World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Chief Executive Nabeal Dien, has addressed a recent media report written by journalist David Cox for Al Jazeera, regarding racial divisions within the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras last season.

Dien, including a host of senior players, are aghast by the accusations and refute any such claims.

Western Cape Cricket Chairman Advocate Nick Kock and Vice Chairman Angelo Carolissen have also added their disapproval to these false reports.

“Unity is PRIMARY at the Cobras. We have worked hard on this and not a single player in our squad will disagree. False accusations like this are scathing to our team and organisation as a whole,” Dien said.

“We call on the journalist and publication in question to retract this article and issue a formal apology,” he added.

“We have spent many hours ensuring our environment is inclusive and a healthy space for players and management. After a pre-season venture last season the team returned and adopted the slogan #StrengthInDiversity. It is used in all our social media communication which reflects the unity of our squad.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras captain Dane Piedt also expressed his disappointment at the accusations levelled at the Western Cape franchise.

“It is extremely disappointing. Being the captain of the team, it affects me even more, and on my leadership and the unifying culture we have created at the Cobras. It is really disappointing that someone from outside that has no idea of how our team functions and the camaraderie within the squad had made such comments,” Piedt said.

Senior Black African batsman, and a former World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Player of the Year, Aviwe Mgijima also addressed the matter.

“I am saddened and upset with the accusations against our squad,” Mgijima said.

“The statements in that article are indeed not true. It saddens me that a member of another team would spread rumours and lies about what transpired in our space.

“I for one do not even remember there being a division amongst us. I really hope we get to the bottom of this and our squad is cleared.”

Opening batsman Pieter Malan was equally taken aback with the claims of a racial fraction within the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras dressing room.

“We have the most diverse and open-minded squad in the country and these allegations go against everything we believe in at the Cobras. It is insulting and defamatory to say the least. Nothing like this happened in our team environment and he should name his source if he wants to take this story any further,” Malan said.

 

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) today announced the dates and squad for the South African Emerging Squad’s upcoming series against their Sri Lanka counterparts in Pretoria and Potchefstroom from 29 June – 28 July.

The emerging side will take on their sub-continent counterparts in an extended One-Day triangular series also featuring a University Sports South Africa (USSA) side before the two teams lock horns in two four-day matches.

The majority of the matches will be played in Pretoria, at the Groenkloof Oval and the Assupol Tuks Oval, while Senwes Park in Potchefstroom will be host to the opening four-day game.

The SA Emerging squad is made up of players from the CSA Powerade National Academy, which is a programme running in a three-year cycle, aimed at the successful transition of players from senior provincial cricket into professional and international cricket.

“This programme is a hugely important part of the CSA development pipeline,” commented Vincent Barnes, CSA High Performance Manager. “We’ve approached the programme and the subsequent fixtures holistically, keeping in mind our long-term goal of improving our selection pool, producing quality, professional cricketers and possible future Proteas.

“The National Academy provides a pathway for the development of the players, with the likes of Tony de Zorzi, Sinethemba Qeshile and Raynard van Tonder having all represented the SA U19s recently and have since been a part of the National Academy, going on to breaking through in franchise cricket.

“We are very excited to be hosting Sri Lanka’s emerging side, having played them in the sub-continent last year and we are sure there will be just as much competitive cricket on display, particularly with the USSA side also involved,” Barnes concluded.

 SA Emerging squad:

Tony de Zorzi (Multiply Titans), Janneman Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Raynard van Tonder (VKB Knights), Matthew Breetzke (Warriors), Wandile Makwetu (Multiply Titans), Sinethemba Qeshile (Warriors), Sibonelo Makhanya (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Eathan Bosch (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tshepang Dithole (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tladi Bokako (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Nandre Burger (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Kyle Simmonds (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors), Bjorn Fortuin (bizhub Highveld Lions), Jason Smith (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Dayyaan Galiem (Multiply Titans).

 

Cricket South Africa (CSA) today announced a bumper programme of home international fixtures for the 2019-20 summer against England and Australia.

England will be the guests for the first part of the summer from mid-December until mid-February and will play four Test matches, three One-Day Internationals and three KFC T20 International matches.

Australia will arrive in mid-February to play three KFC T20 International matches followed by three One-Day Internationals.

“This will be a huge summer both for our Standard Bank Proteas, who are currently ranked in the top three in all three formats, and for our fans who can look forward to action-packed and top-quality entertainment against two of the powerhouses of world cricket,” commented CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.

“The Test matches will take on particular significance as this will be our first home series in the ICC World Test Championship following our away series in India in October. I am delighted also to announce that we will be working closely with SA Tourism around the Test host venues of Pretoria, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg to ensure that this series creates a win-win situation both for cricket and the South African economy.

“The two KFC T20 International Series take on extra relevance as we start our preparation for the ICC Men’s World T20 to be played in Australia in October and November next year.

“The Pink One-Day International against England at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium will once again be a highlight of our ODI Series.

“Our fans now have the opportunity to make their holiday plans in good time so that they can watch the Proteas in action in their favourite formats,” concluded Mr. Moroe.

HOME SUMMER FIXTURES

2019/2020 Season: South Africa vs England Series Fixtures
17 – 18 Dec 19 Tue-Wed @ 10h00 2-Day Tour Match – Inv. XI vs England, Willowmoore Park, Benoni
20 – 22 Dec 19 Fri-Sun    @ 10h00 3-Day Tour Match – SA ‘A’ vs England, Willowmoore Park, Benoni
26 – 30 Dec 19 Thu-Mon  @ 10h00 1st. Test – South Africa vs England, SuperSport Park, Centurion
03 – 07 Jan 20 Fri-Tue    @ 10h30 2nd. Test – South Africa vs England, PPC Newlands, Cape Town
16 – 20 Jan 20 Thu-Mon  @ 10h00 3rd. Test – South Africa vs England, St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
24 – 28 Jan 20 Fri-Tue    @ 10h00 4th. Test – South Africa vs England, Bidvest Wanderers, Johannesburg
31-Jan-20 Fri (Day)  @ 10h00 1-Day Tour Match – SA Inv. XI vs England – Paarl
01-Feb-20 Sat (Day) @ 10h00 1-Day Tour Match – SA Inv. XI vs England – Paarl
04-Feb-20 Tue (DN)  @ 13h00 1st. ODI SA vs England, PPC Newlands, Cape Town
07-Feb-20 Fri (DN)    @ 13h00 2nd. ODI SA vs England, Kingsmead, Durban
09-Feb-20 Sun (Day) @ 10h00 3rd. ODI SA vs England, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
12-Feb-20 Wed (DN) @ 18h00 1st. KFC T20I SA vs England, Buffalo Park, East London
14-Feb-20 Fri (DN)    @ 18h00 2nd. KFC T20I SA vs England, Kingsmead, Durban
16-Feb-20 Sun (Day) @ 14h30 3rd. KFC T20I SA vs England, SuperSport Park, Centurion
2019/2020 Season: South Africa vs Australia Series Fixtures
21-Feb-20 Fri (DN)    @ 18h00 1st. KFC T20I SA vs Australia, Bidvest Wanderers, Johannesburg
23-Feb-20 Sun (Day) @ 14h30 2nd. KFC T20I SA vs Australia, St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
26-Feb-20 Wed (DN) @ 18h00 3rd. KFC T20I – SA vs Australia, PPC Newlands, Cape Town
29-Feb-20 Sat (DN)   @ 13h00 1st. ODI – SA vs Australia, Eurolux Park, Paarl
04-Mar-20 Wed (DN) @ 13h00 2nd. ODI SA vs Australia, Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
07-Mar-20 Sat (Day) @ 10h00 3rd. ODI – SA vs Australia, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom

CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today named a squad of 28 players, outside of the CSA Nationally Contracted Players, for a conditioning programme to prepare for selection for South Africa’s various international commitments during the 2019/20 season as well as during the current off-season.

The Standard Bank Proteas have an away tour to India in September and October that will consist of three T20 International matches as well as three Test matches followed by home series from December to February against England (all three formats) and Australia (white ball matches) and then the visit to India for a series of ODI matches in March.

The South Africa A side will also be visiting India to play their counterparts in both white and red ball cricket in August and September.

“The reality of the situation is that we no longer have an off-season and we are about to embark on an exceptionally busy period of international cricket, starting with the ICC Men’s World Cup later this month,” commented Corrie van Zyl, CSA Head: Cricket Pathways.

“The purpose of this squad, under the direction of SA A Head Coach, Russell Domingo and SA A Strength and Conditioning specialist, Tumi Masekela, with the assistance of the Franchise coaches, is to ensure that these players are properly prepared and optimally conditioned for international cricket. It is also important to let them know that they are on the radar of the National Selection Panel (NSP) for possible selection to the Proteas and SA A.”

 

CONDITIONING SQUAD

bizhub Highveld Lions: Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Wiaan Mulder

Hollywoodbets Dolphins: Sarel Erwee, Senuran Muthusamy, Khaya Zondo

Multiply Titans: Junior Dala, Tony de Zorzi, Heinrich Klaasen, Chris Morris

VKB Knights: Keegan Petersen

Warriors: Gihahn Cloete, Sisanda Magala, Eddie Moore, Anrich Nortje, Sinethemba Qeshile, Rudi Second, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts

 World Sports Betting Cape Cobras: Tladi Bokako, Zubayr Hamza, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan, Dane Paterson, Dane Piedt, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne

South African batsman JP Duminy has retired from domestic cricket ahead of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

The 35-year-old will also call time on his ODI career after the CWC in England and Wales, which begins late this month.

Duminy will continue to be available for T20 cricket for South Africa and in international leagues, including the Mzansi Super League.

The batsman has spent much of the summer on the sidelines, recovering from surgery on his injured right shoulder, though he returned to competitive cricket with the World Sports Betting Cobras and was part of the squad that reached both the domestic One-Day and CSA T20 Challenge semifinals.

Duminy scored 6,774 runs, including 20 hundreds and two doubles, with his top score of 260 not out coming in his final first-class game for the Cobras at Boland Park just over three years ago. He has also scored 7,408 runs in 269 List A games at an average of 38.78.

While his rehabilitation and conditioning work on his right shoulder meant that Duminy could not be part of the early stages of Cobras’ CSA T20 Challenge campaign, he returned to play in their last three matches, his last game for the Cobras being the semifinal defeat to Warriors in East London.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have announced that left arm seam bowler Nandre Burger has joined the squad from the bizhub Highveld Lions for the 2019/2020 season.

23-year-old Burger has 75 first-class wickets to his name in 22 matches, at an average of 25.32 and has taken 29 wickets at an economy rate of 5.18 in List A Cricket and has gone at just 7.02 runs per over in his 17 T20 matches he has played.

Burger has worked with Coach Ashwell Prince previously, when he joined the Cape Town Blitz as a replacement for the injured Anrich Nortje during the Mzansi Super League at the end of 2018 and is looking forward to the prospect of working with him again.

“I’ve worked with Coach Ashwell at the Cape Town Blitz and I appreciate him bringing me down to Cape Town for this new challenge at the Cobras. I know what the expectations are and I’m ready for the challenge and looking forward to working with him again.”

Prince gave his reasons for bringing Burger into his squad for next season. “He brings variety to our bowling attack as a left-arm seam bowler. Also, he’s quite a bit taller compared to the rest of our seam bowlers. Mthi (Nabe) is the only person in our attack who has some height to him and Rory (Kleinveldt) brings some height in the white ball competitions.

“In terms of trying to win the four-day competition, a left-arm seamer will be crucial to partner up with Dane Piedt who was sensational this year. He will be able to create some footmarks for him to bowl into and hopefully allowing him to become even more of a threat.

“All in all, it’s a big plus for us to have Nandre. He also did well for Cape Town Blitz, especially at PPC Newlands. He’s a player I admire, mostly for his skills and look forward to working with him,” Prince concluded.

23-year-old Janneman Malan won a hat-trick of trophies including the ultimate accolade as World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Player of the Year at the awards evening of the franchise in the President’s Suite at PPC Newlands on Friday evening.

Malan scooped the awards of Young Player of the Year, Players Player of the Year and the grand prize, World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Player of the Year.

He assembled 564 runs at an average of 51.27 in the Four Day Franchise Series and hammered 435 runs in the Momentum One Day Cup competition. The belligerent right-handed batsman struck 149 runs at an average of 29.80 in the CSA T20 Challenge series.

Malan made his international debut on 3rd February in the second T20 International against Pakistan.

The world-class South African fast bowler Vernon Philander received the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras award as CSA T20 Challenge Player of the Year. He captured 10 wickets in the competition and was second on the list of Cobras batting averages with 235 runs at a strike rate of 151.61 CSA T20 Challenge series.

Rory Kleinveldt, a revelation in both white-ball competitions, won the award as Momentum One Day Cup Player of the Year. His 15 wickets came at a miserly average of 16.80.

Dane Piedt was named the Four Day Franchise Series Player of the Year for his phenomenal 54 wickets – the most ever by a South African spinner in a domestic season. It came at an average of 27.74 and an economy rate of 2.92.

Piedt also struck a career-best 114 during the four-day domestic showpiece.

Dane Paterson took 34 wickets in the same competition.

Eight World Sports Betting Cape Cobras batsmen averaged 40 or more in the Four Day Franchise Series.

Malan played a number of match-winning innings in different formats. He struck 137 in the Four-Day Franchise Series in setting up an innings victory against the bizhub Highveld Lions, and scored an unbeaten 103 to propel the Cobras to a seven-wicket bonus point win against the Warriors in the CSA T20 Challenge.

“It is a great honour to win the prizes, it is a bit of a hollow feeling that we did not win a trophy but it motivates us to work harder to put silverware in the trophy cabinet next season,” said Malan.

“My first century for the franchise at the Wanderers was special. In the Momentum One Day Cup with JP (Duminy) to get to 220 in 28 overs (and win the game against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins) was also special in the Momentum One Day Cup,” Malan added.

“I think taking my first five-for (5-22 against the VKB Knights) was a highlight as we needed to win the game to reach the semi-finals. A couple of three-fors were also nice,” said Kleinveldt.

He added that taking wickets in the power play was his greatest goal when starting the innings. He was not that concerned about how many runs he went for. “Knocking the poles over was my biggest goal.”

“Next season will be my last and putting a trophy in the cabinet room will be the best way to end my career,” Kleinveldt said.

Award Winners:

Young Player of the Year: Janneman Malan

4 Day Series Player of the Year: Dane Piedt

Momentum One Day Cup Player of the Year: Rory Kleinveldt

CSA T20 Challenge Player of the Year: Vernon Philander

Players Player of the Year: Janneman Malan

Player of the Year: Janneman Malan

Sisanda Magala’s outstanding death bowling played a key hand as the Warriors sealed a CSA T20 Challenge Final date with the bizhub Highveld Lions after beating the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras by 15 runs in their semi-final encounter in East London on Wednesday.

The seamer finished with two for 19 after the visitors appeared to have done enough to overhaul the hosts’ 172 for seven three-quarters of the way through the chase.

This after career-best efforts with both ball and bat by Rory Kleinveldt and David Bedingham, who took four for 33 and smashed 73 off 39 balls (7 fours, 4 sixes) respectively.

However, with just 51 needed off 43 balls and seven wickets still in hand, they lost their way horribly thanks to some tight bowling from Magala, aided by Lutho Sipamla (2/21) and Andrew Birch (2/37).

It meant the Eastern Cape franchise sealed a deserved place in what will be the final match of the franchise season against the Lions at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

However, the Cobras may rue a missed chance after they had their moments in an open game at Bufffalo Park.

The Cape side won the toss and opted to field first, but they were made to toil by another key performer for the Warriors – the rising young star Matthew Breetzke.

The former South Africa Under-19 opener struck 60 off 38 balls (3 fours, 4 sixes) and shared in a partnership of 69 with captain Jon-Jon Smuts (34) that laid the foundation for a competitive score.

That had left the home side on 90 for one at halfway, but Kleinveldt then pulled things backed brilliantly with his maiden four-for in his 163rd T20 game, which surpassed his previous best figures of three for 14 for Northampton against Warwickshire back in 2016.

Recently-capped Standard Bank Proteas wicketkeeper Sinethembe Qeshile did manage to get 35 off 21 late on to boost the total and set 173 for victory.

The Cobras made a flying start to their chase despite the early losses of key men like Janneman Malan (14) and JP Duminy (0) as Bedingham posted his best score in the format.

He took them to 112 for two in the 12th over – including smashing Smuts for four boundaries in a row – as the away side looked odds on for victory.

But Birch dismissed Bedingham and Smuts returned to send down a rare maiden in the 14th over as the pressure mounted.

Spinner Jade de Klerk (1/33) also finished his spell well with a wicket, before the pace bowlers turned the screw to squeeze out the Cobras and seal a famous win.

 

It is no rocket science that the batting of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras has not clicked and that they have been very inconsistent throughout the CSA T20 Challenge-tournament.

“We need to step up as a batting unit, including myself,” said JP Duminy about the semi-finals of the CSA T20 Challenge on Wednesday against the Warriors at Buffalo Park in East London.

Duminy said the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have not often put partnerships together and have consequently often been in rebuilding phases.

According to Duminy, “We have had good discussions and the top-six have claimed responsibility to put runs on the board. And I need to lead that in the semi-finals.”

“It is an opportunity to step up and I would like to see myself do that in the next game.”

In their previous two matches, the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras scored 133 and 121, and in both matches lost wickets at regular intervals.

Duminy is a world-class T20 batsman and has played with renewed freedom and success upon returning to the South African One Day International team recently.

“We definitely have the make-up to score 160 to 180 runs. We must determine what the conditions are in East London and if the conditions allow you to play a certain brand which allows you to score between 160 and 180, then we need to identify that as early as possible and play accordingly,” Duminy added.

The bowling has generally been good throughout the tournament, with Vernon Philander and Rory Kleinveldt the stand-out performers.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad is: Rory Kleinveldt (capt), Ferisco Adams, David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, JP Duminy, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka,  Dane Paterson, Vernon Philander  Nkululeko Serame, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne

Keshav Maharaj and Robbie Frylinck shared five wickets as the Hollywoodbets Dolphins snuck into the CSA T20 Challenge semi-finals with a lop-sided five-wicket win over the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Durban on Sunday.

Needing to win their final round encounter at Kingsmead to have a chance of progressing, they did so in style with a bonus-point triumph over a visiting side that until Friday morning looked set to host one of the play-off games and possibly even the final.

But a second loss in three days for Ashwell Prince’s side, coupled by some other results, saw them slip down the table to end third, meaning an away last four game at the Warriors on Wednesday.

For the Dolphins, they now have a chance of reaching a second successive final within the space of a month when they will meet the bizhub Highveld Lions in their semi.

They made it through after the Lions beat reigning champions the Multiply Titans in their round 10 clash at Centurion.

The Durbanites, though, were full value for their win over their Cape opponents after restricting them to just 121 for seven and then chasing down the score with five wickets to spare.

The hosts lost the toss and were asked to field first, but the decision proved to be a telling one as the Cobras battled to score freely. They limped to 53 for four in the first half of their innings as Maharaj continued to amaze with his miserly spin.

Prenelan Subrayen (0/17) strangled the batsmen from the other end, with Frylinck chipping away as the visitors could only manage to set 122.

That too came thanks to a late 29-run unbeaten stand between Vernon Philander (32) and Rory Kleinveldt (17). Kyle Verreynne managed 26.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld, fresh from a century a few nights earlier, then led the reply with a match-high 48 off 31 balls at the top of the order as the Dolphins reached 87 for one by the 10th over.

After he fell, Senuran Muthusamy (19 not out) competed the job – the home side winning with nearly five overs in the pocket.

The Final CSA T20 Challenge Table:

P W L NR Bonus Net RR Pts
bizhub Highveld Lions 10 5 2 3 2 0,52 28
Warriors 10 4 2 4 1 0,36 25
WSB Cape Cobras 10 5 4 1 1 -0,35 23
Hollywoodbets Dolphins 10 3 3 4 1 0,22 21
Multiply Titans 10 3 4 3 1 0,15 19
VKB Knights 10 0 5 5 0 -0,86 10

 

The CSA T20 Challenge Semi-Final Line-Up:

Wednesday, May 1

12h00 – bizhub Highveld Lions v Hollywoodbets Dolphins

16h30 – Warriors v World Sports Betting Cape Cobras