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Recalled Standard Bank Proteas spinner Dane Piedt has revelled in his ‘career-best’ moment, which surprisingly came off the field rather than on it.

Cricketers usually enjoy career-bests on the field, either by taking a chunk of wickets or by piling on a whole host of runs – all in a single innings.

Piedt, who this week was recalled to the national set-up after a three-year absence, was reflecting on his recognition at the annual Cricket South Africa (CSA) awards function held in Pretoria at the start of the month.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras captain was named 4-Day Domestic Series Cricketer of the Year and also won the SACA (South African Cricketers’ Association) Most Valuable Player award for 2018/19.

This followed his all-round exploits for the franchise, with his outstanding 54 wickets being the most ever by a South African spinner in a domestic season.

The tally by the 29-year-old came at an average of 27.74 and an economy rate of 2.92. Piedt also struck a career-best 114 during the first-class season.

“The best in my career by a country mile, being captain of the team as well, it means a lot,” Piedt said of his awards.

“Down in Cape Town there’s a lot of pressure on us to win trophies, a lot of people know this, but at the end of the day it’s what we need to do and how we handle the pressure. So overall this is a really proud moment for me in my career.”

Piedt was brilliant from start to finish for the Cobras and led them to the fringes of the four-day title, before they were piped on the line by the bizhub Highveld Lions.

Nonetheless, his form and leadership contributed heavily to Ashwell Prince’s charges controlling the four-day season for 90 percent of the way.

“I always wanted to win the first-class Player of the Season award, so to finally do it is amazing,” he explained. “A lot of our Cobras guys have won it in the past.

“It’s a format of the game that players back home pride themselves on. It’s the hardest format, 40 days of cricket and if you want to win the competition you have to be in the field for a long time.

“These are the trophies I want to take back home and show the guys what it’s all about. I’m really proud about winning this award.

“It’s also a huge privilege to win the SACA MVP. I didn’t play one whole tournament because I got married during that time, but I still came out on top, so that makes me really proud as well.”

Piedt’s stellar long-format form helped him hammer down the door of the national selectors. They eventually answered by recalling him for the upcoming trip to India in October. He will be hoping to add to his seven Test caps, the last of which came against New Zealand at Centurion during 2016.

Meanwhile, the off-break bowler has credited his team-mates for helping him achieve his ‘career-best’ moment. “I think it’s not just me,” he added. “It boils down really to what the team did in that competition.

“There’s bowlers in that attack that did well, there’s batsmen in the line-up that did well. They gave us runs and took wickets.

“We all wanted to take 20 wickets and at the end of the day we didn’t really care who took it. Fortunately, things went my way.

“I bowled quite a bit and I also bowled through a lot of injuries, but to get over 50 wickets, the first spinner to ever do it in South Africa, it’s really a proud moment in my career.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras four-day captain Dane Piedt has been recalled to the Standard Bank Proteas for the Test series against India in October.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) today also named three new caps in the Warriors duo of fast bowler Anrich Nortje and wicketkeeper/batsman Rudi Seconds as well as Hollywoodbets Dolphins spin bowling all-rounder Senuran Muthusamy in the Standard Bank Proteas Test squad.

There are also three newcomers in the squad for the three-match T20 International series in bizhub Highveld Lions duo of batsman Temba Bavuma and spin bowling all-rounder Bjorn Fortuin as well as Nortje.

Quinton de Kock will captain the T20 squad with Rassie van der Dussen as vice-captain while Temba Bavuma will be the vice-captain to Faf du Plessis in the Test match squad.

Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn and Lungi Ngidi were not considered for T20 selection as they will be continuing their preparation for the Test series by playing in South Africa A’s four-day matches against India A.

“All three newcomers to the Test side have more than earned their spurs through impressive performances in last season’s Four-Day Franchise competition,” commented CSA Acting Director of Cricket, Corrie van Zyl.

“We feel we have covered all the options for the conditions we are likely to encounter on the sub-continent with Muthusamy and Dane Piedt, who was far and away the leading wicket-taker in our Four-Day competition, providing the back-up to Keshav Maharaj.

“Zubayr Hamza made an impressive start to his Test career against Pakistan last season when Faf du Plessis was ruled out and the retirement of Hashim Amla creates a further opportunity for him.

“The T20 Series gives us the last chance to have a look at our leadership and batting options as the next edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is now little more than a year away which is why we have gone with an inexperienced leadership group. This is our last chance to do this before we settle on an established squad.

“I would like to stress that Faf du Plessis remains an important part of our plans for white-ball cricket.

“As far as the T20 squad is concerned, Temba Bavuma and Bjorn Fortuin were two of the standout players in the CSA T20 Challenge last season while Nortje was outstanding in the Mzansi Super League until ruled out by injury.

“This is very much a form squad with players being rewarded for their consistent performances at franchise level. This applies equally to Junior Dala and Jon-Jon Smuts,” concluded Van Zyl.

Standard Bank Test match squad: Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions, vice-capt), Theunis de Bruyn (Multiply Titans), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), Dean Elgar (Multiply Titans), Zubayr Hamza (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans), Senuran Muthusamy (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Vernon Philander (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Dane Piedt (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Rudi Second (Warriors).

Standard Bank T20I squad: Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans, capt), Rassie van der Dussen (bizhub Highveld Lions, vice-capt), Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions), Junior Dala (Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (bizhub Highveld Lions), Beuran Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Reeza Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (bizhub Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans), Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors).

 

 

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ Dane Piedt walked away with two Awards at the annual Cricket South Africa Awards ceremony on Saturday evening – the CSA 4 Day Franchise Series Player of the Season as well as the SACA Most Valuable Player Award.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras CEO Nabeal Dien was full of praise for Piedt’s achievements. “Dane’s leadership has come on leaps and bounds since he was first appointed captain of the Cobras and his performances matched his leadership skills last season. As a franchise, we are very proud of his achievements and of Vernon Philander’s Award for Delivery of the Year Award, we know these two senior members of the team will inspire the younger members to take on more responsibilities this season as we target all the trophies on offer.”

“Hopefully I’m going in the right direction and banging the right doors (of the national selection committee) down,” said Piedt, who captured a record-breaking 54 wickets in last season’s 4 Day Series.

 Piedt nipped out 13-141 in the 4 Day Franchise Series match against the Multiply Titans in Oudtshoorn, but the 11-wicket haul against the Warriors was a better performance, he claims.

“The highlight of the season in terms of my bowling was the 37-run win against the Warriors at St. George Park in which I took 8-130 in the second innings. The bowling attack operated as a unit and we bowled for each other.”

“The key to my success the past season was that I bowled an aggressive fifth-wicket line and I operated for the sake of my team-mates. I don’t want to let anybody down as captain and it motivates me,” he said.

Piedt’s coach at the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, Ashwell Prince, is backing his spinner for a Proteas spot. “It is wonderful for Dane to get the 4 Day Franchise Player of the Year Award. It is just reward for his 54 wickets. Right now he is pushing Keshav Maharaj for the premier spinner spot in the South African team, but he is probably the second spinner that should be included in the touring team to India.”

 

 

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.