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“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.

 

A masterclass maiden century by Kyle Verreynne anchored a superb chase by the World Sports Betting Cobras as they edged out the VKB Knights by three wickets for their first win of the Momentum One-Day Cup season in Bloemfontein on Tuesday night.

The young right-hander carved out an unbeaten 114 from 119 balls (12 fours) as the visitors chased down 283 with three deliveries to spare.

His hugely mature innings, which well surpassed his previous best of 84, came after his side had slipped to 15 for three, but the 21-year-old shared in three 50 plus partnerships that dragged his side out of trouble and to a first win of their 2018/19 campaign.

Earlier there were three half-centurions for the home side that lifted them to a competitive 282 for six. Andries Gous (60 off 79 balls, 7 fours), Keegan Petersen (52 off 75 balls, 1 fours, 2 sixes) and Ryan McLaren (56 off 56 balls, 4 fours, 2 sixes) all shone for the Central franchise after they had won the toss and elected to bat first at the Mangaung Oval.

Grant Mokoena (20) and Gous put on 57 for the first wicket, while there were 71 runs added by the third-wicket pair of Petersen and McLaren, who was promoted to bat at four.

The in-form Petersen then added a further 49 with captain Pite van Biljon (25), before Patrick Kruger’s late flourish of 39 from 19 balls gave the home side a competitive total.

Akhona Mnyaka was the pick of the bowlers with two for 61.

Marchant de Lange (3/45) and Mbulelo Budaza (1/33) then knocked over the top three of the Cobras for next to nothing, brining Verreynne to the middle in only the fourth over of the chase. He then went on to bat for more than 45 overs, first sharing a partnership of 83 with Jason Smith (40) for the fourth wicket.

Aviwe Mgijima (38) brought more support after the dismissal of the latter with a 69-run fifth-wicket partnership, while 21 by George Linde helped keep the momentum going after the next wicket fell.

Dane Piedt then played a vital hand with his 36, which enabled the Cobras to bolster their total by another 67 for the seventh wicket and, even after the skipper fell, the victory was in sight for Verreynne.

Dane Paterson helped add the finishing touches – the visitors getting home in the final over.

If the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras had taken 90% of their chances in the field they would have won the match against the Warriors in the Momentum One-Day Cup with 30 runs to spare, said Kyle Verreynne, batting hero of the hosts, after the 3-wicket loss at Eurolux Boland Park.

Verreynne struck 84 off 76 balls and powered the hosts to 276 for six.

Sisanda Magala scored a boundary off the penultimate delivery of the match to set up the three wicket-win for the chasing Warriors, They ended on 277 for seven. The Warriors chased down 28 runs in the final three overs to win the match.

“It was quite a tough wicket and difficult to score on. It was slow, but once I had 20 odd it got a lot easier to bat on. I would say we had score enough runs. A total of 280 would have been par,” said Verreynne.

“But we dropped about three chances and there were also misfields. If we had taken those chances, we would have won with about 30 runs to spare.

“We have a young good fielding unit and did well in the Four-Day Franchise Series, taking most of our chances,” Verreynne said.

In the match between the Dolphins and the Lions, both teams struck 300s, but Verreynne said that a score in excess of 300 would have been a tough score to achieve at Boland Park.

Pieter Malan (54) and Zubayr Hamza (49) played beautifully in the match at Paarl, although, with the 20/20 vision of hindsight, it would have been ideal if one or both would have batted through to compile 80 or 100.

“I guess you could say it was soft dismissals, but nobody does that on purpose. They both batted well,” he said.

Verreynne said he is working with wicket-keeper coach Ezra Poole, to improve and hone his own keeping skills.

David Bedingham’s second franchise century upstaged a career-best 4-Day Domestic Series score by Keegan Petersen as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras took control after two days of battle against the VKB Knights in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The visitors reached stumps on 249 for four at the halfway stage of the game, 70 runs behind the home sides’ 319 all out earlier in the day.

Rookie Bedingham, playing in his maiden four-day season, was not out on 107 (210 balls, 8 fours, 3 sixes), also his best score at this level.

Earlier, it was Petersen who continued his gutsy innings by moving from his overnight 126 to end on 161 (286 balls, 21 fours) at the Mangaung Oval.

It capped a remarkable recovery for the Central Franchise after they had slipped to three for three at the start of the match on day one.

They resumed day two on 241 for eight and added 78 for the final two wickets thanks to Petersen, Tshepo Ntuli (22) and Zakhele Qwabe (21).

The latter was run out, before Petersen was last man out to Mthiwekhaya Nabe (2/40), with Dane Paterson (3/69) finishing as the pick of the bowlers.

Similar to the Knights, the log-leading Cobras also made a poor start after Shadley van Schalkwyk’s (2/23) double left them on four for two.

Another strike by Thandolwethu Mnyaka (1/60) left them in further strife on 35 for three, but a fine 162-run fourth wicket stand between Bedingham and Kyle Verreynne, who made 89 (150 balls, 12 fours), wrestled control completely back in favour of the visiting side.

Even though the young wicketkeeper fell 11 shy of his century, Jason Smith (29 not out) helped share an unbroken 52-run fifth wicket stand that took the Cape side to the close in control.

The 20-year old wicketkeeper-batsman of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Kyle Verreynne, who is poised to play in his maiden franchise game soon, is not overawed by the prospect of taking up a position in the Cobras top order.

In the two-day warm-up game at Oudtshoorn, Verreynne shared in a 101-run partnership with Aviwe Mgijima for the third wicket.

Mgijima struck 61 off 96 balls with seven fours at number four, while Verreynne managed nine fours and a six while moving seamlessly to 70 in the number-three position.

At school representing the Western Province U19 team, he opened the batting or occupied the number-three or –four positions.

South Africa used him as opener at U19 level.

“Salieg Nackerdien decided to use me at number seven in the semi-professional Western Province because of the workload at Western Province as wicketkeeper.

“Later he moved me up to number five. I struck 107 while batting at number three, and 98 in the last game of the season at number five,” said Verreynne.

“I don’t mind where I bat, although it has been mostly in the top-order at school. Maybe it is because I am technically suited to it,” he added.

Verreynne was full of praise for the positive spirit in the Cape Cobras team. He says there is a camaraderie in a close-knit group.

The players have responded very positively to Ashwell Prince’s coaching and the fitness levels he demanded.

Mentally, Dane Piedt, the skipper, and Andrew Puttick have prepared him for the rigours of franchise cricket, while Ezra Poole has given him technical support in terms of his wicket-keeping in the off-season.

Verreynne was full of praise for Mgijima, the Cape Cobras’ player of the season in 2017. “He guided me well throughout my innings as the senior partner.”

Asked about the major responsibility of being the man setting the fielding standards and motivating the players, he said he is not overawed by the job. “Many of the players are also young.

“I don’t mind inspiring others,” he said.

The wicketkeeper-batsman said the bowling attack would not be 100 percent happy with their performance in the two two-day warm-up games, but one must remember it was their first outdoor experience.

“They were not always on the money, but there were still a lot of good things that emerged.

“The hard work they produced in the off-season, started to show in Oudtshoorn. They should be pretty happy,” he added.

Piedt said the bowling is moving in the right direction.

“Tshepo Moreki looked very good after his ankle injury. We possess good variations in our attack. We are very focused on the big opportunity and we intend to play aggressive cricket a high intensity in the first five Sunfoil Series matches.”

Ashwell Prince, the WSB Cape Cobras coach, said most of the bowlers had opportunities to find their rhythm in more than one spell, which was a positive sign.

Verreynne’s work behind the stumps was very good, the coach added.

Verreynne’s first-class statistics suggest that the Cobras might possess a rare jewel who can bat anywhere from four to seven.

He has not been out of place when making the move from school-boy cricket to provincial level. A record of 691 runs in 11 first-class games at an average of 53.15 is not to be sniffed at.

 

Kyle Simmonds and Kyle Verreynne both hit centuries as the Powerade South Africa Emerging team strengthened their grip over Zimbabwe A on day three of their first four-day match in Harare on Saturday.

Both batsmen made exactly 100 and shared in an excellent partnership of 148 for the seventh wicket as the tourists declared on 531/9 at the Queens Sports Club.

Verreynne’s innings came from 150 balls and included nine fours and a six, while Simmonds was more aggressive and needed just 103 balls to reach three figures. He managed 11 fours and one six. Tladi Bokako hit an unbeaten 33.

The South Africans then claimed four Zimbabwean wickets in the 66 overs they bowled as the hosts closed on 183/4 – still trailing by 61.

Simmonds was the pick of the bowlers with two for 39 in 17 overs.

Okuhle Cele (1/34) was the other wicket-taker with the bowling pair combining to run out first-innings centurion Regis Chakabva for 48.

The main contributor overall for the home side was their captain Chamu Chibhabha, who made 103 (199 balls, 9 fours, 1 six).

The match concludes on Sunday.