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Two wickets each by Thando Ntini and Dane Paterson gave the Hollywoodbets Dolphins an almighty fright before Cody Chetty’s unbeaten half-century helped salvage a draw with the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras on the final day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday.

 

There was also a career-best first-class innings from Matthew Kleinveldt and more impressive form by rising young star Kyle Verreynne as the visitors largely dominated day four at the City Oval.

 

They started by amassing 491 – an innings lead of 161 – and then ended it by doing everything to try and force the victory.

 

The Cape side had their opponents on the ropes at 81 for five, trailing by 80 and with more than 40 overs still go, before Chetty saved them with his defiant 63 (203 balls, 9 fours).

 

It completed a riveting day of action, the only fully completed one after the other three days saw some time lost on account of the weather in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

 

Led by Kleinveldt, the Cobras bossed the early part of the day as they soared into a big lead. The left-hander recorded an impressive 175 (373 balls, 22 fours) to beat his previous highest score of 173, with wonderful support coming through Verreynne – the 22-year-old continuing to impress this time with an attacking 78 off 98 balls (7 fours, 2 sixes).

 

The pair started the day together at 325 for three and ended up amassing 127 for the fourth wicket.

 

More big-hitting followed by Aviwe Mgijima (39 off 48 balls) and Ntini (17 not out off 17 balls), with Kleinveldt finally succumbing when he was ninth out.

 

The Cobras were eventually dismissed after 131.2 overs – the main wicket-takers for the Dolphins being spinners Smangaliso Nhlebela (4/109) and Prenelan Subrayen (4/132).

 

The home side then landed in some big early trouble after Paterson (2/50) struck twice in the opening over to take out Nhlebela and Marques Ackerman, both for ducks.

 

After Vaughn van Jaarsveld’s 37 calmed nerves, Jason Smith (1/28) and debutant Ntini’s double pushed the Durban-based side into deep trouble – the latter, who is the son of Proteas legend Makhaya, accounting for Khaya Zondo (11) and Andile Phehlukwayo (10) as he ended with two for 45.

 

Chetty, though, survived the storm and, together with Robbie Frylinck (44 not out), earned his side a hard-fought draw.

 

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.

A total of 18 wickets fell on the opening day of the 4-Day Domestic Series season in Potchefstroom but it was the innings of Kagiso Rapulana that helped the reigning champions Imperial Lions take control of their clash against last term’s runners-up, the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, on Monday.

The right-hander withstood all that was going on around him with a defiant unbeaten 84 (130 balls, 10 fours) as the hosts posted what appeared to be a below-par 215 all out at Senwes Park.

But they then reduced the visitors to 106 for eight at stumps, still a substantial 109 runs ahead after the opening day of action.

Most of the damage with the ball was done by the spinners – 13 of the wickets going down falling to the slow bowlers, with four each for George Linde (4/67) and Aaron Phangiso (4/28).

Jason Smith (54 not out off 114 balls, 6 fours) was the other fighter on a captivating day for the two stand-out teams from last year.

It was the Lions, though, who had looked in early trouble after winning the toss and batting in the North West.

Reeza Hendricks (30) helped them get to 88 for three, but they were then blown away by the spinners and collapsed to 143 for nine.

Linde was the chief tormenter, with Matthew Kleinveldt (3/34) playing an excellent support role.

However, Rapulana defied the turn and, having finally found support in No. 11 Beuran Hendricks (29), the pair added 72 for the final wicket to ensure the defending champions ended their innings in the ascendancy.

Former Lions bowler Nandre Burger (2/33), who was making his debut for the Cobras, managed to end the last-wicket stand, the hosts dismissed in 56.2 overs.

The reply was a woeful one for the Capetonians. Their openers Janneman (10) and Pieter Malan (2) were back in the pavilion inside the first 4.1 overs as they battled to acclimatise.

Beuran Hendricks (1/28) and Bjorn Fortuin (2/26) were the two to do the early damage with the wickets then continuing to tumble at the hands of Phangiso.

The away side fell to 74 for seven at one stage, before Smith and Dane Paterson (5) managed to add the highest partnership of the innings – a stand of 32 – that ended on the stroke of stumps with their side still in a huge fix.

 

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).

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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).

 

Rory Kleinveldt and Jason Smith struck with bat and ball as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras fought back well during the second half of day one of their latest 4-Day Domestic Series assignment against the Warriors in Cape Town on Monday.

The pair shared a crucial 75-run stand that rescued the log leaders from a limp 132 for seven to post 239 all out at PPC Newlands.

The pair then nabbed a wicket apiece as the visitors were pegged back to 60 for three by stumps on a busy opening day.

It was a crucial display in both disciplines by the pair, with Smith the architect through his holding 74 (115 balls, 12 fours).

Before that the home side, who are seeking a victory that will take them even closer to the four-day title, wilted under the pressure of a strong bowling display by the Warriors.

The Eastern Cape side won the toss and three wickets apiece by Basheer Walters (3/51) and Glenton Stuurman (3/88) jolted the Cobras badly.

They were seven down by the 49th over with only David Bedingham (43) and Kyle Verreynne (31) making any significant impact.

It was then left to Smith and Kleinveldt, who blasted 42 off 44 balls, to provide some sort of meaningful total.

There were also two wickets from Simon Harmer (2/32) and Lutho Sipamla (2/57) as the Warriors completed a good day with the ball.

However, some of that work was undone when Lizaad Williams (1/21) and Kleinveldt (1/14) got rid of in-form openers Eddie Moore (10) and Gihahn Cloete (7) respectively, leaving the away side on 18 for two.

Smith (1/9) then got Yaseen Vallie (20) to dent the Warriors further, with Colin Ackermann (17) and Jon-Jon Smuts (5) taking their side to stumps – 179 runs behind.

If the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras regularly get off to a flyer and establish more first innings’ leads in four-day games, they will be difficult to stop.

The return of all-rounder Jason Smith also makes this team a better balanced unit for the Sunfoil Series clash against the Warriors at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth (starting on Thursday), said Dane Piedt, the skipper.

The tendency to play catch-up cricket has been a trait of the WSB Cape Cobras, and it is something the team is addressing in order to get their noses in front early in four-day games. If they do produce an early lead, they will be a more rampant force.

Speaking about their dismissal for a lowly 159 against the VKB Knights and how the team transformed their fortunes with a gritty performance from day two, Piedt said the WSB Cape Cobras is “built around character.”

The team showed little character on the first day and the coach, Ashwell Prince, expressed his dissatisfaction and anger about their display. They responded almost immediately and stood up to the challenges.

The current bowling attack is a young and inexperienced one and they must just find a way to capture 20 wickets in every match.

Smith has definitely picked up pace in the off-season and he will ensure it is a better-balanced bowling unit. Piedt said he thought Smith was a bit unlucky that he did not shave Wiaan Mulder for a position in the test squad (against Bangladesh).

“He is a bit of a maverick,” Piedt said about Smith, while referring to Smith’s aggressive and fearless approach to batting. He said in this regard, Smith reminds one a bit of Quinton de Kock.

He was disappointed in his own batting performances for the SA A team, but the presence of Prince as coach and Faiek Davids as assistant coach will aid Smith in knuckling down and improving his shot selection at number five, the skipper remarked.

Piedt said the absence of Vernon Philander and Wayne Parnell for the second match is almost a blessing in disguise because it forces the attack to be brutally honest about their own shortcomings and find a way to capture 20 wickets. “But we are moving in the right direction.”

Justin Ontong, who struck a magnificent 128 in the second innings in Bloemfontein, said the Cobras must learn as a batting unit.

“When we batted in the first innings, there were too many soft dismissals and at the wrong times,” he added.

Ontong said the collective reaction of the team will bolster their confidence ahead of the match against the Warriors.

Asked about his 128, one of the highlights of the WSB Cape Cobras’ heroic counter-offensive, Ontong said he knew they needed to bat for two days to save the match.

“So I had to reel in my natural instincts, but it helped to have a master batting with me in Hashim Amla,” added Ontong.

At the practice at PPC Newlands on Tuesday, quite a few senior players and the management team were excited about the performance by Kyle Verreynne, who mercilessly hooked and pulled the test fast bowler Duanne Olivier during his unbeaten 42 in Bloemfontein.

Piedt said one of the greatest characteristics of the new WSB Cape Cobras’ culture, is that players are given the confidence to walk out and express themselves.

WSB Cape Cobras Squad: Dane Piedt (Captain) Dayyaan Galiem, Zubayr Hamza, Simon Khomari, Pieter Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Tshepo Moreki, Justin Ontong, Dane Paterson, Andrew Puttick, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams

 

A technical adjustment in the off-season aided Andrew Puttick as the World Sports Betting (WSB) Cape Cobras opener struck a superb century in the two-day warm-up game against the Warriors in Oudtshoorn.

The WSB Cape Cobras skipper, Dane Piedt, led the way as they routed the visitors for 221 in their first innings. The experienced slow bowler nipped out 4-24 in ten overs of attacking off-spin, using a fourth-stump off-side line and letting it rip.

In response, Puttick hammered 100 off 170 balls with 12 fours and a six and shared in a 170-run opening partnership with Pieter Malan, who belted 72 off 149 balls. They set up a superb 354 for seven in the first innings.

The Warriors managed 96 for two in the second innings and the valuable warm-up match ended in a stalemate.

“In the off-season, Ashwell and I worked on my set-up and my alignment, and it worked as it transitioned into my batting very positively,” said Puttick.

“What I also liked, was that it was my first outdoor action since the winter.”

Prince said Puttick scored all around the ground, handled the short balls with aplomb and got himself into strong positions. “He moved forward beautifully and it will give him that feel-good factor before the season starts.

“Pieter (Malan) is an absolute machine. He is fit and strong,” Prince added.

Jason Smith also showed his fluency while compiling 55, said the coach.

Piedt was the leading wicket-taker for South Africa A against India A with nine scalps in the off-season.

Prince said Piedt and Dane Paterson bowled with good rhythm, a testimony to the fact that they have seen some outdoor action.

Piedt did not take his four wickets because the Warriors attempted to slog and holed out to the inner ring, explained Prince.

It was the result of attacking bowling, which saw him beat the bat with excellent deliveries. He removed one of the Warriors’ top batsmen, Jon-Jon Smuts on his way to 4-24.

Vernon Philander, who has captured 171 wickets in 46 tests for South Africa, is still not 100% match fit and the WSB Cape Cobras did not select him for the first warm-up games.

He won’t be ready for the second clash starting on Tuesday 12th September at the Recreation Oval in Oudtshoorn either.

The WSB Cape Cobras’ first Sunfoil Series match of the season commences on 19th September at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein against the VKB Knights.

South Africa will clash with the Bangladesh Tigers in a two-match test-series starting on 28th September.

JP Duminy, first captain of the Cape Town Knight Riders, has earmarked the rookie of the Global T20 League franchise, Jason Smith, as a future South African player.

He has also highlighted the buy-in of the passionate, knowledgeable and die-hard Mother City fans as a pivotal part of the Knight Riders’ success in the T20 Global League starting on 3rd November at PPC Newlands.

Duminy, officially announced as the captain at the unveiling of the squad by the chief executive officer of the Kolkata Knight Riders, Venky Mysore, at the media centre at Newlands, said he played with Smith two seasons ago at Newlands.

The young Smith struck 50 for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in his first Momentum One Day Cup match. After that match, Duminy said he immediately knew of what ilk and steel Smith was made.

“I said to myself after the game: this man will play for South Africa. Already this year, Jason has made his debut for South Africa A.

“He has the capabilities of doing it (playing for South Africa), although he is not completely there yet. It comes with a lot of hard work and sacrifices to play for South Africa. He is one for the future.

He must just make sure he puts in the hard yards, focus on the right things and keeps his feet on the ground,” he said.

Mysore on Sunday highlighted Dale Steyn, Duminy and Chris Gayle as stars with the X-factor – stars who can single-handedly win you matches.

Duminy on Monday said Smith and Tom Curran are two players that might surprise many onlookers as both possess the X-factor.

Smith struck 500 first-class runs last season and captured 20 wickets in franchise-cricket. It included a 100 off 88 deliveries in a Sunfoil Series match against the eventual champions, the VKB Knights.

Curran, whose father, Kevin, represented Natal, Boland and Zimbabwe, nipped out 3-33 in his maiden T20 match for England against South Africa in 2017 and took another two scalps in the next match as England ran out winners by 2-0.

“Tom is still a young kid with great opportunities to showcase his skills at this level,” said Duminy.

Duminy said getting buy-in from the local community and practicing in the local community is vital. “Performance plays a big part.

Winning is crucial, so if you quickly string together winning performances, you will fill the stadium as you have a very loyal Cape Town-based crowd who loves to support a Newlands-based team,” Duminy said.

The skipper also applauded the initiative to introduce a Global T20 league. “The beauty of this international format is that it has now been introduced and it is crucial for domestic cricket.

“Just look what impact the Indian Premier League had on Indian cricket. They are the number 1 ranked test team in the world. The T20 Global League will play a major part in promoting our domestic system.”

Duminy said the team will have to buy into a specific style or brand of how they want to win games, and must consistently stick with it, especially if the team keeps on winning.

His role is to be a servant, to receive buy-in from the other players and to make sure every player is in a safe space.

Duminy is rated as a world-class T20 player, having scored 1683 runs at an average of 38.25 at a strike-rate of 124.29 in 71 matches.

He has also captured 17 wickets and is a superb, athletic fielder.

Earlier, Jacques Kallis, one of South Africa’s best players of all time, was unveiled as head coach of the Cape Town Knight Riders.

He described PPC Newlands as the best ground with the finest fans in the world. Kallis struck nine test centuries at the ground.

Kallis said in a one-on-one interview the team, in its style or brand, will focus on “different things”.

The team might be aggressively targeting weaker links in the bowling attacks of other teams and attempt an adventurous gung-ho style in the middle-period.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras all-rounder Jason Smith, has faced hundreds of throw-downs from coaches Ashwell Prince and Faiek Davids the past few weeks upon his return from the South Africa ‘A’ tour of the United Kingdom.

The 22-year-old’s technique has also been scrutinized on the odd occasion, while the coach, Prince, has asked probing questions about what his game plans or mental approach would be in certain situations.

That is the type of throw-downs any school boy hoping to represent South Africa, would dream about.

Prince, a veteran of 66 tests for South Africa and also a former captain of the Proteas, knows the importance of the right tactical technique and the correct approach to batting.

He is on record as saying that batsmen should cherish their wicket; put a prize on it and not surrender it meekly.

And Smith, to his eternal credit, admitted that his shot selection the South Africa ‘A’ tour to the United Kingdom was not up to scratch.

In many situations, a half volley, long hop or a mediocre bouncer deserved the boundary treatment, but instead, under-par execution gifted the fielding team Smith’s wicket.

In his final four games, he scored 18,3, 14, 43 and 33*.

Smith says although he is not overly concerned that something is amiss in terms of his technique, he wants to improve his shot selection and his attacking play.

“I am a player who likes to take the game forward. I am not someone who goes into my shell. And I don’t intend to change my style of play now that I have had a few low scores.”

But Smith says he is quietly determined to set the record straight during the triangular tour starting at the end of July (there is still uncertainty surrounding the participation of Australia ‘A’ due to commercial in-fighting between the players and authorities).

Smith is considered a potential future South African player, and in his first full franchise season scored 500 runs and captured 20 wickets in the Sunfoil Series. He smashed a century off 88 balls against the eventual Sunfoil Series champions, the VKB Knights.

There is a difference between a gung-ho approach and a tentative one. The middle ground might be a sensible approach, while not leaving a full toss or a wide half volley unpunished.

And that might be the balance that Smith is seeking.

Luckily, the 22-year-old player has very astute cricket minds around him while Prince and Davids are dong the throw-downs.

Davids, for example, has been on record as saying that if Smith can improve his shot selection, he can capitalize on 60’s and transform them to 150’s.

If he does, and produces those big centuries regularly in the forthcoming series, the volumes of runs could do wonders for his self-confidence and his evolution into a potential South African player.