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World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Captain Dane Piedt expressed his delight at yet another Cobras player making their Test debut this season.

George Linde made his Test debut during the disappointing tour of India whilst Pieter Malan made his long-awaited Test debut in the second Test at his home ground Newlands against England. Dane Paterson became the latest representative from the Western Cape franchise, coached by Ashwell Prince, to make his Test debut when he lined up for the Standard Bank Proteas for the third Test against England in Port Elizabeth.

Piedt, speaking after their 4 Day Series match against the Momentum Multiply Titans ended in a disappointing draw for the home side, said, “It’s extremely good that we have 4 out of the 11 Proteas players coming from the Cobras, guys who really deserve their opportunities.”

“Vern has been there for over 60 Test matches and basically looks after himself in terms of selection, but guys like Zubayr, Pieter and Pato have really done the hard yards for us over the years. I’m really happy for Pato, he’s been on a journey, lost his contract at the Dolphins, came back to the Cobras, worked on a semi-pro contract and worked his way back up the ranks at the Cobras. He’s gone on to take over 200 franchise wickets from over 50 matches for the Cobras, I’m just really happy for how he has gone,” he added.

“A lot has been made of Pieter and his rise to opening the batting for the Proteas and he has done hard work to get there. It’s just down to performances at the end of the day and if they can consistently do it they will be around there for a long time, but from a personal point of view, I’m just extremely happy to have Cobras players representing the Country. We are a very proud franchise with a wonderful history of producing Proteas players over the years and long may that continue,” he concluded.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras take on the Warriors in the next 4 Day Series match starting on Monday. Round 8 will be the final round of fixtures before the start of the Momentum One Day Cup. The remaining two rounds of fixtures will take place after the conclusion of the Momentum One Day Cup at the end of March.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince has named his squad to take on the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in a 4 Day Series clash at The Recreation Ground starting on Monday.

Pieter Malan, Zubayr Hamza and Vernon Philander are involved with the Standard Bank Proteas against England at Newlands, whilst Dane Paterson has been released from the Proteas squad for the match against the Dolphins.

Ashwell Prince’s men will be looking for their first win of the 4 Day Series this season, having drawn 4 and lost 1 during this campaign.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Dane Piedt (C), Aviwe Mgijima, Dane Paterson, David Bedingham, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Matthew Kleinveldt, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Simon Khomari, Thandi Ntini

CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) named six uncapped players in the Standard Bank Proteas squad for the first two Test matches against England to be played over the festive season.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras duo of fast bowler Dane Paterson and opening batsman Pieter Malan, the Imperial Lions trio of batsman Rassie van der Dussen, fast bowler Beuran Hendricks and all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius, and Warriors wicketkeeper/batsman Rudi Second have all been included in the Proteas squad which will assemble for a training camp later this week.

Second was selected for the previous Test series in India but had to withdraw through injury. Paterson, Van der Dussen, Hendricks and Pretorius have all represented the Proteas in white ball internationals.

The first Test match takes place at SuperSport Park, Centurion, from December 26 to 30 and the second at Newlands from January 3 to 7.

Lungi Ngidi of the Momentum Multiply Titans and Wiaan Mulder of the Imperial Lions could not be considered because of injury while Aiden Markram of the Momentum Multiply Titans is recovering well from injury.

“The high number of uncapped players coming into the squad is a reflection of our policy to acknowledge players who do well at franchise level and have put their hands up for selection,” commented CSA Independent Selector, Linda Zondi.

“Van der Dussen, who is third on the current four-day batting averages, and Pretorius, who has established himself as the leading all-rounder, are clear examples of this.

“Following the same trend Paterson has been the second leading wicket-taker in four-day cricket this season, including a 7-wicket haul in an innings, and we want to go into the Test series will a full arsenal of fast bowlers who have always provided one of our traditional strengths.

“Beuran Hendricks is also part of this strategy and adds variety to the attack as a left-arm swing bowler.

“Malan has been one of the most consistent runs scorers in franchise cricket for many seasons now and, as a specialist opening batsman, he provides cover for Markram, while Second provides cover in the wicketkeeping department and is a top order batsman in his own right.

“The selection of the A side to play England in a three-day tour match is confirmation of our policy to make this team our official South African 2nd XI and it has a good mix of experienced and young players with Pite van Biljon, Kyle Verreynne, Glenton Stuurman and Nandre Burger all being chosen at this level for the first time.

“Van Biljon and Verreynne are both in the top six on the four-day batting averages while we have gone for a young fast bowling attack as we look to develop our depth in this area,” concluded Mr. Zondi.

Standard Bank Proteas Test squad: Faf du Plessis (Momentum Multiply Titans, capt), Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Quinton de Kock (Momentum Multiply Titans), Dean Elgar (Momentum Multiply Titans), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Pieter Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), Zubayr Hamza (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Dane Paterson (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Vernon Philander (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Dwaine Pretorius (Imperial Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Imperial Lions), Rudi Second (Warriors), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions)

Management

Head coach: Mark Boucher

Assistant coach: Enoch Nkwe

Team manager: Volvo Masubelele

Fielding coach: Justin Ontong

Strength and Conditioning coach: Tumi Masekela

Physiotherapist: Craig Govender

Performance analyst: Prasanna Agoram

Media Manager: Sipokazi Sokanyile

Security Manager: Zunaid Wadee

SA A squad (to play England at Willowmoore Park from December 20-22): Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Nandre Burger (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Theunis de Bruyn (Momentum Multiply Titans), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Pieter Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dane Piedt (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors), Glenton Stuurman (Warriors), Pite van Biljon (VKB Knights), Kyle Verreynne (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras)

Head Coach: Ashwell Prince

Assistant Coaches: Malibongwe Maketa and Piet Botha

 

 

 

Half-centuries by Yaseen Vallie and Rudi Second ensured there was no late drama as the Warriors batted out to a draw on the final day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Cape Town on Thursday.

 

Dane Piedt also managed to finish with four wickets, meaning he claimed seven in total on his return from Standard Bank Proteas duty, with the visitors finishing the match on 228 for five declared at Newlands.

 

The closing of the Warriors’ innings by captain Jon-Jon Smuts prompted the end of the game as time ran out on both teams.

 

For the hosts, they remain without a win this term, while the away side will go into the break – prompted by the Mzansi Super League – with one win, two draws and a defeat.

 

However, both will take plenty of encouragement from the round four fixture.

 

The Eastern Cape franchise had started the last day in slight trouble on 32 for two and with only a slight lead, but they went about their business well thanks in the main to Vallie and Second. The former, who scored 63 in the first innings, was there from the start and went on to record a score of 78 (144 balls, 8 fours).

 

He had initially added 65 with nightwatchman Jade de Klerk (14) for the third wicket, before the stand was ended by a run out.

 

Eighty-three then followed for the fourth wicket between Vallie and Second, who ended up unbeaten on 84 (149 ball, 15 fours) – his highest score since joining the Warriors during the winter.

 

After two wickets fell on 177, the second being that of Sinethemba Qeshile for a duck, Smuts and Second shared an unbroken 51-run stand that took them to the end of the game.

 

Piedt was the only bowler to take wickets, finishing with four for 69.

 

 

 

 

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 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.

 

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.

Dane Paterson bowled one of the great death overs of his career to earn the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras a thrilling five-run victory over the bizhub Highveld Lions to complete an outstanding opening weekend of the CSA T20 Challenge at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

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The Lions entered the final over, needing just 8 runs for victory with five wickets in hand although neither of their batsmen at the crease, Wiaan Mulder and Dwaine Pretorius, had faced a ball at that stage.

Paterson conceded only two runs off his final six balls and took three wickets, one of them as the result of a direct hit run out to remove Mulder. If one also takes in account the fact that he hit the final ball of the Cobras innings for a six, then his contribution was immense.

Other key contributions for the Cobras came from the partnership of 58 of just 34 balls between Vernon Philander and Aviwe Mgjima.

Remarkably both sides had 104 runs on the board with six overs left in their innings and in the end this partnership plus Paterson’s final ball six proved just sufficient.

The Lions reply was set up by an entertaining innings of 69 off 43 balls with three fours and four sixes by Ryan Rickelton who confirmed the favourable impression he made in the Mzansi Super League earlier in the season.

It also served to highlight one of the important by-products of this competition to provide opportunities for fringe franchise players. The 22-year-old Rickelton was one such example as was the 23-year-old Marques Ackerman in the Hollywoodbets Dolphins victory over the VKB Knights on Saturday evening.

Paterson was named bowler of the match and the batting award went to Philander.