World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince has called up young fast bowler Thando Ntini to his squad for the CSA 4 Day Domestic Series Round 3 clash against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins starting in Pietermaritzburg on Monday.

Ntini made his first-class debut for Western Province in February this year and he will be hoping to make his Cobras debut this week, after replacing Simon Khomari in the squad.

The Cobras’ first two matches of the season were played away from home, including an opening round loss to the Imperial Lions and a drawn match against the Momentum Multiply Titans last week. Looking ahead to the journey to KZN for the Cobras’ next away game, Prince admitted it was not a happy place for the Cobras to visit, but hoped the tables will turn in round three.

“It’s going to be another tough one,” he concluded. “Obviously another away game, this time in Maritzburg. It’s a place in my experiences, maybe the Dolphins have had good results there, but I always find it very difficult to get good results there.

“Hopefully this time around it will be different and we’ll have a surface that gives both teams a chance of getting a result.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Squad: Pieter Malan (c), David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Nandre Burger, Matthew Kleinveldt, Janneman Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Tsepo Ndwandwa, Thando Ntini, Dane Paterson, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach, Ashwell Prince was full of praise for the fighting spirit shown by the likes of Kyle Verreynne, Pieter Malan and Dane Paterson after turning a potential loss into an almost-victorious position against the Momentum Multiply Titans in Benoni.

The match was ultimately called a draw after the captains shook hands late on the final day, but Dane Paterson’s roaring spell after lunch on Day 3, where he took 5 wickets in the session to end the innings with figures of 7/91 (33), allowed Prince’s men back into the game, but still with loads to do with the bat.

Pieter Malan followed his century in the first innings with another solid knock of 48 – in the process reaching the milestone of 10,000 first-class runs – but ultimately it was left to batsman Kyle Verreynne to once again defy the Titans bowlers with an innings which was straight out the top drawer of gutsy cricket. The Cobras youngster notched up his first century in 4 Day cricket for the Cobras in the 1st innings, scoring 155, and in the 2nd, he scored 115 to lift the Cobras and set the Titans a score of 206 to win the game in the final session.

The Cobras bowlers almost pulled off a stunning victory, taking 6 of the Titans wickets, before time ran out and the captains shook hands on the draw and the coach was encouraged to see the fight shown by his team: “It was a game that ebbed and flowed…we were up against it early on, we then recovered brilliantly with that great partnership between the captain, Pieter Malan, and Kyle Verreynne, but then collapsed after that,” Prince stated.

“Then we didn’t bowl too well in the first innings until Dane Paterson bowled that unbelievable spell to bring us back into the game and then Kyle was unbelievable in both innings.

“So overall there were lots of parts of the game that we were happy with and lots of parts that we weren’t happy with.”

Verreynne expressed pride in his performance but ultimately, for him, it would have been even sweeter if it resulted in a win for his team. “I’m obviously very pleased about my performances, but for me, the team always comes first. First prize was to get a win, so on that front I was a little disappointed, but from the situations we found ourselves in, I’m quite proud of myself that I was able to get us out of those situations and from a space of staring defeat down the barrel to getting us into a position where pulling off a win was at least a possibility.”

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras once again head out on the road for their next game of the CSA 4 Day Domestic Series to face the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg starting on Monday.

Kyle Verreynne hit a magnificent second century in the match to play a pivotal role as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras narrowly missed out on beating the Momentum Multiply Titans on the final evening of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Benoni on Thursday.

There were also two wickets apiece by Dane Paterson (2/24) and Tladi Bokako (2/26) as the hosts were put on the back foot for most of day four, eventually holding on to finish on 89 for six – chasing a target of 215 – to clinch a draw at Willowmoore Park.

Before that, though, rising wicketkeeping star Verreynne followed his career-best 155 in the first innings with an attacking 115 (125 balls, 14 fours, 2 sixes) in the second, helping the visitors amass a second innings score of 348.

There was also a half-century from Jason Smith (53 off 89 balls, 7 fours), while Pieter Malan brought up 10,000 first-class career runs before falling for 48.

It was an incredible final day effort by the Cobras, who were looking to bounce back from defeat in the opening round and ended up by claiming what will certainly be a morale-boosting draw.

They started proceedings with just a six-run lead on 140 for two and fell into early trouble by losing Malan, Smith and Aviwe Mgijima (9), the former pair to pick-of-the-bowlers Tshepo Moreki (4/98). That saw the Cape side slide to 178 for five and in trouble with just a 44-run lead at that stage.

However, 22-year-old Verreynne then came to the fore with his bustling innings that rescued his side, first through a 73-run sixth-wicket stand with Matthew Kleinveldt (24).

Neil Brand (3/56) finally got the breakthrough to keep the Titans’ victory hopes alive, but Verreynne managed to add another 97 with the tail, before he was last man out.

It left the home side chasing a sporting 215 in 47 overs, but the chase never got off the ground as a confident Cobras side went on the attack.

Andrea Agathangelou was sent packing for a fifth-ball duck and fellow opener Wesley Marshall (8) followed in in the fourth over.

Jonathan Vandiar (5) was taken out by Paterson three overs later, handing the paceman his ninth wicket of the match, as the hosts slipped to 23 for three.

Brand (18) became the fourth victim with Grant Thomson (17) and Dayyaan Galiem (1) following.

At 79 for six, the Cobras were still dreaming, but another in-form man, fresh from back-to-back centuries of his own, Farhaan Behardien, punctured those hopes with his 29 not out off 98 balls to help snatch the draw.

 

 

An 11th career century by Farhaan Behardien and a record sixth wicket partnership for the Momentum Multiply Titans were two of the main highlights before the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras fought back on day three of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Benoni on Wednesday.

 

The visitors reached stumps at 140 for two on the penultimate day at Willowmoore Park, with Pieter Malan (42) and Jason Smith (46) carrying their hopes heading to day four after they helped their side move into a six-run lead.

 

However, it was Behardien and former Cobras man Dayyaan Galiem who dominated proceedings earlier with a franchise record 190-run sixth wicket stand that enabled them to build a 134-run first innings advantage.

 

The Titans started the morning on 336 for five, with their veteran Standard Bank Proteas ace going on to complete a fine century – his second one in as many weeks.

 

He eventually fell for an excellent 140 (250 balls, 16 fours, 2 sixes), but Galiem kept going until he reached his previous highest score of 81 (190 balls, 12 fours).

 

Together the pair broke the Titans’ old sixth-wicket partnership record of 184 shared between Roelof van der Merwe and Mangaliso Mosehle against the Warriors at the same venue in 2014/15.

 

Both star batsmen were dismissed by Dane Paterson, who excellent with an impressive seven for 91. It was the 13th career five-for by the paceman and one that ensured that, bar Behardien and Galiem, no one else provided any meaningful contribution to the total.

 

The Cobras then made an attacking start to the reply with Janneman Malan plundering 41 off 46 balls in an opening stand of 64 with Pieter Malan that came inside 15 overs.

 

He was dismissed by Tshepo Moreki (2/38), who also accounted for David Bedingham for a duck not long after, but Smith provided comfort for the Cobras with the senior Malan, who was six runs shy of 10,000 first class runs, in an unbroken 72-run third wicket stand that took the Cape side to the close.

 

 

 

 

 

A maiden franchise century by Wesley Marshall and a career-best return by Corbin Bosch helped the Momentum Multiply Titans move into a powerful position after the second day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Benoni on Tuesday.

There was also an almost equally important contribution by Farhaan Behardien, who appeared to hold all the aces in terms of the direction of the game thanks to his unbeaten 76 (151 balls, 11 fours) at Willowmoore Park.

That effort had taken the hosts to the close on 336 for five, a deficit of two runs with five wickets still standing following an impressive day all round.

The Titans had started out in the field, where they spent just 5.3 overs as the Cobras progressed from 322 for seven to 338 all out.

Bosch first dismissed Matthew Kleinveldt (22) to complete his maiden five-for and best-ever first-class return of five for 69.

Junior Dala accounted for Tladi Bokako (0) and Dane Paterson (12) to end with figures of four for 58.

The Titans’ reply started confidently as Andrea Agathangelou (51 off 92 balls, 9 fours) and a free-scoring Marshall put on 130 for the opening wicket in just over 25 overs.

Paterson (2/58) broke the stand by cleaning up the former and he followed that up by removing Neil Brand for a duck.

But Marshall then added 52 with Jonathan Vandiar (47) for the third wicket, going on to reach his first three-figure score at franchise level, before falling to Bokako (1/89) for 109 in just 106 balls (18 fours, 1 six).

Two more 50 plus stands followed, one between Vandiar and Behardien and the next between the latter and Dayyaan Galiem (30 not out).

That second one was still going strongly on 77 as the Titans moved into a commanding position at the close.

Pieter Malan and Kyle Verreynne both struck centuries and shared in a record partnership that helped the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras enjoy what turned out to be an excellent day one of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Momentum Multiply Titans in Benoni on Monday.

The pair put on a 268-run stand for the fourth wicket – a franchise record – that helped their side reach stumps on 319 for seven at Willowmoore Park.

Their partnership, though, was all that stood between a poor day and a good one after no other batsman managed more than 16.

The Cobras, though, will be satisfied with their position in the round two game, especially after losing their first-round clash to the Imperial Lions last week.

However, it was not all dominance as they struggled either side of the marathon stand, first slipping to 34 for three after losing the toss and being put in to bat first.

Janneman Malan (4) and David Bedingham (0) were both taken out by pick-of-the-bowlers Corbin Bosch (4/62), with Tshepo Moreki (1/68) dislodging Jason Smith for 11.

Then came the key partnership that carried the Cobras past 100, 200 and also 300 as Malan and Verreynne broke the previous record of 251 set by Hashim Amla and Justin Ontong against the VKB Knights at Bloemfontein in 2017/18.

Bosch broke the stand when he got rid of young wicketkeeper Verreynne for a career-best free-flowing 155 (207 balls, 21 fours, 1 six), also just his second century in first-class cricket.

Malan followed soon after reaching his 31st career ton when he fell to Junior Dala (2/49) for a patient 120 (272 balls, 16 fours).

Dala struck again late on, with Matthew Kleinveldt (16) and Dane Paterson (3) taking the visitors to the close in a good position.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince was forced into a late change to his squad for the clash against the Momentum Multiply Titans starting in Benoni on Monday, after all-rounder George Linde was called up as an injury replacement for Keshav Maharaj in the Proteas Test squad.

Linde will join up with the Proteas squad ahead of the Third Test against India which results in SWD spinner Tsepo Ndwandwa given the opportunity in the 4 Day team after featuring for the Cobras in white ball cricket last season.

“We’re very proud of George’s call-up to the Proteas Test squad, it now means both our frontline spinners are with the Proteas which means we have to adapt. But, it opens up opportunities for other guys and any player who comes into this Cobras side, knows what is expected of them,” said Prince.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras will be looking to bounce back from the opening round loss to the Imperial Lions, where Linde was the top wicket-taker with a match haul of 11 wickets and Prince is confident of a better performance.

“The guys fought in Potch and they played with courage, despite having to negotiate some really tough conditions. Now we go to Benoni where we will be hoping for a better result against a very good team. We know all about the Titans, we’ve had some good battles in the past and I’m sure this one will be no different.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Pieter Malan (c), David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Nandre Burger, Simon Khomari, Matthew Kleinveldt, Janneman Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Tsepo Ndwandwa, Dane Paterson, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne

Left arm spinner George Linde of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras will replace Keshav Maharaj ahead of the Standard Bank Proteas third Test match against India in Ranchi, starting on Saturday.

Maharaj sustained an injury to his right shoulder while fielding during day two of the second Test match in Pune.

A re-assessment ahead of the start of play this morning along with MRI results revealed that he will not be fit in time to play in the final Test match.

Team Doctor Ramjee Hashendra commented:

“An MRI scan revealed that Keshav has sustained an injury to a muscle in his right shoulder which was strapped in order for him to bat yesterday. He was re-assess this morning, particularly with regards to bowling, and he showed significant discomfort in this latter discipline.

“Based on this morning’s assessment and the findings of the scan, the medical team feel he will not be fit in time for the next Test match in six days’ time. The nature and extent of the injury would mean that he will probably return to play in 14 to 21 days based on his progress during the rehabilitation phase.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince has lamented the pitch at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom, which created “an intriguing match,” between the Imperial Lions and World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, but ultimately was “under-prepared and not fit for first-class cricket.”

On a pitch which saw 28 out of the 40 wickets in the match go to the spinners, batting conditions were not conducive to big scores and the Imperial Lions target of 206 runs that they set the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to win the match was challenging from the outset, with Prince’s men falling 11 runs short.

“Obviously batting last on a pitch that had been under-prepared was always going to be tough, so losing the toss was a big factor,” said Prince.

“Jason (Smith) batted really well in the first innings to hold things together, but unfortunately we couldn’t establish any partnerships,” he added.

“In the 2nd innings, we sat down and agreed that because the pitch was so bad, there was a real possibility of bowling them out for under 100 – they managed to get just over 100, which meant that we were still in the game. But in the end we fell just short.

“I thought we batted really well in trying to chase down the target, Kyle got a nice fifty, and everyone chipped in on a tough batting surface.

“It was very disappointing to have to play on a pitch like that in the first game of the season. I would have liked to have seen a representative from Cricket South Africa come and inspect the pitch after 39 wickets had fallen in 2 days.

“Although it created an intriguing match, in my opinion, it was not fit for first-class cricket. I would like to think that we care about the quality of cricket we play. I don’t want us to ever get to a stage in this country where it’s just a case of anything goes. I’m saying this now after the match, but I would have said exactly the same thing during it as well,” he concluded.

Prince did have some praise for the performance of Cobras spinner George Linde who took career-best match figures of 11/131 in the absence of Dane Piedt, who is currently in India with the Standard Bank Proteas.

“George bowled really well, but deep down he knows that he could have done better especially with controlling his run rate.”

Linde was undoubtedly satisfied with his performance with ball in hand, but rued missed chances in the first innings to dismiss the Lions for less runs than they managed to achieve.

“When I saw the wicket, I knew it was spin-friendly, but I knew that I would still have to work hard for my wickets. I knew though, that if I found a good rhythm, I could target a big match haul of wickets. Luckily I did take 11 wickets in the game, but I could have done better. There were a few overs I struggled for rhythm and consistency, but if you told me before the game that (11/131) will be my match figures, I would have taken it – I’m very pleased with myself for my best ever first-class figures. Now I just have to kick on and try and win games for the Cobras.”

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras head back to Gauteng for their next CSA 4 Day Domestic Series match against the Momentum Multiply Titans starting at Willowmoore Park, Benoni on Monday.

 

The Imperial Lions needed just seven deliveries on the third morning to sew up victory by 11 runs over the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in their opening match of the 2019/20 4-Day Domestic Series in Potchefstroom on Wednesday.

Malusi Siboto claimed the final wicket to finish with remarkable figures of five for 15 in 12.1 overs, five of which were maidens, at Senwes Park.

It meant the defending champions started the competition with a bang in what turned out to be a bizarre clash against last season’s runners-up.

Eighteen wickets fell on the opening day on Monday, followed by 21 on day two as the hosts were first bowled out for what proved to be a match-winning 215, before shooting out the visitors for 129 on Tuesday.

The Lions subsequently scored the lowest score of the game – 119 – and the Cobras then reached the halfway stage of the match on 191 for nine in pursuit of 206.

They needed 15 more on what proved to be the final morning with Aviwe Mgijima set on 23, but the Cape side also knew they were one wicket away from defeat.

They managed three singles in the first over sent down by Bjorn Fortuin (2/48), one of the runs scored by Tladi Bokako (1), but Siboto then struck with his first ball by bowling Mgijima for 25 to end the game and hand the home side a positive start in defence of their title.

Lions batsman Kagiso Rapulana was named Man of the Match.