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A maiden franchise century by new Standard Bank Proteas spinner George Linde helped World Sports Betting Cape Cobras deliver a powerful response on the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Warriors in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old, who made his debut against India in Ranchi earlier this month, scored an impressive 122 (204 balls, 12 fours, 1 six) as the hosts replied to the visitors’ first-innings 350 with 379 at Newlands.

That gave them a 29-run lead, which by the close had been turned into a three-run lead. But that did come at a cost, though, thanks to a double strike by returning captain Dane Piedt (2/8) after he dismissed both openers to leave the Eastern Cape side on 32 for two.

Both sides now face hard work to try and generate a result on the final day of the round four fixture on Thursday.

However, whatever happens home coach Ashwell Prince is likely to be satisfied, especially after his side batted so well to recover from 73 for four to eventually bat for more than 140 overs.

They started the third day on 154 for four, with Jason Smith first to fall after failing to add to his overnight 41. Glenton Stuurman was the bowler and the dismissal of the all-rounder was one of five strikes amongst figures of five for 72 – his 12th career five-for and best at franchise level.

Matthew Kleinveldt at the other end, though, did manage to move from his day two score of 70 to 92 (215 balls, 16 fours), before he fell to Lutho Sipamla (2/57).

An outstanding 102-run seventh-wicket stand then followed between Linde and rookie Thando Ntini, who went on to post his personal best score of 40.

That propelled the Cobras to a slight lead, and they drove home the advantage when Piedt, back again from national duty in India, got rid of Eddie Moore (21) and Matthew Breetzke (5) in the final half-hour of play.

Three members of the Standard Bank Proteas Test squad from the recent series against India, return to the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad to take on the Warriors starting at Newlands on Monday.

The Cobras are relishing their first home appearance of the season and assistant coach Faiek Davids admits they are keen to make an immediate impression as they welcome back Captain Dane Piedt, George Linde and Zubayr Hamza.

The hosts have been on the road in their opening three matches, and, although they have not managed a win just yet, they have been extremely impressive.

“We’re very excited to be at home for the first time this season,” Davids enthused ahead of the Newlands encounter. “I see there’s some weather around though, but hopefully it will clear because we want to play.

“We know we’re just a win away from being in the top two or three. So, we’re not panicking and haven’t been at any stage.

“We’re well aware that we’re doing the right things, we were close in the first game, we put the (Momentum Multiply) Titans under pressure in the second one and then this last one as well, we’re playing good cricket.

“We’re not chasing anything because we know as long as we’re doing the right things we will be rewarded.”

The Cobras lost a low-scoring opening match to defending champions the Imperial Lions in Potchefstroom, but then came close to winning both their next two games against Titans and this past week at the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg.

They were just four wickets shy in each of those draws, but Davids did not let those results get him down.

“I thought we played very good cricket, we did well to restrict them to 325 and then to respond the way we did with the bat in hand was fantastic,” he added, reviewing the past week.

“There was a magnificent career-best there from Matthew Kleinveldt, a superb century from Janneman (Malan) as well and then a brilliant second wicket partnership, awesome stuff to watch.

“Then there was that fine innings by Kyle Verreynne as he has already done so many times this season.

“I think we ticked most of the boxes there. It’s just the pitch did not deteriorate enough for us to get over the line in the end. But it was a fantastic effort and extremely satisfying.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Squad: Dane Piedt (c), David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Zubayr Hamza, Matthew Kleinveldt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan, Akhona Mnyaka, Thando Ntini, Dane Paterson, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince was forced into a late change to his squad for the clash against the Momentum Multiply Titans starting in Benoni on Monday, after all-rounder George Linde was called up as an injury replacement for Keshav Maharaj in the Proteas Test squad.

Linde will join up with the Proteas squad ahead of the Third Test against India which results in SWD spinner Tsepo Ndwandwa given the opportunity in the 4 Day team after featuring for the Cobras in white ball cricket last season.

“We’re very proud of George’s call-up to the Proteas Test squad, it now means both our frontline spinners are with the Proteas which means we have to adapt. But, it opens up opportunities for other guys and any player who comes into this Cobras side, knows what is expected of them,” said Prince.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras will be looking to bounce back from the opening round loss to the Imperial Lions, where Linde was the top wicket-taker with a match haul of 11 wickets and Prince is confident of a better performance.

“The guys fought in Potch and they played with courage, despite having to negotiate some really tough conditions. Now we go to Benoni where we will be hoping for a better result against a very good team. We know all about the Titans, we’ve had some good battles in the past and I’m sure this one will be no different.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Pieter Malan (c), David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Nandre Burger, Simon Khomari, Matthew Kleinveldt, Janneman Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Tsepo Ndwandwa, Dane Paterson, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne

Left arm spinner George Linde of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras will replace Keshav Maharaj ahead of the Standard Bank Proteas third Test match against India in Ranchi, starting on Saturday.

Maharaj sustained an injury to his right shoulder while fielding during day two of the second Test match in Pune.

A re-assessment ahead of the start of play this morning along with MRI results revealed that he will not be fit in time to play in the final Test match.

Team Doctor Ramjee Hashendra commented:

“An MRI scan revealed that Keshav has sustained an injury to a muscle in his right shoulder which was strapped in order for him to bat yesterday. He was re-assess this morning, particularly with regards to bowling, and he showed significant discomfort in this latter discipline.

“Based on this morning’s assessment and the findings of the scan, the medical team feel he will not be fit in time for the next Test match in six days’ time. The nature and extent of the injury would mean that he will probably return to play in 14 to 21 days based on his progress during the rehabilitation phase.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince has lamented the pitch at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom, which created “an intriguing match,” between the Imperial Lions and World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, but ultimately was “under-prepared and not fit for first-class cricket.”

On a pitch which saw 28 out of the 40 wickets in the match go to the spinners, batting conditions were not conducive to big scores and the Imperial Lions target of 206 runs that they set the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to win the match was challenging from the outset, with Prince’s men falling 11 runs short.

“Obviously batting last on a pitch that had been under-prepared was always going to be tough, so losing the toss was a big factor,” said Prince.

“Jason (Smith) batted really well in the first innings to hold things together, but unfortunately we couldn’t establish any partnerships,” he added.

“In the 2nd innings, we sat down and agreed that because the pitch was so bad, there was a real possibility of bowling them out for under 100 – they managed to get just over 100, which meant that we were still in the game. But in the end we fell just short.

“I thought we batted really well in trying to chase down the target, Kyle got a nice fifty, and everyone chipped in on a tough batting surface.

“It was very disappointing to have to play on a pitch like that in the first game of the season. I would have liked to have seen a representative from Cricket South Africa come and inspect the pitch after 39 wickets had fallen in 2 days.

“Although it created an intriguing match, in my opinion, it was not fit for first-class cricket. I would like to think that we care about the quality of cricket we play. I don’t want us to ever get to a stage in this country where it’s just a case of anything goes. I’m saying this now after the match, but I would have said exactly the same thing during it as well,” he concluded.

Prince did have some praise for the performance of Cobras spinner George Linde who took career-best match figures of 11/131 in the absence of Dane Piedt, who is currently in India with the Standard Bank Proteas.

“George bowled really well, but deep down he knows that he could have done better especially with controlling his run rate.”

Linde was undoubtedly satisfied with his performance with ball in hand, but rued missed chances in the first innings to dismiss the Lions for less runs than they managed to achieve.

“When I saw the wicket, I knew it was spin-friendly, but I knew that I would still have to work hard for my wickets. I knew though, that if I found a good rhythm, I could target a big match haul of wickets. Luckily I did take 11 wickets in the game, but I could have done better. There were a few overs I struggled for rhythm and consistency, but if you told me before the game that (11/131) will be my match figures, I would have taken it – I’m very pleased with myself for my best ever first-class figures. Now I just have to kick on and try and win games for the Cobras.”

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras head back to Gauteng for their next CSA 4 Day Domestic Series match against the Momentum Multiply Titans starting at Willowmoore Park, Benoni on Monday.

 

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras all-rounder ,George Linde,  has been called-up for the Standard Bank Proteas’ T20 series against India starting later this month. The 27-year-old all-rounder replaces Jon-Jon Smuts who has been withdrawn from the tour after failing to meet the team’s fitness standards.

 

Linde is currently in India with the South Africa A team and will join the Proteas upon their arrival.

 

South Africa depart for India on Friday and will play a three-match T20 series followed by a three-match Test series across six venues starting from 15 September 2019.

 

 

Standard Bank T20I squad: Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans, capt), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions, vice-capt), Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Junior Dala (Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (Imperial Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (Imperial Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Imperial Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans),George Linde (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras).

 

 

Standard Bank Test squad: Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Temba Bavuma (Imperial 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 (Imperial Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Multiply Titans).

 

 

 

An excellent all-round display by George Linde was not enough as South Africa A slipped to a two-wicket defeat to their India counterparts in a rain-reduced game two of their five-match one-day series in Trivandrum on Saturday.

 

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras man first thrashed an unbeaten 52 off 25 balls (1 four, 5 sixes) to help the tourists post 162 for five in their 21 overs.

 

Linde then bagged one for 21 in three overs, but it was not enough as the hosts got home with one over and two wickets to spare – Ishan Kishan thumping 55 off 24 balls (5 fours, 4 sixes) to wrap up the win.

 

It was a result that put the Asian side 2-0 up after they won the opening game at the same Greenfield International Stadium by 69 runs on Thursday.

 

Match two was essentially a Twenty20, although the 163-run target always looked achievable for the Indians. In fact, the total would have been far less had it not been for Linde’s heroics after South Africa slipped to 15 for two and then 75 for four by the 13th over, having lost the toss and been put into bat first.

 

Janneman Malan was run out for six, while game one centurion Reeza Hendricks managed just six. Captain Temba Bavuma’s 40 and 24 from Khaya Zondo helped the away side rebuild, but they still had plenty to do to get up to a competitive total once the latter pair fell.

 

That is when Heinrich Klaasen (31) and Linde came together, sharing in a 52-run fifth-wicket stand, followed by Linde’s explosion at the end that lifted the SA A to above 160.

 

The South Africans got the early wicket they needed when Ruturaj Gaikwad (1) was dismissed by Beuran Hendricks (1/20), but a flowing second-wicket 49-run stand between Anmolpreet Singh (30) and Shubman Gill (21) kept India A in control.

 

After both fell to Bjorn Fortuin (1/27) and Linde, Manish Pandey (13) helped Kishan take the score to 115 in the 14th over – in a stand worth 58 for the fourth wicket.

 

And, despite a flurry of late wickets, including two for 25 from Junior Dala, Krunal Pandya (23 not out) held his nerve to see his side over the line with six deliveries to spare.

 

Match three takes place at the same venue on Monday.

 

Cricket South Africa have announced the squad plus the coaches and technical staff who will be travelling to India for the spin bowling camp at Bangaluru from August 17 to 23. It includes members of both the South Africa A and Standard Bank Proteas squads ahead of their respective tours to India.

 “We have identified Aiden Markram, Zubayr Hamza and Temba Bavuma as key Proteas batsmen to benefit from this project and we have also included some of our potential stars of the future such as Janneman Malan and Sinethemba Qeshile, who have already both played for the Proteas, as well as Matthew Breetzke,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.

 “The batting group is completed by two of our most consistent runs scorers in franchise cricket in Pieter Malan and Edward Moore.

 “The bowling group is headed by the experience of Dane Piedt and includes highly promising talents, among them being Bjorn Fortuin, Tsepo Ndwandwa and Senuran Muthusamy.

 “It is a fact that most international cricket is played on the sub-continent these days and we have to look ahead not only to the tours on the immediate horizon but the next edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India in 2023,” concluded Mr. Moroe.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince will travel as the batting consultant whilst Western Province coach Paul Adams will travel as the Spin Consultant.

Cricket South Africa have named Aiden Markram as captain of the four-day squad and Temba Bavuma as captain of the one-day squad for the South Africa A tour to India in August and September.

The tour consists of five one-day matches to be followed by two four-day matches against India A.

Newcomers at this level are the Warriors duo of opening batsmen, Eddie Moore and Matthew Breetzke, as well as the spin bowling all-rounder pair of George Linde of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and Bjorn Fortuin of the bizhub Highveld Lions.

In addition, World Sports Betting Cape Cobras opening batsman Janneman Malan, Warriors wicketkeeper-batsman Sinethemba Qeshile and Warriors fast bowler Lutho Sipamla have already represented the Standard Bank Proteas at T20 International level.

“This is one of the most important South Africa A tours we have planned for some time,” commented CSA National Selection Panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi “as it will focus on several important strategic areas.

“One of these is to broaden our leadership group and we see both Aiden and Temba playing an important role in this regard. We will be looking at other candidates during the course of the new season.

“Another is the opportunity to give some of our senior batsmen the chance to climatize for the Proteas Test match tour to India in October; and a third is to give opportunity to younger players who have earned their chance through outstandingperformance at domestic level,” concluded Mr. Zondi.

SA A four-day squad: Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans, capt), Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions), Theunis de Bruyn (Multiply Titans), Zubayr Hamza (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Beuran Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), George Linde (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Pieter Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Eddie Moore (Warriors), Wiaan Mulder (bizhub Highveld Lions), Senuran Muthusamy (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Dane Piedt (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Rudi Second (Warriors), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors), Khaya Zondo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)

SA A one-day squad: Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions, capt), Matthew Breetzke (Warriors), Gihahn Cloete (Warriors), Junior Dala (Multiply Titans), Theunis de Bruyn (Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (bizhub Highveld Lions), Beuran Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Reeza Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Multiply Titans), George Linde (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Janneman Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Wiaan Mulder (bizhub Highveld Lions), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Sinethemba Qeshile (Warriors), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors).

Tour itinerary

S A A Series  
Date Activity Venue
Saturday, August 24. 2019 SA A arrives in India Trivandrum
Sunday, August 25, 2019 Recovery  
Monday, August 26, 2019 Practice  
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Practice  
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Practice  
Thursday, August 29, 2019 1st One Day Trivandrum
Friday, August 30, 2019 Practice  
Saturday, August 31, 2019 2nd One Day Trivandrum
Sunday, September 1, 2019 Practice  
Monday, September 2, 2019 3rd One Day Trivandrum
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 Practice  
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 4th One Day Trivandrum
Thursday, September 5, 2019 Practice  
Friday, September 6, 2019 5th One Day Trivandrum
Saturday, September 7, 2019 Travel by Air WAYNAD
Sunday, September 8, 2019 Practice  
Monday, September 9, 2019 Practice  
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 1st Test WAYNAD
Wednesday, September 11, 2019  
Thursday, September 12, 2019  
Friday, September 13, 2019  
Saturday, September 14, 2019 Travel by Road Mysore
Sunday, September 15, 2019 Practice  
Monday, September 16, 2019 Practice  
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2nd Test  
Wednesday, September 18, 2019  
Thursday, September 19, 2019  
Friday, September 20, 2019  
Saturday, September 21, 2019 Travel to Bengaluru SA A depart

 

The magnificent death-over bowling of Dane Paterson was not the only positive factor of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ inspirational 5-run win against the bizhub Highveld Lions on Sunday. The leadership and bowling of Rory Kleinveldt and the partnership of Vernon Philander and Aviwe Mgijima were two other outstanding features of the thrilling victory, said Faiek Davids, assistant coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

Davids said, “We are more relaxed in terms of our preparation and more focused on being match ready for the next three games in the space of six days.

“We want to play with smiles on our faces, operate with freedom, creativeness and express our skills. Hashim Amla is in the team with a point to prove as far as World Cup selection is concerned. We want the other batsmen to increase their strike-rate while they bat around Hash and Kyle Verreynne,” Davids said.

Asked how Paterson was transformed from his disappointing Momentum One Day campaign to his match-winning performance on Sunday, Davids said, “It all comes down to execution of his skills and also conviction. The team management have given him the responsibility to set his own fields. He can only grow in confidence after Sunday’s performance.”

Kleinveldt impressed with his body language and the calmness with which he executed his skills as bowler and captain.

The conditions were conducive to bowling on Sunday because the ball did not really come onto the bat. “We posted a defendable total and we believed that we could defend it,” Davids added.

Asked about the match against the Multiply Titans on Wednesday, Davids said: “Our confidence is there because we beat a strong Lions team. The Titans also field a very good white-ball team. We have nothing to lose and we are going to play with confidence and freedom.

“We have a need to execute,” he added.

Davids hinted that there was still a need to improve, as their clash against the Highveld Lions was only a 7-out-of-10 performance and one or two catches were grassed, while the highest score with the blade was 31.

“We have got the power at the back to launch in George Linde, Vernon, Rory and Paterson,” said Davids.

The Cobras play three games in the next five days, against the Multiply Titans tomorrow, against the Warriors at Eurolux Boland Park on Friday and against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at PPC Newlands on Sunday.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Rory Kleinveldt (capt), Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Dane Paterson, David Bedingham, George Linde, Hashim Amla, Janneman Malan, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Simon Khomari, Tladi Bokako, Vernon Philander