A total of 18 wickets fell on the opening day of the 4-Day Domestic Series season in Potchefstroom but it was the innings of Kagiso Rapulana that helped the reigning champions Imperial Lions take control of their clash against last term’s runners-up, the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, on Monday.

The right-hander withstood all that was going on around him with a defiant unbeaten 84 (130 balls, 10 fours) as the hosts posted what appeared to be a below-par 215 all out at Senwes Park.

But they then reduced the visitors to 106 for eight at stumps, still a substantial 109 runs ahead after the opening day of action.

Most of the damage with the ball was done by the spinners – 13 of the wickets going down falling to the slow bowlers, with four each for George Linde (4/67) and Aaron Phangiso (4/28).

Jason Smith (54 not out off 114 balls, 6 fours) was the other fighter on a captivating day for the two stand-out teams from last year.

It was the Lions, though, who had looked in early trouble after winning the toss and batting in the North West.

Reeza Hendricks (30) helped them get to 88 for three, but they were then blown away by the spinners and collapsed to 143 for nine.

Linde was the chief tormenter, with Matthew Kleinveldt (3/34) playing an excellent support role.

However, Rapulana defied the turn and, having finally found support in No. 11 Beuran Hendricks (29), the pair added 72 for the final wicket to ensure the defending champions ended their innings in the ascendancy.

Former Lions bowler Nandre Burger (2/33), who was making his debut for the Cobras, managed to end the last-wicket stand, the hosts dismissed in 56.2 overs.

The reply was a woeful one for the Capetonians. Their openers Janneman (10) and Pieter Malan (2) were back in the pavilion inside the first 4.1 overs as they battled to acclimatise.

Beuran Hendricks (1/28) and Bjorn Fortuin (2/26) were the two to do the early damage with the wickets then continuing to tumble at the hands of Phangiso.

The away side fell to 74 for seven at one stage, before Smith and Dane Paterson (5) managed to add the highest partnership of the innings – a stand of 32 – that ended on the stroke of stumps with their side still in a huge fix.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Coach, Ashwell Prince, named his first squad of the season ahead of the opening round of the CSA 4 Day Domestic Series match against the Imperial Lions in Potchefstroom starting on Monday.

The squad includes spinner George Linde, who was recently named in the SA A four-day squad and the most recent addition to the squad, left arm seamer Nandre Burger.

Prince has also named opening batsman Pieter Malan as the interim captain in the absence of captain Dane Piedt, who is currently with the Standard Bank Proteas Test squad in India.

Malan expressed his pride in taking up the reins on an interim basis: “It is truly an honour to be the interim captain while Dane is away with the Proteas. I will be looking to continue what he managed to achieve last season and hopefully lead us to a good start in the 4 Day competition.”

“We always set out to do as best as we can and that’s to win every game,” said Prince.

“So that’s what we’ll be setting out to do even though we all know that winning every game is not possible. But that’s what we set out to do. It’s been a long pre-season and now that we’re finally here, everyone is raring to go.”

Prince also says he has not paid too much of attention to the other teams building up the season, stating that his focus was solely on getting their own processes correct.

“I haven’t looked much at the Lions to be honest,” he added. “My philosophy has always been the same that there’s no easy games in the competition, we have to focus as well as we can and do the best we can to execute our plans.”

The first part of the first-class for 2019/20 runs for the entire month of October when four rounds will be played, with the competition then breaking for the Mzansi Super League (MSL).

Round five takes place after MSL 2.0, just before the Christmas break, with three rounds set for January, one for March and one for early April when the season will conclude.

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

 

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras all-rounder ,George Linde,  has been called-up for the Standard Bank Proteas’ T20 series against India starting later this month. The 27-year-old all-rounder replaces Jon-Jon Smuts who has been withdrawn from the tour after failing to meet the team’s fitness standards.

 

Linde is currently in India with the South Africa A team and will join the Proteas upon their arrival.

 

South Africa depart for India on Friday and will play a three-match T20 series followed by a three-match Test series across six venues starting from 15 September 2019.

 

 

Standard Bank T20I squad: Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans, capt), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions, vice-capt), Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Junior Dala (Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (Imperial Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (Imperial Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Imperial Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans),George Linde (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras).

 

 

Standard Bank Test squad: Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Temba Bavuma (Imperial 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 (Imperial Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Multiply Titans).

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Nine World Sports Betting Cape Cobras were snatched up in the marquee event of the Mzansi Super League season two, the MSL 2.0 draft which was held in Soweto on Tuesday.

 There were 184 foreign players, including Kolpak players, in the draft which presented a massive increase on the 71 who applied in 2018.

 Five of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras players were picked by the Cape Town Blitz – Janneman Malan, David Bedingham, Vernon Philander, George Linde and Aviwe Mgijima.

 Jozi Stars selected the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras fast bowler Lizaad Williams as they look to defend the title they won last season.

Nandre Burger, a new acquisition for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, was picked by the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. Cobras left arm seamer Akhona Mnyaka will be joining Burger at the Giants.

Boland and Cobras all-rounder Ferisco Adams was selected to represent the Paarl Rocks in the showpiece event starting in November.

JP Duminy was also snatched up by the Paarl Rocks. He is no longer part of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad, having retired from the domestic game at the end of last season, yet he has a strong emotional bond with the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

Thirteen players were chosen on Tuesday and the 14th position will be a wild card to be selected at the conclusion of the CSA Provincial T20 competition. This will give all squads a total of 16 players. 

FINAL SQUADS

(in order of Protea Marquee Player, International Marquee Player, and then the 13 draft rounds)

CAPE TOWN BLITZ: Quinton de Kock, Wahab Riaz (Pakistan), Liam Livingstone (England), Dale Steyn (retained player), Sisanda Magala, Anrich Nortje (retained player), Asif Ali (Pakistan, retained player), Mohammad Nawaz (Pakistan), Janneman Malan (retained player), George Linde, David Bedingham, Vernon Philander, Marques Ackerman, Gregory Mahlokoana, Aviwe Mgijima 

 DURBAN HEAT: Andile Phehlukwayo, Alex Hales (England), David Miller (retained player), Dane Vilas, Ravi Bopara (England), Keshav Maharaj (retained player), Kyle Abbott (kolpak, retained player), Khaya Zondo (retained player), Marco Jansen (rookie), Daryn Dupavillon, Sarel Erwee (retained player), Malusi Siboto, Prenelan Subrayen, Wihan Lubbe, Shaun von Berg

JOZI STARS: Kagiso Rabada, Chris Gayle (Windies), Rassie van der Dussen (retained player), Reeza Hendricks (retained player), Daniel Christian (Australia, retained player), Temba Bavuma, Duanne Olivier (retained player), Simon Harmer, Ryan Rickelton (retained player), Aaron Phangiso, Lizaad Williams, Sinethemba Qeshile (retained player), Nono Pongolo, Eathan Bosch, Delano Potgieter

NELSON MANDELA BAY GIANTS: Imran Tahir, Jason Roy (England), Chris Morris (retained player), Jon-Jon Smuts (retained player), Junior Dala (retained player), Farhaan Behardien, Beuran Hendricks, Matthew Breetzke, Onke Nyaku, Ben Dunk (Australia), Heino Kuhn (retained player), Marco Marais (retained player), Grant Thomson, Akhona Mnyaka, Nandre Burger. 

PAARL ROCKS: Faf du Plessis, Isuru Udana (Sri Lanka), JP Duminy, Tabraiz Shamsi (retained player), Hardus Viljoen, Aiden Markram (retained player), Bjorn Fortuin (retained player), James Vince (England), Dwaine Pretorius, Cameron Delport (kolpak, retained player), Sibonelo Makhanya, Henry Davids (retained player), Mangaliso Mosehle (retained player), Ferisco Adams, Kerwin Mungroo

TSHWANE SPARTANS: AB de Villiers, Tom Curran (England), Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi (retained player), Heinrich Klaasen, Theunis de Bruyn (retained player), Roelof van der Merwe, Lutho Sipamla (retained player), Pite van Biljon, Tony de Zorzi (retained player), Waqar Salamkheil (Afghanistan), Dean Elgar, Wiaan Mulder, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Corbin Bosch.

 

 

 

An excellent all-round display by George Linde was not enough as South Africa A slipped to a two-wicket defeat to their India counterparts in a rain-reduced game two of their five-match one-day series in Trivandrum on Saturday.

 

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras man first thrashed an unbeaten 52 off 25 balls (1 four, 5 sixes) to help the tourists post 162 for five in their 21 overs.

 

Linde then bagged one for 21 in three overs, but it was not enough as the hosts got home with one over and two wickets to spare – Ishan Kishan thumping 55 off 24 balls (5 fours, 4 sixes) to wrap up the win.

 

It was a result that put the Asian side 2-0 up after they won the opening game at the same Greenfield International Stadium by 69 runs on Thursday.

 

Match two was essentially a Twenty20, although the 163-run target always looked achievable for the Indians. In fact, the total would have been far less had it not been for Linde’s heroics after South Africa slipped to 15 for two and then 75 for four by the 13th over, having lost the toss and been put into bat first.

 

Janneman Malan was run out for six, while game one centurion Reeza Hendricks managed just six. Captain Temba Bavuma’s 40 and 24 from Khaya Zondo helped the away side rebuild, but they still had plenty to do to get up to a competitive total once the latter pair fell.

 

That is when Heinrich Klaasen (31) and Linde came together, sharing in a 52-run fifth-wicket stand, followed by Linde’s explosion at the end that lifted the SA A to above 160.

 

The South Africans got the early wicket they needed when Ruturaj Gaikwad (1) was dismissed by Beuran Hendricks (1/20), but a flowing second-wicket 49-run stand between Anmolpreet Singh (30) and Shubman Gill (21) kept India A in control.

 

After both fell to Bjorn Fortuin (1/27) and Linde, Manish Pandey (13) helped Kishan take the score to 115 in the 14th over – in a stand worth 58 for the fourth wicket.

 

And, despite a flurry of late wickets, including two for 25 from Junior Dala, Krunal Pandya (23 not out) held his nerve to see his side over the line with six deliveries to spare.

 

Match three takes place at the same venue on Monday.

 

 

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.