Thando Ntini marked his franchise debut with four wickets to help the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras launch their 2019/20 Momentum One-Day Cup season with a comfortable 31-run DLS win over the Warriors in Oudtshoorn on Sunday.

The teenage paceman, son of one of South Africa’s greatest fast bowlers, Makhaya, was on fire for the hosts bagging, four for 36 in 9.1 overs, before pulling up injured at the Recreation Ground where inclement weather reduced the match to 49 overs per side.

However, his efforts went a long way towards quashing any of the hopes of the visitors, who had earlier watched recently-capped Standard Bank Proteas batsman Pieter Malan move past 4000 List A runs with his 12th career century.

The opener made 106 off 114 balls (9 fours, 2 sixes) to lead his team to 274 for six after winning the toss and batting.

There was also a key half-century from all-rounder Jason Smith (76 off 86 balls, 7 fours), with George Linde crunching three sixes in his unbeaten 31 off 14 balls at the death that sent the target to 275.

Ntini then rocked the Warriors’ batting when he was introduced into the attack in the seventh over of the chase.

By then the Eastern Cape franchise had raced to 33 for none after six, but the 19-year-old got rid of Matthew Breetzke (23) with his third ball and then sent Gihahn Cloete (16) on his way with his 10th delivery of bowling at this level.

His main support came from George Linde (2/58), but all the bowlers got stuck in with a wicket apiece.

The Warriors’ only realistic chance of winning was when top-scorer Rudi Second (66 of 65 balls, 5 fours) was in the middle, but he too succumbed to Ntini.

The dismissal of the wicketkeeper made it 174 for six, ending any realistic hopes for the chasing side as the Cobras eventually dismissed them for 245 in 47.1 overs.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince has named his squad to take on the Warriors in the opening match of the Momentum 1 Day Cup at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn on Sunday.

There is a return to action for veteran all-rounder Rory Kleinveldt who retired from first-class cricket at the end of last season but continues to be available for white-ball cricket.

After some excellent performances in senior provincial cricket, wicket-keeper batsman Hanno Kotze from Boland and Western Province all-rounder Mihlali Mpongwana, have been called up to the Cobras squad alongside Thando Ntini, who has featured for the Cobras throughout the 4 Day Series and gets his chance to play white-ball cricket for the Cobras.

Batsman David Bedingham has signed a contract with English County side Durham and will therefore not be available for selection for the Momentum One Day Cup campaign.

The Cobras will also have to do without opening batsman Janneman Malan and wicket-keeper / batsman Kyle Verreynne, who both earned national call-ups for the One Day International series against England starting in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Ashwell Prince has received a boost to his squad however, with Test players Pieter Malan, Dane Paterson and Zubayr Hamza returning for the 1 Day Cup campaign.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Squad: Dane Piedt, Aviwe Mgijima, Simon Khomari, Jason Smith, Pieter Malan, Zubayr Hamza, Hanno Kotze, Mihlali Mpongwana, Thando Ntini, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Dane Paterson, Nandre Burger.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras batsman David Bedingham has signed a season-long contract with English County team Durham.

The 25-year-old will therefore be unavailable for selection for the Momentum One Day Cup which gets underway this weekend.

Bedingham, who is in his second full season as a Cobras-contracted player expressed his appreciation to a franchise he has supported all his life.

“I’m obviously upset to be leaving my Cobras family which has been an environment that I’ve thrived in since joining at the start of the 2018/2019 season. I want to thank my coaches Ashwell Prince and Faiek Davids for giving me the opportunity to play for this proud franchise. I’ve always supported the Cobras since I was a young boy so to play for this team was a dream come true and I hope to always have an affinity with the franchise.”

In explaining why he joined Durham, Bedingham, who has an ancestral UK Visa, said he was looking forward to the challenge.

“The opportunity to join Durham is one that I am excited about and the kind of person I am, I thrive on challenges, after having overcome a number of them during my life to date, and instead of being daunted by the challenge, I am confident that I will continue my growth as a cricketer.”

“Finally, I’d like to thank Cape Cobras CEO Mr Nabeal Dien for the guidance since I was 11-years-old, he has seen my progression through the WP ranks and I hope to continue the teachings he has imparted on me throughout the years.”

“I wish my Cobras team-mates everything of the best for the Momentum One Day Cup and for the future.”

Cobras CEO Nabeal Dien expressed his sadness at losing a player of Bedingham’s quality in the Cape. “I’ve known David since he was a young boy and have seen him go through an horrific car accident and come back even stronger and I was very proud when we were in a position to offer him a full franchise contract. Although I’m sad to see him leave this franchise, he goes with my best wishes.”

Coach Ashwell Prince commented on Bedingham’s departure and urged the powers that be to get to the crux of the matter why players are leaving South Africa.

“It’s about opportunity, it’s about uncertainty for the players. We tried everything to keep David here. In my honest opinion he has a better chance to play international cricket for South Africa if he had to stay. It’s high time that CSA sits down and look at things a little bit closer and get to the fact of the matter of why players are leaving, don’t beat around the bush, that’s where we’re at. I have a good understanding why he left, if anyone at CSA has spoken to him, they will also understand the reason.“

“If I have to criticise, people who can play at the highest level cannot just be seen around every corner, you just don’t see it; it’s 1% of players who can play at the highest level. Not everybody can play at that level and yes, there’s no guarantee that David could go on to play at the highest level, but in my opinion I feel that he had a good chance to play international cricket. Some people might say he has not done enough yet, but you can argue that he should at least be around the SA ‘A’ squads at the very least and he hasn’t had an opportunity at that level. The reality is that we can’t keep pretending there is nothing wrong.”

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras begin their Momentum One Day Cup campaign against the Warriors on Sunday. The match takes place at The Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn from 10am. The match will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

A career-best 83 by captain Lizaad Williams helped the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras establish marginal control over the Warriors after a rain shortened second day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter at Buffalo Park in East London on Tuesday.

The fast bowler faced 131 balls and struck 10 fours and a six to beat his previous best mark of 53 against the Imperial Lions in Paarl two seasons back as the visitors amassed 333.

The hosts then lost two wickets in reply, before closing on 104 for two – still trailing by 229. Both teams will know that plenty of work still needs to be done in order to produce a result. After 79 overs were delivered on day one, day two yielded just 57 after rain forced an early lunch and early tea.

The Cobras, though, made good progress thanks to their captain, who moved them from 241 for eight overnight to 308 for nine in a fixture record ninth wicket stand with Nandre Burger (48).

The pair put on 125 together, before the captain was left stranded unbeaten at the end.

Tian Koekemoer was the pick of the bowlers with three for 64.

The Warriors then made a positive start to the reply as Eddie Moore (45) and Matthew Breetzke (40) put on 87 for the first wicket.

But Burger (1/31) and Thando Ntini (1/27) removed them late on to help the Cobras finish strongly.

Seamers Tian Koekemoer, Basheer Walters and Andrew Birch claimed two wickets each as the Warriors made a strong start to their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in East London on Monday.

Only one of the visiting batsmen managed to cross 40, with the men from the Mother City limping to an early stumps on 241 for eight at Buffalo Park.

Bad light meant that the full quota of overs was not possible with just 79 overs sent down and that was more than enough for the home side to take control of the contest.

This was after winning the toss and opting to bowl first in a match where they were again without regular captain Jon-Jon Smuts and Sisanda Magala due to national duty.

However, unlike last week where they made a poor start to the game against the VKB Knights, which proved detrimental in defeat, they were much better out of the blocks.

Birch (2/46) struck twice in the first session to leave the visitors on 69 for three.

One of his wickets was top-scorer David Bedingham (41), with Walters (2/43) also keeping things tight from the other end.

Koekemoer (2/43) then got into the action after lunch when he dismissed Kyle Verreynne (34) and George Linde (23) – the Cobras slipping to 158 for six.

Bowlers Lizaad Williams (35) and Nandre Burger (18) did go some way towards bringing respectability to the scorecard with a 58-run ninth-wicket stand, but the day still belonged to the Warriors.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) is pleased to name Quinton de Kock as the new Standard Bank Proteas One-Day International captain.

He made his international debut in December 2012 after an impressive showing at that year’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Australia and was called up into the ODI squad just a short month later.

The 27-year-old wicket-keeper batsman boasts 115 ODI caps with 4 907 runs. An exciting talent from the beginning, De Kock has been one of South Africa’s standout and most consistent batsmen for several seasons with an ODI average of 45.01, 14 centuries, 24 half-centuries and a high score of 178 (off 113 balls, 16×4, 11x6s) which he made against Australia at SuperSport Park in September 2016.

CSA Acting Director of Cricket Graeme Smith commented;

“We all know the quality of the player that Quinton de Kock has grown to become. Over the years, we have watched him grow in confidence and become one of the top ODI wicket-keeper batsmen in the world. He has a unique outlook and manner in which he goes about his business and is tactically very street smart. We are confident that the new leadership role will bring out the best in him as a cricketer and that he can take the team forward into the future and produce results that South Africans the world over can be very proud of. We wish him the very best in this new role and look forward to watching him make his mark in this series against the World Cup Champions.”

With two weeks to go until the start of the ODI series against the reigning ICC World Cup Champions, CSA is delighted to also announce the following players who will make up the 15-man squad:

Quinton de Kock (captain, Momentum Multiply Titans), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Jon Jon Smuts (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Sisanda Magala (Warriors), Bjorn Fortuin (Imperial Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Janneman Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Kyle Verreynne (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras).

It is a young and exciting squad that boasts the cream of the South African domestic set-up’s crop. It is with great pride that the selectors have identified five players who are receiving an ODI call-up for the very first time, they are; Lutho Sipamla, Sisanda Magala, Bjorn Fortuin, Janneman Malan and Kyle Verreynne. CSA endeavours to reward consistently good performances and saw this series as an opportunity to reward youngsters who have excelled in the domestic structures for some time, while giving senior members of the Proteas team a rest in the heavily scheduled international season that faces them.

Four of the named players’ selection is dependent on their passing a fitness test as they work in the CSA Centre of Excellence in Pretoria to be match ready by the time the team meets in Cape Town on 31 January. Those players are Lungi Ngidi (who is making a comeback from injury), Sisanda Magala, Tabraiz Shamsi and Jon Jon Smuts.

CSA Independent Selector Linda Zondi said;

“We are really pleased with the squad we have selected, it is a good indication of the depth that we have in the country. The road towards the 2023 Cricket World Cup starts now and we want players doing well in our domestic structures to see the rewards of the hard work that they have put in. The pool that we build going forward is going to be vital in the selection of that 2023 World Cup squad but also without looking too far ahead, we are confident that we have players that will make South Africa proud in this ODI series against a confident England team.”

ODI Series Itinerary

February 2020

Tue 04 DN: 1st. ODI, Newlands, Cape Town

Fri 07 DN: 2nd. ODI, Kingsmead, Durban

Sun 09 Day: 3rd. ODI, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

The 4-Day Domestic Series is starting to hot up with plenty riding on the final round of games that start on Monday before the next break in the calendar – that will see the last two matches of 2019/20 to be played in late March and early April.

After the log-leading Imperial Lions were stunned by the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, who were last before the previous round of games, last week, the first-class franchise competition has taken a new twist.

All six teams now have a chance, with a good run from any of the teams in the final three rounds almost certain to give them a chance of winning the championship.

The defending champion Lions remain top of the table with 117.26 points, but their lead has been slashed dramatically to just over 13 points from the VKB Knights (103.92).

And in total only 35.72 points separate top from bottom, with the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras (81.54) now last.

Ashwell Prince’s men head to East London to face the Warriors in a must-win game as they aim to remain in contention.

David Bedingham has travelled with the squad after missing the match against the Momentum Multiply Titans due to concussion.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Dane Piedt (captain), Aviwe Mgijima, David Bedingham, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Matthew Kleinveldt, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Nandre Burger, Simon Khomari, Thando Ntini

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.

A third career century by Tony de Zorzi helped the Momentum Multiply Titans storm back and raise their prospects of salvaging a draw from their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The left-hander struck a fine 114 not out (225 balls, 16 fours, 1 six) and was supported perfectly by half centuries from Heinrich Klaasen (79 off 113 balls, 11 fours) and Farhaan Behardien (62 not out off 114 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) with the visitors closing day three on 271 for three.

That left them with a lead of 102 runs – a good turnaround considering the first innings difference between the sides was 169.

The Cobras had a career-best effort from George Linde to thank for getting them up to 456 after the all-rounder amassed an unbeaten 148 (185 balls, 16 fours, 3 sixes).

The Cobras had resumed on 404 for six overnight at Newlands, Linde beginning on 121, but he ran out of partners as Ryan Cartwright finished with four for 87.

The Titans lost two early wickets in the form of Victor Mahlangu (10) and Theunis de Bruyn (0). The pair fell to successive Jason Smith (2/27) balls, but it was one-way traffic from there. De Zorzi and Klaasen added 143 for the third wicket, followed by a 110-run stand that was unbroken for the next, giving the Titans an excellent chance of saving the game.

Centuries by Matthew Kleinveldt and George Linde put the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in a strong position after the second day of their 4-Day Domestic Series match against the Momentum Multiply Titans in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Opener Kleinveldt struck 142 (318 balls, 18 fours), his 12th career ton, with all-rounder Linde adding 121 not out (156 balls, 14 fours, 2 sixes), his third career three figure score, to help the hosts reach 404 for six at stumps.

That gave them a lead of 117 at Newlands, where there was also strong support from Jason Smith (59 off 114 balls, 9 fours) on a dominant day of batting. 

The Cobras had begun the morning on 62 for one replying to 287, with Simon Khomari (1) falling early to Marcello Piedt (1/74).

But Kleinveldt and Smith then combined for a third-wicket partnership that yielded 105.

A few quick wickets fell thereafter, two to pick of the bowlers Hardus Viljoen (2/90), before the former shared in a splendid 173-run sixth-wicket stand with Linde.

It was a combination that took the game completely away from the visitors, and although they did manage to dismiss Kleinveldt before the close, Linde was still there with his side in total control.