World Sports Betting Cape Cobras assistant coach Faiek Davids believes that wicket-keeper batsman Kyle Verreynne possesses all the right attributes to fare brilliantly on the South Africa A tour to India.

Verreynne received a late call-up to replace the injured Gihahn Cloete.

“First of all I think he was unfortunate not to have been picked in the first place. The call-up is a good feather in his cap and I am proud of him,” said Davids.

 The diminutive wicketkeeper-batsman shone in the Four Day Franchise Series and in the Momentum Cup series last season. He struck 583 runs at an average of 44.84 in the four day arena. His only regret is possibly that he did not convert one of his half-centuries into a ton. His best score was 89.

In the Momentum One Day Cup he was at the top of the list of batting averages of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, striking 453 runs at an average of 64.71. His best contribution was a superb unbeaten 114.

“He plays spin well, he plays the ball late and possesses good options to get off strike.

“Furthermore he is grounded and a very focused batsman,” he said.

 “I was quite happy to get the call up. Obviously it is a new platform to showcase my talent. It is an opportunity to play and show what you are capable of on a bigger stage,” said Verreynne.

“How many international careers were birthed because of an unfortunate injury. Kyle must just grab the opportunity with both hands,” said Davids.

 Verreynne is a gritty, yet attacking batsman who plays fluently on both sides of the crease. During the past two seasons he has grown in stature and his dogged determination has saved his team on a number of occasions.

 

 

Recalled Standard Bank Proteas spinner Dane Piedt has revelled in his ‘career-best’ moment, which surprisingly came off the field rather than on it.

Cricketers usually enjoy career-bests on the field, either by taking a chunk of wickets or by piling on a whole host of runs – all in a single innings.

Piedt, who this week was recalled to the national set-up after a three-year absence, was reflecting on his recognition at the annual Cricket South Africa (CSA) awards function held in Pretoria at the start of the month.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras captain was named 4-Day Domestic Series Cricketer of the Year and also won the SACA (South African Cricketers’ Association) Most Valuable Player award for 2018/19.

This followed his all-round exploits for the franchise, with his outstanding 54 wickets being the most ever by a South African spinner in a domestic season.

The tally by the 29-year-old came at an average of 27.74 and an economy rate of 2.92. Piedt also struck a career-best 114 during the first-class season.

“The best in my career by a country mile, being captain of the team as well, it means a lot,” Piedt said of his awards.

“Down in Cape Town there’s a lot of pressure on us to win trophies, a lot of people know this, but at the end of the day it’s what we need to do and how we handle the pressure. So overall this is a really proud moment for me in my career.”

Piedt was brilliant from start to finish for the Cobras and led them to the fringes of the four-day title, before they were piped on the line by the bizhub Highveld Lions.

Nonetheless, his form and leadership contributed heavily to Ashwell Prince’s charges controlling the four-day season for 90 percent of the way.

“I always wanted to win the first-class Player of the Season award, so to finally do it is amazing,” he explained. “A lot of our Cobras guys have won it in the past.

“It’s a format of the game that players back home pride themselves on. It’s the hardest format, 40 days of cricket and if you want to win the competition you have to be in the field for a long time.

“These are the trophies I want to take back home and show the guys what it’s all about. I’m really proud about winning this award.

“It’s also a huge privilege to win the SACA MVP. I didn’t play one whole tournament because I got married during that time, but I still came out on top, so that makes me really proud as well.”

Piedt’s stellar long-format form helped him hammer down the door of the national selectors. They eventually answered by recalling him for the upcoming trip to India in October. He will be hoping to add to his seven Test caps, the last of which came against New Zealand at Centurion during 2016.

Meanwhile, the off-break bowler has credited his team-mates for helping him achieve his ‘career-best’ moment. “I think it’s not just me,” he added. “It boils down really to what the team did in that competition.

“There’s bowlers in that attack that did well, there’s batsmen in the line-up that did well. They gave us runs and took wickets.

“We all wanted to take 20 wickets and at the end of the day we didn’t really care who took it. Fortunately, things went my way.

“I bowled quite a bit and I also bowled through a lot of injuries, but to get over 50 wickets, the first spinner to ever do it in South Africa, it’s really a proud moment in my career.”

 

Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, and Ashwell Prince, head coach, expressed their delight at the inclusion of Vernon Philander, Zubayr Hamza and Dane Piedt in the Standard Bank Protea Test squad for the three tests against India in October.

“I am obviously glad that the three are in the Test squad. Dane Piedt captured 54 wickets in the Four-Day Franchise Series last season and deserved to be there. But even if he took 40 wickets he should be there because in India you should play your two best spinners in the country. And Dane is just behind Keshav Maharaj as top-spinner in the country,” Prince said.

Zubayr Hamza played in a Test in the previous season, but Piedt’s last experience in a Test was from August 2016.

“I am a bit disappointed that Pieter Malan is not in the Test squad. There are no other players who have scored more runs than him in the past two season’s Four-Day Franchise Series,” Prince added.

“Just a week ago he scored 180 runs for the South Africa ‘A’ team against the SA Emerging team.”

“I am also a tad disappointed that Janneman Malan is not in the South African T20 squad for the T20 series against India,” Prince said.

“I am overjoyed with the inclusion of three World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in the national squad and I trust they will do us proud,” said Dien.

 Philander is an automatic choice for the starting eleven, while Piedt and Hamza will be pressing for selection in the starting eleven.

 

 

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras four-day captain Dane Piedt has been recalled to the Standard Bank Proteas for the Test series against India in October.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) today also named three new caps in the Warriors duo of fast bowler Anrich Nortje and wicketkeeper/batsman Rudi Seconds as well as Hollywoodbets Dolphins spin bowling all-rounder Senuran Muthusamy in the Standard Bank Proteas Test squad.

There are also three newcomers in the squad for the three-match T20 International series in bizhub Highveld Lions duo of batsman Temba Bavuma and spin bowling all-rounder Bjorn Fortuin as well as Nortje.

Quinton de Kock will captain the T20 squad with Rassie van der Dussen as vice-captain while Temba Bavuma will be the vice-captain to Faf du Plessis in the Test match squad.

Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn and Lungi Ngidi were not considered for T20 selection as they will be continuing their preparation for the Test series by playing in South Africa A’s four-day matches against India A.

“All three newcomers to the Test side have more than earned their spurs through impressive performances in last season’s Four-Day Franchise competition,” commented CSA Acting Director of Cricket, Corrie van Zyl.

“We feel we have covered all the options for the conditions we are likely to encounter on the sub-continent with Muthusamy and Dane Piedt, who was far and away the leading wicket-taker in our Four-Day competition, providing the back-up to Keshav Maharaj.

“Zubayr Hamza made an impressive start to his Test career against Pakistan last season when Faf du Plessis was ruled out and the retirement of Hashim Amla creates a further opportunity for him.

“The T20 Series gives us the last chance to have a look at our leadership and batting options as the next edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is now little more than a year away which is why we have gone with an inexperienced leadership group. This is our last chance to do this before we settle on an established squad.

“I would like to stress that Faf du Plessis remains an important part of our plans for white-ball cricket.

“As far as the T20 squad is concerned, Temba Bavuma and Bjorn Fortuin were two of the standout players in the CSA T20 Challenge last season while Nortje was outstanding in the Mzansi Super League until ruled out by injury.

“This is very much a form squad with players being rewarded for their consistent performances at franchise level. This applies equally to Junior Dala and Jon-Jon Smuts,” concluded Van Zyl.

Standard Bank Test match squad: Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions, vice-capt), Theunis de Bruyn (Multiply Titans), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), Dean Elgar (Multiply Titans), Zubayr Hamza (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans), Senuran Muthusamy (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Vernon Philander (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Dane Piedt (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Rudi Second (Warriors).

Standard Bank T20I squad: Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans, capt), Rassie van der Dussen (bizhub Highveld Lions, vice-capt), Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions), Junior Dala (Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (bizhub Highveld Lions), Beuran Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Reeza Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (bizhub Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans), Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors).

 

 

Cricket South Africa have announced the squad plus the coaches and technical staff who will be travelling to India for the spin bowling camp at Bangaluru from August 17 to 23. It includes members of both the South Africa A and Standard Bank Proteas squads ahead of their respective tours to India.

 “We have identified Aiden Markram, Zubayr Hamza and Temba Bavuma as key Proteas batsmen to benefit from this project and we have also included some of our potential stars of the future such as Janneman Malan and Sinethemba Qeshile, who have already both played for the Proteas, as well as Matthew Breetzke,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.

 “The batting group is completed by two of our most consistent runs scorers in franchise cricket in Pieter Malan and Edward Moore.

 “The bowling group is headed by the experience of Dane Piedt and includes highly promising talents, among them being Bjorn Fortuin, Tsepo Ndwandwa and Senuran Muthusamy.

 “It is a fact that most international cricket is played on the sub-continent these days and we have to look ahead not only to the tours on the immediate horizon but the next edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India in 2023,” concluded Mr. Moroe.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince will travel as the batting consultant whilst Western Province coach Paul Adams will travel as the Spin Consultant.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras CEO Nabeal Dien has expressed pride in franchise coach Ashwell Prince, after the former Proteas batsman was nominated as one of the three Franchise Coaches of the Year at the Cricket South Africa Awards function that was held on Saturday.

Prince was nominated for the prestigious award alongside eventual winner, bizhub Highveld Lions coach Enoch Nkwe, and Warriors coach Rivash Gobind.

“As a franchise, we are very proud of Ashwell’s achievements and very proud to call him our own. To us it has a significant meaning, it means we have the right person for what we want to achieve here in the Western Cape.”

“Ashwell is a champion in producing young players in this country. Having experienced how tough it is at the top, he can identify what is required to get there. With the knowledge that he has already imparted, and will continue to impart on the younger members of our squad, they will have all the tools to represent South Africa at the highest level.”

“In the future there is no doubt that Ashwell should lead the national side.”

Prince and his World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad are currently working hard in pre-season ahead of the 2019 / 2020 season.

 

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ Dane Piedt walked away with two Awards at the annual Cricket South Africa Awards ceremony on Saturday evening – the CSA 4 Day Franchise Series Player of the Season as well as the SACA Most Valuable Player Award.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras CEO Nabeal Dien was full of praise for Piedt’s achievements. “Dane’s leadership has come on leaps and bounds since he was first appointed captain of the Cobras and his performances matched his leadership skills last season. As a franchise, we are very proud of his achievements and of Vernon Philander’s Award for Delivery of the Year Award, we know these two senior members of the team will inspire the younger members to take on more responsibilities this season as we target all the trophies on offer.”

“Hopefully I’m going in the right direction and banging the right doors (of the national selection committee) down,” said Piedt, who captured a record-breaking 54 wickets in last season’s 4 Day Series.

 Piedt nipped out 13-141 in the 4 Day Franchise Series match against the Multiply Titans in Oudtshoorn, but the 11-wicket haul against the Warriors was a better performance, he claims.

“The highlight of the season in terms of my bowling was the 37-run win against the Warriors at St. George Park in which I took 8-130 in the second innings. The bowling attack operated as a unit and we bowled for each other.”

“The key to my success the past season was that I bowled an aggressive fifth-wicket line and I operated for the sake of my team-mates. I don’t want to let anybody down as captain and it motivates me,” he said.

Piedt’s coach at the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, Ashwell Prince, is backing his spinner for a Proteas spot. “It is wonderful for Dane to get the 4 Day Franchise Player of the Year Award. It is just reward for his 54 wickets. Right now he is pushing Keshav Maharaj for the premier spinner spot in the South African team, but he is probably the second spinner that should be included in the touring team to India.”

 

 

Half-centuries by Janneman Malan and Jason Smith ensured there were no final day jitters as the South Africa Emerging team secured a comfortable draw – and with it a 1-0 series win – against their Sri Lanka counterparts in Pretoria on Sunday.

The hosts batted out day four of the second and last game of the two-match sequence progressing from 92 for one at the start to 260 for five, a lead of 313 when the two captains shook hands late in the second session.

Opener Malan top-scored with 84 off 162 balls (6 fours), while all-rounder Smith struck a patient 62 off 130 balls (3 fours, 3 sixes).

There were also starts for first-innings centurion and captain Raynard van Tonder (31) as well as Matthew Breetzke, who followed a ton in the opening game with scores of 13 and 38 not out, batting in the middle order rather than his more accustomed opening position.

 For the tourists, Promod Maduwantha (2/20) took two day-four wickets, with one going to Lasith Embuldeniya (2/99) – the Test spinner completing a memorable match in which he claimed 10 for 255 in a marathon 76 overs.

 It was in vain, though, with the South Africans going on to clinch the series based on their 28-run in in the opening game.

It was a good turnaround for coach Shukri Conrad’s side after they missed out on a place in the preceding Triangular Series final, which the Asian side won after overcoming University Sport South Africa (USSA).

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras duo Tladi Bokako and Nandre Burger shared six wickets as South Africa Emerging held off a late fightback to secure a 28-run win over Sri Lanka Emerging and go 1-0 up in their two-match four-day series late on day four in Potchefstroom on Sunday.

The pair helped the hosts bowl out the tourists for 302, chasing a victory target of 331 at Senwes Park.

Burger claimed three for 38 in 16 overs and Bokako nabbed three for 70 in 21.1 overs – the away side dismissed in 94.1 overs.

It means the Sri Lankans will now need to win the second match starting later this week in order to earn a share of the series, although they were relatively easy winners in a Triangular One-Day competition that ended a week ago when they beat University Sports South Africa (USSA) in the Final.

Their slow start to this game ultimately proved costly after the hosts amassed 382 in the first innings thanks to Matthew Breetzke, with the reply being an under-par 241.

They then restricted Shukri Conrad’s side to just 189 in the second innings and appeared to be the favourites heading into the final day after reaching stumps on day three at 145 for one.

But the South Africans managed some early blows, particularly the first one that accounted for the set Minod Bhanuka 14 runs into the morning when Bokako had him caught behind by Sinethemba Qeshile for 89 (134 balls, 12 fours).

Captain Charith Asalanka (9) and Ashen Bandara (1) then followed as Bokako again struck, along with Marco Jansen (2/58), who got rid of the former, suddenly leaving the Asians on 173 for four.

Dayyaan Galiem (1/37) tilted things more in the hosts’ favour when he had the other key man, Pathum Nissanka (47), also edging to Qeshile.

And, when Burger trapped Kamindu Mendis (17) and Chamika Karunaratne (10) leg before wicket, the end looked near – Sri Lanka slipping to 214 for seven.

A 58-run eighth-wicket stand between Mohamed Shiraz (49) and Nishan Peiris (25) had helped their side roar back, but when the stand was eventually broken, the fast bowlers wrapped up the tail to give the South Africans a morale-boosting win.

The second and final match of the tour begins in Pretoria from Thursday.

Standard Bank Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has won four nominations and captain Faf du Plessis three for the 2018/19 Cricket South Africa (CSA) Men’s International Awards.

Proteas captain Dane van Niekerk and world-ranked fast bowler Marizanne Kapp have both won nominations in four categories in the women’s section.

The gala event to honour South Africa’s top performing professional cricketers over the past year will take place on Saturday evening, 3 August 2019, at the Sun Square Arena in Pretoria.

The CSA Awards Judging panel recently finalized the nominations list for the glittering occasion.

Du Plessis, the No. 4 ranked batsman in ODI cricket and the No. 10 in Test cricket, and Rabada, the No. 3 ranked bowler in both ODI and Test cricket, have been nominated in the following three categories: SA Cricketer of the Year, Standard Bank Test Cricketer of the Year and Standard Bank ODI Cricketer of the Year. In addition, either one of them could secure their peers’ vote as SA Players’ Player of the Year and could be a contender for SA Fans’ Cricketer of the Year.

Rabada could also be in contention for the CSA Delivery of the Year where the other contenders are Vernon Philander, Andile Phehlukwayo and Keshav Maharaj.

Du Plessis has previously never won CSA’s highest accolade of SA Cricketer of the Year. Of the other nominees for this award, Rabada has won it twice before in 2016 and 2018 while Quinton de Kock won it in 2017. The fourth nominee, Imran Tahir, will, like Du Plessis, also be endeavouring to win the award for the first time.

De Kock has also been nominated in the Test Cricketer of the Year category along with Du Plessis, Keshav Maharaj, Rabada and Dale Steyn.

Phehlukwayo and Rassie van der Dussen – the latter could also be a contender for international newcomer of the year – have been nominated in both white ball categories: ODI Cricketer of the Year and T20 International Cricketer of the Year. The other nominees in the latter category are David Miller and Reeza Hendricks.

In the women’s section Van Niekerk, who was named CSA Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2018, and Kapp have both been nominated in this category as well as for T20 International Player of the Year, ODI Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year.

Lizelle Lee has been recognized in three categories: CSA Women’s Cricketer of the Year, Women’s ODI Player of the Year and Women’s Players’ Player of the Year.

Fast bowler Shabnim Ismail has been nominated for Women’s T20 International Player of the Year.

“It is my great pleasure and privilege to congratulate all the nominees as we celebrate the achievements of both our Proteas men’s and women’s squads,” commented CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.

“And, while we are doing that, let us not forget to thank all those great and selfless people who work diligently behind the scenes to create opportunities for our leading cricketers to excel.

“Our country continues to produce world-class players. Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir all rank among the top men’s players in the world across the various formats and I think we have all been excited to see new faces such as Rassie van der Dussen, Lutho Sipamla and Zubayr Hamza that have emerged in the past year.”

The CSA Awards Judging Panel consists of: Jeremy Fredericks (Convener), Crystal Arnold, Makhaya Ntini, Clinton du Preez, Lungani Zama and Natalie Germanos with statistical input by Andrew Samson.

“As always, these awards are tough to judge due to the stiff nature of the competition,” commented Fredericks. “Our world-class senior players are well established and there is an encouraging number of international newcomers making theirmark as well.

“The judging panel was impressed by the overall performances during the season of the nominees in the various categories,” Fredericks added.

Loyal Proteas fans can also have their say in the awards. The SA Fans Cricketer of the Year requires fans to vote for this award. Further details of how the voting mechanism works can be found on CSA’s Social Media platforms.

Fans also stand a chance of winning a trip to the CSA Awards. One lucky winner will receive a pair of tickets to the banquet and will have the opportunity to present one of the awards.

The CSA Awards evening is the culmination of CSA Day which also sees the KFC CSA Amateur Awards breakfast taking place to be followed by the CSA Golf Day.

SELECTED AWARDS NOMINATIONS

AFRICA T20 CUP PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT

  • Nandre Burger (Central Gauteng Lions)
  • Delano Potgieter (Central Gauteng Lions)
  • Marco Marais (Border)

DOMESTIC NEWCOMER OF THE SEASON

  • David Bedingham (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras)
  • Janneman Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras)
  • Sinethemba Qeshile (Warriors)
  • Lutho Sipamla (Warriors) 

MOMENTUM ONE-DAY CUP CRICKETER OF THE SEASON

  • Junior Dala (Multiply Titans)
  • Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans)
  • Kyle Verreynne (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras)

CSA T20 CHALLENGE CRICKETER OF THE SEASON

  • Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions)
  • Theunis de Bruyn (Multiply Titans)
  • Bjorn Fortuin (bizhub Highveld Lions)
  • Rassie van der Dussen (bizhub Highveld Lions)

FOUR-DAY FRANCHISE CRICKETER OF THE SEASON

  • Pieter Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras)
  • Edward Moore (Warriors)
  • Keegan Petersen (VKB Knights)
  • Dane Piedt (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras)
  • Nicky van den Bergh (bizhub Highveld Lions)

STANDARD BANK T20 INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

  • Reeza Hendricks
  • David Miller
  • Andile Phehlukwayo
  • Rassie van der Dussen

STANDARD BANK ODI CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

  • Faf du Plessis
  • Imran Tahir
  • Andile Phehlukwayo
  • Kagiso Rabada
  • Rassie van der Dussen

STANDARD BANK TEST CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

  • Quinton de Kock
  • Faf du Plessis
  • Keshav Maharaj
  • Kagiso Rabada
  • Dale Steyn

CSA DELIVERY OF THE YEAR

  • Kesh Maharaj
  • Andile Phehlukwayo
  • Vernon Philander
  • Kagiso Rabada

WOMEN’S T20 INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

  • Shabnim Ismail
  • Marizanne Kapp
  • Dane van Niekerk

WOMEN’S ODI CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

  • Marizanne Kapp
  • Lizelle Lee
  • Dane van Niekerk
  • Dane van Niekerk
  • Laura Wolvaardt

CSA WOMEN’S PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • Marizanne Kapp
  • Lizelle Lee
  • Dane van Niekerk

CSA WOMEN’S CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

  • Marizanne Kapp
  • Lizelle Lee
  • Dane van Niekerk

CSA MEN’S CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

  • Quinton de Kock
  • Faf du Plessis
  • Imran Tahir
  • Kagiso Rabada