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World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Captain Dane Piedt expressed his delight at yet another Cobras player making their Test debut this season.

George Linde made his Test debut during the disappointing tour of India whilst Pieter Malan made his long-awaited Test debut in the second Test at his home ground Newlands against England. Dane Paterson became the latest representative from the Western Cape franchise, coached by Ashwell Prince, to make his Test debut when he lined up for the Standard Bank Proteas for the third Test against England in Port Elizabeth.

Piedt, speaking after their 4 Day Series match against the Momentum Multiply Titans ended in a disappointing draw for the home side, said, “It’s extremely good that we have 4 out of the 11 Proteas players coming from the Cobras, guys who really deserve their opportunities.”

“Vern has been there for over 60 Test matches and basically looks after himself in terms of selection, but guys like Zubayr, Pieter and Pato have really done the hard yards for us over the years. I’m really happy for Pato, he’s been on a journey, lost his contract at the Dolphins, came back to the Cobras, worked on a semi-pro contract and worked his way back up the ranks at the Cobras. He’s gone on to take over 200 franchise wickets from over 50 matches for the Cobras, I’m just really happy for how he has gone,” he added.

“A lot has been made of Pieter and his rise to opening the batting for the Proteas and he has done hard work to get there. It’s just down to performances at the end of the day and if they can consistently do it they will be around there for a long time, but from a personal point of view, I’m just extremely happy to have Cobras players representing the Country. We are a very proud franchise with a wonderful history of producing Proteas players over the years and long may that continue,” he concluded.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras take on the Warriors in the next 4 Day Series match starting on Monday. Round 8 will be the final round of fixtures before the start of the Momentum One Day Cup. The remaining two rounds of fixtures will take place after the conclusion of the Momentum One Day Cup at the end of March.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras batsman Pieter Malan chats to the media after his stunning Test debut for the Proteas. Malan scored 84 in the 2nd innings to thwart the England bowlers for over 6 hours.

CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) named six uncapped players in the Standard Bank Proteas squad for the first two Test matches against England to be played over the festive season.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras duo of fast bowler Dane Paterson and opening batsman Pieter Malan, the Imperial Lions trio of batsman Rassie van der Dussen, fast bowler Beuran Hendricks and all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius, and Warriors wicketkeeper/batsman Rudi Second have all been included in the Proteas squad which will assemble for a training camp later this week.

Second was selected for the previous Test series in India but had to withdraw through injury. Paterson, Van der Dussen, Hendricks and Pretorius have all represented the Proteas in white ball internationals.

The first Test match takes place at SuperSport Park, Centurion, from December 26 to 30 and the second at Newlands from January 3 to 7.

Lungi Ngidi of the Momentum Multiply Titans and Wiaan Mulder of the Imperial Lions could not be considered because of injury while Aiden Markram of the Momentum Multiply Titans is recovering well from injury.

“The high number of uncapped players coming into the squad is a reflection of our policy to acknowledge players who do well at franchise level and have put their hands up for selection,” commented CSA Independent Selector, Linda Zondi.

“Van der Dussen, who is third on the current four-day batting averages, and Pretorius, who has established himself as the leading all-rounder, are clear examples of this.

“Following the same trend Paterson has been the second leading wicket-taker in four-day cricket this season, including a 7-wicket haul in an innings, and we want to go into the Test series will a full arsenal of fast bowlers who have always provided one of our traditional strengths.

“Beuran Hendricks is also part of this strategy and adds variety to the attack as a left-arm swing bowler.

“Malan has been one of the most consistent runs scorers in franchise cricket for many seasons now and, as a specialist opening batsman, he provides cover for Markram, while Second provides cover in the wicketkeeping department and is a top order batsman in his own right.

“The selection of the A side to play England in a three-day tour match is confirmation of our policy to make this team our official South African 2nd XI and it has a good mix of experienced and young players with Pite van Biljon, Kyle Verreynne, Glenton Stuurman and Nandre Burger all being chosen at this level for the first time.

“Van Biljon and Verreynne are both in the top six on the four-day batting averages while we have gone for a young fast bowling attack as we look to develop our depth in this area,” concluded Mr. Zondi.

Standard Bank Proteas Test squad: Faf du Plessis (Momentum Multiply Titans, capt), Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Quinton de Kock (Momentum Multiply Titans), Dean Elgar (Momentum Multiply Titans), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Pieter Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), Zubayr Hamza (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Dane Paterson (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Vernon Philander (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Dwaine Pretorius (Imperial Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Imperial Lions), Rudi Second (Warriors), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions)

Management

Head coach: Mark Boucher

Assistant coach: Enoch Nkwe

Team manager: Volvo Masubelele

Fielding coach: Justin Ontong

Strength and Conditioning coach: Tumi Masekela

Physiotherapist: Craig Govender

Performance analyst: Prasanna Agoram

Media Manager: Sipokazi Sokanyile

Security Manager: Zunaid Wadee

SA A squad (to play England at Willowmoore Park from December 20-22): Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Nandre Burger (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Theunis de Bruyn (Momentum Multiply Titans), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Pieter Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dane Piedt (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors), Glenton Stuurman (Warriors), Pite van Biljon (VKB Knights), Kyle Verreynne (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras)

Head Coach: Ashwell Prince

Assistant Coaches: Malibongwe Maketa and Piet Botha

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.

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, named his first squad of the season ahead of the opening round of the CSA 4 Day Domestic Series match against the Imperial Lions in Potchefstroom starting on Monday.

The squad includes spinner George Linde, who was recently named in the SA A four-day squad and the most recent addition to the squad, left arm seamer Nandre Burger.

Prince has also named opening batsman Pieter Malan as the interim captain in the absence of captain Dane Piedt, who is currently with the Standard Bank Proteas Test squad in India.

Malan expressed his pride in taking up the reins on an interim basis: “It is truly an honour to be the interim captain while Dane is away with the Proteas. I will be looking to continue what he managed to achieve last season and hopefully lead us to a good start in the 4 Day competition.”

“We always set out to do as best as we can and that’s to win every game,” said Prince.

“So that’s what we’ll be setting out to do even though we all know that winning every game is not possible. But that’s what we set out to do. It’s been a long pre-season and now that we’re finally here, everyone is raring to go.”

Prince also says he has not paid too much of attention to the other teams building up the season, stating that his focus was solely on getting their own processes correct.

“I haven’t looked much at the Lions to be honest,” he added. “My philosophy has always been the same that there’s no easy games in the competition, we have to focus as well as we can and do the best we can to execute our plans.”

The first part of the first-class for 2019/20 runs for the entire month of October when four rounds will be played, with the competition then breaking for the Mzansi Super League (MSL).

Round five takes place after MSL 2.0, just before the Christmas break, with three rounds set for January, one for March and one for early April when the season will conclude.

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

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Chief Executive Nabeal Dien, has addressed a recent media report written by journalist David Cox for Al Jazeera, regarding racial divisions within the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras last season.

Dien, including a host of senior players, are aghast by the accusations and refute any such claims.

Western Cape Cricket Chairman Advocate Nick Kock and Vice Chairman Angelo Carolissen have also added their disapproval to these false reports.

“Unity is PRIMARY at the Cobras. We have worked hard on this and not a single player in our squad will disagree. False accusations like this are scathing to our team and organisation as a whole,” Dien said.

“We call on the journalist and publication in question to retract this article and issue a formal apology,” he added.

“We have spent many hours ensuring our environment is inclusive and a healthy space for players and management. After a pre-season venture last season the team returned and adopted the slogan #StrengthInDiversity. It is used in all our social media communication which reflects the unity of our squad.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras captain Dane Piedt also expressed his disappointment at the accusations levelled at the Western Cape franchise.

“It is extremely disappointing. Being the captain of the team, it affects me even more, and on my leadership and the unifying culture we have created at the Cobras. It is really disappointing that someone from outside that has no idea of how our team functions and the camaraderie within the squad had made such comments,” Piedt said.

Senior Black African batsman, and a former World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Player of the Year, Aviwe Mgijima also addressed the matter.

“I am saddened and upset with the accusations against our squad,” Mgijima said.

“The statements in that article are indeed not true. It saddens me that a member of another team would spread rumours and lies about what transpired in our space.

“I for one do not even remember there being a division amongst us. I really hope we get to the bottom of this and our squad is cleared.”

Opening batsman Pieter Malan was equally taken aback with the claims of a racial fraction within the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras dressing room.

“We have the most diverse and open-minded squad in the country and these allegations go against everything we believe in at the Cobras. It is insulting and defamatory to say the least. Nothing like this happened in our team environment and he should name his source if he wants to take this story any further,” Malan said.

 

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince knows that his team needs to get momentum, improve their catching and transform their execution with the ball in the last ten overs if they are to be victorious in the next couple of matches in the Momentum One Day Cup against the bizhub Highveld Lions and the Hollywoodbets Dolphins on Thursday and Saturday respectively.

“Our death bowling let us down and was disappointing in the match against the Titans. It happened after a catch was dropped off Aiden Markram’s blade and he went on to score another 64 runs off 23 balls,” said Prince.

“If they had accumulated 280 or 290 (instead of 320 for six), we would have improved our chances of winning.

“I want to add that we can improve our batting by another 20 percent as well,” added Prince.

JP Duminy, the skipper, said the execution of the Cobras with the ball in the final 15 overs was not on par.

“You have to give credit to the Titans’ pair of Markram and Farhaan Behardien for how they absorbed the pressure when they were on 31 for five, but we did not execute well after the 35th over.

“We also have not been sharing in 100-run partnerships or scoring enough tons in the first half of the competition,” said Duminy.

Kyle Verreynne has recovered from concussion and will serve as wicketkeeper in the matches against the Lions on Thursday at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium and against the Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.

Dane Piedt, Pieter Malan and Mthiwekhaya Nabe are all included in the squad, whilst Hashim Amla is not available for family reasons.

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

 Half-centuries by Pieter Malan and Simon Khomari put the World Sports Betting Cobras in a commanding position at the halfway stage of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Multiply Titans in Oudtshoorn on Tuesday.

The pair shared an opening stand of 135 as the hosts replied to the visitors’ 275 by going to stumps on 299 for five.

Malan, one of the most consistent batsmen in South African first-class cricket over the past two seasons, made 95 (181 balls, 12 fours) and was still unbeaten – although he had to retire hurt due to severe cramp at the Recreation Ground.

Khomari, meanwhile, recorded a career-best 77 (90 balls, 14 fours), beating his previous highest score of 70 against the Warriors at Paarl in 2015/16.

Late wickets did jolt the log-leaders, although they still had five wickets in the bag heading into day three.

Earlier there was heartbreak for Leus du Plooy as he fell three short of a century when he was the last man standing for the Titans unbeaten on 97 (257 balls, 12 fours, 1 six).

Just three runs were added to the away side’s 272 for nine with Alfred Mothoa (1) dismissed by Dane Piedt, who completed an excellent return of six for 75 in 41.2 overs.

The Malan-Khomari stand then provided an excellent backbone for the reply, although it ended when Shaun von Berg (1/101) accounted for the latter.

Zubayr Hamza (28) managed to add 71 for the second wicket, before he was removed by Du Plooy (1/48), before David Bedingham (41) and Kyle Verreynne (17) took the score to 265 for two thanks to another half-century partnership that yielded 59.

The home side lost their way somewhat from there thanks to a double strike by Matthew Arnold (2/42) and one from Mothoa (1/34), but with five wickets still standing, the Cobras held the advantage through a 24-run lead.

 

Cricket South Africa today announced the appointment of Dean Elgar as stand-in captain of the Standard Bank Proteas in place of Faf du Plessis for the final Castle Lager Test match against Pakistan, starting at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Friday.

The selectors have also put uncapped World Sports Betting Cape Cobras opening batsman Pieter Malan on standby for Aiden Markram, who has a right thigh injury sustained while fielding in the previous Test match at PPC Newlands.

Markram will undergo a fitness test tomorrow to determine whether he can play.

“The appointment of Elgar as stand-in captain is part of our strategy to develop our pool of leaders,” commented CSA National Selection Panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi. “We have previously used Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock in this role in ODI matches and Dean has previously captained the Proteas at Test match level against England at Lord’s in 2017.

“Pieter Malan has an outstanding track record in four-day domestic cricket over the past two seasons, having made more than 1700 runs including 7 centuries. He has also made the step up to South Africa A level, first against Australia and then against India A on the sub-continent,” concluded Mr. Zondi.