On Thursday, to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day, WP Rugby Currie Cup team, Cape Town City Football Club, and the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Cricket team, in association with DirectAxis Financial Services, will collectively give their 67 minutes to help the Langa Cheshire Home for the Disabled.

This is the second year in a row that three of the Western Cape’s biggest sports brands have joined forces on Mandela Day and the coaches of the respective teams are united in their belief that giving back to the communities which support them through the good and bad times, is paramount to what it means to play for the Western Cape community.

DHL WP Head Coach John Dobson said that it is a great opportunity for his team to connect with some of their lifelong fans. “This Mandela Day initiative is going to be fantastic, and we will get to spend time with some lifelong DHL Western Province fans. This showed our players that they are so much more than just a rugby team,” he said.

Benni McCarthy, coach of Cape Town City Football Club, is looking forward to seeing his players and support staff continue Madiba’s Legacy. “Nelson Mandela remains a monumental figure all around the world. We’ve all witnessed the amount of work he’s done to shape our beloved South Africa – It’s up to all of us to strive and continue working towards constantly improving our communities, living out the very same values Madiba planted for us. My technical team and players are very excited to be part of this project to help our brothers and sisters in need.”

Ashwell Prince, coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, said: “Collectively, as a team, we understand the value of community and it gives us great pride to be able to go into our communities and support where we can, not just on Mandela Day, but throughout the year.”

Langa Cheshire Home is a member of Cheshire Home South Africa and Leonard Cheshire Disability Global Alliance. It has a deep understanding of disability developed over 26 years and has a proud record of having made a positive and lasting impact on the lives of many persons with disabilities in the Western and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa.

Langa Cheshire Home provides residential care and accommodation for profoundly disabled people who are unable to live without the kind of care they offer, either because of financial constraints or because their families are unable to assist them. All the residents use wheelchairs. It accommodates 26 residents and has a waiting list of 39 disabled persons. Whilst residential care for people with medium to high support needs is their core business, the move to independent living has gained momentum. This provides opportunity for their residents to develop skills and live independent self-directed lives.

DirectAxis Financial Services is a proudly South African business and are proud sponsors of the Currie Cup tournament and Cape Town City FC, and proud believers in the power of Sport in building our nation. They are deeply invested in the communities they serve, having spent close to 3000 hours volunteering in 2018 and invested millions into sustainable social projects and CSI and Sponsorship Manager, Shafeeqah Isaacs, expressed her thanks to the representative teams ahead of what will truly be an uplifting day for all parties: “Giving people the power to build better lives is at the core of our business. On Thursday we will be able to improve the living conditions of the residents and give their carers a much-needed break. Thank you to the teams who showed zero hesitation in forming this collaboration. We have shown the often-forgotten people in our communities that they are seen and that they matter. It’s our hope that this project will highlight this worthy cause and that more South Africans will show their support for the disabled and the people who care for them.”

For more information please contact:

WP Rugby – Lindsay Brown: Lbrown@wprugby.co.za

Cape Town City FC – Natalie Barlow: Natalie@capetowncityfc.co.za

Cape Cobras – David Brooke: Brooked@cricket.co.za

DirectAxis – Shafeeqah Isaacs: Shafeeqah.Isaacs@directaxis.co.za

 

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and Western Province were well represented this past weekend, with a few key performances from the players selected to represent the union and franchise at national age-group levels.

A career-best five-for by Thando Ntini was not enough for the South Africa Emerging team as they suffered a four-wicket loss to their Sri Lanka counterparts in the opening match of the One-Day Triangular Series in Pretoria on Saturday.

The right-arm paceman nabbed five for 46 in nine overs, but it could not prevent the tourists from cantering to a 187-run victory target with more than 11 overs to spare. He would add two more scalps to his wickets tally in the second match against the University Sports of South Africa (USSA) team.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras representative Janneman Malan, too, did not disappoint in the next game of the triangular series against USSA, scoring 85 (81 balls, 13 fours, 1 six) in a winning cause.

Meanwhile in Pietermaritzburg, despite going down four-nil in the Coca Cola U19 Youth Day Series to Pakistan, Bishops opening batsman Jonathan Bird – showed some resilience with an outstanding knock of 75 off 75 balls including 10 fours, 2 sixes while Newlands Cricket High School representative – Imraan Philander – continued his excellent form in the series with figures of 3/52 on Sunday.

It was also announced on Sunday that World Sports Betting Cape Cobras all-rounder George Linde had received his first call-up to the SA ‘A’ team for their tour of India in August. He will be joined in the four-day team by Cobras team-mates Pieter Malan, Dane Piedt and Zubayr Hamza whilst Janneman Malan joins Linde in the one-day team.

 

Cricket South Africa have named Aiden Markram as captain of the four-day squad and Temba Bavuma as captain of the one-day squad for the South Africa A tour to India in August and September.

The tour consists of five one-day matches to be followed by two four-day matches against India A.

Newcomers at this level are the Warriors duo of opening batsmen, Eddie Moore and Matthew Breetzke, as well as the spin bowling all-rounder pair of George Linde of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and Bjorn Fortuin of the bizhub Highveld Lions.

In addition, World Sports Betting Cape Cobras opening batsman Janneman Malan, Warriors wicketkeeper-batsman Sinethemba Qeshile and Warriors fast bowler Lutho Sipamla have already represented the Standard Bank Proteas at T20 International level.

“This is one of the most important South Africa A tours we have planned for some time,” commented CSA National Selection Panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi “as it will focus on several important strategic areas.

“One of these is to broaden our leadership group and we see both Aiden and Temba playing an important role in this regard. We will be looking at other candidates during the course of the new season.

“Another is the opportunity to give some of our senior batsmen the chance to climatize for the Proteas Test match tour to India in October; and a third is to give opportunity to younger players who have earned their chance through outstandingperformance at domestic level,” concluded Mr. Zondi.

SA A four-day squad: Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans, capt), Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions), Theunis de Bruyn (Multiply Titans), Zubayr Hamza (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Beuran Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), George Linde (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Pieter Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Eddie Moore (Warriors), Wiaan Mulder (bizhub Highveld Lions), Senuran Muthusamy (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Dane Piedt (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Rudi Second (Warriors), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors), Khaya Zondo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)

SA A one-day squad: Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions, capt), Matthew Breetzke (Warriors), Gihahn Cloete (Warriors), Junior Dala (Multiply Titans), Theunis de Bruyn (Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (bizhub Highveld Lions), Beuran Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Reeza Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Multiply Titans), George Linde (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Janneman Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Wiaan Mulder (bizhub Highveld Lions), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Sinethemba Qeshile (Warriors), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors).

Tour itinerary

S A A Series  
Date Activity Venue
Saturday, August 24. 2019 SA A arrives in India Trivandrum
Sunday, August 25, 2019 Recovery  
Monday, August 26, 2019 Practice  
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Practice  
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Practice  
Thursday, August 29, 2019 1st One Day Trivandrum
Friday, August 30, 2019 Practice  
Saturday, August 31, 2019 2nd One Day Trivandrum
Sunday, September 1, 2019 Practice  
Monday, September 2, 2019 3rd One Day Trivandrum
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 Practice  
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 4th One Day Trivandrum
Thursday, September 5, 2019 Practice  
Friday, September 6, 2019 5th One Day Trivandrum
Saturday, September 7, 2019 Travel by Air WAYNAD
Sunday, September 8, 2019 Practice  
Monday, September 9, 2019 Practice  
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 1st Test WAYNAD
Wednesday, September 11, 2019  
Thursday, September 12, 2019  
Friday, September 13, 2019  
Saturday, September 14, 2019 Travel by Road Mysore
Sunday, September 15, 2019 Practice  
Monday, September 16, 2019 Practice  
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2nd Test  
Wednesday, September 18, 2019  
Thursday, September 19, 2019  
Friday, September 20, 2019  
Saturday, September 21, 2019 Travel to Bengaluru SA A depart

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