaches under whose watch Western Province won the CSA Incentive Scorecard category two academy program in 2017, has been appointed as coach of the Western Province U15 and U17 teams.

Charles Clacher is the newly appointed Provincial Coaching Manager.

Jerry Malilwana will take charge of the Western Province U11 and U13 teams.

“We feel confident that the appointment of these coaches will provide Western Province with a sound platform to develop talented teens into 21-year-old franchise players with the technical prowess, the sound temperaments and the self-belief to make Western Province and the Cobras realistic trophy hunters in all three formats,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA).

“We believe that as custodians of the under-age players, these coaches will fulfill their mission to provide an expert foundational phase for the future excellence of their charges,” Dien added.

“The past two seasons, our HUBS program and our Academy were award-winning entities and these appointments will add to our effectiveness. I am overjoyed,” said Clinton du Preez, manager of amateur cricket at WPCA.

Beresford Williams, president of the WPCA, says the appointments are important, because it show deliberate intent to nurture talent from a very young age. “It is an exciting new chapter of Western Province and ultimately might bolster amateur, semi-professional and professional cricket,” he added.

 

 

 

Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced the name of the South African T20 league to debut in the last quarter of 2017, with eight participating teams consisting of local and international players. The T20 Global League – and its associated logo – were unveiled to much hype and international sporting industry excitement at the Wanderers Cricket Stadium this evening.

Previously billed as the #T20 Global Destination League, the name was shortened to T20 Global League. The logo, depicting the African continent along with the radiance on South Africa, replaced the word ‘destination’ with a visual reference. The logo was designed to visually position South Africa as the destination for global T20 cricket, and draws on the colours of an African sunrise: a hint of red on the horizon radiates a golden glow over the continent, with the brightest point highlighting South Africa.

The standout logo is the first visual component of the T20 Global League’s new brand identity which will be progressively unveiled as the first season approaches, and represents the T20 Global League’s mission to present world class, top quality cricket hosted in iconic local cities and stadiums in South African.

“It is our duty as Cricket South Africa to safeguard the future of the game. By backing a high-value tournament like the new T20 Global League, and investing in synergistic partnerships with key stakeholders, the T20 Global League is perfectly positioned to become an internationally successful sporting event,” says CSA President, Chris Nenzani.

“Fans can look forward to epic game experiences, complimented by action-packed stadiums, big entertainment, top class broadcasters and accessible ticket prices. We can firmly say that the era of ‘sportainment’ has dawned upon us. It’s now South Africa’s time to capitalise while reigniting and celebrating our love for the game,” said CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.

The eight successful Team Owners will be announced on 19th June in London alongside the eight allocated Marquee players announced previously. The process of applying to own and operate a team opened on 4th February with more than 150 expressions of interest that will be narrowed down to just eight.

The new T20 Global League Logo also received the thumbs up from Protea stars in the UK.

“It’s appealing, fresh and energetic,” said Proteas all-rounder and T20 Global League Marquee player, JP Duminy.

“We are counting the days to this wonderful tournament and excitement is building within the Proteas camp and I know of a few international players who can’t wait to get in on the action.”

Duminy’s comments were echoed by master blaster David Miller.

“The excitement levels are starting to rise and the anticipation of a world class T20 League in South Africa is a surreal feeling,” said Miller.

“Now that this awesome logo and tournament name has been revealed, we are definitely counting down the weeks ahead of the first ball of the T20 Global League.”

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