Category Archives: Cricket

All-rounder SA Engelbrecht calls time on first-class career

Arguably one of the five greatest fielders in South African cricket over the past ten years and one of the most underrated middle-order domestic batsmen, SA Engelbrecht, has announced his retirement from first-class cricket. The 28-year old athlete, a graduate in financial management as well as in advanced project management, will join a financial consultancy, Fairtree Capital, as an asset manager in January 2017. His match for Western Province against North West this weekend will be his last at his beloved PPC Newlands. Engelbrecht gave…

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Resurgent Buildnat Cape Cobras on the charge, but must rectify death bowling, says Vilas

The Buildnat Cape Cobras can continue their resurgence against the VKB Knights at PPC Newlands on Wednesday if they rectify their death bowling which went awry against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins on Sunday, said Dane Vilas, one of the batting heroes of the emphatic seven-wicket CSA T20 Challenge victory in Durban. Vilas said the fielding by the Cobras against the Dolphins was incredibly good, and the batting was as good. The Buildnat Cape Cobras had to produce a record chase to eclipse the 178 for five…

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Duminy, crowd support at Newlands, Boland Park, can boost Buildnat Cape Cobras, says Adams

“The home support and the fact that we have JP Duminy back in our squad are crucial factors if we are to claim a semi-final play-off spot,” said Paul Adams, head coach of the Buildnat Cape Cobras. “It is a big week for us and we need to achieve a hat-trick of wins. So our fans will be important,” Adams added. The Buildnat Cape Cobras will meet the VKB Knights at PPC Newlands on Wednesday 7th December (starting at 18:00) and the bizhub Highveld Lions…

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Prince hails clinical performance by Buildnat Cape Cobras

The Buildnat Cape Cobras produced arguably their finest CSA T20 Challenge display with the bat during the entire competition to sweep aside the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in emphatic fashion while keeping their hopes alive to reach the semi-final play-off. One twist of irony in their 181 for three in 18.4 overs to eclipse the 178 for five scored by the hosts in Durban, was that the Buildnat Cape Cobras had to reach 178 for five in the semi-final play-off against the exact same opponents last season,…

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Buildnat Cape Cobras visit to Red Cross Children’s Hospital a gift to players, says Adams

The Buildnat Cape Cobras, in conjunction with Woolworths Long Beach and their Parklands stores, visited the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital on Friday 2nd December. The visit of one of the leading domestic franchises, one that virtually reigned supreme and unchallenged from 2012 to the end of 2014, was aimed at inspiring patients and parents and offering them opportunities to mingle with the players and also to meet some decorated stars who have worn the internationally acclaimed Protea-badge. The children will also receive goodie…

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T20 Challenge: VKB Knights vs. Warriors 30 November 2016

The VKB Knights squad selected for the T20 Challenge match against the Warriors at St Georges Park Cricket Stadium, Port Elizabeth: Tumelo Bodibe (W/k) Patrick Botha Theunis De Bruyn (Captain) Marchant De Lange Andries Gous Patrick Kruger Duanne Olivier Leus Du Plooy Lotli Sesele Aubrey Swanepoel Shadley van Schalkwyk Lwandiswa Zuma Team will be finalized before start of play. Management: Head Coach – Nicky Boje Assistant Coach – Alan Kruger Physiotherapist – Dieketseng Moloi Fitness Trainer – Morne Castelyn

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Cape Cobras can soar to new heights thanks to Pollard, Kleinveldt, but need favours, says Levi

The weather gods have not been too kind to the Buildnat Cape Cobras, although it would be a shameful remark to call the rain an intruder, as it is sorely needed in South Africa to end an alarming drought. Yet, despite the two stalemates in their last two games due to rain, the Cape Cobras produced one of the finest domestic batting performances in the CSA T20 Challenge competition against the defending champions, the Multiply Titans, on Friday. The match ended in a draw with…

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Youngest ever centurion in maiden ODI’s to represent Pakistan at Newlands

A star-studded Pakistan Veterans team, featuring six players who formerly represented their country, and a Western Province veteran’ team, will clash at the iconic PPC Newlands on Thursday (24th November) from 11h00 in a 30-over match. Arguably the best known amongst the tourists is Saleem Elahi, who scored a century on debut in a One Day International at the tender age of 18, the youngest ever in the world to achieve that feat in his maiden ODI. Mahmood Khan, manager of the team who is…

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Sunfoil Provincial 3-Day/CSA Provincial One Day Competition: Boland vs. Free State

Sunfoil Provincial 3-Day/CSA Provincial One Day Competition: Boland vs. Free State: 24-27 October 2016 The Free State squad selected for the Sunfoil Provincial 3-Day and CSA Provincial One Day Competitions against Boland at Boland Park, Paarl: Driaan Bruwer Leus du Plooy Jonathan Draai Dillon du Preez Michael Erlank Kalipa Cele Sammy Mofokeng Luthando Myanda Tshepo Nthuli Rudi Second (W/k) Dylan Stanley Pite van Biljon (Captain) Gino Vries Team will be finalized before start of play. Management: Head Coach – Edward Mokoenanyana

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Buildnat Cape Cobras release Piedt on loan to Multiply Titans

The decision by the Buildnat Cape Cobras to release their international off-spinner Dane Piedt on loan to the Multiply Titans for the remainder of the T20 Challenge tournament was motivated by their commitment to selflessly serve the national game, said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Cobras. The Buildnat Cape Cobras on Monday agreed to release Piedt after the Western Cape-franchise received a request from the Titans. Piedt, one of South Africa’s premier spinners who represented the Proteas in the test series against England…

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Cobras can still emerge victorious from congested T20 Challenge mid-table, says Linde

The performance by the spinners George Linde and Nkululeko Serame as well as the fast bowlers Rory Kleinveldt and Dane Paterson have been a source of inspiration for the Buildnat Cape Cobras which propelled them to their maiden T20 Challenge win against the Warriors on Friday at PPC Newlands. And despite the heart-breaking three run loss on Sunday (according to the Duckworth/Lewis method of recalculation) against the bizhub Highveld Lions, Linde is not deflated.  “The Buildnat Cape Cobras can still win this competition. There are…

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Buildnat Cape Cobras squad vs Warriors, T20 Challenge

The Buildnat Cape Cobras squad for their T20 Challenge match against the Warriors at PPC Newlands on Friday 18th November 2016 Justin Ontong (Captain) Beuran Hendricks Rory Kleinveldt Richard Levi George Linde Aviwe Mgijima Tshepo Moreki Wayne Parnell Dane Paterson Keegan Petersen (W/Keeper) Kieron Pollard Nkululeko Serame Jason Ssmith Cebo Tshiki

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Ontong said costly errors in final five overs at heart of loss by much improved Cape Cobras

A new vibrancy was present in the rejuvenated Buildnat Cape Cobras team, but they scored 20 to 30 runs too little and left too many dot balls unpunished. They also conceded too many extras, said Justin Ontong, the skipper. He commented on the disappointing six-wicket loss to the Multiply Titans at Boland Park in Paarl on Wednesday in the T20 Challenge competition. The Buildnat Cape Cobras, on 93 for two after 13.5 overs, managed 141 for six. The Multiply Titans, on 90 for four after…

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Senior Buildnat Cape Cobras’ stars must lead from front, says Pollard

The senior stalwarts like himself (Kieron Pollard), Richard Levi, Rory Kleinveldt and Justin Ontong must carry the Buildnat Cape Cobras in the T20 Challenge and allow the younger players to chip in around them, said Pollard. Pollard, Caribbean all-rounder and already a veteran of 50 T20-matches and 101 One Day Internationals for the West Indies, said despite the 38-run defeat against the VKB Knights in the opening clash of the domestic T20 Challenge, he has seen a positive vibe in the team and some smiling…

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Adams emphasizes importance of acceleration and consolidation at right moments

Paul Adams remained up-beat about the Buildnat Cape Cobras and their title-chances this season despite their 38-run loss against the VKB Knights at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday in the opening clash of the T20 Challenge. Adams said the squad is a great one and the availability of Wayne Parnell (he might still be indisposed during this week) will bolster the Cape Cobras. “We need to be calm and clear on our bowling plans and don’t doubt ourselves. From a fielding point of view…

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Buildnat Cape Cobras select a squad with an international flavour for T20 Challenge

Judging by the squad assembled by the Buildnat Cape Cobras for the opening match of the T20 Challenge at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday 12th November, the VKB Knights’ bowling attack should prepare them for an onslaught of Herculean proportions. The Cobras’ top- and middle-order will be difficult to contain if they perform to their potential. Five stars that played international cricket, is in the squad. Justin Ontong wore the captain’s armband for South Africa in January 2015 in a T20-match and will be…

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Return of Pollard for T20 Challenge ‘boosts Cobras’

In a stunning reversal of fortunes which will significantly boost the title-aspirations of the Buildnat Cape Cobras, the West Indian Cricket Board (WICB) issued a No-Objection Certificate to the world-class Caribbean all-rounder Kieron Pollard which will allow him to represent the Cobras in Saturday’s opening match of this season’s T20 Challenge against the VKB Knights at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium. This happened within 24 hours after the WICB’s declaration that a NOC won’t be issued to the Trinidad and Tobago star as he was levied…

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Win part of a million if you catch a six in T20 Challenge at Paarl, PPC Newlands

Cricket’s most explosive format and a big-hit extravaganza of note, the T20 Challenge, has announced an added initiative to lure thousands more spectators through the turnstiles. Every fan who completes a one-handed catch off a six will receive part of a million rand. The Buildnat Cape Cobras’ first three clashes in November in the highly anticipated T20 Challenge will be hosted by Boland Park (against the Multiply Titans on Wednesday 16th November), against the Warriors (on Friday 18th November at PPC Newlands) and against the…

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WP, Vodacom join forces to make mobile phone use a breeze at iconic PPC Newlands

PPC Newlands, who boasts the most impressive attendance figure of all domestic grounds for international matches, have launched a ground-breaking initiative in association with the leading cellular network Vodacom to dramatically increase the fan experience at the iconic venue. Vodacom invested R3.6 million to deploy a spherical antenna on top of the PPC Newlands cricket scoreboard to ensure fast and reliable data services. Its ingenious use of an old technique dating back to the 1940’s, delivered remarkable and instant results. The newly implemented device was…

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Indifferent bowling against lower order a problem area, says Paterson

ndifferent bowling to nine, ten and Jack and perhaps a lack of clear vision on how to dismiss the tailenders contributed to the Buildnat Cape Cobras’ unconvincing bowling performances against the VKB Knights, said Dane Paterson. The Knights beat the Cape Cobras by 175 runs in the previous round of Sunfoil Series matches in Bloemfontein. Paterson (27) was a standout-performer for South Africa A in the quadrangular tournament in Australia during the South African off-season. But the fast bowler admits he is not operating at…

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Sunfoil Provincial 3-Day/CSA Provincial One Day Competition: Easterns vs. Free State: 6-8 October 2016

The Free State squad selected for the Sunfoil Provincial 3-Day Competition against Easterns at Willowmoore Park, Benoni: Patrick Botha (Captain) Driaan Bruwer Jonathan Draai Leus Du Plooy Andries Gous (W/K) Sammy Mofokeng Paballo Mogoera Tsepo Nthuli Romano Terblanche Raynard van Tonder Gino Vries Sean Whitehead Lwandiswa Zuma Team will be finalized before start of play. Management: Head Coach – Edward Mokoenanyana Assistant Coach – Quinton Friend

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