A sporting spectacular awaits Western Cape sporting fans in the WeChat Newlands Challenge on 15 December when Ajax CT takes on Santos in a 6-over per side innings starting at 4pm AND the Cape Cobras clash with the DHL Stormers in a T20 match at 6pm at PPC Newlands.

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i) Ajax CT vs Santos FC, 4pm [gates open at 3pm]
ii) DHL Stormers vs The Cape Cobras, 6pm

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MORNE VAN WYK chose the perfect time to return to form as his unbeaten half-century guided the Sunfoil Dolphins to an eight-wicket win over the Cape Cobras at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead to seal their place in the RAM SLAM T20 play-off.

Van Wyk had managed just 52 runs in his previous five innings as the Dolphins failed to register a victory, but a controlled 60 not out from 52 deliveries provided the platform required for the hosts to chase down a target of 143.

The victory lifted the Dolphins back into second place on the table with 22 points, putting them in prime position to host Wednesday’s play-off.

While the Cobras are currently still third with 20 points, they could be overtaken by the Warriors if they beat the Lions on Sunday. The Warriors, who have 18 points, could even earn a home play-off if they win that game handsomely. This match will be shown live on SS2.

The Dolphins’ victory was underpinned by two spells of good bowling – the first at the top of the innings when the pacemen dismissed Richard Levi and Andrew Puttick in the first seven balls, then later on when Keshav Maharaj (2 for 21 in four overs) and Cameron Delport took pace off the ball and squeezed the Cobras.

Wayne Parnell contributed 27 after opening the batting with Levi, but the fall of wickets meant Justin Ontong was forced to anchor the innings with a slow knock of 34 from 46 balls before Robin Peterson (35 not out from 22 balls) and Rory Kleinveldt (17 from eight balls) added 39 in the last three overs.

Nevertheless a total of 142 for seven looked on the short side, and Van Wyk and Delport (39) ensured that the Dolphins had a strong foundation when they put on 69 for the first wicket.

That partnership was ended by Peterson in the 10th over, and the Cobras were given a glimmer of hope when David Miller fell for 10.

But Jonathan Vandiar underlined his striking abilities with an unbeaten 34 from just 12 balls, as the Dolphins cruised to victory with eight deliveries to spare.

RICHARD LEVI has provided a welcome boost to the Cape Cobras ahead of their crucial encounter with the Sunfoil Dolphins at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead after he was given the all-clear by a neurologist.

 

Levi suffered a mild concussion after taking a blow to the temple while fielding last weekend, but recovered swiftly and showed no ill effects during a 40-minute session of throwdowns at PPC Newlands on Wednesday.

 

As such he has been passed fit to play in Friday’s televised affair – a major fillip for the Cobras as they look to bounce back from a disappointing loss to the Warriors on Wednesday.

 

Despite that result, the Cobras remain second on the table and can seal a home play-off by beating the Dolphins, who currently trail them by two points.

 

Having shot out of the blocks like an Olympian sprinter, winning their first four games in the competition, the Dolphins have subsequently hit a wall and find themselves crawling towards the finishing line.

 

Despite that, they could still earn a home play-off if they beat the Cobras and have other results go their way.

 

“It has been difficult,” admitted coach, Lance Klusener. “I think we’ve been pretty hard on ourselves and taken some of the losses a bit personally.

 

“But we’re still in a position to qualify and the nice thing is that qualification is still in our own hands. We’re upbeat about that, but we’re not shying away from the fact that we need to lift our game.”

 

The Dolphins have added Sibonelo Makhanya to their squad for the game, which will be broadcast live on SuperSport 2.

HEAD TO HEAD – Sunfoil Dolphins v Cape Cobras

 

Matches Played                21

Dolphins Win                   09

Cobras Win                       11

Tie                                     01

No Result                          00

 

MATCH STATS (RAM SLAM T20) SUNFOIL DOLPHINS CAPE COBRAS
Highest Score 177/5 (Durban 2006/2007) 191/4 (Durban 2008/2009)
Lowest Score 88 (Durban 2004/2005) 116/7 (Cape Town 2009/2010)
Highest Individual Score 62* Devon Conway (Durban 2010/2011) 92 Herschelle Gibbs (Durban 2008/2009)
Best bowling in a match 4/25 Mthokozisi Shezi (Paarl 2011/2012) 5/17 Vernon Philander (Cape Town 2009/2010)

Michael Owen Smith

CAPE TOWN. – “If it is not broken, why fix it. I would like to continue opening,” said Wayne Parnell, batting hero of the Cape Cobras in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge. He was speaking ahead of the crucial Ram Slam T20-match against the Sunfoil Dolphins at Kingsmead on Friday that will decide whether the Cape Cobras host the semi-final play-offs at PPC Newlands or not.

If the visitors win, they will in all probability be at their home fortress for the play-offs. If they lose, they will have to rely heavily on other teams doing them some favours.

Parnell slammed an unbeaten 73 off 61 balls in a 12-run loss against the Warriors at Buffalo Park in East London on Wednesday as an opener. In his past two Ram Slam T20 Challenge matches, he struck 172 runs at the top of the order.

Therefore he wants to continue  to face the new ball for the Ram Slam T20-match against the Dolphins in Durban. There are three other potential openers available. They are Richard Levi, Andrew Puttick and Keegan Petersen.

As a fast bowler, Parnell has been a revelation and he could have been the man of the match on Wednesday, but Jon-Jon Smuts was dropped at wide long-on off Parnell in a critical moment. “I think that was the turning point. Because Smuts went on to score another 15 runs after that.

“If we had removed him there, they would have scored 135 and not 153 for eight. I always thought a score of 150 would be tricky and we would have needed a couple of big overs to reach it,” Parnell said.

He added it was difficult for batsmen to get in on that surface. Following a 46-run partnership between Parnell and Justin Kemp, the lower middle-order faded and failed to add the big boundaries needed to get the visitors over the line.

One of the Cape Cobras’ main challenges this season has been the form of their top- and middle order. Parnell is averaging 61, while Levi has slammed 226 runs at an average of 32.28 and Puttick has compiled 236 at an average of 26.22.

The rest of the support crew have battled to make an impact. It caused the Cobras’ demise on Wednesday, as the boundaries largely dried up after the 15th over when Parnell was not facing the music.

“Throughout my career as a young player, I batted up the order and I was able to score runs on both sides of the wicket,” he said.

Parnell said he was extremely happy with the quality of his bowling right now, and says one of his aims is to reach 150 kilometres per hour consistently.

Asked about his swing, Parnell said one don’t see too many bowlers around the world swinging it, because the balls itself stop swinging.

People look at statistics, but they don’t always watch the matches. “Jon-Jon Smuts was dropped off my bowling on Wednesday, and against the Lions, Dwaine Pretorius was dropped twice off me, so my figures could have been much different,” he added.

Paul Adams, the Cape Cobras coach, said about the painful defeat: “We just loss the game in a few key moments. We all know what we need to do to pick it up from here.”

The Cape Cobras squad for the match against the Sunfoil Dolphins at Kingsmead is: Justin Ontong (capt), Lizaad Williams, Dane Paterson, Andrew Puttick, Wayne Parnell, Keegan Petersen, Justin Kemp, Lesiba Ngoepe, Richard Levi, Robin Peterson, Siya Simetu, Rory Kleinveldt, Mthokozisi Shezi., SA Engelbrecht.

CAPE TOWN. – The belligerent Cape Cobras opener Richard Levi has made a significant recovery following a freak injury in the field and a blow against the temple, and is on course to represent the Cape Cobras in their final Ram Slam T20 Challenge match of the league phase against the Sunfoil Dolphins at Kingsmead on Friday.

The 27-year old, nicknamed The Bear, spent an evening under supervision in hospital following an injury while fielding when a throw from the boundary hit him against the head.

“If Andrew Puttick did not warn me beforehand, it could have been worse, but it was diagnosed as mild concussion.

“The doctors were just concerned there is a delayed effect, and therefore they kept me in hospital,” he said.

Levi had some throw-downs with Dieter Swanepoel and his team-mate Beuran Hendricks on Wednesday for about 40 minutes at PPC Newlands, and he showed no side-effects of the injury.

He was also examined by a neurologist as well as a medical doctor to ensure he is ready for action the past few days.

Levi said there won’t be any psychological or physical damage, and he feels fine.

The impact of Levi on a Ram Slam T20 Challenge match cannot be ignored, as he struck 392 runs in the campaign last year and also smashed a century in the final of the Momentum One Day Cup competition in 2014/2015.

He has struck two half-centuries in each competition this season, but has lamented the fact that he has not capitalized enough on flying starts to score big 80’s or even a century.

Levi might be given the perfect opportunity to prepare himself for the semi-final play-off match in style if he is selected for the final league-match against the Sunfoil Dolphins at Kingsmead.

Currently, the Dolphins are without a pace merchant of international class and they rely heavily on their medium-paced bowlers and spinners to inflict damage.

CAPE TOWN. – Die-hard fans of the Cape Cobras (they have a licence to thrill) and James Bond (he’s got a licence to kill) will have a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet both and mingle with the members of the Cape Champions at Cine Prestige at Cavendish Square on 5th December.

Spectre, the 24th James Bond-film produced by Eon Productions and featuring Daniel Craig in the lead role as the British agent, will be screened and supporters who would want to rub shoulders with their cricketing heroes, will have an opportunity if they arrive at 18h30.

Tickets can be purchased at Ster Kinekor Cavendish at R120 per ticket. Consumers can also buy tickets off the Ster- Kinekor website

Craig won’t be there in person (which would leave many of his female supporters slightly demoralized).

Yet, most members of the Cape Cobras team that has won so many friends and endured themselves to thousands with their explosive brand of cricket which ensured 10 domestic titles in the last seven seasons, will be at Cavendish to watch the latest Bond-film and spend some popcorn and chatter with their faithful supporters.

The Cape Cobras are currently at the summit of the Momentum One Day Cup series, and third in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge, and are in a favourable position to secure a home-semi final for the domestic T20-showpiece.

“We would like fans to secure a ticket at Cavendish and watch movies with your #ChampionsWithin!,” said Jasmiena Davids, marketing manager of the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA).

CAPE TOWN. – The talismanic Richard Levi, a hard-hitting opener whose exploits have made global headlines, might still represent the Cape Cobras in Friday’s crucial Ram Slam T20 Challenge match against the Sunfoil Dolphins.

He has been ruled out of the T20-match against the Warriors at Buffalo Park in East London on Wednesday  and Wayne Parnell will continue to partner Andrew Puttick at the top of the order in his absence.

The fast bowler Dane Paterson has been added to the Cape Cobras squad in the only change from the group that travelled to Johannesburg and trounced the bizhub Highveld Lions.

“Richard did consult a neurologist in Johannesburg and he has been assessed. It is mild concussion. There will be another assessment made on Wednesday and we hope he will be ready for Friday’s match,” said Paul Adams, the Cape Cobras coach. “There is a good chance he will be ready.”

Levi suffered a blow against the head when a throw from the boundary accidentally hit him in the temple. He was helped from the Wanderers ground and taken to hospital, where he stayed overnight as a precautionary measure. The initial prognosis is that there was no damage beyond mild concussion.

Levi once struck 117 off 51 balls with 13 sixes against New Zealand in his second T20-match for South Africa as he destroyed the Black Caps.

“He is a strong character, and I don’t think the injury will affect him when he is front of the stumps with his helmet on,” said Justin Ontong, the Cape Cobras skipper.

“I am sure he will be tested with the short ball. I have been hit against the head and I was tested, and the opposition will target him as a man to dismiss cheaply and they will use it. But he will expect it and will prepare himself mentally for that (barrage),” said Ontong.

Regarding the clash against the Warriors, Ontong said momentum is vital leading into the play-offs.

“We batted very well against the Lions and we did not feel we needed another pinch-hitter at the crease after the fall of the first wicket because Wayne Parnell was there.  That is why I batted at number three,” Ontong explained.

The return of Paterson and the availability of three other seam bowlers in Parnell, Rory Kleinveldt and Mthokozisi Shezi, will bolster the Cobras’ attack.

Yet, Robin Peterson might still be the kingpin for the visitors, as the surface in East London tends to be low and slow, which could favour Peterson.

The left-arm spinner captured five for 25 against the Warriors in a Momentum One Day Cup match last season and could be amongst the wickets again on Wednesday.

The Cobras, though, will be mindful of their approach to the middle overs, which has been a source of concern. Their tendency to bat at the tempo of a run a ball and their lack of boundary options in that period have often resulted in them losing momentum.

The Cape Cobras squad is: Justin Ontong (capt), Andrew Puttick, Dane Paterson, Keegan Petersen, Lesiba Ngoepe, Justin Kemp, Siya Simetu, SA Engelbrecht, Robin Peterson, Wayne Parnell, Mthokozisi Shezi, Rory Kleinveldt, Lizaad Williams.

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 DOliveira.

 

The Grand Arena in the GrandWest Entertainment Complex will host the gala dinner on Thursday, the 7th January and the Youth Cricket Experience Day will take place at the home of Jive Saint Augustine Cricket Club, Elfindale (the area alongside Princess Vlei) on Friday, 8th January 2016.

 

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 publicationThe 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.

 

“Longevity, defiance, stylish craftsmanship, the ability to beat the odds that were stacked against him as high as Table Mountain to become one of the most widely acclaimed cricketers in the world, are all characteristics that contributed to the legacy of Dolly,” said Nabeal Dien, Chief Executive Officer of the Western Province Cricket Association.

 

“We believe the gala dinner and cricket experience day would honour Basil, and that they will be inspired by his dogged determination to follow his dreams and leave a remarkable legacy,” said Beresford Williams, chairman of the WPCA. “He still played first-class cricket at the age of 49.

 

“When he was selected to replace Tom Graveney in the England team and was denied inclusion, which resulted in the cancellation of the tour, it culminated in South Africa eventually being driven out of international cricket along with other sports.

 

“But D’Oliveira’s name will forever live on beyond the so-called D’Oliveira Affair, as his was a life of unwavering dignity.  He might have represented South Africa from the 1950’s to the 1970’s if politics was not the shameful intruder, yet D’Oliveira persevered, scoring 18 919 first-class runs and 2484 test runs, while claiming 548 first-class scalps.”

 

FOR BOOKINGS & FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE GALA DINNER, PLEASE CONTACT:

Natasha Petersen – tashevents@gmail.com or +27 82 302 9391
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CAPE TOWN. – The inspirational batting performance by Wayne Parnell and the Ram Slam T20 Challenge victory which guided the Cape Cobras to the second position on the log, might just unshackle the team to play with more freedom now that a play-off spot in the semi-final is almost secured, said Paul Adams.

The CapeCobras coach described Parnell’s 99 off 57 balls to set up the win against the bizhub Highveld Lions at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Sunday as a superb one.

“We thought early this season about using him to open the innings. He was the perfect guy to replace (the injured) Richard (Levi),” said Adams.

Levi suffered a knock against the head after a freak injury in the field following an accidental wayward throw from the boundary which hit him against the head. Concerned teammates rallied to his side, and a groggy Levi was helped from the field. The preliminary prognosis was that he suffered mild concussion. He flew back to Cape Town at 14:00 on Monday and will undergo a full assessment in Cape Town late on Monday.

He will probably be ruled out of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge match against the Warriors on Wednesday. Parnell is set to possibly retain the position as opener, although no decision has yet been finalized about the squad for the Warriors-clash at St. George Park in Port Elizabeth.

Levi has hammered two half-centuries this season in the T20-showpiece and has looked the part in both the Momentum One Day Cup-series and Ram Slam T20 Challenge-campaign. Parnell replaced him and played arguably one his very finest knocks in any format ever.

If a highlight-reel should be done about the nature of Parnell’s shot-making and his talent, the six deliveries prior to his dismissal would have been perfect. He struck a boundary to backward point off the last delivery of the spinner Bjorn Fortuin’s final over.

In the next over, Parnell hit an inside out shot over extra cover off Hardus Viljoen for a sensational four.

The next delivery travelled over long-on for a six, and the last delivery of the over was driven over extra cover for three.

Aaron Phangiso had conceded 16 runs in his first three overs and the Cobras needed 20 runs off 12 balls to win it.

Parnell clobbered the first two deliveries bowled by the South African left-arm spinner over long-on and wide long-on for sixes that would have made Shahid Afridi’s biggest hits look like Mickey Mouse-offerings.

Adams said Parnell has been the leader of the attack, the go-to-man and the kingpin for the Cape Cobras with the ball this season.

He was generally satisfied with the performance by the Cobras that pushed them to 20 points on the log, two points ahead of the struggling Sunfoil Dolphins and eight ahead of the Lions.

But he cautioned about the fielding. “Our fielding was not up to standard at the back-end. We need to stay in the moment. I know there were distractions but we need to stay focused,” he added.

 

CAPE TOWN. –  Wayne Parnell ticks all the right boxes to represent South Africa in all the formats after just one more domestic season for the Cape Cobras, said Justin Kemp, a former South African all-rounder. “I have been telling him countless times that he has got so much batting talent and that he is not using it enough. He has been selling himself short with the bat,” said Kemp.

“His knock at the (Bidvest) Wanderers (Stadium) was unbelievable in that Ram Slam T20 Challenge match for the Cape Cobras on Sunday

“Aaron Phangiso controlled the middle of the innings on so many occasions for the bizhub Highveld Lions, but he could not do it against Wayne, who was smashing it. And that is probably what won us the game,” said Kemp.

Parnell hammered 99 off 57 balls as opener. It was not the first time the left-hander had shown his mettle at the top of the order. He previously struck two centuries while opening the innings for the Warriors against the Lions in Potchefstroom in List A-games.

Kemp, who represented the Cape Cobras on Sunday and took 2-26 to help set up the Cobras-win which guided them to second position on the Ram Slam T20 Challenge log, played in his 100th game.

Probed about Parnell, he said there has been a lot of obsession about Parnell’s swing, or lack thereof, but the truth is that the left-arm swing bowler is hitting the right areas consistently and that he has straightened out his action much more.

“If he can add consistency to his batting and bowling there is no reason why he cannot represent South Africa in all the formats at number seven,” he said.

Kemp said he sometimes feels that Parnell is not utilizing his unbelievable batting talent enough, but on Sunday he showed again what he is capable of.

Parnell smashed 99 off 57 balls as opener and was particularly severe against the two South African spinners in the bizhub Highveld Lions, Phangiso and Eddie Leie.

Asked about the Cape Cobras and their chances of winning the title, Kemp said the squad discussed their batting and agreed that they can be a tad more adventurous in the first ten overs. “If we lose one wicket having a dash, why don’t we keep on going. We don’t want to wait until the last over to finish it. Rather finish it in the 17th over,” he said.

“We bat so deep. I  am sure we can take one or two more chances,” he added.

Kemp said the key to his own bowling is his control and he was chuffed about the way he performed in his two for 26. “I am very rusty, and I a am not there yet, but I will get better.

“Last season was the best I had batted in my career,” he said about his 374 runs at an average of 74.80 in the Sunfoil Series.

“I have much more control and my technique has improved. Once I hit a few in the middle, I will be ok,” he added.