Clinching a semi-final berth and increasing their momentum are some of the main objectives for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras when they clash with the Multiply Titans on Wednesday at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

“We have gained a bit of momentum,” said coach Ashwell Prince about the recent two excellent wins over the bizhub Highveld Lions and the Hollywoodbets Dolphins.

“Some of the positives we’ve gained from the first seven matches are that a few of the top-seven batsmen have produced half-centuries or more and powered the team to victories. The bowling was also very good in the last two games. The one area of weakness that I can highlight though, is the catching, with important batsmen dropped at crucial stages,” said Prince.

It is an area in which the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras allowed the Titans to score close to 70 runs in their previous clash at PPC Newlands, where they dropped Aiden Markram on 105 and he went on to add 64 runs off 23 balls.

“We want to get to a standard of play in which all three departments are firing – a standard which is required in knockout matches. But we want to get to that standard in our next game,” Prince said.

One win out of the next three would see the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras secure a semi-final spot, but according to Prince, “We don’t want to wait for the final match to ensure that we are in the semi-final. We want to secure a place in the semi-finals in our next match.”

Hashim Amla and JP Duminy have been recalled to the Proteas team for the remainder of the Sri Lanka ODI series, whilst fellow Protea, Vernon Philander is available for selection for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Akhona Mnyaka, Aviwe Mgijima, Dane Paterson, Dane Piedt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Pieter Malan, Rory Kleinveldt, Tladi Bokako, Vernon Philander, Zubayr Hamza

Adien Markarm returns to the Standard Bank Proteas ODI squad for the final two Momentum One-Day International matches against Sri Lanka on the back of his outstanding recent form that included back-to-back centuries that have helped propel his Multiply Titans franchise to the top spot on the Momentum One-Day Cup log.

The squad also features the return of experienced hands Hashim Amla and JP Duminy. The latter has made a successful comeback for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras after being out of action for several months following shoulder surgery.

“Experience is always a key factor in major tournaments such as the ICC Men’s World Cup,” commented Cricket South Africa National Selection Panel Convener (CSA NSP) Linda Zondi. “It is great to see how well JP has regained his best form after being out of action for so long.

“What has also been highly encouraging is see how well the Proteas have played when they have returned to franchise cricket. It is important that they should dominate at this level and that their skills should rub off on our emerging talent.

 “JP, Aiden and Dwaine Pretorius have all made significant contributions to their franchises in recent matches.

 “We will use the final two matches in the ODI series to continue to examine all the options that are available to us as far as the World Cup squad is concerned,” concluded Mr. Zondi.

 Standard Bank Proteas ODI squad (for final two Momentum ODI games against Sri Lanka): Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Hashim Amla (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), JP Duminy (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Imran Tahir (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), 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

 March 13             : 13h00, 4th Momentum ODI, St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth (D/N)

March 16             : 13h00, 5th Momentum ODI, PPC Newlands, Cape Town (D/N)

 

 


A riveting 162-run unbroken partnership between Janneman Malan and JP Duminy drove the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to an impressive eight-wicket Momentum One-Day Cup victory over the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.

The pair batted for 20.2 overs after they came together with their side in a little bit of early trouble on 58 for two chasing a massive 219 in a rain-reduced affair at the City Oval.

 Malan was the main man for the visitors, carrying them through from start to finish with his fourth List A century. He eventually ended on 115 off 83 balls (15 fours, 1 six), with captain Duminy offering able support with 74 (56 balls, 7 fours, 2 sixes) – Ashwell Prince’s side winning with 12 deliveries to spare.

 Earlier, it was Sarel Erwee who powered the home side with an impressive unbeaten 116 from 82 deliveries (13 fours, 4 sixes), although his career-best effort proved a mere consolation for the KwaZulu-Natal franchise.

It was their second loss of the season and one that saw them miss the opportunity to climb top of the table.

A wet outfield at the start had forced the entire morning to be lost, with the umpires eventually reducing the game to a 28-over per side affair.

The hosts batted first after losing the toss and they made the worst possible start by losing Morne van Wyk for a second over duck.

But Vaughn van Jaarsveld (38) and Khaya Zondo (29) hung around for long enough to allow Erwee to complete his second career ton.

 Rory Kleinveldt finished as the best of the bowlers with two for 41, while Dane Paterson bagged two for 48.

The Cobras’ reply began on the wrong foot with Pieter Malan (18) and George Linde (8) falling early, before Janneman Malan and Duminy, in his third match since returning from a lengthy injury lay-off, got together.

 Their third-wicket stand knocked the stuffing out of the Dolphins and took the Cobras to a priceless win.

 

 

Paarl Gymnasium beat South Africa College High School (SACS) and Langenhoven Gymnasium at the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras franchise final of the Coca-Cola® Schools T20 Challenge. The Cobras franchise consists of three unions – Western Province, Boland and South Western Districts. The franchise final took place in a round robin tournament format.

Paarl Gymnasium played against SWD representative, Langenhoven Gymnasium, in the first match of the day. The Paarl bowlers put a lot of pressure on the Langenhoven batsmen and managed to bowl them out for 65. The pick of the bowlers were Juan Wilson 3/9, Pieter Rossouw 2/6 and Bradley Davids 2/8. Paarl took no time to knock off the runs to win by 9 wickets. Jandre Burger scored 37 runs before being bowled by Jaden Dyssel.

 The second match was between Langenhoven and South Africa College High School (SACS). SACS won the toss and sent Langenhoven into bat. Langenhoven batted better than in their previous match but were still not able to put SACS under pressure.

 Langenhoven scored 93 for 7 in their 20 overs with Matthew Klusener being the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets for 15 runs. SACS chased the total down for the loss of 2 wickets in the 14th over. Daniel Smith finished not out on 46 and Michael Levitt scored 41.

 The final match of the day was between Paarl and SACS where the winner would be the Cobras champions and subsequent franchise representative. Paarl won the toss and sent SACS into bat.

Paarl captain, Johan Smal, knew how important it was to win the toss, “We knew that SACS is a team that is good at chasing down totals so we sent them into bat to put them out of their comfort zone and see if we could restrict them to a reasonable total.”

 SACS got off to a great start and after 10 overs they were on 82/2 and looked like they could go on to hit a massive total. However, Paarl improved their game and took wickets on a frequent basis, reducing SACS to 149/8 in their allotted 20 overs. SACS only managed to score 69 runs and lost 6 wickets in the final 10 overs.

 Paarl batted sensibly in their run chase and were ahead of the run rate from the first over of the day. Even though they lost a couple of wickets they were never in trouble, eventually winning by 8 wickets with 4 balls to spare. Once again Jandre Burger, 73 not out, was the pick of the batsmen. He batted throughout the innings and marshalled his team to victory.

 

SACS opening bowler Anda Dilima and Langenhoven wicketkeeper Jedhli Van Briesies were selected to form part of  the Coca-Cola® All-Star team that will play at the National Finals in Pretoria. These players will get an opportunity to meet the other qualifying teams, have coaching sessions with Paul Harris and play against a Cricket South Africa select side as a curtain raiser to the final of the Coca-Cola® T20 Schools Challenge.

 Paarl will represent the Cobras and will join the other five franchises winners and the two schools that qualified through the CSA Focus School programme at the competition’s National Finals at the University of Pretoria from the 15th to 17th March.

 Results

Langenhoven Gym 65 all out (Juan Wilson 3/9, Pieter Rossouw 2/6, Bradley Davids 2/8) vs Paarl Gymnasium 67/1 (Jandre Burger 37)

Paarl Gym won by 9 wickets

 Langenhoven Gym 93/7 (Matthew Klusener 2/15) vs SACS 94/2 (Daniel Smith 46*)

SACS won by 8 wickets

 SACS 149/8 (Michael Levitt 45, Daniel Smith 30, Jandre Burger 2/14) vs Paarl Gymnasium 154/2 (Jandre Burger 73*)

Paarl won by 8 wickets

 

An extraordinary final over by teenager Akhona Mnyaka helped the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras reignite their Momentum One-Day Cup challenge with a thrilling three-run win over the bizhub Highveld Lions in Johannesburg on Thursday.

The left-arm paceman was given the responsibility of bowling the last six balls with only seven to defend.

And the 19-year-old, who had conceded 18 in his previous over, responded by claiming three wickets, including that of Dwaine Pretorius for 99 (105 balls, 3 fours, 5 sixes), and only conceded three runs to seal an astonishing victory at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.

It ended an exciting game between two sides chasing a result to try and keep alive their play-off prospects.

Apart from the Pretorius near-hundred, two others did manage three figures, while JP Duminy started to get his engine going again with a well-played 62 (64 balls, 3 fours, 2 sixes).

The Lions won the toss and opted to bowl at the start, but Pieter Malan’s 10th List A century held the Cobras’ inning together. The right-hander put on 115 for the third wicket with injury returnee Duminy, before eventually falling for 102 off 127 balls (8 fours) with just under eight overs remaining to the end of the innings.

He was part of a collapse that saw the visitors slump from 235 for three to their eventual score of 281 for nine as Pretorius and Bjorn Fortuin each picked up two for 46.

The match then looked over as a contest just 15.4 overs into the Lions’ innings as two wickets apiece by Rory Kleinveldt (2/43) and Dane Paterson (2/50) left the home side tottering on 73 for four.

But a thrilling 139-run fifth wicket partnership completely changed the outlook as the Lions got to 212 for four by the 42nd over. They were driven by Dominic Hendricks’ 107 off 118 balls (12 fours), his third career century and his second in successive innings, and World Cup hopeful Pretorius.

Even after the former departed, the latter kept going and brought his side to the final over looking like the favourites at 275 for six.

But Mnyaka had other ideas and helped the Cobras snatch a victory that propelled them to fourth on the standings.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince knows that his team needs to get momentum, improve their catching and transform their execution with the ball in the last ten overs if they are to be victorious in the next couple of matches in the Momentum One Day Cup against the bizhub Highveld Lions and the Hollywoodbets Dolphins on Thursday and Saturday respectively.

“Our death bowling let us down and was disappointing in the match against the Titans. It happened after a catch was dropped off Aiden Markram’s blade and he went on to score another 64 runs off 23 balls,” said Prince.

“If they had accumulated 280 or 290 (instead of 320 for six), we would have improved our chances of winning.

“I want to add that we can improve our batting by another 20 percent as well,” added Prince.

JP Duminy, the skipper, said the execution of the Cobras with the ball in the final 15 overs was not on par.

“You have to give credit to the Titans’ pair of Markram and Farhaan Behardien for how they absorbed the pressure when they were on 31 for five, but we did not execute well after the 35th over.

“We also have not been sharing in 100-run partnerships or scoring enough tons in the first half of the competition,” said Duminy.

Kyle Verreynne has recovered from concussion and will serve as wicketkeeper in the matches against the Lions on Thursday at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium and against the Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.

Dane Piedt, Pieter Malan and Mthiwekhaya Nabe are all included in the squad, whilst Hashim Amla is not available for family reasons.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Squad: JP Duminy (Captain), Pieter Malan (Vice Captain), David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Zubayr Hamza, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Dane Paterson, Dane Piedt, Kyle Verreynne  

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince is upbeat about the return of international players Hashim Amla and skipper JP Duminy for the hosts’ next Momentum One Day Cup clash against the Multiply Titans at PPC Newlands on Friday.

Asked about Amla, Prince said he did not closely observe his technique in the tests, but he had scored a One-Day International not so long ago and is looking forward to having a player of Amla’s experience at the top of the order.

“I am excited about Amla batting at the top of the order and JP in the middle, and the fact that they are batting around our younger batsmen, will add a lot for them,” he said.

Prince stated earlier in the week that he backed all-rounder George Linde and the wicketkeeper/batsman Kyle Verreynne for selection for the Cricket World Cup and when asked about this endorsement from his coach, Verreynne said, “a few months ago I wasn’t even sure I would play one-dayers for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras. I want to focus on the Cobras and stay level-headed before I can dream of wearing the Proteas jersey.

“It is a nice feeling that the coach backs me, but I need to stay focused and perform more consistently to be rewarded to play for the Proteas,” Linde said.

Looking ahead to Friday’s clash against the Multiply Titans, Prince acknowledged that the Momentum One Day Cup is a tight competition, but that every team is beatable.

“I will prepare for them the same way we always do, by studying their strengths and weaknesses and see if we can pick some holes in them.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: JP Duminy (Captain), Hashim Amla, David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Dane Paterson, Dane Piedt, Kyle Verreynne.

The two four-day matches he played before the Momentum One Day Cup and an improved bowling action are part of the reason why George Linde’s name is almost the first to be dotted down on coach Ashwell Prince’s team sheet.

 Linde has scored 164 runs in the opening 4 matches of the tournament and he has captured 6 wickets at an impressive average of 24.50, at an economy rate of just 3.97, with best figures of 3-39 against the Bizhub Highveld Lions this past Sunday in Oudtshoorn.

 But the all-rounder preferred the 2-23 that he captured against the VKB Knights.

 The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have won two out of four games so far and although the bowlers have at times been under pressure, Linde has given the bowling unit credit for their perfomances. He said the VKB Knights were on their way to 350 at one stage, but the Cobras bowlers kept plugging away and pushed the run-rate down. Ultimately the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras won that match, after a fine century from Kyle Verreynne.

 Linde says his improved action allows him to regulate his own pace and he also communicates with fellow spinner Dane Piedt, about the wicket.

 “In order for you to be successful, you have to read the batsman and the wicket well,” said Linde.

 “My consistency has now improved and I can now frustrate batsmen who cannot pierce the field and then I force them into fatal errors,” he said.

 He has done this so excellently that the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach, Ashwell Prince, has called him a future Proteas player.

 One of the reasons for this high praise is that Linde is an underrated batsman higher up the order, where he smashed 57 off 55 balls in the match against the Lions, coming in at number 4, which propelled the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to 298 for five. He received great support from the rest of the top-order, especially from Zubayr Hamza.

 Linde is upbeat about the game on Friday against the Multiply Titans. “It’s one of the matches every season that we relish – to play against the Titans. If we win this game, we will have momentum on our side,” he concluded.

 

 

George Linde continued to impress for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras after a fine all-round showing that guided them to a comfortable 21-run Momentum One-Day Cup win over the Bizhub Highveld Lions in Oudtshoorn on Sunday.

The slow left-armer was promoted to bat at No. 4 at the Recreation Ground and struck an excellent 57 off 55 balls (5 fours, 1 six), before grabbing three for 39 in 10 excellent overs as 298 for five played 277 all out.

Dwaine Pretorius launched a valiant late bid to chase down the target for the visitors with 75 off 42 balls but was dismissed with 12 balls remaining and 35 runs still required.

For the hosts, Zubayr Hamza also impressed by top-scoring with an unbeaten 88 (97 balls, 6 fours), helping them make it two wins from four so far this campaign.

In fact, the Cobras were strong with the bat all-round after winning the toss and batting. The Malan brothers, Janneman and Pieter, struck 44 and 46 respectively in an 82-run opening stand, and after both had fallen by the time 112 were on the board, Linde and Hamza added 85 for the third wicket.

Jason Smith then added the finishing touches with 35 not out off 27 balls that allowed the home side to set 299. Nono Pongolo ended as the pick of the travelling bowlers with two for 34.

The Lions lost Ryan Rickelton (6) with only 11 on the board and were left chasing the game from there onwards.

There were starts for Reeza Hendricks (37), Kagiso Rapulana (46), Rassie van der Dussen (37) and Nicky van den Bergh (23), but all three were out – three to Linde’s spin – with more than 100 still needed.

And, when Bjorn Fortuin was run-out for one, it looked like the end was near.

But the Pretorius assault raised hope, until he became one of three wickets that were taken by Dane Paterson (3/58).

In the end it was not enough, though, with the Lions all out in 49.4 overs and left winless after four games of the campaign.

Andile Phehlukwayo again starred with bat and ball as the Hollywoodbets Dolphins made it three Momentum One-Day Cup wins from three with a 22-run win over the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Paarl on Friday night.

The Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder first struck a run-a-ball 67 off 66 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes) that helped the unbeaten visitors amass 276 for seven, before claiming four wickets for 56, including the key one of George Linde, as the hosts were dismissed for 254 in 49 overs at Eurolux Boland Park.

It capped another stellar performance for Phehlukwayo, who in the previous game made 69 in a solid win over the Multiply Titans.

The joint defending champions Dolphins have now won three out of three matches, while the Cobras lost for the second time in three outings.

They will be ruing what may have been though after showing plenty of potential through the game. The local side won the toss and opted to field first, with their bowlers responding well early on to send the visitors tumbling to 71 for four.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld (5), Dane Vilas (5) and David Miller (7) all failed at the top, with only Morne van Wyk (36) making any significant early contribution.

It then took a 103-run fifth wicket stand between top scorer Khaya Zondo, who made 93 off 115 balls (2 fours, 2 sixes), and Phehlukwayo to kickstart the Dolphins, as they managed to set a competitive 277.

Dane Paterson was the pick of the bowlers with three for 40, while Linde bagged two for 50.

The home side started the chase well enough by reaching 60 for one, before three quick strikes left them on 88 for four.

Kyle Verreynne initially gave them hope with his 52 (63 balls, 2 fours), but was removed by the outstanding Imran Tahir (2/34).

At that stage on 192 for six, the Cobras looked beaten, but Linde smashed 63 off 48 balls (4 fours, 1 six) and shared a partnership of 61 with Dane Piedt (27), giving their side hope.

However, the return of Phehlukwayo at the death saw him remove the key man and with it the hopes of the hosts as the last four wickets fell for a single run.