Newly drafted Kyle Verreynne says he wants to help the Paarl Rocks win the 2019 Mzansi Super League title.

The Paarl Rocks franchise announced on Wednesday that the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras wicketkeeper-batsman  will replace injured Standard Bank Proteas batsman Aiden Markram.

Verreynne said he is really excited to be joining the Paarl Rocks.

“After playing against the Paarl Rocks last season and just seeing the support they had in Paarl and all around the country is something that really excites me,” he said.

The 22-year-old Verreynne is in red-hot form after striking consecutive centuries in the Cobras’ 4-Day Domestic Series draw against the Momentum Multiply Titans in Benoni last week.

“It is fantastic to be able to join a team with a lot of experienced players, internationals and domestic players. I hope to learn as much as possible from those players,” he said.

Capetonian Verreynne is a huge talent and finished as the second-highest run-scorer in this year’s One-Day Cup behind Markram.

He scored 453 runs in 9 innings at an average of 64.71 in that competition and it was that form that saw him included in the SA ‘A’ side.

Verreynne recently returned from his first-ever trip to India as part of the SA ‘A’ squad that played five ODIs on the sub-continent.

He is now looking forward to the Mzansi Super League, the vibe in Paarl and the ultimate prize.

“I’m looking forward to joining a team that did quite well in last season’s campaign. This year I want to help the team to win the title. The support in Paarl is always amazing, I’m really looking forward to that,” he said.

The Mzansi Super League (MSL 2.0) is taking place from 8 November to 16 December 2019.


Janneman Malan and Matthew Kleinveldt both struck centuries and shared in a double century stand as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras hit back powerfully on the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.


The pair put on 221 for the second wicket as they visitors responded to the hosts’ 325 for nine declared by reaching stumps on 325 for three.


It meant they were dead even on scores and, although still in a strong position, the weather-affected round three match appeared to be headed towards a draw with just the final day to come at the City Oval on Thursday.


With well over 100 overs already lost on account of rain and bad light in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands this week, the Dolphins opted to end their first innings overnight on day two.


But they needed to force early wickets to try and take the game forward. However, the only wickets they got were at either end of play.


Captain Pieter Malan fell in the fifth over of the day to give them hope – Robbie Frylinck (1/57) trapping the recent 10,000 first-class man leg before wicket for five.


But it was then one-way traffic in favour of the visitors with Malan and Kleinveldt sharing a punishing stand that lasted a little over 60 overs.


Right-hander Malan went on to complete his 10th red-ball century, before left-hander Kleinveldt followed for his maiden ton in four-day cricket and 11th overall.


The partnership finally broke moments before a post-tea rain delay when the former fell to Smangaliso Nhlebela (1/56) for an excellent 118 off 199 balls (14 fours, 2 sixes).


The teams then returned after a half-hour delay with Jason Smith (14) bowled by Andile Phehlukwayo (1/29) not long after.


However, Kleinveldt kept going and by the close had progressed to 137 not out off 281 balls (19 fours).


The in-form Kyle Verreynne (31) was alongside him with the pair sharing an unbroken stand of 65.




Rain left its first major mark on the 2019/20 4-Day Domestic Series season on Tuesday after most of the second day of the clash between the Hollywoodbets Dolphins and World Sports Betting Cape Cobras was washed out in Pietermaritzburg.


Only 37 overs were sent down at the City Oval, the least of the two-and-a-half rounds thus far, with the hosts progressing from their overnight 234 for four to 325 for nine as the visitors made up some good ground.


There were two wickets on the day for Nandre Burger (2/55), including the first breakthrough when he ended the all-important fifth-wicket stand between centurion Grant Roelofsen and Andile Phehlukwayo, who was bowled shortly after achieving his career-best score of 67 (91 balls, 10 fours, 1 six).


The partnership, however, had already given the Dolphins some significant gains after it yielded 112.


But the home side failed to capitalise on that with seamer Burger striking not long after to get Robbie Frylinck for a five-ball duck.


And, when Roelofsen fell to Tsepo Ndwandwa (1/59) for his franchise-best score of 133 (218 balls, 20 fours), the Dolphins suddenly found themselves in a pickle on 268 for seven.


Fortunately, the tail provided some sting, with Prenelan Subrayen (17), Smangaliso Nhlebela (19) and Kerwin Mungroo (24 not out) helping them move into a slightly better position, before the rain intervened.


The pick of the bowlers overall was Dane Paterson with three for 78.




A maiden franchise century by Grant Roelofsen was the catalyst for the Hollywoodbets Dolphins to take charge after the opening day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Pietermaritzburg on Monday.


Although bad light only allowed for 63 overs to be sent down, the hosts managed to reach stumps on an assured 234 for four after winning the toss and batting at the City Oval.


Opener Roelofsen was the anchor thanks to his unbeaten 113 off 173 balls (17 fours) – his sixth career century – with the main support coming through Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo, who at 61 not out (77 balls, 10 fours, 1 six) was just three runs shy of his career-best first-class score.


In what is an important round three meeting for both winless teams, the hosts enjoyed one of their better days of 2019/20 so far, even though they did not make the best of starts.


The out-of-form Vaughn van Jaarsveld fell for a second-ball duck after edging the in-form Dane Paterson (2/41), fresh from a seven-for in the last game, to wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne in the opening over.


Marques Ackerman then joined Roelofsen and struck 35 in an 80-run second wicket stand.


He was eventually dismissed by Jason Smith (1/36), before Paterson and debutant Thando Ntini (1/39), the son of Proteas legend Makhaya, claimed his first scalp at this level to leave the Dolphins in a bit of trouble on 138 for four.


That brought Roelofsen and Phehlukwayo together, with the pair adding an unbroken 96 for the fifth wicket to take their side into a strong position when the darkness set in.

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.