World Sports Betting Cape Cobras all-rounder Rory Kleinveldt officially retired from first-class cricket at the conclusion of the Cobras’ Four Day Franchise series match against the Warriors at PPC Newlands on Thursday.

Kleinveldt Tweet soon after the match, “Finally lost the love for the toil!!!! Been a great ride and made some unbelievable memories. Love to all my teammates, coaches, family and friends for the support over the 17 years.”

Kleinveldt captured 454 wickets in 148 first-class matches for Western Province, the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and Northampton.

His 9-65, a career-best, came for Northampton, in the 2017-2018 season in which he nipped out 50 first-class batsmen.

Kleinveldt also represented South Africa in four Test matches, ten On Day Internationals and six T20 Internationals.

A burly bowling all-rounder, Kleinveldt won the first match of the Four-day franchise series against the VKB Knights with a four and a towering six when the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras started shakily.

As a youngster, he was a member of South Africa’s U19 team which made the final of the 2002 Cricket World Cup for age groups.

He was fast-tracked into first-class cricket by Western Province in the 2002/2003 season.

Kleinveldt made his debut for South Africa in the test arena against Australia in the 2012/2013 season and captured 3-65 at Adelaide versus the Baggy Greens.

A hard-hitting lower order batsman and a bowler who seams the ball both ways, Kleinveldt will remain part of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ white-ball campaigns.

A blistering 91-run unbroken partnership between Jon-Jon Smuts and Sinethemba Qeshile ended any lingering doubts by the Warriors and helped them seize a pivotal six-wicket victory over the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Cape Town on Thursday.

Defeat for the log-leading hosts, coupled by the bizhub Highveld Lions winning the Jukskei derby against the Multiply Titans, threw the title race wide open.

With two rounds remaining, the Cobras, whose first-innings batting display was their let-down at PPC Newlands, saw their near 20-point advantage slashed to just over one-and-a-half following a crucial loss against the impressive Warriors.

The Eastern Cape franchise started the final day on 109 for three, needing a further 97 for victory.

They were dealt an early blow when Lesiba Ngoepe became the fourth victim of Dane Piedt (4/68) to leave the away side on 115 for four. That strike would have given the home side hope, but Smuts and Qeshile put their foot on the gas to take the game away from the Cobras. The pair scored at 6.42 to the over as they finished the game in a further 14.1 overs.

The captain ended unbeaten on 70 off 73 balls (10 fours, 1 six), while young Qeshile plundered 50 off 49 deliveries (9 fours) to complete a commanding win.

The result also kept alive the Warriors’ slim title hopes – they are now just over 27 points behind the leaders.

A fine effort of seven for 89 by Simon Harmer put the Warriors on course for a shock 4-Day Domestic Series victory over the log-leading World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The performance of the spinner was followed by the Warriors reaching 109 for three at stumps on day three as the visitors threatened to keep open the title race by hunting down 206 for victory at PPC Newlands.

Ashwell Prince’s side entered the round eight encounter this week knowing that victory, or even a draw to an extent, would be a big step towards securing the first-class crown, but their near 20-point lead now looks like it will be significantly eaten into by the result.

Although the Warriors have not yet completed the job, they took a big leap towards it with their day three performance.

When the Cobras resumed at the start on 105 for two and a lead of just one run, there was still plenty of work to do in their bid to set a significant target.

They were dealt an early blow when the form batsman of the season, Pieter Malan, edged Lutho Sipamla (2/60) behind for 48.

But Kyle Verreynne struck a fluent 56 (76 balls, 10 fours) and shared in a key 75-run fourth-wicket partnership with top-scorer David Bedingham, who made 90 (144 balls, 14 fours), to threaten the Warriors’ victory push.

But from 185 for three, the home side lost their way as Harmer, through his 24th career five-for, began to plug away.

Jason Smith had to dig deep to keep things together with his innings of 69 (109 balls, 9 fours, 2 sixes), but eventually ran out of partners – the all-rounder last to fall and his side was dismissed in 89.2 overs.

Openers Gihahn Cloete (35) and Eddie Moore (36) gave their side a confident start to their chase by putting on 62 for the first wicket, but both fell to the spin of Dane Piedt (3/26), with the same bowler also landing the wicket of Yaseen Vallie (5) to give his side hope.

The equation for the final day is a simple one – the Cobras need seven wickets and the Warriors just under 100.

Sinethemba Qeshile and Colin Ackermann both hit 70s as the Warriors kept the pressure on after the second day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the log-leading World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The former struck an unbeaten 71 (80 balls, 10 fours) and the latter made 78 (152 balls, 12 fours) as the visitors were bowled out for 343 in response to the 239 made by the hosts on day one.

It gave them a first innings lead of 104, but that was erased as the title favourites went to stumps on 105 for two at PPC Newlands.

It was nonetheless a good day for the Eastern Cape franchise as they gave themselves a decent chance of victory with a solid batting performance.

They had started proceeding on 60 for three and that score was doubled before the next wicket fell – captain Jon-Jon Smuts falling for 38.

That ended a stand of 74 for the fourth wicket and more good partnerships followed to put the away side in a position of strength.

Lesiba Ngoepe (33) added 77 for the next wicket, while 58 was produced by the final wicket pair of Qeshile and Lutho Sipamla (18).

Jason Smith finished as the pick of the bowlers with four for 62, while Mthiwekhaya Nabe nabbed three for 63.

The Cobras then slipped into early trouble on 31 for two as Simon Harmer (2/34) struck twice, but an unbroken 74-run third wicket partnership between David Bedingham (48) and Pieter Malan (44) put the home side into a one-run lead at the close.

 

Rory Kleinveldt and Jason Smith struck with bat and ball as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras fought back well during the second half of day one of their latest 4-Day Domestic Series assignment against the Warriors in Cape Town on Monday.

The pair shared a crucial 75-run stand that rescued the log leaders from a limp 132 for seven to post 239 all out at PPC Newlands.

The pair then nabbed a wicket apiece as the visitors were pegged back to 60 for three by stumps on a busy opening day.

It was a crucial display in both disciplines by the pair, with Smith the architect through his holding 74 (115 balls, 12 fours).

Before that the home side, who are seeking a victory that will take them even closer to the four-day title, wilted under the pressure of a strong bowling display by the Warriors.

The Eastern Cape side won the toss and three wickets apiece by Basheer Walters (3/51) and Glenton Stuurman (3/88) jolted the Cobras badly.

They were seven down by the 49th over with only David Bedingham (43) and Kyle Verreynne (31) making any significant impact.

It was then left to Smith and Kleinveldt, who blasted 42 off 44 balls, to provide some sort of meaningful total.

There were also two wickets from Simon Harmer (2/32) and Lutho Sipamla (2/57) as the Warriors completed a good day with the ball.

However, some of that work was undone when Lizaad Williams (1/21) and Kleinveldt (1/14) got rid of in-form openers Eddie Moore (10) and Gihahn Cloete (7) respectively, leaving the away side on 18 for two.

Smith (1/9) then got Yaseen Vallie (20) to dent the Warriors further, with Colin Ackermann (17) and Jon-Jon Smuts (5) taking their side to stumps – 179 runs behind.

The reserve strength of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras will be stretched as injuries have cut a swathe through the team, while international call-ups have also impacted the line-up of the team ahead of the 4 Day Franchise match against the Warriors at PPC Newlands starting on Monday.

Ashwell Prince, the coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, is upbeat despite a dislocated finger keeping Janneman Malan out for another ten days and an ankle injury keeping Tladi Bokako on the sidelines.

Bokako will see a specialist early in the week about what seems to be chronic ankle trouble.

In the middle of Friday’s training session the side learned that Dane Paterson will not be able to play for the hosts against the Warriors from Monday as he will be called up early to the Proteas One Day International camp for the first two matches against Pakistan.

Rory Kleinveldt, a former test bowler and a man who sealed a win against the VKB Knights in the first game of the season, will replace Paterson.

Prince said he is convinced the reserve bowlers will do a job for the team and he is positive about his squad’s depth.

Lizaad Williams bowled well as replacement for Bokako last week.

Prince said the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have their destiny firmly in their own hands and if they keep on winning, nobody will catch them (as they have a cushion of almost 20 points ahead of the bizhub Highveld Lions team).

“It is about remaining positive and playing the game in the right spirit and attitude,” he said.

Matthew Kleinveldt, who scored two back-to-back centuries in the first two senior provincial games for Western Province, will replace the injured Malan.

The 13-man squad is: Dane Piedt (capt), Matthew Kleinveldt, Pieter Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Simon Khomari, David Bedingham, Dayyaan Galiem, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Mthiwekhaya Nabe.

The current 4 Day Franchise series is possibly the best he has ever produced, even better than in 2013/2014 when he took 45 scalps in eight matches, said Dane Piedt, captain of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

During that 2013/2014 season he had an opportunity to score a hundred, but he was dismissed for 92 at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.

Piedt is the leading wicket-taker in the competition with 34 wickets after seven matches, one more than his leading fast bowler, Dane Paterson, who has captured 33 wickets.

“Our bowling attack has been great with Pato, Tladi Bokako and Mthiwekhaya Nabe all bowling well. And then Lizaad Williams, he has been solid the past five years I have played with him and is a thorough professional. He gives you 150 percent every time he bowls,” he says.

The batsmen who have scored the fifth and the sixth most runs in the competition are Pieter Malan, with 629 runs, and Janneman Malan, who has made 554 runs. “It is important, because it sets up the game for the bowlers,” Piedt said.

Janneman Malan fractured his finger in the previous match against the VKB Knights and received four stitches. He was only able to bat at number eleven and scored an undefeated 2 in the first and only innings of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

Piedt says nothing should change now that the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras are leading with 140.04 points, almost twenty ahead of the bizhub Highveld Lions, who have 120.62.

“We need to follow the same process we did in our last seven games of which we won five. Even if Tladi does not play (due to an ankle injury), we possess the bowling attack to take 20 wickets,” he said.

In a pressure cooker situation, it is a case of who blinks first, but the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras don’t want to become tentative or revert to a negative pattern of play, instead they will be aiming to continue the swashbuckling dynamic pattern of play that has served them so well so far this season.

Asked what the chances are of 50 wickets in the competition, Piedt said it is more important that the team takes 20 wickets each match in the competition than if he or Paterson reaches 50 wickets overall.

Standard Bank Proteas batsman, Zubayr Hamza, doesn’t want to look too far ahead, but admits the possibility of making his debut in the third Castle Lager Test match against Pakistan at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium is an exciting thought. Hamza was selected as the reserve batsman in the squad, and the suspension of Faf du Plessis has opened up an opportunity for the 23-year-old to make his first run at international level.

“I haven’t received confirmation if I am playing or not,” Hamza said at the Wanderers on Wednesday. “If given the chance that would be great, I have really enjoyed my time so far, the training has been intense and everyone has been welcoming. I have felt comfortable in the team surrounding, if given the chance I am looking forward to it. There is a lot of excitement at the moment.”

Hamza has had a sterling run at franchise level over the last two years, and boasts 3648 runs in 52 first-class matches with an average of 49, including nine centuries. Although he is lacking in match time after missing out on the Mzansi Super League (MSL) and a round of CSA four-day matches since he has been with the squad, he remains confident about his preparation and form.

“The month off (from the MSL) gave me perspective and I focused on working on myself and on my game,” he explained. “Yes I haven’t started off too well this season with franchise cricket but I don’t feel out of form. I still feel like I’m batting well and that I have a lot to offer. The runs and performances haven’t shown it but that is not how I feel, I have been batting well. I have been training well with the world-class coaching staff that we have here, I have learnt a lot so far.”

The Rondebosch Boys High School graduate grew up looking up to stars like Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla, but says he has been feeding off most of the players in the squad on what it takes to perform at international level. If selected, his personal brief will be to keep it simple and to rely on the formula that has brought him past success.

“I have learnt a lot from every individual in the team, whether it is on the field or off the field,” he said. “For me, I’d like to stay true to myself and stick to the game plans that have got me to this position. I will try to be self-confident and have self-belief.

“I have tucked under a few guys wings so far,” he admitted. “I’ve been leeching as much information as I can about what it takes to perform at this level, but I have also combined that with my own mixture to try and perform as an individual.”

If Hamza is the only debutant in the playing XI, he will be the 100th cap for South Africa since readmission.

The match is scheduled to start at 10h00 local time. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketpros.co.za.

“The selection of our spearhead Dane Paterson for the first two South African One-Day Internationals against Pakistan comes as a fantastic opportunity to open the Cricket World Cup door even wider. He is at the peak of his career and must use this to impress the selectors,” said Faiek Davids, assistant coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

His reaction came after it was announced that Paterson has been recalled for the first time to play for the Proteas in the 50-over format since his debut series against Bangladesh in 2017.

He was picked for the first two One Day Internationals on the 19th and 22nd January.

Linda Zondi, the national selectors’ chairman, said: “We need to look at all the options available to us as we get closer to selecting our final squad for this year’s World Cup. Rassie (van der Dussen) and Dane are two players who have been knocking strongly on the door in all formats.”

In Paterson’s case, he is currently the second top wicket-taker in the 4 Day Franchise series, with 33 wickets in six matches.

“I was happy to be selected. It was a surprise. I know the Cricket World Cup coming, but there are many good bowlers. I will have to take my opportunities,” Paterson said.

“I am happy for his selection. He is a strong bowler with a strong run-up to the wicket and he has the ability to take wickets in the power play and at the business end in the death overs as well. He can bowl the slower delivery and uses the seam to cause destruction in the power plays. He could also bowl the knuckle ball to bamboozle batsmen.” Davids added.

Paterson has captured 328 first-class wickets in 95 matches, and 97 List A wickets in 67 matches.

In the 2016/2017 season, he nipped out 42 first class victims in the first-class arena.

Standard Bank Proteas ODI squad: Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Hashim Amla (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), Reeza Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Imran Tahir (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Heinrich Klaasen (Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dane Paterson (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (bizhub Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans), Dale Steyn (Multiply Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (bizhub Highveld Lions).

FIXTURES

January 19           : 13h00, 1st Momentum ODI, St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth (D/N)

January 22           : 13h00, 2nd Momentum ODI, Kingsmead, Durban (D/N)

January 25           : 13h00, 3rd Momentum ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion (D/N)

January 27           : 10h00, 4th Momentum ODI, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (Day)

January 30           : 13h00, 5th Momentum ODI, PPC Newlands, Cape Town (D/N)

Cricket South Africa today announced the appointment of Dean Elgar as stand-in captain of the Standard Bank Proteas in place of Faf du Plessis for the final Castle Lager Test match against Pakistan, starting at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Friday.

The selectors have also put uncapped World Sports Betting Cape Cobras opening batsman Pieter Malan on standby for Aiden Markram, who has a right thigh injury sustained while fielding in the previous Test match at PPC Newlands.

Markram will undergo a fitness test tomorrow to determine whether he can play.

“The appointment of Elgar as stand-in captain is part of our strategy to develop our pool of leaders,” commented CSA National Selection Panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi. “We have previously used Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock in this role in ODI matches and Dean has previously captained the Proteas at Test match level against England at Lord’s in 2017.

“Pieter Malan has an outstanding track record in four-day domestic cricket over the past two seasons, having made more than 1700 runs including 7 centuries. He has also made the step up to South Africa A level, first against Australia and then against India A on the sub-continent,” concluded Mr. Zondi.