The Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) on Monday learned with shock and sadness of the sudden passing of Michael Doman, a former cricketer of the Western Province Cricket Board (WPCB) and long-time cricket reporter of the Cape Argus.

Doman was regarded as the ultimate gentleman not only within the spheres of cricket and journalism but in all aspects of life as all those who crossed his path will readily attest to.

Mogamad Ali, author of the cricket publication More than a game, said he had known Doman since first enrolling at Athlone High School in 1976. “I can honestly say during that time I’ve never heard him swear or raise his voice,” he added.

Together with his cousin Edward Harris and Daryll Roelf they formed a formidable top-order at Athlone High and it came as no surprise when all three gained selection to the SA Senior Schools Sports Association (SASSSA) national teams between 1977 and 1979 with Daryll being appointed captain in 1979 and Michael vice-captain to Gerald Majola in 1978.

He was also a top athlete, winning provincial colours in shot put.

Born on 25 January 1961, Michael, a talented right-hand top-order batsman, became the youngest player to be selected to the WPCB senior team when he made his debut against Eastern Province on 11 February 1978 at the age of 17 years and 17 days.

That was no mean feat considering that he would be playing alongside highly experienced campaigners like Lefty Adams, the Magiet brothers Rushdi and Saait, Braima Isaacs George van Oordt, Charlie van Schalkwyk and Armien Jabaar.

He was a key member of the Victoria team that included top-players like Rashaad Musson, Eddie Harris, Johnny Kleinveldt, Vincent Barnes, Keith Lombard and Charlie van Schalkwyk, that won the WPCB league title in 1980-81.

Michael was also a useful leg break bowler but his promising career was cut short by a serious back injury while he was only in his mid-20s.

He was for many years the cricket correspondent of the Argus before moving up into the position of sports editor a few years ago, Ali said.

“We wish to express our sincere condolences with Michael’s wife, Lorelle, his eldest son, Luke, and twin boys, Jannie and Liam,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the WPCA.

“He served the game with distinction for almost a decade-long representation of Western Province while also reaching a new legion of fans in the role of journalist. His insights and talent endeared him to a large group of cricket supporters who was aware of his exploits in the middle. He will be sorely missed.”

“Phlegmatic, selfless, humble and brilliant are some of the words that spring to mind when I reflect on the career of Doman in front of the stumps and behind a lap top. He was one of the most beloved gentleman the sport of cricket locally had known, He had few enemies and many people admired his skills,” said Beresford Williams, President of the WPCA.

 

Finishing as the leading wicket-taker for the Edmonton Royals after a long injury-enforced hiatus was the highlight for Wayne Parnell at the recently completed Global T20 Canada tournament.

Parnell, South African all-rounder and senior player of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, cherished the month in which he played for the Royals after being on the sidelines from January to July with a shoulder injury.

“It was encouraging to be back again after the long lay-off and finishing as the leading wicket-taker was good,” he said.

Remarkably, Parnell showed little signs of rust after a five-month period on the sidelines.

He lost his national contract in 2018, but Parnell is philosophical about that, saying it provided him with new opportunities in the Global T20 Canada league as well as playing county cricket.

Parnell will leave for a brief stint with English first-division county Worcestershire on Monday. “My goal is to get Worcestershire to the quarter-final of their T20 league and also to keep them in the first division, as they are currently in last place,” he said.

The hard-hitting all-rounder said he has been working on a few technical things regarding his bowling which is centred around consistency, but which also involves the ability to swing the ball. Last year when he played for Kent, he swung the Duke ball quite a bit.

At the Global T20 Canada League, Parnell captured 3-23 against the Montreal Tigers in a closely contested match which went the Tigers’ way after a four-for by Peter Siddle. He also nipped out 2-24 in the win against the Toronto Nationals. Parnell finished with six wickets at an economy rate of 7.50, which is not to be sniffed at, as the field at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club is quite small and the boundaries are short. He also featured in the power-play with the ball and at the back-end of an innings, which puts that economy rate in perspective.

“It was about playing smart cricket and preventing the batsmen from driving the ball straight over the bowler’s head on a small ground,” he remarked.

Parnell said his overall goal is to hit the ground running at Worcestershire and to return in September to help make the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras an even bigger force that can continuously capture 20 wickets in first-class cricket.

Last season on batting paradises, all the teams struggled to bowl the opposition out and a rejuvenated Parnell said he would want to contribute in order for the Cape side to win more matches.

“I fully believe in my unique skills set and I back my ability with bat and ball to contribute to Worcestershire and the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ cause,” Parnell said.

When the force is with him, and it usually is, Parnell can be devastating, as he proved in 2016/2017 when he captured 7-51 for the hosts at Newlands against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins.

He also struck his first first-class century at number seven in the same season against the VKB Knights.

 

Get as close to the ball as possible and play it at the last moment – this has been the successful credo employed by the latest South African centurion – and it is a game plan that World Sports Betting Cape Cobras opening batsman Pieter Malan wants to borrow from Theunis de Bruyn when he represents South Africa ‘A’ in India in July and August.

Malan is one of two top-order batsmen from the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras who will represent South Africa ‘A’ against the India ‘A’ team in India. The other batting representative is Zubayr Hamza, while spinner Dane Piedt and fast bowler Mthiwekhaya Nabe complete the group of representatives from Cape Town heading over to India on Tuesday as part of the four-day squad.

Malan said he has taken some learnings about spinning conditions by watching the centurion De Bruyn score 101 in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. It was De Bruyn’s first test ton.

“I don’t have a definite game plan whether to play on the front foot or back foot, but I know I must be clear in my decision making whether to go forward or backwards and commit myself with definite movement,” said Malan.

Although the conditions are tough and he has not played in India, he has played against spinners of international class which has helped him. The past season he represented the Cape side against Shaun von Berg and Tabraiz Shamsi – both of whom were in the Proteas touring test squad to Sri Lanka.

Hamza is looking forward to the tour but expects tough conditions: “It was beneficial to me that I went on the bowling and batting camp in India recently. I expect the conditions to be tough and I’ve decided that I want to get as close to the ball as possible when delivered by the Indian spinners. Or if I want to get out of the way, I need to be as far as possible from the ball.”

Malan and Hamza were part of the South Africa ‘A’ team that played against an Australian touring team last season and both have been heavy scorers for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

Malan struck 892 runs at an average of 55.75, while Hamza hammered 828 runs at an average of 69 in the Sunfoil Series.

Malan also compiled 615 runs in the Momentum One Day Cup competition last season.

Ashwell Prince, the head coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, said he spoke to all the players on Monday and motivated them to adjust their game plans to the subcontinent as they will play half of their cricket against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India if they represent South Africa one day.

“We should not wish those conditions away, but formulate a game plan that makes us successful in foreign conditions,” he said.

“It is about learning as much as you can and adding to your skills set of playing spin to the rest of your game,” Prince said.

He said India has become the nation that has improved the most in foreign conditions while other nations, including South Africa, have gone backwards in foreign conditions recently.

Tony de Zorzi of the Multiply Titans will captain the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Emerging Squad which leaves on Sunday for the sub-continent to play their Sri Lanka counterparts in two four-day unofficial Test matches and three One-Day International (ODI) matches.

The players are all part of the National Academy programme which is aimed at the successful transition of players from senior provincial cricket into professional cricket.

“This programme is a highly important part of our cricket development pipeline,” commented Vinnie Barnes, CSA High Performance Manager. “It has the long-term goal of not just producing professional players and strengthening the player base but also of producing future Proteas.

“If we look at the team that undertook a similar tour to Sri Lanka in 2015, it was captained by Heinrich Klaasen and included other current Proteas in Aiden Markram and Junior Dala. And there are others over the last few years who have already made their mark at franchise level. These include Zubayr Hamza, Kyle Verrynne, Senuran Muthusamy and Tladi Bokako.

“I would like to thank Sri Lanka Cricket for hosting us for the third time in the last four years. The bulk of international cricket is played on the sub-continent these days and it is vital our emerging talent is exposed to the playing conditions there as early as possible,” concluded Barnes.

CSA Emerging Squad: Tony de Zorzi (Multiply Titans), Ryan Rickleton (bizhub Highveld Lions), Jiveshan Pillay (Multiply Titans), Matthew Breezke (Warriors), Kagiso Rapulana (bizhub Highveld Lions), Raynard van Tonder (VKB Knights), Thsepang Dithole (bizhub Highveld Lions), Gary Mahlokana (Multiply Titans), Smangaliso Nhlebela (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Junaid Dawood (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Onke Nyaku (Warriors), Ethan Bosch (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Nandre Burger (bizhub Highveld Lions), Kerwin Mungroo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors)

Management team: Shukri Conrad (head coach), Shane Burger (assistant coach), Nandile Tyali (fitness trainer), Nick Moffitt (physiotherapist), Hendrikus Coertzen (video analyst), Maurice Aronstam (mental conditioning coach)

Itinerary

July 26-29: 1st four-day match, Katunayake

August 2-5: 2nd four-day match, Hambanthota

August 9: 1st ODI, RDICS, Dambulla

August 11: 2nd OD, RDICS, Dambulla

August 14: 3rd ODI, SSC, Colombo

The cricketing family of Western Province and South Africa on Tuesday mourned the passing of the legendary former all-rounder Saait Magiet, a stalwart and champion of the all-conquering Western Province during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Magiet passed away in Malaysia on Tuesday after a heart attack. He was on holiday with his wife, Nazli, at the time. He was 66.

Saait was a devastating opening bowler who swung it away and was a destructive middle-order batsman at number four or five, reminisced his brother Rushdi.

The brothers played rugby for City and Suburban rugby club, Primorse Club and the Western Province cricket team in the South African Cricket Board era.

Vincent Barnes, former bowling coach of South Africa and a champion bowler of Western Province, said he opened the bowling with Saait and remembered that he was quick and swung it, he could run through teams.

As a batsman, he was very attacking and could change the complexion of a match within an hour of powerful batting, or he could save it.

Magiet would definitely have played for South Africa if unity arrived sooner, said both Barnes and Rushdi Magiet.

“He was without doubt one of the best cricketers I played with or saw in action and I don’t easily dish out compliments of that nature,” said Barnes.

In 67 first class matches he scored 2650 runs at an average of 29.12. He also took 171 wickets at average of 12.99 and an astonishing strike-rate of 42.9. He virtually played for 20 seasons and made his debut in 1972 and finished in 1990/1991.

“Saait was my hero and I learned at his feet since the age of 14. I ended up playing with him in the Western Province team.  He could take away the game from the opposition with the bat because he was very attacking. As a bowler, he could swing it both ways and he could be devastating,” recalled Faiek Davids, assistant coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

“He was undoubtedly a legend of the game,” Davids added.

“I remember we played for the 40 and older South African team together with Vlam Michau and Kevin McKenzie and Saait was in the team and stood tall,” recalled Barnes.

The best wicket haul was 6-24 against Natal in Cape Town in January 1975 and his best batting performance was an undefeated 100 against Natal in December 1986.

He captured five wickets on six occasions and could make life difficult for the opposition in association with Barnes and his brother Rushdi Magiet.

“We want to express our sincere condolences to Nazli, Rushdi, the family, friends and former team-mates during this troubled time,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the WPCA.

“As a classical all-rounder, I have no doubt he would have made a compelling case for inclusion in the Proteas team as he was that good,” Dien added.

Magiet was not only a true blue all-rounder in cricket, but also a fine fieldsman who made life difficult for players who attempted to steal a single.

Beresford Williams, president of the WPCA, said cricket in the Western Province has lost a legendary figure.

“We mourn his passing. He was a legend, undoubtedly and a pivotal factor behind Western Province’s success in the Howa Bowl series, Williams said.

The details of the funeral will be announced at a later stage.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation in partnership with Habitat for Humanity SA and the Department of Human Settlements is honouring Tata Madiba’s legacy by building 100 homes for 100 families across 3 provinces: Western Cape, Gauteng & KwaZulu-Natal.

On Wednesday, three of the Western Cape’s biggest sports teams, DHL Western Province Rugby, Cape Town City Football Club, and the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Cricket team, will collectively roll up their sleeves as they aim to honour Nelson Mandela’s legacy to assist the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) and Habitat for Humanity SA in the Cape Town house-build week from 16 – 20 July 2018.

The three Western Cape sports brands will be in Bardale, Mfuleni, 30km from Cape Town on Mandela Day, where they will be assisting the Habitat for Humanity SA volunteers and Sbu-Leno Construction with constructing external and internal walls, mixing cement, moving blocks and interacting with the community.

“Building the South Africa Nelson Mandela dreamed of is only possible if we come together and raise our hearts, hands and voices to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. We therefore would like to thank DHL WP, Cape Town City FC and World Sports Betting Cape Cobras for participating and contributing immensely to this initiative in honour of Tata’s 100-year celebration’, says Lyndall McCarthy – Resource Development & Communications Officer at Habitat for Humanity SA.

Cape Town City FC Chairman, John Comitis is proud to have his club involved. “This initiative by NMF to embark on building 100 homes together with Habitat for Humanity SA is a fantastic idea, with the energy of Optimize Agency bringing together three major sporting brands in the Western Cape. This initiative unifies us, putting us all under one roof in honour of the biggest unifier of them all, Nelson Mandela. Under his name and with all the respect to him, this is an initiative that will bring communities together and make people realise that the Western Cape is united. People are united in sport through the power of Football, Rugby and Cricket – This project brings all South Africans together.”

Beresford Williams, Chairman of Western Cape Cricket believes that this is merely the start of something special between the three sports brands. “The collective efforts of all three brands for such a worthy cause is only the beginning of what is to come. I know that the marketing teams of each of the brands have been speaking for a while about using our collective power to make a significant difference in people’s lives and we believe that this is merely the start of great things to come between us to ensure that we inspire the entire sporting fraternity to continue Nelson Mandela’s legacy.”

“We are humbled and proud to stand together with our fellow sports franchises, athletes and Habitat for Humanity SA to honour the values and legacy of Nelson Mandela and to contribute to making a difference in our communities. Given collective will, we all have the power to transform and make a real difference to our communities and people in need. It is a privilege to give a little back today, something we as a Union will strive to do on a continuous basis in whatever way we can.” said Mr Thelo Wakefield President of the WPRFU.

Optimize Agency CEO, Emy Casaletti-Bwalya says, “As the official sports marketing agency to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, we are very proud to be involved in Nelson Mandela’s Centenary.  Sport will play a huge part in this year’s celebration. Like Madiba himself said: ‘Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does’, and it is in this spirit that the DHL WP, Cape Town City FC, World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Cricket team as well as the Springboks heeded the call to Be The Legacy and are using their united power to do good and take action against poverty on Mandela Day. We would like to thank them on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Foundation for their participation and in honouring Madiba in the best way possible.”

The Springboks will also be joining the house build on the 18th July 2018 in Mfuleni with some of the team players, management and technical staff.

Focusing on white-ball cricket and producing five wicket hauls to force his way into the Cricket World Cup squad of South Africa is one of the goals of World Sports Betting Cape Cobras bowler Dane Paterson this coming season.

And his coach at the franchise, Ashwell Prince, added that the fast bowler Pato, as he is affectionately known, is already one of the best in the country with his skills at the business end of the 50 overs and can become one of the world’s best if he is given more opportunities and if he successfully addresses his opening burst with the new ball.

“He needs to be clear about his game plans and his execution must be spot on,” says Prince.

Paterson was only selected for the one-day team of South Africa ‘A’ for the July and August tour to India, but Paterson is not perturbed that he missed out on four-day selection. He says he played in only six Sunfoil Series matches in 2017/2018 and it would be unfair on other players who played for the full Sunfoil Series campaign and excelled, if they missed out and he got selected.

One of the pinnacles of a cricketer’s career is to play in a World Cup and he will keep one eye on that without neglecting his red ball skills and the Sunfoil Series.

Paterson captured 16 wickets in six four-day games last season with a best of 4-58.

In the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge he nipped out 12 batsmen in eight matches at a strike-rate of 17.16.

Dropped after a mediocre start, he returned and produced some inspiring performances after Charl Langeveldt made him aware of shortcomings with his run-up. He also built better momentum and rhythm in his run up and was one of the country’s finest white-ball cricketers in the shortest format.

Paterson captured 42 wickets in the 2014/2015 season in the Sunfoil Series. He wants to improve his skills to recapture that form, but says he does not focus too much on the wickets column as it is a team game.

Neil Carter, former cricketer of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and Middlesex, has given him a couple of pointers at the Bishops indoor nets and he is keen to make an impression.

“It is important how it comes out of the hand. I don’t want to swing it; instead, I want to nip it both ways off the seam, because it is more difficult to deal with in cricket. I am not going to bowl 150km/h, but I want to maintain speeds in the late 130’s and bowl with the right rhythm,” he adds.

He wants to throw his hat into the international arena and ultimately play test cricket, although his one eye will be on the Cricket World Cup in 2019.

What does Gary Kirsten, Jacques Kallis, Ashwell Prince, Graeme Smith and Michael Cohen have in common? They were all recipients of the first-class-cricketer-of-the-year award of the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA).

Cohen captured 9-70 in his last first-class match of last season, against South Western Districts, and took 26 wickets for WP in six matches in the Sunfoil Three-Day Cup competition the past season.

“At 19, this was my first complete season since writing matric,” Cohen said.

“I managed to take in excess of 50 wickets over the course of the season in games for Western Province, Cobras, CSA Invitational X1’s and South African men’s emerging side,” he added.

“Highlights (of the 2017/2018 season) would have to include my first five-wicket haul at franchise level, the pink ball day/night game against Zimbabwe, 4-for against Bangladesh, and definitely having the opportunity to play alongside stalwarts of the game such as Justin Ontong and Andrew Puttick,” he adds.

Cohen has nipped out 40 wickets in 10 first-class matches at an average of 22.67 and a strike rate of 33.9.

In the corridors of WP cricket, there is great respect for the brilliant mind of Cohen and his tremendous talent, but there is also cautious feedback that he should not over-analyse the game too much as he possesses express pace and the ability to swing it both ways through the air and nip it away off the seam.

Yet there are different types of fast bowlers – you have the fiery pace merchants who have a genuine dislike of batsmen and who doesn’t mind hurting them occasionally. Then you also meet fast bowlers who dismantle batsmen with the way in which they construct every over – they outmanoeuvre them instead of trying to knock them off their pedestal, literally.

Cohen is in the latter category – the thinking man’s fast bowler – and says that successively setting up batsmen gives him tremendous pleasure.

If World Sports Betting Cape Cobras fans are summoned to share two things about Cohen that are not universally known, they would do some head-scratching.

But only Cohen, his team-mates and the coaches of WP knows the following:

Cohen matriculated with seven A’s. While still a toddler and a younger player, he idolised Wasim Akram and spent hours studying his bowling.

He holds the opinion that Wasim was the best left-arm fast bowler of all time, an opinion shared by many.

In fact, when ESPN Cricinfo selected a best-ever eleven players, he was in the world team alongside Shane Warne, Malcolm Marshall and Dennis Lillee.

Asked about his goals for the season, Cohen says “winning tournaments at the highest level possible”.

An undergraduate in bachelor of accounting sciences, Cohen says taking five-wicket hauls will always be special, but winning matches is more important.

Cohen has a knack of producing the goods when he steps up a gear. He nipped out 6-49 in his first first-class match, and took 5-107 for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras when he was first picked for the franchise team.

And when he played for a CSA Invitational team against Zimbabwe, he finished with a match-haul of 5-77.

Having just received the prize as first-class cricketer of the year at the amateur breakfast awards at PPC Newlands, it would be a fresh incentive for the semi-professional cricketer to throw his hat into the franchise ring and challenge the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras bowlers for a place in the franchise team.

The late Cobus Roodt received the posthumous award as coach of the year, while Michael Cohen scooped the award as first-class player of the year and Alexis le Breton was named women’s player of the year at the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) amateur awards breakfast on Saturday 30 th June.

In an emotional moment in the President’s Suite at PPC Newlands, and with a full house applauding, Roodt’s family joined the triumphant Western Province Women’s team which was awarded with the trophy as team of the year, having claimed both CSA T20 and CSA 50 over trophies.

During his legendary tenure, Roodt and his beloved WP team won 13 of the 15 trophies on offer.

Cohen captured 26 wickets for the Western Province senior team with a match haul of 9-70 his best performance last season. He also nipped out 5-107 for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in a Sunfoil Series match against the Warriors. He took his wickets for the semi-professional team at an average of 19.15.

Clinton du Preez, manager of amateur cricket services of WPCA, made a passionate plea that Western Province should return the provincial teams across the board to the place where they belong – at the summit of the logs and as cup winners. In this respect, the provincial women’s team and Durbanville (winner of the CSA Community Cup and Premier League winners in the AMA 20) set an example as they were two all-conquering teams.

The team award-winners:

Old Mutual Cricket Club (women 50-over league winners)

Hanover Park Cricket Club (Amacalegusha AMA 20 winners)

Bellville Cricket Club (Reserve B AMA 20 winners)

Bellville Cricket Club (Reserve A AMA 20 winners)

Blue Downs (first division D AMA 20 winners) Glamorgan (first division C AMA 20 winners) Montrose (first division B AMA 20 winners) UCT Cricket Club (first division A AMA 20 winners)

Durbanville (Premier League AMA 20 winners) Western Province Women’s Provincial team (Team of the year).

The individual award-winners:

Camerin Cook (deaf player of the year) Dominic Adriaanse (blind player of the year) Faizel Ely (mini-cricket coordinator of the year)

Rowena Stubbs (scorer of the year)

Junaide Erasmus (Cellect Cellular LSEN player of the year)

Samuel Chemaly (Cellect Cellular WP U13 player of the year)

Michael Levitt (Cellect Cellular WP U15 player of the year)

Bonga Makaka (Cellect Cellular WP U17 player of the year)

Saarah Smith (Cellect Cellular WP U19 girls player of the year)

Sisonke Mazele (Cellect Cellular WP U19 player of the year)

Mark Andrianatos (Academy player of the year)

Jacobus Roodt (WPCA coach of the year) Arnold Windvogel (umpire of the year)

Alexis le Breton (women’s player of the year) Michael Cohen (first-class player of the year)