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World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince was encouraged with his team’s performance in the drawn match against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg in round 3 of the CSA 4 Day Domestic Series.

With bad light and rain hampering the match, it was always going to be tough for both teams to push for a win, but with the Dolphins 6-down by the time the captains shook hands on the draw, Prince was full of praise for his side.

“Once again, it was disappointing to run out of time to force home a result with bad light and rain on day 1 and 2 – more or less a full day’s play was washed out. That ended our chances of pushing on for the victory.

“In the first innings, it was really encouraging on a flat pitch to get them 9 wickets down for 325 so credit to all our bowlers. Unfortunately Pieter (Malan) lost his wicket early at the start of our 1st innings, but Janneman (Malan) and Matthew (Kleinveldt) were unbelievable in that partnership.

“To have a partnership of over 220, without barely offering up a chance to the fielding side, is remarkable and an unbelievable effort from those two.

“Kyle (Verryenne) chipped in with another half century – he is in rich vein of form at the moment.

“There has been a lot of comments of late about the depth and quality of cricket in our country, but these two younger guys, Janneman and Kyle, have showed what quality they have.

Prince was also full of praise for the ‘more experienced’ Kleinveldt who notched up a career-best 175 in his 100th First Class match.

“With Matthew being a senior provincial player for a number of years who has struggled to break into the Cobras team and get a continuous run of games, it was really rewarding for him and for everyone else in the system for him to get his career best of 175. He has waited a long time for his opportunity and he took it with both hands and we couldn’t be happier for him.”

With three away matches in a row up front in the competition, Prince has been encouraged by the determination of his side as they look to earn their first win of the campaign when they face up to the Warriors at Newlands starting on Monday.

“All in all, we’ve had 2 matches back-to-back where we’ve pushed our opposition to the end. We’ve played some good cricket and that first win is just around the corner,” he concluded.

 

Janneman Malan and Matthew Kleinveldt both struck centuries and shared in a double century stand as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras hit back powerfully on the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.

 

The pair put on 221 for the second wicket as they visitors responded to the hosts’ 325 for nine declared by reaching stumps on 325 for three.

 

It meant they were dead even on scores and, although still in a strong position, the weather-affected round three match appeared to be headed towards a draw with just the final day to come at the City Oval on Thursday.

 

With well over 100 overs already lost on account of rain and bad light in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands this week, the Dolphins opted to end their first innings overnight on day two.

 

But they needed to force early wickets to try and take the game forward. However, the only wickets they got were at either end of play.

 

Captain Pieter Malan fell in the fifth over of the day to give them hope – Robbie Frylinck (1/57) trapping the recent 10,000 first-class man leg before wicket for five.

 

But it was then one-way traffic in favour of the visitors with Malan and Kleinveldt sharing a punishing stand that lasted a little over 60 overs.

 

Right-hander Malan went on to complete his 10th red-ball century, before left-hander Kleinveldt followed for his maiden ton in four-day cricket and 11th overall.

 

The partnership finally broke moments before a post-tea rain delay when the former fell to Smangaliso Nhlebela (1/56) for an excellent 118 off 199 balls (14 fours, 2 sixes).

 

The teams then returned after a half-hour delay with Jason Smith (14) bowled by Andile Phehlukwayo (1/29) not long after.

 

However, Kleinveldt kept going and by the close had progressed to 137 not out off 281 balls (19 fours).

 

The in-form Kyle Verreynne (31) was alongside him with the pair sharing an unbroken stand of 65.

 

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.

 

Half-centuries by Janneman Malan and Jason Smith ensured there were no final day jitters as the South Africa Emerging team secured a comfortable draw – and with it a 1-0 series win – against their Sri Lanka counterparts in Pretoria on Sunday.

The hosts batted out day four of the second and last game of the two-match sequence progressing from 92 for one at the start to 260 for five, a lead of 313 when the two captains shook hands late in the second session.

Opener Malan top-scored with 84 off 162 balls (6 fours), while all-rounder Smith struck a patient 62 off 130 balls (3 fours, 3 sixes).

There were also starts for first-innings centurion and captain Raynard van Tonder (31) as well as Matthew Breetzke, who followed a ton in the opening game with scores of 13 and 38 not out, batting in the middle order rather than his more accustomed opening position.

 For the tourists, Promod Maduwantha (2/20) took two day-four wickets, with one going to Lasith Embuldeniya (2/99) – the Test spinner completing a memorable match in which he claimed 10 for 255 in a marathon 76 overs.

 It was in vain, though, with the South Africans going on to clinch the series based on their 28-run in in the opening game.

It was a good turnaround for coach Shukri Conrad’s side after they missed out on a place in the preceding Triangular Series final, which the Asian side won after overcoming University Sport South Africa (USSA).

 

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.

 

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) today announced the dates and squad for the South African Emerging Squad’s upcoming series against their Sri Lanka counterparts in Pretoria and Potchefstroom from 29 June – 28 July.

The emerging side will take on their sub-continent counterparts in an extended One-Day triangular series also featuring a University Sports South Africa (USSA) side before the two teams lock horns in two four-day matches.

The majority of the matches will be played in Pretoria, at the Groenkloof Oval and the Assupol Tuks Oval, while Senwes Park in Potchefstroom will be host to the opening four-day game.

The SA Emerging squad is made up of players from the CSA Powerade National Academy, which is a programme running in a three-year cycle, aimed at the successful transition of players from senior provincial cricket into professional and international cricket.

“This programme is a hugely important part of the CSA development pipeline,” commented Vincent Barnes, CSA High Performance Manager. “We’ve approached the programme and the subsequent fixtures holistically, keeping in mind our long-term goal of improving our selection pool, producing quality, professional cricketers and possible future Proteas.

“The National Academy provides a pathway for the development of the players, with the likes of Tony de Zorzi, Sinethemba Qeshile and Raynard van Tonder having all represented the SA U19s recently and have since been a part of the National Academy, going on to breaking through in franchise cricket.

“We are very excited to be hosting Sri Lanka’s emerging side, having played them in the sub-continent last year and we are sure there will be just as much competitive cricket on display, particularly with the USSA side also involved,” Barnes concluded.

 SA Emerging squad:

Tony de Zorzi (Multiply Titans), Janneman Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Raynard van Tonder (VKB Knights), Matthew Breetzke (Warriors), Wandile Makwetu (Multiply Titans), Sinethemba Qeshile (Warriors), Sibonelo Makhanya (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Eathan Bosch (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tshepang Dithole (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tladi Bokako (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Nandre Burger (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Kyle Simmonds (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors), Bjorn Fortuin (bizhub Highveld Lions), Jason Smith (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Dayyaan Galiem (Multiply Titans).

 

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

Janneman Malan’s sensational century enabled the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to strike back from a heavy midweek defeat and seal a lop-sided seven-wicket bonus-point win over the Warriors in their latest CSA T20 Challenge encounter in Paarl on Friday.

The right-hander plundered 12 fours and a six on his way to 103 not out off 57 balls – which helped the hosts comfortably chase down a 152-run target with 25 deliveries to spare.

It was Malan’s second 20-over century, but first at franchise level and kept the crowd entertained throughout at Eurolux Boland Park.

Earlier it was Aviwe Mgijima that was the unlikely hero with the ball for Ashwell Prince’s side. The medium-pacer nabbed a career-best three for 14 to restrict the visitors to 151 for eight after the home side had won the toss and elected to bowl first.

 There was good support all round, particularly from new ball pair of captain Rory Kleinveldt (2/27) and Vernon Philander (1/25).

 Dane Paterson (1/34) and Tladi Bokako (1/19) also managed a wicket each, with none of the Warriors’ batsmen really firing.

They lost wickets regularly throughout, and in the end, the 28 by Gihahn Cloete up front ended up being the top score.

At one stage, they had slipped to 100 for seven, before an unbeaten 25 by Sisanda Magala and 18 not out through Jade de Klerk at least lifted them to a respectable total.

 But it was a total that proved to be no match for the Cobras and their big-hitting opener Malan in particular as he ruthlessly dispatched the bowlers to all corners of the ground.

 He shared in an opening stand of 61 with Hashim Amla, whose seven off 12 balls was probably the only major blip for the Cobras as the veteran Standard Bank Proteas opener battles to find his form.

 A further 46 with David Bedingham (26) followed to take the home side past 100 in the 11th over, and despite the loss of two further wickets, Malan stood tall to reach three figures in 55 balls and then completing the job with 4.1 overs to spare.

 The result took the hosts top of the table after three rounds of the competition with nine points, with the away side remaining on six points.

 


A riveting 162-run unbroken partnership between Janneman Malan and JP Duminy drove the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to an impressive eight-wicket Momentum One-Day Cup victory over the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.

The pair batted for 20.2 overs after they came together with their side in a little bit of early trouble on 58 for two chasing a massive 219 in a rain-reduced affair at the City Oval.

 Malan was the main man for the visitors, carrying them through from start to finish with his fourth List A century. He eventually ended on 115 off 83 balls (15 fours, 1 six), with captain Duminy offering able support with 74 (56 balls, 7 fours, 2 sixes) – Ashwell Prince’s side winning with 12 deliveries to spare.

 Earlier, it was Sarel Erwee who powered the home side with an impressive unbeaten 116 from 82 deliveries (13 fours, 4 sixes), although his career-best effort proved a mere consolation for the KwaZulu-Natal franchise.

It was their second loss of the season and one that saw them miss the opportunity to climb top of the table.

A wet outfield at the start had forced the entire morning to be lost, with the umpires eventually reducing the game to a 28-over per side affair.

The hosts batted first after losing the toss and they made the worst possible start by losing Morne van Wyk for a second over duck.

But Vaughn van Jaarsveld (38) and Khaya Zondo (29) hung around for long enough to allow Erwee to complete his second career ton.

 Rory Kleinveldt finished as the best of the bowlers with two for 41, while Dane Paterson bagged two for 48.

The Cobras’ reply began on the wrong foot with Pieter Malan (18) and George Linde (8) falling early, before Janneman Malan and Duminy, in his third match since returning from a lengthy injury lay-off, got together.

 Their third-wicket stand knocked the stuffing out of the Dolphins and took the Cobras to a priceless win.

 

Standard Bank Proteas wicket-keeper batsman, Quinton de Kock, has been ruled out of the three-match KFC T20 International (T20I) series against Pakistan starting at PPC Newlands on Friday. De Kock sustained a groin injury during the fifth Momentum ODI against Pakistan on Wednesday, and will need a period of treatment and rehabilitation to make a full recovery.

Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee explained: “Quinton sustained an injury to his left groin while fielding during the last ODI on Wednesday. He will be unable to take part in the T20I series against Pakistan and we are hopeful he will be fit for selection for the Test series against Sri Lanka starting in Durban on February 13th.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras batsman, Janneman Malan, has been called up to replace De Kock for the remaining two matches. Commenting on the selection, National Selection Panel convener, Linda Zondi said: “Janneman was one of the standout players during the Mzansi Super League and has been putting in the runs consistently at franchise level. He is an exciting young prospect, this is a great opportunity for us to continue blooding players at international level.”