JP DUMINY made runs and took wickets as the Cape Cobras consolidated their number one status on the Momentum One-Day Cup table with a comprehensive 68-run win over the Sunfoil Dolphins at PPC Newlands on Friday.

The Proteas all-rounder first struck a busy 68 off 62 balls as the hosts reached 265 for seven after winning the toss and batting first.

Duminy was then the pick of the bowlers with two for 19 as the visitors were bowled out for 197 in 44.4 overs.

Veteran opener Andrew Puttick, fresh from paternity leave, top-scored for the Cobras with a flowing 79 off 89 balls, while debutant all-rounder Jason Smith looked at ease through his run-a-ball 50.

Ayavuya Myoli was the pick of the Dolphins bowlers with three for 40, while Imran Tahir returned figures of two for 51 ahead of his return to national duty.

The Durban side were in trouble even before a ball could be bowled as Imraan Khan could not bat, meaning Tshepang Dithole joined the fit-again Morne van Wyk at the start.

But both fell inside eight overs as the visitors struggled to find any rhythm.

Their best hope, David Miller, was run out for 42, and despite some lusty late lower-order blows from top-scorer Ryan McLaren (52 off 55), the Dolphins fell woefully short.

There was also a noteworthy return from injury for Proteas left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks as he claimed two for 46.

In the end it was a bonus-point win for the Cobras, who moved to 19 points at the summit, with the Dolphins dropping to second-bottom on nine points.

JP Duminy has soothed concerns about his effectiveness as a South African batting all-rounder and his off-spin, while maintaining that he is confident of continuing the prolific form for the Cape Cobras at number four which saw him establish a new fifth-wicket first-class record stand recently.

Duminy will be the Cobras’ kingpin at number four when they host the Sunfoil Dolphins at PPC Newlands in Cape town on Friday to kick off the second round of their Momentum One Day Cup series.  The table-topping Cobras will also boast the presence of the South African opener Stiaan van Zyl in their top-order. The starting time is 14:00.

He shared in a 393-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Dane Vilas a few weeks ago against the bizhub Highveld Lions. Duminy hammered an unbeaten career-best 260.

Recently, in the fourth test against England, a few commentators expressed their concern about Duminy’s bowling action, while a member of the panel even said it “looks a bit manufactured.”

Duminy said he has utilized the bowling action the past two years to his benefit. He took a hat-trick in the quarter-final of the Cricket World Cup against Sri Lanka as South Africa romped to a nine-wicket win in Australasia in March 2015.

In July 2015, Duminy engineered a dramatic Bangladesh collapse in the second test when they imploded from 215 for four to 246 for eight.

“I think it is a matter of opportunities. I believe I will get more opportunities to bowl in the one-day series (for the Cape Cobras and South Africa).

“Maybe they are running out of things to say,” he said about the commentators’ criticism.

Duminy said he feels extremely comfortable about his action.

In the tests against Bangladesh, India and England, the Proteas have mostly employed a specialist off-spinner, either Simon Harmer or Dane Piedt.

He has consequently not been used as often as was the case earlier in his career.

Duminy said there are no technical hiccups about his batting at number five in tests. “The results did not go my way. It is just a matter of batting time and putting up the numbers,” he added.

As a middle-order batsman, Duminy has become a world-class performer in One Day Internationals, with an astute knowledge of how to be either a low-risk accumulator or an explosive finisher at number five.

In a recent T20-International against India, he hammered 68 off 34 balls to power South Africa to a seven-wicket win.

“I do think we have a massive series coming up against England. We will be up for it,” said Duminy, who suggested South Africa has an account to settle with the tourists.

“We are in a good place with our One Day International team,” he added.

Justin Ontong, the Cape Cobras captain, warned that the Cobras’ senior players will have to step up against the Dolphins at PPC Newlands.

The team will field a relatively inexperienced fast bowling attack, led by Dane Paterson, Lizaad Williams and Tshepo Moreki, with old hands like Duminy, Ontong and Piedt providing spin support.

The Cape Cobras squad for the match on Friday is: Justin Ontong (capt), JP Duminy, Beuran Hendricks, Aviwe Mgijima, Tshepo Moreki, Lesiba Ngoepe, Dane Paterson, Keegan Petersen, Dane Piedt, Andrew Puttick, Omphile Ramela, Jason Smith, Stiaan van Zyl, Lizaad Williams.

 

Western Province Cricket Association and Jive Saint Augustine Cricket Club herewith requests your support for our VIP Gala Dinner to be held on the 15 February 2016.

Western Province Cricket Association  and Jive Saint Augustine Cricket Club have joined forces to host an Inaugural Gala Dinner and Youth Cricket Experience Day as part of a legacy project in honour of the legendary former England player and South African-born and bred icon Basil D Oliveira.

The Western Province Cricket Club will host the gala dinner on Monday, the 15th February 2016. The Youth Cricket Experience Day took place at the home of Jive Saint Augustine Cricket Club in Elfindale (the area alongside Princess Vlei) on Friday, 8th January 2016 which included Protea and England stars, Vernon Philander and Moeen Ali which was very well attended.

Guests will be treated to an evening of fabulous food, entertainment, an auction, and will have ample opportunity to socialize and mingle with some of cricket’s greatest ambassadors, former international players and celebrities, while celebrating the legacy of D’ Oliveira.

An immensely talented cricketer, D’ Oliveira, debarred from playing cricket against the best in South Africa, plied his trade with extraordinary success for Worcestershire and represented England in 44 tests at an average of over 40, while taking 47 wickets.

D’Oliveira was a dazzling entertainer when at the peak of his powers.  He had a beautifully relaxed, sideways-on stance and a very short back-lift, while his powerful forearms gave him command of all the strokes and after a steady, watchful start to an innings he would accelerate to score freely and attractively, according to the Biographical dictionary of World Cricketers.

His bowling was steady, medium pace with swing either way and disconcerting wobble.

Despite being an attractive, free-flowing batsman, D’Oliveira’s finest innings were stamped by his refusal to be beaten and he tended to make runs even when England were in desperate trouble, noted the authors of the publication The Selected – the 25 greatest South African cricketers of all time.

D’Oliveira’s roots were properly acknowledged when he belatedly walked to the middle of Newlands for the first time on 2nd January 2000 to the acclaim of a packed crowd as one of the ten nominees for South Africa’s cricketer of the century award.

At this auspicious event, we will also auction rare signed memorabilia and exciting sculptures. All items that will be auctioned can be viewed on our website: www.wpca.org.za

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THE Cape Cobras will be looking to consolidate their position on the top of the Momentum One-Day Cup log standings when they resume the second half of the competition against the Sunfoil Dolphins at PPC Newlands on Friday.

After five rounds of Sunfoil Series action, and before that the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge, the 50-over competition is back to take centre stage for the next month.

The Cobras top the table alongside the Warriors – both on 14 points – but with just six points separating top from bottom, the results of all five remaining regular-season games will be vital.

Paul Adams, coach of the home team, has highlighted the importance of hitting the ground running.

“It’s an important phase, the final phase of this competition and it’s important for us to kick-off well in order to stay where we are,” he said.

“It’s all about playing pressure in this competition when it reaches these latter stages. A lot of the time you’re keeping your eye on the log, you’re concentrating on what’s going on in other games, so there’s plenty of distractions.

“That’s why it’s so important for teams to focus on their basic skills and what they need to do. That’s what we’ll be trying to do.”

Proteas Stiaan van Zyl, JP Duminy and Dane Piedt are all available for the Cobras, while young all-rounder Jason Smith, who made his Sunfoil Series debut last week, is also in line for his debut.

The visitors are bolstered by the return of captain Morne van Wyk from a wrist injury, while Ryan McLaren, David Miller and Imran Tahir are in line to feature.

Khaya Zondo and Andile Phehlukwayo are away on South Africa ‘A’ duty, along with Dane Vilas and Wayne Parnell of the Cobras.

The Dolphins are fifth on the table, five points behind the Cobras and coach Lance Klusener said: “There’s not much difference in the points between a few of the teams but we’re trying to get a home final and so we want to win five out of five or whatever it takes.”

HEAD TO HEAD – Cape Cobras v Sunfoil Dolphins

 Matches Played                23

Cobras Win                       08

Dolphins Win                    11

Tie                                      01

No Result                           03

A financial incentive of R5000 for a Cape Cobras-fan who wins the lucky draw at PPC Newlands, and a chance to watch the star-studded, table-topping Cape Cobras kick off the second round of the Momentum One Day Cup competition against the Sunfoil Dolphins in style, are the enticing ingredients of the clash on Friday at the iconic venue.

The Momentum One Day Cup match between the Cobras and the Dolphins at PPC Newlands starts at14:00.

“The match will be a vital one for the Cape Cobras to get the second round of the competition off to a rollicking start, and our fans always enable the team to produce that 5 % extra for their supporters. The first 100 fans dressed in blue who are through the turnstiles between 5pm & 6pm, will receive a Cape Cobras-flag,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA).

“During the dinner break, a lucky fan at PPC Newlands whose number will be drawn will be the recipient of R5000 if he or she responds within five minutes of the number being announced,” said Jasmiena Davids, marketing manager of the WPCA.

The Cape Cobras will be brimful of confidence, as they will welcome back international stars like Dane Piedt and Stiaan van Zyl, who featured for South Africa in the recent test series against England.

Van Zyl will slot into the top-order, which will also feature experienced players like Justin Ontong and Andrew Puttick.

A feature of the squad is the quality and class amongst the bowlers. The selectors will consider the left-arm spinner and dangerous lower-order batsman GF Linde, while Beuran Hendricks and Dane Piedt are amongst the other five-star bowlers who have represented South Africa.

Dane Paterson, Tshepo Moreki and Lizaad Williams have been part of a Cape Cobras attack that recently outplayed the defending Sunfoil Series-champions, the bizhub Highveld Lions, in Paarl, and caused the demise of the Warriors in Port Elizabeth.

“Wayne Parnell and Dane Vilas will be back soon (after representing South Africa A in Kimberley on Saturday),” said Paul Adams, the Cape Cobras coach.

“We also trust that Vernon Philander will complete his rehabilitation from a foot injury within the next week or two,” he added.

“We have the ingredients and the approach to start the second half of our 50-over campaign successfully, and a packed PPC Newlands will no doubt aid our efforts to do it,” he said.

 

Omphile Ramela knows everything about grit, determination and defiance. If you are in the trenches, you want the Cape Cobras captain with you behind the sand bags while facing the flying missiles and the advancing infantry.

Ramela certainly denied the Sunfoil Dolphins the winning spoils as he struck 107 in the Cape Cobras follow-on innings. He faced 299 balls and hammered 15 fours to guide the visitors to safety on 361 for six. In the first innings, he was the mainstay with 89 off 208 balls.

The Sunfoil Series-match between the Cape Cobras and the Dolphins ended in a stalemate on Sunday.

The skipper was part of the South Africa A-team in India, and also nailed a spot for the same team against England.

The early part of the season was a challenge to Ramela, who temporarily lost his place in the Cape Cobras team for the Ram Slam T20 Challenge due to indifferent form.

He has rallied superbly in the Sunfoil Series.

“A sign that I am in form, is when I am leaving well,” Ramela said.

It was a pleasing part of his century, but the skipper added that his main goal was to take time out of the game and to give the Cape Cobras second-innings control.

He credited Justin Ontong for his splendid support. “Season after season, Justin piles on the runs,” he said admiringly.

Ramela struck three centuries in five first-class matches at the end of the 2014/2015-season and the start of the 2015-season.

Now, after his 196 runs on the trip to Durban, he wants to pile on the runs.

His aim is to assemble runs consistently, and get as close to 1000 runs per season as possible.

“That is what Stephen Cook has done consistently. He has struck so many runs every season,” he added.

There is no other way to draw the attention of the national selectors except through volume of runs, he remarked.

Ramela said the Cobras let themselves down by not removing the Dolphins-tail cheaply. They had 289 for seven at close on Thursday, and should have been limited to 330 instead of scoring 405.

“A front-line spinner would have been a great aid at Kingsmead, because the wicket was quite flat and their spinner, Keshav Maharaj, did very well,” he said.

The Cape Cobras would have three specialist spinners back when they resume the Sunfoil Series.

“It is challenging for us as we are in a transitional phase and we field a blend of youth and experience, but if we win two early four-day matches, we will be in the hunt (for a trophy),” he added.

 

 

OMPHILE RAMELA scored a century as the Cape Cobras batted out the final day of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Sunfoil Dolphins at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban on Sunday.

The visiting captain, who scored 89 in the first innings, made 107 with his side following on, helping them reach 361 for six before shaking hands with opposite number Khaya Zondo on the stroke of tea.

Only 64 overs were bowled on the final day, with the match seemingly going nowhere on a slow pitch and the Cape side 202 ahead.

It was only Ramela’s seventh career century and first of the season, while both his scores in the match improved on his previous best score of 46 during the current campaign.

He did not do it all by himself though, with the Cobras having good contributions from Justin Ontong (74), Dane Vilas (54) and an unbeaten 53 from 22-year-old Keegan Petersen.

Andile Phehlukwayo (2-37) and Keshav Maharaj (2-130) picked up two wickets apiece – the latter collecting seven in the match from a mammoth 93.2 overs.

Ramela was named man of the match and his Cobras side walked away with 5.2 points compared to the 7.9 for the Dolphins.

Michael Owen Smith

HALF-CENTURIES from Justin Ontong and Omphile Ramela ensured the Cape Cobras ended day three of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Sunfoil Dolphins with some hope at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Saturday.

Following on from their first-innings 216, the visitors reached stumps on 154 for two, trailing by 35.

But it represented a spirited comeback, which was led by the unbroken 113-run third-wicket stand. Captain Ramela was on 60 from 164 deliveries, while Ontong had 55 from 144 balls after their side had earlier slipped into trouble on 41 for two.

The two batsmen to fall were Matthew Kleinveldt (27) and Simon Khomari (seven).

Keshav Maharaj (1-67), who took one of the two wickets to fall, was the star of the day for the home side.

The left-arm spinner bagged five for 62 in the first inning, leaving the Capetonians with a 189-run deficit.

Apart from Maharaj’s 11th career five-for, Craig Alexander also took three for 49, while Ramela top-scored with 89.

The Cobras had been five down for 157 overnight and only managed to add 59 for their final five wickets.

Michael Owen Smith

HALF-CENTURIES by Daryn Smit and David Miller helped the Sunfoil Dolphins fight back on the opening day of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Cape Cobras at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Thursday.

The hosts reached stumps on 284 for seven, although the initiative did rest slightly in favour of the visitors.

Smit, who is amongst the leading run-scorers this season, struck 64, while Miller made 54 on a day when several Dolphins’ batsmen had starts.

The pair shared the highest partnership of 97 for the fifth wicket for their side, while there were also some good starts for Imraan Khan (32), Sarel Erwee (45) and Andile Phehlukwayo (35).

The hosts had won the toss and opted to bat first in Durban, with openers Khan and Erwee putting on 56 for the opening wicket.

But three wickets fell by lunch handing the initiative to the Cobras.

And when stand-in captain Khaya Zondo, who made history by becoming the first Black African captain of the Dolphins, fell for a duck straight after the interval it was 106 for four.

But the Smit-Miller stand rescued their side, before Keshav Maharaj (30 not out) attacked late on to raise further hopes for the home team.

Tshepo Moreki (2-37) and Justin Ontong (2-38) were the pick of the bowlers for the Cape side.

 

The Cape Cobras, bolstered by the imminent return of a quartet of international stars, could strengthen their position at the summit of the log when the second round of the Momentum One Day Cup competition kicks off with a match against the Sunfoil Dolphins at PPC Newlands on Friday 29th January.

“We will have Dane Vilas, Stiaan van Zyl and Wayne Parnell back for the second round of the Momentum One Day Cup competition. Vernon Philander is still busy with rehabilitation, but he could also join us soon,” said Justin Ontong, the Cape Cobras-captain in the limited-overs format.

“Currently, we are enjoying a momentum swing and the team has played superbly the past two weeks.

“We are keen to build on that momentum when we the second half of the domestic 50-over series commences against the Dolphins,” the skipper said.

The Cobras will be bolstered by an attack full of international stars, as Philander, Parnell, Rory Kleinveldt, Beuran Hendricks, Mthokozisi Shezi, Dane Piedt and Robin Peterson will be available for the full second round or for at least a part of it.

Dane Paterson has not earned international stripes yet, but he has walked away with five accolades at national or franchise-level in 2015 after a magnificent 2014/2015-season.

Details of the match are as follows:

CAPE COBRAS VS SUNFOIL DOLPHINS

Date: Friday, 29 January 2016

Venue: PPC Newlands

Time: 2pm (Gates open at 12:30pm)

Ticket price: Adults: R60 (seat) & R50 (grass); children: R30 (seat) & R25 (grass); pensioners R30 (seat) & R25 (grass)

A few Cobras-players are destined to participate in the Masters Champions League from 28th January and 13th February, and will miss the first half of the second round. They included Richard Levi, Peterson, Justin Kemp and Rory Kleinveldt.

“The return of some players from the test squad and from rehabilitation could assist us to get off to a rollicking start despite not having a few players available. The Cobras are seasoned campaigners in the Momentum One Day Cup campaign, having reached the finals the past three seasons and having shared the spoils in two of those three finals.

“Our explosive approach and our attacking brand as well as the experience in our squad can contribute to another successful campaign. But we are determined not to be bridesmaid again like we were last season.

“We want to lift the trophy. We are calling on our most trusted allies, our fans, to rally their support behind us when we play at PPC Newlands and Boland Park.  With their assistance, we have every reason to feel optimistic,” said Ontong.