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Newly drafted Kyle Verreynne says he wants to help the Paarl Rocks win the 2019 Mzansi Super League title.

The Paarl Rocks franchise announced on Wednesday that the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras wicketkeeper-batsman  will replace injured Standard Bank Proteas batsman Aiden Markram.

Verreynne said he is really excited to be joining the Paarl Rocks.

“After playing against the Paarl Rocks last season and just seeing the support they had in Paarl and all around the country is something that really excites me,” he said.

The 22-year-old Verreynne is in red-hot form after striking consecutive centuries in the Cobras’ 4-Day Domestic Series draw against the Momentum Multiply Titans in Benoni last week.

“It is fantastic to be able to join a team with a lot of experienced players, internationals and domestic players. I hope to learn as much as possible from those players,” he said.

Capetonian Verreynne is a huge talent and finished as the second-highest run-scorer in this year’s One-Day Cup behind Markram.

He scored 453 runs in 9 innings at an average of 64.71 in that competition and it was that form that saw him included in the SA ‘A’ side.

Verreynne recently returned from his first-ever trip to India as part of the SA ‘A’ squad that played five ODIs on the sub-continent.

He is now looking forward to the Mzansi Super League, the vibe in Paarl and the ultimate prize.

“I’m looking forward to joining a team that did quite well in last season’s campaign. This year I want to help the team to win the title. The support in Paarl is always amazing, I’m really looking forward to that,” he said.

The Mzansi Super League (MSL 2.0) is taking place from 8 November to 16 December 2019.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach, Ashwell Prince was full of praise for the fighting spirit shown by the likes of Kyle Verreynne, Pieter Malan and Dane Paterson after turning a potential loss into an almost-victorious position against the Momentum Multiply Titans in Benoni.

The match was ultimately called a draw after the captains shook hands late on the final day, but Dane Paterson’s roaring spell after lunch on Day 3, where he took 5 wickets in the session to end the innings with figures of 7/91 (33), allowed Prince’s men back into the game, but still with loads to do with the bat.

Pieter Malan followed his century in the first innings with another solid knock of 48 – in the process reaching the milestone of 10,000 first-class runs – but ultimately it was left to batsman Kyle Verreynne to once again defy the Titans bowlers with an innings which was straight out the top drawer of gutsy cricket. The Cobras youngster notched up his first century in 4 Day cricket for the Cobras in the 1st innings, scoring 155, and in the 2nd, he scored 115 to lift the Cobras and set the Titans a score of 206 to win the game in the final session.

The Cobras bowlers almost pulled off a stunning victory, taking 6 of the Titans wickets, before time ran out and the captains shook hands on the draw and the coach was encouraged to see the fight shown by his team: “It was a game that ebbed and flowed…we were up against it early on, we then recovered brilliantly with that great partnership between the captain, Pieter Malan, and Kyle Verreynne, but then collapsed after that,” Prince stated.

“Then we didn’t bowl too well in the first innings until Dane Paterson bowled that unbelievable spell to bring us back into the game and then Kyle was unbelievable in both innings.

“So overall there were lots of parts of the game that we were happy with and lots of parts that we weren’t happy with.”

Verreynne expressed pride in his performance but ultimately, for him, it would have been even sweeter if it resulted in a win for his team. “I’m obviously very pleased about my performances, but for me, the team always comes first. First prize was to get a win, so on that front I was a little disappointed, but from the situations we found ourselves in, I’m quite proud of myself that I was able to get us out of those situations and from a space of staring defeat down the barrel to getting us into a position where pulling off a win was at least a possibility.”

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras once again head out on the road for their next game of the CSA 4 Day Domestic Series to face the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg starting on Monday.

Kyle Verreynne hit a magnificent second century in the match to play a pivotal role as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras narrowly missed out on beating the Momentum Multiply Titans on the final evening of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Benoni on Thursday.

There were also two wickets apiece by Dane Paterson (2/24) and Tladi Bokako (2/26) as the hosts were put on the back foot for most of day four, eventually holding on to finish on 89 for six – chasing a target of 215 – to clinch a draw at Willowmoore Park.

Before that, though, rising wicketkeeping star Verreynne followed his career-best 155 in the first innings with an attacking 115 (125 balls, 14 fours, 2 sixes) in the second, helping the visitors amass a second innings score of 348.

There was also a half-century from Jason Smith (53 off 89 balls, 7 fours), while Pieter Malan brought up 10,000 first-class career runs before falling for 48.

It was an incredible final day effort by the Cobras, who were looking to bounce back from defeat in the opening round and ended up by claiming what will certainly be a morale-boosting draw.

They started proceedings with just a six-run lead on 140 for two and fell into early trouble by losing Malan, Smith and Aviwe Mgijima (9), the former pair to pick-of-the-bowlers Tshepo Moreki (4/98). That saw the Cape side slide to 178 for five and in trouble with just a 44-run lead at that stage.

However, 22-year-old Verreynne then came to the fore with his bustling innings that rescued his side, first through a 73-run sixth-wicket stand with Matthew Kleinveldt (24).

Neil Brand (3/56) finally got the breakthrough to keep the Titans’ victory hopes alive, but Verreynne managed to add another 97 with the tail, before he was last man out.

It left the home side chasing a sporting 215 in 47 overs, but the chase never got off the ground as a confident Cobras side went on the attack.

Andrea Agathangelou was sent packing for a fifth-ball duck and fellow opener Wesley Marshall (8) followed in in the fourth over.

Jonathan Vandiar (5) was taken out by Paterson three overs later, handing the paceman his ninth wicket of the match, as the hosts slipped to 23 for three.

Brand (18) became the fourth victim with Grant Thomson (17) and Dayyaan Galiem (1) following.

At 79 for six, the Cobras were still dreaming, but another in-form man, fresh from back-to-back centuries of his own, Farhaan Behardien, punctured those hopes with his 29 not out off 98 balls to help snatch the draw.

 

Pieter Malan and Kyle Verreynne both struck centuries and shared in a record partnership that helped the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras enjoy what turned out to be an excellent day one of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Momentum Multiply Titans in Benoni on Monday.

The pair put on a 268-run stand for the fourth wicket – a franchise record – that helped their side reach stumps on 319 for seven at Willowmoore Park.

Their partnership, though, was all that stood between a poor day and a good one after no other batsman managed more than 16.

The Cobras, though, will be satisfied with their position in the round two game, especially after losing their first-round clash to the Imperial Lions last week.

However, it was not all dominance as they struggled either side of the marathon stand, first slipping to 34 for three after losing the toss and being put in to bat first.

Janneman Malan (4) and David Bedingham (0) were both taken out by pick-of-the-bowlers Corbin Bosch (4/62), with Tshepo Moreki (1/68) dislodging Jason Smith for 11.

Then came the key partnership that carried the Cobras past 100, 200 and also 300 as Malan and Verreynne broke the previous record of 251 set by Hashim Amla and Justin Ontong against the VKB Knights at Bloemfontein in 2017/18.

Bosch broke the stand when he got rid of young wicketkeeper Verreynne for a career-best free-flowing 155 (207 balls, 21 fours, 1 six), also just his second century in first-class cricket.

Malan followed soon after reaching his 31st career ton when he fell to Junior Dala (2/49) for a patient 120 (272 balls, 16 fours).

Dala struck again late on, with Matthew Kleinveldt (16) and Dane Paterson (3) taking the visitors to the close in a good position.

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 assistant coach Faiek Davids believes that wicket-keeper batsman Kyle Verreynne possesses all the right attributes to fare brilliantly on the South Africa A tour to India.

Verreynne received a late call-up to replace the injured Gihahn Cloete.

“First of all I think he was unfortunate not to have been picked in the first place. The call-up is a good feather in his cap and I am proud of him,” said Davids.

 The diminutive wicketkeeper-batsman shone in the Four Day Franchise Series and in the Momentum Cup series last season. He struck 583 runs at an average of 44.84 in the four day arena. His only regret is possibly that he did not convert one of his half-centuries into a ton. His best score was 89.

In the Momentum One Day Cup he was at the top of the list of batting averages of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, striking 453 runs at an average of 64.71. His best contribution was a superb unbeaten 114.

“He plays spin well, he plays the ball late and possesses good options to get off strike.

“Furthermore he is grounded and a very focused batsman,” he said.

 “I was quite happy to get the call up. Obviously it is a new platform to showcase my talent. It is an opportunity to play and show what you are capable of on a bigger stage,” said Verreynne.

“How many international careers were birthed because of an unfortunate injury. Kyle must just grab the opportunity with both hands,” said Davids.

 Verreynne is a gritty, yet attacking batsman who plays fluently on both sides of the crease. During the past two seasons he has grown in stature and his dogged determination has saved his team on a number of occasions.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince is upbeat about the return of international players Hashim Amla and skipper JP Duminy for the hosts’ next Momentum One Day Cup clash against the Multiply Titans at PPC Newlands on Friday.

Asked about Amla, Prince said he did not closely observe his technique in the tests, but he had scored a One-Day International not so long ago and is looking forward to having a player of Amla’s experience at the top of the order.

“I am excited about Amla batting at the top of the order and JP in the middle, and the fact that they are batting around our younger batsmen, will add a lot for them,” he said.

Prince stated earlier in the week that he backed all-rounder George Linde and the wicketkeeper/batsman Kyle Verreynne for selection for the Cricket World Cup and when asked about this endorsement from his coach, Verreynne said, “a few months ago I wasn’t even sure I would play one-dayers for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras. I want to focus on the Cobras and stay level-headed before I can dream of wearing the Proteas jersey.

“It is a nice feeling that the coach backs me, but I need to stay focused and perform more consistently to be rewarded to play for the Proteas,” Linde said.

Looking ahead to Friday’s clash against the Multiply Titans, Prince acknowledged that the Momentum One Day Cup is a tight competition, but that every team is beatable.

“I will prepare for them the same way we always do, by studying their strengths and weaknesses and see if we can pick some holes in them.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: JP Duminy (Captain), Hashim Amla, David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Dane Paterson, Dane Piedt, Kyle Verreynne.

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.

“If Kyle Verreynne continues to be prolific like in the first two Momentum One Day Cup games, he should be in line to be Quinton de Kock’s understudy at the Cricket World Cup,” said Ashwell Prince, coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

He was speaking on Thursday before the weekend games against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at Eurolux Boland Park in Paarl on Friday and the clash with the bizhub Highveld Lions at the Recreation Oval in Oudtshoorn on Sunday.

Asked about the keys to success, Prince said there are no easy games in the competition and the Dolphins have a particularly strong batting line up. “It is about handling the critical moments well and about staying composed during those times.

“I thought George Linde bowled better in his 1-23 than in the match against the Warriors last season where he captured a career-best 6-47. If he continue to bowl like that, he has every chance to represent the Proteas one day and I told him so after the game against the VKB Knights.”

Talking about the Proteas, Prince said that if De Kock gets injured on the morning of the first match at the Cricket World Cup, it would be too late to fly out a substitute. If Verreynne continues to bat the way he did the first two games of the Momentum One Day Cup, he will be throwing his hat into the national ring.

“Some people talk about his small stature, but his strike-rate is above 100 and that says a lot,” Prince said.

Prince said he was not unduly worried about the 15 for three that the Knights inflicted upon the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras because usually the Malan brothers, Janneman and Pieter, produce the goods.

Zubayr Hamza, who was part of the South African test squad, has been added to the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad and is available for selection for both games.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Squad: Dane Piedt (Captain), Pieter Malan (Vice-Captain), David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Zubayr Hamza, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Akhona Mnyaka, Aviwe Mgijima, Dane Paterson, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne

“It was an unbelievable innings. Most notably was how calm he appeared and how he showed maturity beyond his years,” said Ashwell Prince, coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, about the 114 off 119 balls struck by Kyle Verreynne, which propelled the visitors to a three-wicket win with three balls to spare against the VKB Knights at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein.

“When we were in trouble on 15 for three, Jason Smith calmed me down in a sticky situation and batted superbly,” said a humble Verreynne.

With six runs to score at the start of the 49th over, Verreynne struck a superb extra cover drive for four. Dane Paterson struck a delivery over extra cover to seal the win with three balls to go.

Pite van Biljon, the VKB Knights captain, said afterwards they finished about 10 runs short. Probed about Verreynne, he said in every game against the VKB Knights he shone this season. “He seems to have our number and batted beautifully.”

“He seems to find a way and it was an unbelievable knock,” said Verreynne’s captain Dane Piedt about the wicket-keeper batsman’s innings.

Verreynne added 50 plus runs with Smith (40), Aviwe Mgijima (38) and Piedt (21).

“Kyle showed a lot of character in pressure situations. GF Linde bowled with good shape and delivered bowling of international quality,” said Piedt after the match.

“We were off to the worst possible start because the Malan brothers usually deliver for us, but thankfully Verreynne and Smith steadied the ship.

“The lower order knocked the ball around and we knew we had to do a lot of running,” said Piedt.

“It was a matter of ebb and flow and fortunately we finished on the right side of the scoreboard,” Piedt added.

Prince said at no time during his innings did Verreynne show signs of nervousness. The three partnerships of beyond 50 of Verreynne with the middle- and lower order contributed massively to the win.

“We discussed during the week the importance of partnerships. ’We had a good effort by Jason and Kyle that gave us stability, then Aviwe batted with some real intent and gave us impetus. Kyle, GF and Dane hit the ground running and did not allow a lot of dot balls. And Paterson came in and finished it off for us.”

“The win will give us a confidence boost but I believe we also played well in Paarl against the Warriors and either game could have gone the other way,” Prince concluded.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras are next in action, with two home games in a row – on Friday against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at Eurolux Boland Park and then against the bizhub Highveld Lions at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn.