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World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and Western Province were well represented this past weekend, with a few key performances from the players selected to represent the union and franchise at national age-group levels.

A career-best five-for by Thando Ntini was not enough for the South Africa Emerging team as they suffered a four-wicket loss to their Sri Lanka counterparts in the opening match of the One-Day Triangular Series in Pretoria on Saturday.

The right-arm paceman nabbed five for 46 in nine overs, but it could not prevent the tourists from cantering to a 187-run victory target with more than 11 overs to spare. He would add two more scalps to his wickets tally in the second match against the University Sports of South Africa (USSA) team.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras representative Janneman Malan, too, did not disappoint in the next game of the triangular series against USSA, scoring 85 (81 balls, 13 fours, 1 six) in a winning cause.

Meanwhile in Pietermaritzburg, despite going down four-nil in the Coca Cola U19 Youth Day Series to Pakistan, Bishops opening batsman Jonathan Bird – showed some resilience with an outstanding knock of 75 off 75 balls including 10 fours, 2 sixes while Newlands Cricket High School representative – Imraan Philander – continued his excellent form in the series with figures of 3/52 on Sunday.

It was also announced on Sunday that World Sports Betting Cape Cobras all-rounder George Linde had received his first call-up to the SA ‘A’ team for their tour of India in August. He will be joined in the four-day team by Cobras team-mates Pieter Malan, Dane Piedt and Zubayr Hamza whilst Janneman Malan joins Linde in the one-day team.

 

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Chief Executive Nabeal Dien, has addressed a recent media report written by journalist David Cox for Al Jazeera, regarding racial divisions within the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras last season.

Dien, including a host of senior players, are aghast by the accusations and refute any such claims.

Western Cape Cricket Chairman Advocate Nick Kock and Vice Chairman Angelo Carolissen have also added their disapproval to these false reports.

“Unity is PRIMARY at the Cobras. We have worked hard on this and not a single player in our squad will disagree. False accusations like this are scathing to our team and organisation as a whole,” Dien said.

“We call on the journalist and publication in question to retract this article and issue a formal apology,” he added.

“We have spent many hours ensuring our environment is inclusive and a healthy space for players and management. After a pre-season venture last season the team returned and adopted the slogan #StrengthInDiversity. It is used in all our social media communication which reflects the unity of our squad.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras captain Dane Piedt also expressed his disappointment at the accusations levelled at the Western Cape franchise.

“It is extremely disappointing. Being the captain of the team, it affects me even more, and on my leadership and the unifying culture we have created at the Cobras. It is really disappointing that someone from outside that has no idea of how our team functions and the camaraderie within the squad had made such comments,” Piedt said.

Senior Black African batsman, and a former World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Player of the Year, Aviwe Mgijima also addressed the matter.

“I am saddened and upset with the accusations against our squad,” Mgijima said.

“The statements in that article are indeed not true. It saddens me that a member of another team would spread rumours and lies about what transpired in our space.

“I for one do not even remember there being a division amongst us. I really hope we get to the bottom of this and our squad is cleared.”

Opening batsman Pieter Malan was equally taken aback with the claims of a racial fraction within the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras dressing room.

“We have the most diverse and open-minded squad in the country and these allegations go against everything we believe in at the Cobras. It is insulting and defamatory to say the least. Nothing like this happened in our team environment and he should name his source if he wants to take this story any further,” Malan said.

 

CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today named a squad of 28 players, outside of the CSA Nationally Contracted Players, for a conditioning programme to prepare for selection for South Africa’s various international commitments during the 2019/20 season as well as during the current off-season.

The Standard Bank Proteas have an away tour to India in September and October that will consist of three T20 International matches as well as three Test matches followed by home series from December to February against England (all three formats) and Australia (white ball matches) and then the visit to India for a series of ODI matches in March.

The South Africa A side will also be visiting India to play their counterparts in both white and red ball cricket in August and September.

“The reality of the situation is that we no longer have an off-season and we are about to embark on an exceptionally busy period of international cricket, starting with the ICC Men’s World Cup later this month,” commented Corrie van Zyl, CSA Head: Cricket Pathways.

“The purpose of this squad, under the direction of SA A Head Coach, Russell Domingo and SA A Strength and Conditioning specialist, Tumi Masekela, with the assistance of the Franchise coaches, is to ensure that these players are properly prepared and optimally conditioned for international cricket. It is also important to let them know that they are on the radar of the National Selection Panel (NSP) for possible selection to the Proteas and SA A.”

 

CONDITIONING SQUAD

bizhub Highveld Lions: Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Wiaan Mulder

Hollywoodbets Dolphins: Sarel Erwee, Senuran Muthusamy, Khaya Zondo

Multiply Titans: Junior Dala, Tony de Zorzi, Heinrich Klaasen, Chris Morris

VKB Knights: Keegan Petersen

Warriors: Gihahn Cloete, Sisanda Magala, Eddie Moore, Anrich Nortje, Sinethemba Qeshile, Rudi Second, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts

 World Sports Betting Cape Cobras: Tladi Bokako, Zubayr Hamza, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan, Dane Paterson, Dane Piedt, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne

23-year-old Janneman Malan won a hat-trick of trophies including the ultimate accolade as World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Player of the Year at the awards evening of the franchise in the President’s Suite at PPC Newlands on Friday evening.

Malan scooped the awards of Young Player of the Year, Players Player of the Year and the grand prize, World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Player of the Year.

He assembled 564 runs at an average of 51.27 in the Four Day Franchise Series and hammered 435 runs in the Momentum One Day Cup competition. The belligerent right-handed batsman struck 149 runs at an average of 29.80 in the CSA T20 Challenge series.

Malan made his international debut on 3rd February in the second T20 International against Pakistan.

The world-class South African fast bowler Vernon Philander received the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras award as CSA T20 Challenge Player of the Year. He captured 10 wickets in the competition and was second on the list of Cobras batting averages with 235 runs at a strike rate of 151.61 CSA T20 Challenge series.

Rory Kleinveldt, a revelation in both white-ball competitions, won the award as Momentum One Day Cup Player of the Year. His 15 wickets came at a miserly average of 16.80.

Dane Piedt was named the Four Day Franchise Series Player of the Year for his phenomenal 54 wickets – the most ever by a South African spinner in a domestic season. It came at an average of 27.74 and an economy rate of 2.92.

Piedt also struck a career-best 114 during the four-day domestic showpiece.

Dane Paterson took 34 wickets in the same competition.

Eight World Sports Betting Cape Cobras batsmen averaged 40 or more in the Four Day Franchise Series.

Malan played a number of match-winning innings in different formats. He struck 137 in the Four-Day Franchise Series in setting up an innings victory against the bizhub Highveld Lions, and scored an unbeaten 103 to propel the Cobras to a seven-wicket bonus point win against the Warriors in the CSA T20 Challenge.

“It is a great honour to win the prizes, it is a bit of a hollow feeling that we did not win a trophy but it motivates us to work harder to put silverware in the trophy cabinet next season,” said Malan.

“My first century for the franchise at the Wanderers was special. In the Momentum One Day Cup with JP (Duminy) to get to 220 in 28 overs (and win the game against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins) was also special in the Momentum One Day Cup,” Malan added.

“I think taking my first five-for (5-22 against the VKB Knights) was a highlight as we needed to win the game to reach the semi-finals. A couple of three-fors were also nice,” said Kleinveldt.

He added that taking wickets in the power play was his greatest goal when starting the innings. He was not that concerned about how many runs he went for. “Knocking the poles over was my biggest goal.”

“Next season will be my last and putting a trophy in the cabinet room will be the best way to end my career,” Kleinveldt said.

Award Winners:

Young Player of the Year: Janneman Malan

4 Day Series Player of the Year: Dane Piedt

Momentum One Day Cup Player of the Year: Rory Kleinveldt

CSA T20 Challenge Player of the Year: Vernon Philander

Players Player of the Year: Janneman Malan

Player of the Year: Janneman Malan

 

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras captain Dane Piedt arrived back in Cape Town a disappointed leader after his team slumped to a 10-wicket defeat at Supersport Park, Centurion on Wednesday.

“We didn’t bring our A game, but we still have our semi-final destiny firmly in our own hands,” commented Piedt.

“We let our seam bowlers down and played downright badly,” said Piedt with reference to the total of 151 all out scored by the visitors.

Chris Morris took 4-23 and Junior Dala captured 4-29. Asked if it was just excellent bowling or indifferent batting, a frank Piedt said, “it was bad batting.”

Three of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras batsmen, Pieter Malan, Zubayr Hamza and Aviwe Mgijima, struck 30, but not one of them converted it into a half-century or century, which would have given the visitors a total of 280 or 290.

“The Titans got off to a flyer and put us on the back foot from the start which ended up being one of the main reasons why they won so comprehensively,” added Piedt.

The Momentum One Day Cup has been a topsy-turvy season so far, with four wins and four losses, but Ashwell Prince’s men have their destiny in their own hands when they next play against the bottom-of-the-log VKB Knights at PPC Newlands on 21st March.

They will finish off their league phase campaign of the competition on the 23rd March against the Warriors at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.

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.

“It is the best I have seen Dane Piedt bowl for an extended period and he is throwing his hat into the national ring,” said coach Ashwell Prince.

Prince was speaking after the 13-wicket haul – the best in franchise history of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras – by the skipper of the hosts at Oudtshoorn where he picked up 13-141 in the comprehensive eight-wicket win over the Multiply Titans.

“You don’t take 52 wickets in a season if you don’t bowl attackingly, but having said that, he took wickets and was also economical.

“I thought it was a great effort by the team to limit the Titans to less than 300 in the first innings.

“In the second innings, Dane was in scintillating form and got into a good rhythm, asking questions and the Titans succumbed to a great spell of bowling.

“I thought George Linde bowled well and on another day, they could have shared the spoils and he could have taken five wickets and Dane five. He passed the bat a lot.

“It was a spinner’s wicket but not impossible to bat on and Andrea Agathangelou demonstrated that by scoring 84 in the second innings,” Prince said.

Talking about Piedt, Prince said he would consider him for the tests against Sri Lanka as the touring team have about six left-handers. That does not mean Keshav Maharaj cannot do the job.

Australia pick their best spinner and he is an off-spinner, Nathan Lyon.

“On the tour of India later this year, I would pick Maharaj and Piedt both for the national touring group,” Prince said.

The home captain, who took six for 75 in the first innings, followed that up with seven for 66 to bowl out the defending champions for 151.

It gave the spinner career-best match-figures of 13 for 141 – surpassing the previous best of 12 for 105 taken by Wayne Parnell against the Dolphins at Cape Town in 2015/16.

Victory saw the hosts moved to 171.46 points at the top of the table.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ final game is against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at the Maritzburg Oval in Pietermaritzburg starting on Monday.

Piedt captured 45 wickets in eight games in the 2013/2014 season and nipped out 8-152 in his maiden Test against Zimbabwe. His previous Test was against New Zealand at SuperSport Park in Centurion in 2016.

Maharaj has since replaced him and has established himself as a world-class spinner, but he was not picked for the last two tests against Pakistan, as South Africa selected a four-prong pace attack.

 

Dane Piedt returned the best-ever match figures for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in franchise history as they took a massive step towards the 4-Day Domestic Series title with a resounding eight-wicket win over the Multiply Titans late on day three of their clash in Oudtshoorn on Wednesday.

The home captain, who took six for 75 in the first innings, followed that up with seven for 66 to bowl out the defending champions for 151.

It gave the spinner career-best match-figures of 13 for 141 – surpassing the previous best of 12 for 105 taken by Wayne Parnell against the Dolphins at Cape Town in 2015/16.

Piedt also charged past 50 wickets for the season with his new tally of 52 putting him streets ahead of the chasing pack.

Victory saw the home side move to 171,46 points at the top of the table, although their 25-plus point looked certain to be reduced by the end of the round on Thursday.

However, the Cobras did all that was asked for them in their penultimate fixture at the Recreation Ground this week.

They started day three on 299 for five and managed to add 76 for the final five wickets as Jason Smith made 48.

Sixty-eight of those runs came from the sixth-wicket stand between the all-rounder and Ferisco Adams, who managed 27.

Once the stand was broken on 260, all of the Cobras’ five remaining first-innings wickets fell for 15. Amongst those was star opener Pieter Malan, who retired hurt on 95 (184 balls, 12 fours) earlier in his innings, as he lasted three more balls without troubling the scorers.

The pick of the bowlers was Shaun von Berg with four for 137 with the Cape side bowled out for 375 – a lead of exactly 100.

But the Titans’ second innings lasted just 65.1 overs as Piedt made merry. His seven wickets included that of top-scorer Andrea Agathangelou (84 off 181 balls, 10 fours, 2 sixes).

Farhaan Behardien (24) was the only other man to hit the 20s, with the visiting side continuing their inconsistencies with the bat this season.

Apart from Piedt, the other spinner, George Linde, ended with two for 45 to leave the Titans all out for 151 and a victory target of 52 for the Cobras.

Debutant Leus du Plooy (2/29) struck twice as Malan was given a break from opening the batting due to his injury, but Zubayr Hamza (26) and David Bedingham (16) guided their side to a vital win.

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.