CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today announced the Franchise fixtures for all three domestic competitions for the 2018/19 season as well as the senior provincial fixtures for both men and women and the various scheduled tournaments at senior and age group level.

“With the ICC Cricket World Cup taking place next year from May to July, we have scheduled the Momentum One-Day Cup to be played in February and March,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe. “The semi-finals and Final will take place immediately after the conclusion of the white-ball part of our home series against Sri Lanka to assist in the preparation of our Standard Bank Proteas for the World Cup.

“The four-day franchise competition will be split into two sections from September to November and again in December and January to dovetail with our Test Series against Pakistan.

“With three international teams visiting us in Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in addition to the white-ball tour to Australia, this is going to be a jam-packed season and our longest ever as far as franchise players are concerned.

“The franchise T20 Challenge will be played in April and May.

“It adds up to an exciting, challenging and all-action program for all concerned,” concluded Mr. Moroe.

All franchise competitions will be played over a double round with the two white-ball competitions then having two semi-finals and a Final.

Momentum One Day Cup 2018 2019

CSA T20 Challenge 2018 2019

4-Day Franchise Series 2018 2019

CSA Tournaments 2018 2019

CSA Provincial Fixtures 2018 2019

CSA Womens Provincial Fixtures 2018 2019

 

The outdoor pre-season phase of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras will take shape this week when they embark on a tour to Durban, culminating in the inaugural Kasi Coastal Challenge T20 match against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at the Chatsworth Cricket Oval on Friday.

“We will play in a two-day practice match on Tuesday and Wednesday against a combined team of the Dolphins and the KwaZulu-Natal team and will also play a T20 match against the same opposition on Thursday,” said Ashwell Prince, the head coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

“The players are excited to execute the skills they have demonstrated at the indoor nets of Bishops on the tour to Durban, but we don’t have high expectations as all our training has so far been done indoors,” Prince added.

Sherman Baatjes, strength and conditioning coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, said the fitness tests have gone brilliantly to date. “The past three weeks were some of the toughest fitness periods of the season. D-Day will be on 3rd and 4th September when the guys will do a yo-yo test, run 2 kilometres in less than 8 minutes and complete 40 metre sessions in less than 6 seconds. Every player will also be subjected to a skinfold test to establish the percentage of body fast,” he said.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras will create a fourth test that will be performed in the week of 24th September, a week before the first four-day match of the season against the VKB Knights starting on 1st October.

“The whole winter we have been in the indoor nets. I am excited about the players’ work ethic and enthusiasm in the practice, but we are a little bit frustrated by having to be playing indoors so it’s good to get outside practice. The outcome or result of the matches in Durban are secondary to the idea of getting outdoor exposure,” Prince said.

“Our planning for the season is taking shape.

“I cannot recall having to work as hard in my playing days as my team have had to work in this off-season. I am very happy with their fitness,” Prince concluded.

“The idea of the Kasi Coastal Challenge is possibly to make this an annual event. We thank the Dolphins for inviting us to take part in this exciting inaugural event and look forward to extending an invite for a return leg in Cape Town,” said Nabeal Dien, CEO of Western Cape Cricket.

Chairman of Western Cape Cricket, Beresford Williams lauded both teams for this initiative to grow the game. “Well done to both coaching teams, as well as both the title sponsors of each side, for embracing this event and I look forward to seeing this grow in the coming years. I have no doubt that the cricket fans in Chatsworth will have a wonderful day of watching great cricket between the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and Hollywoodbets Dolphins”

Wayne Parnell, Rory Kleinveldt, Pieter Malan and Dane Paterson are not in the squad that will travel to Durban due to county and SA ‘A’ commitments respectively.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras travelling squad: Aviwe Mgijima, Dane Piedt, David Bedingham, Dayyaan Galiem, Ferisco Adams, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Simon Khomari, Tladi Bokako, Zubayr Hamza.

 

As the pre-season training regime kicks into high gear ahead of the new season, the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras will be heading to Durban to take on the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in the inaugural T20 Kasi Coastal Challenge at the Chatsworth Oval on Friday 31 August.

While the rivalry between the two franchises is sure to guarantee fireworks on the field, on the sidelines the two sponsors are adding their own exuberance to the match as the two major players in the sports betting industry plan to match the players rivalry.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Brand and Sponsorship Manager, David Brooke is looking forward to the spectacle. “It’s going to be a wonderful occasion for everyone involved, from the players to the fans and we are already talking about a return leg of the Kasi Coastal Challenge in Cape Town.”

Both sets of sponsors will be bringing in their troupes of dancers and cheerleaders together with their respective team mascots Dolphi and Worldy which is sure to add to the fun on the day.

“We are looking forward to this game as a start to what we hope to see become a great annual event. Travelling to the Dolphins’ home town won’t be easy but we are behind our team all the way. World Sports Betting has a strong presence in KZN; we have a store just down the road from the Oval and we hope to see our supporters come out and support our team as we take on the Dolphins. It’s sure to be a great and colourful occasion with both teams wearing their respective ‘away’ kit colours orange and purple,” said World Sports Betting’s Ryno du Plessis.

Match details:
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v World Sports Betting Cape Cobras – T20
Chatsworth Oval
Friday 31 August 2018
Gates open 11h00, match starts at 12h00
Entrance is free

 

 

The past two and a half months were some of the most enjoyable and thrilling of Aviwe Mgijima’s life. He got married to Sibabalwe last Thursday in East London, just a day before his 30th birthday and a second ceremony was held in Alice on Saturday.

Before his wedding, he played club cricket for Sidmouth in the Devon league and after five mediocre first matches, he resurrected his batting form by scoring two centuries and three half-centuries in the next seven games.

When he left, his team was at the summit of the log, and he had made his presence felt with the ball as well by taking 28 wickets.

“I told Ashwell before I left that I want to make a contribution with the ball for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras. It is alright to bowl in the nets, but I want to do it competitively in matches.

“I would also like to bat in the top-five. I scored my two centuries for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras while batting at six, but I also made two half-centuries while batting at number five,” he adds.

“Ultimately, though, I will bat wherever they need me, whether it is at number five, six or seven,” he added.

Mgijima scored a career-best 112 in the first game of the 2017/2018 season against the VKB Knights when the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras were against the ropes. His innings was stamped by dogged determination not to allow the Knights to win the game.

In the end, his performance alongside that of Hashim Amla, Justin Ontong and Kyle Verreynne propelled the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to a draw.

 

Zubayr Hamza is ready to represent the Proteas right now because he handles pressure well, plays the short ball excellently and knows where his off-stump is, said the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras captain, Dane Piedt.

Hamza and Piedt were part of the South Africa ‘A’ team that lost the unofficial test series against India ‘A’ in Bangalore 1-0 in August.

Hamza batted well in the second innings of the first Test by scoring 63 and struck a brilliant 93 in the first innings of the second unofficial Test.

He and Sarel Erwee added 154 runs for the second wicket and blasted 22 fours and two sixes in their cavalier stand.

Hamza was unfortunate to lose his wicket to the leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal when he nicked a half-volley to Shreyas Iyer who completed a one-handed catch at slip in splendid fashion.

“I think in the series a lack of application, soft wickets and not handling the pressure well, were the factors that contributed to the series win for India ‘A’,” said Piedt.

“There was enough on offer for the seam bowlers in the first Test, but we let ourselves down and thereafter we were always behind the eight ball,” said Piedt.

In the second match, South Africa lost their concentration during one hour and consequently imploded from 210 for three to 236 for five.

Commenting on Hamza’s batting, Piedt said the stylish top-order batsman accelerated the run-rate with pure cricket shots and also counter-attacked against the spinners on a seamer-friendly wicket.

Asked about the long-term prospects of Hamza, Piedt said he could play for South Africa right now.

“Both he and Rudi (Second) are knocking on the door and are making the right sounds,” he added.

Hamza’s 93 was his 20th half-century in his 46th first-class game. He averages a healthy 51.06 and bats at a strike-rate of 63.05 without ever attempting a slog.

His unbeaten 202 against Namibia made him the fourth youngest South African to score a double ton in first-class cricket.

He battled to make the step up to franchise cricket in 2016/2017, but resurrected his career with a century against the Warriors in the second Sunfoil Series match of the 2017/2018 season and assembled 828 franchise runs in the four-day showpiece.

Lizaad Williams knows all about Irish luck – if anything can go wrong, it will (and at the most inappropriate moment). But he is a very optimistic cricketer and ready to take the step up to the next level.

In 2017/2018, he lost game time of about 10 weeks due to an ankle injury and a finger injury which he sustained in the gym when a weight fell on it.

He describes his performances of last season as up and down and topsy-turvy, but nevertheless captured 22 wickets in seven Sunfoil Series games for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras at an average of 39.31 and a best of 5-70.

The 24-year-old says the current off-season training program is one of the hardest he has had to endure. “It is tough but definitely worth it. The intensity is high and I am really tired after every practice session,” he adds.

“I want to play more games and in all formats next season. But I realize it is up to me. If I perform well, I will be selected in more formats,” he adds.

Williams is the enforcer in the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras bowling attack, much like Dane Paterson. They build pressure with their pace, bounce and aggression and create chances for the bowling partners who operate from the other end.

In his career, Williams has captured 143 wickets in 45 matches. If he has a stellar 2018/2019 season, he might get close to the 180-wicket mark and will take the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to the brink of a Sunfoil Series title.

“I am looking forward to the Africa T20 Cup because it will also establish where I am with the pace and rhythm of my bowling.

“Already, I can feel that with my fitness levels I am recovering quicker than usual,” he says.

Last season, Williams was particularly excellent in the home match against the Warriors, capturing four wickets in the first innings. Had his team-mates not dropped two chances, he might have pushed the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras close to victory.

“I am more mature right now. I know what my weak spots are and what my strengths are, and I focus on making those weak areas stronger and improve on my strengths,” he says.

Williams is only 24, but already one of the senior bowlers in the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ squad.

If Lady Luck can smile on him this season with less injuries and better support in the field, he might just force his way into the starting eleven of all formats.

“Maturity is important, because I learn to read every wicket I play on, and adapt my bowling accordingly quicker than previously. Charl Langeveldt and Rory Kleinveldt have supported me in this respect,” he said.

Williams has also made strides as a person off the field thanks to the Sportskills4LifeSkills program which focusses on teaching cricketers leadership skills in the community and helping them to manage their lives better.

“It is an outstanding program and the only prerequisite is that you pass all your subjects. I am contemplating on doing a post-graduate in 2019,” he adds.

 

Superb bowling for the Wellington Cricket Club and reasonable batting performances at number four whilst captaining the side were the highlights of Simon Khomari’s first seven matches in the West Midlands League. But then he broke his little finger badly after diving for a catch and he needed a pin in the finger to repair the damage.

Khomari will miss the Africa T20 Cup and according to the specialist, won’t restore full mobility of the little finger, although surgery won’t be required.

“I will start physiotherapy today, and will miss the Africa T20 Cup, but will be ready to play (for the World Sports Betting Cobras) come October,” he said.

Surveying the past season, Khomari says the season from January to April was vastly better than the first half of the season. “I had a nightmare December and told myself I could kiss my professional contract goodbye. That freed me up and I improved my performances. I especially did well in the white-ball format, scoring a century for Boland against Northerns.

“I also worked extensively with Nkululeko Serame and Aswhell Prince,” he said.

Khomari was a revelation for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in the top-order, scoring 230 runs at an average of 46 with three half-centuries in the Momentum One Day Cup series. He was one of the reasons why the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras hosted a semi-final at PPC Newlands.

“Ash told me he would like me to work on my bowling so that I can bowl at least 10 overs in the Sunfoil Series to give the seam bowlers a rest. From that perspective, my experience at Wellington was good. I was their leading wicket-taker. I had a slow start with the bat. I mostly came in at number four with the score on 5 for 4 or 4 for three. My best score in seven matches was 59,” he said.

Khomari says the wickets were spin- and seam-friendly in England, which helped him as a left-arm spinner, but became a challenge when he occupied the crease.

“It was up and down and I captained an extremely inexperienced team. I felt I carried the team on my shoulders. I did not score many runs initially but after a while I contributed steadily.

“My goal the coming season is to average 40 with the bat in both the Sunfoil series and in the one-dayers,” he said.

“Currently I am working on my fitness in the gym and on my upper body strength. I will miss some of the pre-season matches but will be fine for October,” he says.

Khomari, when in full flow, is a sight to behold. He can be a free-flowing batsman on both the off- and on-side and demonstrated it with that 100 against Northerns. He also posted a highest score of 79 for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in the Momentum One Day series last season. He is constantly working on playing the ball as late as possible.

Under the guidance of Prince, coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, he has rid himself of the insecurities about his abilities at franchise level, and he is confident of improving on his tally of 348 first-class runs in the 2017/2018 season.

The silent assassin of the South African U19 cricket team possesses more chances than most to represent the Proteas one day after receiving the award as player of the Youth One Day International series against England, said Siya Sibiya, Western Province’s U15 and U17 coach.

He was referring to Jonathan Bird, 17-year-old opener who struck a total of 193 runs in his two innings. It included his exceptional unbeaten 142 in the second match at Newcastle last Friday in which South Africa recorded an emphatic six-wicket win against the England U19 team.

He also scored a 47-ball 51 in the first match of the series for the South African U19 team.

It was the first Youth One Day International series since 2003 that a SA U19 team have won on English soil.

The third match was washed out, and the South African youth team clinched the series 2-0.

“Jonathan is very strong, a very good player who hits the ball very hard. He is quiet, a silent assassin, but he has tremendous presence at the crease,” Sibiya said.

“He is good against the short ball, possesses a beautiful cover drive and has developed his play against the spinners.

“He can go all the way and represent the Proteas one day,” the young mentor said.

Graham October, Western Province Academy manager and CSA’s scout of youth cricket in the Western Province, shared the sentiments about Bird and said he hits the ball tremendously hard. He is steeped in cricket as his father, Wayne, was also a good cricketer.

“His challenge is spin, but technically the coaches are sorting him out. He has made big strides, is enthusiastic and possesses a clear mind. He is also calculated and doesn’t take high-risk options.”

October also heaped praise on Thando Ntini, who took 4-19 in the Youth One Day series opener in Durham which propelled South Africa to a 79-run victory.

“Thando has all the makings of a top-bowler,” said October. “I cannot see him not playing for South Africa in the future. In fact, it could happen in the next three years, but it will depend on how the transition is managed during that period.

“How will he fare in the semi-professional series against cricketers who have played in that campaign the last five years?” he said.

October was almost overawed by the work-ethic of Ntini, who does not want to play cricket in the shadow of his father, Makhaya, but wishes to forge his own identity.

“He bowled some scary deliveries against England, possesses a good bouncer, slower delivery and yorker,” said Sibiya.

October said Ntini works in the gym and in the nets at least four days a week and nobody ever has to remind him of his duty to train hard.

“Thando bowls with lots of energy. He generally nips the ball back into the batsmen but can also take it away. He also shrewdly changes the angle of the attack,” Sibiya remarked.

“He is very aggressive. Thando is mild mannered off the pitch, but a different man when he crosses the chalk,” said Sibiya.

Paul Adams, the senior provincial Western Provincial team, is upbeat about Ntini.

“We have identified Thando as a future prospect and that is why he is contracted with the senior provincial side. It is important that young players like these understand the journey they are on and also have the academic focus.

“Thando has all the attributes – he is tall and bowls with good pace, but he also possesses the work-ethic, the passion and he wants to excel. We have the structures in place so they can be looked after nicely after school,” Adams added.

Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA), said he is thrilled by the dual performances of Bird and Ntini. “The WPCA sees it as its duty to further nurture the skills of Bird and Ntini and to make every effort to take the two to the next level while keeping them in the Western Province.”

Clinton du Preez, manager of amateur cricketing services of the WPCA, said the individual brilliance of Bird and Ntini was one of the highlights of the excellent series win. “It is a tribute to the good pipeline structures of WP. We will not leave a stone unturned to safeguard their development and give them possible opportunities to shine at a higher level.”

 

Saait Magiet was a world-class cricketer in any era who would have been (if not denied by apartheid) a double Springbok – in cricket and rugby. These were some of the praises for Magiet during a tribute event hosted by the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) in the President’s suite of PPC Newlands on Tuesday evening.

The tribute evening was organized after the passing of the legendary all-round sportsman Magiet last Tuesday while on holiday in Malaysia. He was 66.

Shafieka Waggie, daughter of Saait Magiet, Beresford Williams, president of the WPCA, Norman Arendse, former president of Cricket South Africa, Ebrahim Rasool, former premier of the Western Cape, Vincent Barnes, CSA’s high performance manager and Riyaad Najaar, principal of the Spine Road High School, all paid tribute to Magiet.

Barnes, who opened the bowling in the Western Province team with Magiet, said he would have been a world-class cricketer in any era.

Mogamad Allie, editor of the book More Than a Game, said according to the SARU loose forward Edgar Siljeur, Magiet was surely the best and most versatile sportsman produced during the SACOS era.

Najaar said Magiet would have played for the Springbok rugby team (if not denied by apartheid).

As an opening bowler Magiet was devastating, often ripping through the opposition with a combination of pace and swing as manifested by his 171 first-class wickets claimed at a meagre average of 12.99.

Allie quoted Barnes who said that as long as Magiet played, the Western Province team did not have to worry. If they lost wickets up front, he would contribute with the bat. If they struggled for wickets, they just gave him the ball. He said Magiet was the ultimate safety net.

Barnes said Magiet was undoubtedly one of the best cricketers he played with or saw.

The cricket commentator Aslam Khota, a former Transvaal opening batsman, said Magiet possessed stamina, and combined speed with craft as a pace bowler. He was  a devastating stroke-maker and often changed the game in favour of his team.

A classic all-rounder, he represented the Western Province Cricket Board and was chosen for the South African Cricket Board national teams, captaining them in 1987 and 1991 and for a SACOS XI in 1982. He played briefly after unity although he was almost 40 years old by then.

He was widely regarded as one of the finest loose forwards in the SARU ranks and there is consensus that had he moved to the Green Point Track-based WP union, he would have been a shoe-in for national colours. However, his loyalty to the Primrose rugby and cricket clubs precluded such a move from even being considered, wrote Allie.

The journalist Dougie Oakes wrote that Magiet was a flag bearer for the cause of non-racialism in sport. He refused to be bought by those punting the notion of mixed sport over a weekend and segregated facilities, group areas and pass laws during the week.

Magiet was a venomous quick bowler and a dashing middle-order batsman. Those who knew cricket were convinced that in another time and place he would have been playing at international level.

He and his brother, Rushdi, turned down a lucrative offer to play for a South African Invitation X1 against Greg Chappell’s sanctions-busting International Wanderers side in 1976.

If he had the opportunity, Magiet would have been able to make his mark on the international scene just as players in the post-apartheid eras like Makhaya Ntini, Vernon Philander, Ashwell Prince, JP Duminy, Hashim Amla, Paul Adams, Kagiso Rabada and others have done, said Allie.

Rasool said apartheid was defeated by the ordinary things that people did that transformed their lives into extraordinary heroism, and that is the tribute one has to pay to Saait Magiet.

“We did not succumb to the idea of a white supremacy mindset. Here was someone (Magiet) who could bowl as fast if not faster than Garth le Roux, who could hit the ball further than Adrian Kuiper. That was important to kill the white supremacy mindset. That freed our minds so that we could free ourselves,” said Rasool.