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World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ Dane Piedt walked away with two Awards at the annual Cricket South Africa Awards ceremony on Saturday evening – the CSA 4 Day Franchise Series Player of the Season as well as the SACA Most Valuable Player Award.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras CEO Nabeal Dien was full of praise for Piedt’s achievements. “Dane’s leadership has come on leaps and bounds since he was first appointed captain of the Cobras and his performances matched his leadership skills last season. As a franchise, we are very proud of his achievements and of Vernon Philander’s Award for Delivery of the Year Award, we know these two senior members of the team will inspire the younger members to take on more responsibilities this season as we target all the trophies on offer.”

“Hopefully I’m going in the right direction and banging the right doors (of the national selection committee) down,” said Piedt, who captured a record-breaking 54 wickets in last season’s 4 Day Series.

 Piedt nipped out 13-141 in the 4 Day Franchise Series match against the Multiply Titans in Oudtshoorn, but the 11-wicket haul against the Warriors was a better performance, he claims.

“The highlight of the season in terms of my bowling was the 37-run win against the Warriors at St. George Park in which I took 8-130 in the second innings. The bowling attack operated as a unit and we bowled for each other.”

“The key to my success the past season was that I bowled an aggressive fifth-wicket line and I operated for the sake of my team-mates. I don’t want to let anybody down as captain and it motivates me,” he said.

Piedt’s coach at the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, Ashwell Prince, is backing his spinner for a Proteas spot. “It is wonderful for Dane to get the 4 Day Franchise Player of the Year Award. It is just reward for his 54 wickets. Right now he is pushing Keshav Maharaj for the premier spinner spot in the South African team, but he is probably the second spinner that should be included in the touring team to India.”

 

23-year-old Janneman Malan won a hat-trick of trophies including the ultimate accolade as World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Player of the Year at the awards evening of the franchise in the President’s Suite at PPC Newlands on Friday evening.

Malan scooped the awards of Young Player of the Year, Players Player of the Year and the grand prize, World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Player of the Year.

He assembled 564 runs at an average of 51.27 in the Four Day Franchise Series and hammered 435 runs in the Momentum One Day Cup competition. The belligerent right-handed batsman struck 149 runs at an average of 29.80 in the CSA T20 Challenge series.

Malan made his international debut on 3rd February in the second T20 International against Pakistan.

The world-class South African fast bowler Vernon Philander received the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras award as CSA T20 Challenge Player of the Year. He captured 10 wickets in the competition and was second on the list of Cobras batting averages with 235 runs at a strike rate of 151.61 CSA T20 Challenge series.

Rory Kleinveldt, a revelation in both white-ball competitions, won the award as Momentum One Day Cup Player of the Year. His 15 wickets came at a miserly average of 16.80.

Dane Piedt was named the Four Day Franchise Series Player of the Year for his phenomenal 54 wickets – the most ever by a South African spinner in a domestic season. It came at an average of 27.74 and an economy rate of 2.92.

Piedt also struck a career-best 114 during the four-day domestic showpiece.

Dane Paterson took 34 wickets in the same competition.

Eight World Sports Betting Cape Cobras batsmen averaged 40 or more in the Four Day Franchise Series.

Malan played a number of match-winning innings in different formats. He struck 137 in the Four-Day Franchise Series in setting up an innings victory against the bizhub Highveld Lions, and scored an unbeaten 103 to propel the Cobras to a seven-wicket bonus point win against the Warriors in the CSA T20 Challenge.

“It is a great honour to win the prizes, it is a bit of a hollow feeling that we did not win a trophy but it motivates us to work harder to put silverware in the trophy cabinet next season,” said Malan.

“My first century for the franchise at the Wanderers was special. In the Momentum One Day Cup with JP (Duminy) to get to 220 in 28 overs (and win the game against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins) was also special in the Momentum One Day Cup,” Malan added.

“I think taking my first five-for (5-22 against the VKB Knights) was a highlight as we needed to win the game to reach the semi-finals. A couple of three-fors were also nice,” said Kleinveldt.

He added that taking wickets in the power play was his greatest goal when starting the innings. He was not that concerned about how many runs he went for. “Knocking the poles over was my biggest goal.”

“Next season will be my last and putting a trophy in the cabinet room will be the best way to end my career,” Kleinveldt said.

Award Winners:

Young Player of the Year: Janneman Malan

4 Day Series Player of the Year: Dane Piedt

Momentum One Day Cup Player of the Year: Rory Kleinveldt

CSA T20 Challenge Player of the Year: Vernon Philander

Players Player of the Year: Janneman Malan

Player of the Year: Janneman Malan

Outstanding death bowling by Vernon Philander and Rory Kleinveldt helped the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras extend their lead at the top of the CSA T20 Challenge table thanks to a narrow five-run win over the VKB Knights in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The pair claimed two for 43 in eight overs between them, restricting the visitors to 145 for seven in pursuit of 151 at PPC Newlands.

The Knights looked on course for victory at 111 for two in the 15th over thanks to Patrick Kruger’s 57 off 38 balls (3 fours, 3 sixes).

However, they then lost their way, and even though 19 were needed from the final two overs with five wickets in hand, veterans Philander and Kleinveldt were miserly enough to secure the win.

It was the Cobras’ fourth win in five games this season as they moved six points clear. The Central Franchise, meanwhile, were left bottom of the table and still searching for a first win.

The Knights win the toss and bowled first, with the home side having to rely on David Bedingham (50 off 42 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) for most of their scoring. 

Hashim Amla (4) again failed, with the log leaders also having to rely on Philander (30 not out) and George Linde (22 not out) to lift them to 150 for five.

 The reply was a strong one by the visiting side for three-quarters of the way as Kruger received support from Raynard van Tonder (30) and Pite van Biljon (19).

 But Philander (1/17) and Kleinveldt (1/26) pegged them back to sneak a third straight home win for the Cobras.

 

 

 

Clinching a semi-final berth and increasing their momentum are some of the main objectives for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras when they clash with the Multiply Titans on Wednesday at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

“We have gained a bit of momentum,” said coach Ashwell Prince about the recent two excellent wins over the bizhub Highveld Lions and the Hollywoodbets Dolphins.

“Some of the positives we’ve gained from the first seven matches are that a few of the top-seven batsmen have produced half-centuries or more and powered the team to victories. The bowling was also very good in the last two games. The one area of weakness that I can highlight though, is the catching, with important batsmen dropped at crucial stages,” said Prince.

It is an area in which the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras allowed the Titans to score close to 70 runs in their previous clash at PPC Newlands, where they dropped Aiden Markram on 105 and he went on to add 64 runs off 23 balls.

“We want to get to a standard of play in which all three departments are firing – a standard which is required in knockout matches. But we want to get to that standard in our next game,” Prince said.

One win out of the next three would see the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras secure a semi-final spot, but according to Prince, “We don’t want to wait for the final match to ensure that we are in the semi-final. We want to secure a place in the semi-finals in our next match.”

Hashim Amla and JP Duminy have been recalled to the Proteas team for the remainder of the Sri Lanka ODI series, whilst fellow Protea, Vernon Philander is available for selection for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Akhona Mnyaka, Aviwe Mgijima, Dane Paterson, Dane Piedt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Pieter Malan, Rory Kleinveldt, Tladi Bokako, Vernon Philander, Zubayr Hamza

An unbeaten century by Zubayr Hamza helped the log-leading World Sports Betting Cape Cobras seize the advantage after two days of their decisive 4-day Domestic Series encounter against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday.

The right-hander, who made his Test debut for the Standard Bank Proteas against Pakistan earlier this month, was still batting on 104 (207 balls, 12 fours) and his side on 245 for three when bad light ended play early at the City Oval.

By that stage the visitors trailed by just 65 runs in what is their final match of the first-class season.

The Cape side held a lead of just over three points heading into the fixture and they are bidding to hold off the bizhub Highveld Lions, who are playing the Warriors in their last game.

And Ashwell Prince’s side enjoyed a perfect day two, which began brightly through a brilliant Vernon Philander burst that put them on the front foot right from the outset.

The South Africa seamer nabbed four wickets without conceding a run in 14 deliveries on the second morning as the hosts slipped from 293 for six overnight to 310 all out.

It gave him figures of four for 46 in 14.2 overs, with George Linde (4/62) also finishing with four wickets.

It was then over to the batsmen to fire, and led by Hamza, they did not disappoint.

Simon Khomari (14) put on 29 with the in-form Pieter Malan (44) for the first wicket, with the latter then adding 68 with the centurion for the second wicket.

A further 64 followed for the third wicket between David Bedingham (37) and Hamza, who went on to complete his 10th first-class century.

He was still there at the end sharing another useful stand of 84 unbroken with Kyle Verreynne (41 not out).

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, strengthened by the return of the world-class Vernon Philander and fellow Proteas bowler Dane Paterson, have their destiny in their hands and will leave no stone unturned to beat the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg and win the Four-Day Franchise series.

Those were the positive words from Faiek Davids, assistant coach of the visitors.

“We obviously know we have to go there and win the match. We have an advantage of three points, but will not be looking at the Lions/Warriors game for favours,” Davids added.

It is the last round of Four Day Franchise Series and the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have 171.46 points. They are at the summit, but the bizhub Highveld Lions are close enough to clinch it if they beat the Warriors and the Cobras falter. The Lions have 168.42 points. The last round starts on Monday.

Seam bowler Tladi Bokako is still recovering from an ankle injury and won’t be available for selection. Philander, a world-class campaigner, has been made available for the match by Cricket South Africa and Paterson has been released from the One Day International squad.

Both Davids and the skipper, Dane Piedt, have been impressed by the left-arm swing bowler and former South African U19 player Akhona Mnyaka who recently joined the Cobras ranks.

Speaking about the bowling attack, Davids said the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have bowled fantastically well in partnerships and that is why the team have taken twenty wickets on seven occasions.

“The support bowling for Piedt in the match against the Multiply Titans, in which Piedt captured 13-141, was superb,” Davids said.

“We will have all the bases covered when we arrive in Pietermaritzburg – off-spin, left-arm swing, right-arm fast and left-arm spin,” Davids said.

The venue is one where bad light plays a role but the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras will be focusing on what they can control and play positively throughout.

Piedt said he would give the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras six out of ten for their performance in Oudtshoorn where they beat the Multiply Titans by eight wickets.

“We lost five wickets for 75 runs and we should have had a first innings lead of 200, not 100 runs. We should have won the match by an innings and 49 runs. The phrases that come to mind when I look forward to the match in Pietermaritzburg are ‘ruthless’ and ‘clinical’.

“That is what we need to be in order to clinch the trophy,” he said.

Pieter Malan, who has officially been handed the vice captaincy role in the team, had severe cramps after being the victim of a bug in the previous match, but he is fit for the match against the Dolphins.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Dane Piedt (c), Pieter Malan (vc), David Bedingham, Zubayr Hamza, Simon Khomari, George Linde, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Dane Paterson, Vernon Philander, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne

One of the most attractive sights to behold in South African white-ball cricket is to admire the death bowling skills of Dane Paterson. In the Mzansi Super League (MSL) match between the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and the Paarl Rocks, he captured 2-26 and removed Rudi Second and Sisanda Migala with his main weapon, the Yorker.

The Giants had 140 for three after fifteen overs, and lost six wickets while adding only 28 runs in the final five overs. Paterson and David Wiese were the terminators.

Paterson, a stalwart of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, took 2-10 in his final two overs and hardly made a mistake as he consistently landed those Yorkers that made him one of the best exponents of that toe-crushing delivery in international white-ball cricket.

In that 15th match of the Mzansi Super League, Paterson denied the Giants probably 15 runs and the score was competitive rather than highly challenging.

For the record: the Giants beat the Paarl Rocks by 48 runs, a bonus point-win.

Vernon Philander contributed an attractive cameo of 18 in a dramatic chase to eclipse the 230 struck by the Jozi Stars on Friday 30th November. Philander represented the luckless Durban Heat, who assembled a valiant 177 but lost too many wickets up front when Kagiso Rabada’s triple strike had the Durban team in deep trouble on four for three.

Janneman Malan shared in an 83-run opening stand for the Cape Town Blitz with the centurion Quinton de Kock on Saturday 1st December. He contributed an attractive and composed 34 as the Blitz compiled 172 for nine against the Tshwane Spartans. Malan is the leading run-scorer of the Blitz with 236 runs at an average of 39.33.

Rory Kleinveldt took 1-29 in four overs for the Spartans against the Blitz. His wicket was the prized scalp of De Kock. The Big Show, as Kleinveldt is known, also took two sharp catches at slip off the spinners Sean Williams and Jeevan Mendis.

Vernon Philander produced a quick-fire 30 off 16 balls for the Durban Heat against the Paarl Rocks, who won by nine wickets with five balls to spare at Eurolux Boland Park on Sunday 2nd December.

An outstanding unbeaten century from Dane Vilas led a fine recovery from the Hollywoodbets Dolphins as they ended day one of their Sunfoil Series clash with the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras on 310 for eight at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn on Monday.

The right-hander was unbeaten on 145 (177 balls, 18 fours, 1 six) at the close – his 14th first-class ton – having come in to bat with the visitors struggling.

Standard Bank Proteas seamer Vernon Philander marked his return from injury with three for 24 in 17 overs to end as the best of the bowlers.

But it was a day that belonged to Vilas, whose side had lost the toss and were asked to bat first.

They found themselves in plenty of early trouble at 11 for two and then 100 for four with the likes of Vaughn van Jaarseveld (35), Cody Chetty (43) and Khaya Zondo (41) failing to kick on after good starts.

That left Vilas to pick up the pieces and he responded with partnerships of 49 with Sibonelo Makhanya (10) for the sixth wicket and 68 with Prenelan Subrayen (19) for the eighth wicket to give his side the slight edge.

Apart from Philander’s return, Lizaad Williams (2/93) and Jason Smith (2/49) were the other main wicket-takers.