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The Malan brothers collect runs and accolades like Chad le Clos swimming championship medals.

Pieter Malan has struck 625 runs in the 4 Day Franchise series at an average of 56.81. He is the leading domestic run-scorer in the series, while Janneman, who has assembled 562 runs at an average of 51.09, is the third most prolific scorer in the competition.

Pieter Malan is fourth on the list of national averages and Janneman ninth. The two openers of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, average an opening stand of 50.72 in eleven innings this season in the 4 Day Franchise series.

They have produced a stand of more than hundred runs for the first wicket on three occasions and have once assembled a half-century partnership.

Their belligerence explains why the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have secured 22.12 batting bonus points, second most behind the bizhub Highveld Lions (22.72) during the first six matches.

Dane Piedt, skipper of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, says the Malan brothers’ ability to assess the situation makes them such valuable partners. “They take time to set up their stall,” he says.

“They are from the same bloodline and have good communication,” he adds.

“They are also very different and complement each other. Pieter is solid and has been the core of our team by scoring big hundreds and bashing the door down to be selected for South Africa.

“Janneman puts pressure on the bowlers and plays an aggressive brand of cricket,” he adds.

“Pieter makes it hard on any opposition captain and he forces the bowlers to bowl in second, third and fourth spells,” he adds.

“We have different styles and approaches,” Pieter Malan says. “I try and bat time, Janneman is more attacking”.

“There is good chemistry between us. We have grown up together.

“I try and work hard and prepare as excellently as possible in the week leading up to the match.

“The two of us communicate well in the middle and speak about plans against the bowlers. But I don’t correct him if he plays an attacking brand. He knows the game well,” Pieter Malan said.

“At the end of the day, opening partnerships in any form of the game settles the whole dressing room down. We have had it more often than not this season with the Malan brothers,” said coach Ashwell Prince.

“In the previous match against the Warriors, they added in excess of 120 in both innings.

“The reason for this is that they are hungry, motivated and good batsmen in search of higher honours,” Prince said.

A 28th first-class century by Pieter Malan paved the way for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to take control of their Domestic 4-Day Series clash with the VKB Knights at the halfway stage in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old, who also went past 9 000 runs in red-ball cricket, was unbeaten on 118 (282 balls, 16 fours) at stumps with his side on 302 for six – a lead of 23.

Malan had begun the day unbeaten on six and with his brother and debutant, Janneman, batting at the other end on the same score. The pair put on 59 for the first wicket, before the new Cobras man fell for 38.

Zubayr Hamza was next to go for 20, followed by another player winning his maiden cap, David Bedingham, for 26 to pick of the bowlers Ryan McLaren, who finished the day with three for 47.

Aviwe Mgijama (40) then helped Malan put on 59 for the fourth wicket to hand control firmly to the home side. The fall of his wicket left the Cobras on 185 for four and brought rising young wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne to the middle. He made just 27, but added another priceless 72 to the score beside Malan – a man who scored an impressive 892 runs in the last campaign.

McLaren then struck two more double blows by accounting for Verreynne and Dane Piedt (4), although Rory Kleinveldt (20 not out) dug in at the close with the home side in charge.

Get as close to the ball as possible and play it at the last moment – this has been the successful credo employed by the latest South African centurion – and it is a game plan that World Sports Betting Cape Cobras opening batsman Pieter Malan wants to borrow from Theunis de Bruyn when he represents South Africa ‘A’ in India in July and August.

Malan is one of two top-order batsmen from the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras who will represent South Africa ‘A’ against the India ‘A’ team in India. The other batting representative is Zubayr Hamza, while spinner Dane Piedt and fast bowler Mthiwekhaya Nabe complete the group of representatives from Cape Town heading over to India on Tuesday as part of the four-day squad.

Malan said he has taken some learnings about spinning conditions by watching the centurion De Bruyn score 101 in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. It was De Bruyn’s first test ton.

“I don’t have a definite game plan whether to play on the front foot or back foot, but I know I must be clear in my decision making whether to go forward or backwards and commit myself with definite movement,” said Malan.

Although the conditions are tough and he has not played in India, he has played against spinners of international class which has helped him. The past season he represented the Cape side against Shaun von Berg and Tabraiz Shamsi – both of whom were in the Proteas touring test squad to Sri Lanka.

Hamza is looking forward to the tour but expects tough conditions: “It was beneficial to me that I went on the bowling and batting camp in India recently. I expect the conditions to be tough and I’ve decided that I want to get as close to the ball as possible when delivered by the Indian spinners. Or if I want to get out of the way, I need to be as far as possible from the ball.”

Malan and Hamza were part of the South Africa ‘A’ team that played against an Australian touring team last season and both have been heavy scorers for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

Malan struck 892 runs at an average of 55.75, while Hamza hammered 828 runs at an average of 69 in the Sunfoil Series.

Malan also compiled 615 runs in the Momentum One Day Cup competition last season.

Ashwell Prince, the head coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, said he spoke to all the players on Monday and motivated them to adjust their game plans to the subcontinent as they will play half of their cricket against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India if they represent South Africa one day.

“We should not wish those conditions away, but formulate a game plan that makes us successful in foreign conditions,” he said.

“It is about learning as much as you can and adding to your skills set of playing spin to the rest of your game,” Prince said.

He said India has become the nation that has improved the most in foreign conditions while other nations, including South Africa, have gone backwards in foreign conditions recently.

Pieter Malan led a superb batting performance by the WSB Cape Cobras as they gave themselves a chance of victory after three days of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Warriors at PPC Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The right-hander recorded his 25th career century and fell just shy of a double ton after amassing 195 (277 balls, 26 fours, 2 sixes) to help bolster the hosts to 530 for eight declared – a lead of 183.

Dane Piedt (1/9) then claimed the wicket of Gionne Koopman (7) in the six overs that were bowled before the close, to leave the Warriors on 12 for one – still 171 behind with a day to play.

Considering most of the first day was lost due to wet weather, it was a fine display from the home side and gave them every chance of forcing victory, with Malan not the only man to shine.

Aviwe Mgijima, Justin Ontong and Piedt all hit half-centuries, with the skipper plundering an unbeaten 52 from only 38 balls (2 fours, 4 sixes) to help take the game swiftly forward.

Mgijima fell 10 short of a century after hitting 90 (155 balls, 11 fours), with Ontong making 69 (117 balls, 6 fours 1 six).

The best of the bowlers for the Warriors was Basheer Walters with three for 112.

 

Pieter Malan and Zubayr Hamza both recorded franchise-best scores as the WSB Cape Cobras battled back on day three of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Warriors at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The pair shared in a superb 214-run second wicket stand to help the visitors reach 387 for eight declared, before reducing the host to 71 for two at the close, a lead of 136.

Day three was mainly about the performances of Malan and Hamza, with the former going on to make 124 (237 balls, 15 fours). It was a 24th time in first-class cricket the opener had recorded a three-figure score, but only the second time in the franchise competition.

For Hamza, his 111 (182 balls, 17 fours, 1 six) was a maiden century at this level surpassing his previous best score of 68 and his sixth ton overall.

After they departed, veteran Justin Ontong made 59 (71 balls, 9 fours), but there was not too much else from the Cobras batsmen.

Standard Bank Proteas spinner Tabraiz Shamsi managed one for 137 in 35 overs on debut for the Warriors, whose captain Jon-Jon Smuts picked up four for 38.

But his side then slipped to 23 for two thanks to a Dane Paterson (2/8) double strike, before Lesiba Ngoepe (23) and Yaseen Vallie (22) took them to the close in a solid position.

A maiden franchise century by Jerry Nqolo helped the Warriors build a strong first innings total but the WSB Cape Cobras fought back late on day two of their Sunfoil Series clash at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

The all-rounder made an unbeaten 105 (172 balls, 11 fours, 1 six) as the hosts declared on 452 for six, before the visitors replied with 161 for one – trailing by 291.

Nqolo, whose previous best score at this level was 64, shared in a Warriors record 185-run sixth wicket partnership with Clyde Fortuin, who was eventually the last man out for 92 (146 balls, 14 fours, 1 six), his own career-bestshowing with the bat.

It was a good effort from the home side after they had begun the day on 263 for four. Captain Jon-Jon Smuts made 49, with the pick of the bowlers being his opposite number Dane Piedt with three for 86.

But the visitors replied strongly after the early loss of Andrew Puttick (18) to Sisanda Magala (1/34).

Zubayr Hamza was not out on 75 (105 balls, 12 fours, 1 six) with Pieter Malan on 63 (126 balls, 6 fours) keeping him company as the pair shared an unbroken stand of 124 to take their side to the close in a decent position.

 

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.

A superb club cricket structure that is religiously supported by a passionate community, excellent progress by the decorated Siya Sibiya, splendid performances by the University of Cape Town club and a tsunami of runs by Pieter Malan were some of the standout-features of Western Province club cricket in 2016/2017, said Clinton du Preez, the WPCA Amateur Cricket Manager.

Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) celebrated the most outstanding club and individual performances at the annual awards evening on Saturday 20th May.

Du Preez applauded club cricket, saying it was a huge success. The fact that 67 clubs plied their trades, is a testimony to the passion and love for the game which receives remarkable community support. “There is a good culture of community involvement in the game.

“Last season Western Province won the club cricket award on the CSA Incentive Scorecard and the only reason we dropped to number three is that we did not have a black African club in the Premier division.

“Because of geo-political changes, we will have a black African club in the Premier division and one in the first division next season,” he added.

“Siya served as hub coach at Primrose, then rose to the position as assistant coach at the Western Province academy and after Salieg Nackerdien took over at Western Province, he was the interim-head coach of the Academy.

“Western Province won the category two CSA award on the incentive scorecard and Siya must be congratulated for the enormous role he played.

“He also sometimes assisted at the Cape Cobras and was instrumental in assisting Thando Ntini to get into the South African U19 team,” said Du Preez.

“We must also take notice of the dwindling numbers in our club structures and the water restrictions around some of the facilities, which are sources of concern,” said Du Preez.

“Generally though, we possess healthy club structures, and we can only admire the work done by administrators on a voluntary base at clubs to retain its cutting-edge qualities. Without club cricket, which is the heartbeat of cricket in every province, we would be infinitely poorer,” Du Preez said.

He congratulated the University of Cape Town, the club of the year.

XstraSpace Bellville Cricket Club won the Premier League in the 2016/2017-season.

Milnerton was the last man standing in the first division A league and Strandfontein was the winner in first division B league.

Malan, who only turned out for the Durbanville club occasionally, slammed 1069 runs for the Western Province semi-professional team and was awarded with a professional contract for the 2017/2018 season.

In the Grand Challenge One-Day Cup, Rondebosch won the spoils, while Durbanville lifted the silverware in the AMA20/20 Premier League.

Malan was the first-class player of the year and Andrie Steyn the women’s player of the year.

Strandfontein received the elite award as the most sporting team of the year.

UWC and Bellville shared the trophy in the women’s league of 2016/2017.

Jesse Christensen was the U19-youth player of the year and Nadia Mbokotwana was his women counterpart as U19 youth player of the year.

Neo Mlumbi won the Academy Player of the Season Award.

Full list of Award winners

Premier League XstraSpace Bellville CC
First Division A League Milnerton CC
First Division B League Strandfontein CC
First Division C League Bonteheuwel CC
First Division D League Kensington CC
Second Division League Belhar CC
Reserve A League UWC CC
Reserve B League Avendale CC
Reserve C League Claremont CC
Reserve D League Somerset West  CC
Reserve E League Bishop Lavis CC
Reserve F League UCT CC
Reserve G League Milnerton CC
AMA 20/20 (2016/17 season)
Premier League Durbanville CC
First Division A Montrose CC
First Division B Helderberg CC
First Division C Glamorgan CC
First Division D Wynberg CC
Reserve A (New) Durbanville CC
Reserve B (New) Tygerberg CC
One Day Competition (2016/17 season)
Grand Challenge OD Cup Rondebosch CC
Final Challenge OD Cup Northerns Goodwood CC
Final First Division OD Cup Kensington CC
Certificates 1 Day Competition (2016/17 season)
Reserve A UWC CC
Reserve B Avendale CC
Individual Awards (2016/17 season)
Most Sporting Team Strandfontein CC
Fielding Team Milnerton CC
Umpire of the Year Shamiel Isaacs
Scorer of the Year Khanyisa Zonke
Deaf Player of the Year Shamiel Howley
Blind Player of the Year Sergil January
Academy Player of the Year (New) Neo Mlumbi
Coach of the Year Siya Sibiya
Women’s Player of the Year Andrie Steyn
First Class Player of the Year Pieter Malan
Mini Cricket Coordinator of the Year Shirley Davids
Club of the Year  UCT
Third Division League 
3A Western Province CC
3B St Augustine CC
3C Sir Lowry’s Pass CC
3D Fortinet Pinelands CC
3E Mamre Hawk’s CC
Women’s League 2016/17
Women’s Premier UWC/ Bellville CC
Women’s Premier AMA 20 Old Mutual CC
Women’s Promotioal League (NEW) Atlantis CC
Youth Winners (2016/17 Season)
U13 Youth Cricketer of the Year Michael Levitt
U15 Youth Cricketer of the Year Jonathan Bird
U17 Youth Cricketer of the Year Justin Broad
U19 Youth Cricketer of the Year Jesse Christensen
U19 Girls Youth Cricket of the Year Nadia Mbokotwana

Dayyaan Galiem would be up-beat about his match-haul of eight for 93 in the Sunfoil Three-day Cup match against KwaZulu-Natal at Kingsmead in Durban. Mpilo Njoloza would almost be equally satisfied with his six for 111. And Derek Mitchell and Pieter Malan made telling contributions with the bat as Western Province continued to dominate first-class action in Group A of the competition in which they were a beaten finalist last season.

But the visitors would have feel a tinge of disappointment that they enforced the follow-on after Njoloza had taken 4-35 to reduce Natal to 124, a first-inning deficit of 155.

But Western Province allowed Natal to escape as the hosts finished with 349 in their second innings.

The visitors limped to 42 for five in their second innings as the victory target disappeared quickly and survival became all-important.

For all the shortcomings, Western Province continued to play the brand of first-class cricket that every franchise team would love to emulate.

The confident team sports several emerging stars and they have been on the hunt for the ultimate accolade, the ten bonus points, all season, instead of playing tentatively and defensively.

Galiem’s exploits would have been satisfactory to the Western Province selectors, while Malan continues to march relentlessly towards a 1000 runs in a first-class season.

He has scored 685 runs at an average of 137. Kyle Verreynne, with 367 runs, is the closest to him in terms of being a leading run-scorer by the Cape team.

Galiem, with 22 wickets, is comfortably the leading wicket-taker among the bowlers.

KZN romped to a comfortable eight-wicket win against Province in the CSA One-Day Provincial match on Sunday as the visitors only managed 169 which was surpassed with mechanical ease by the hosts.