World Sports Betting Cape Cobras all-rounder Rory Kleinveldt officially retired from first-class cricket at the conclusion of the Cobras’ Four Day Franchise series match against the Warriors at PPC Newlands on Thursday.

Kleinveldt Tweet soon after the match, “Finally lost the love for the toil!!!! Been a great ride and made some unbelievable memories. Love to all my teammates, coaches, family and friends for the support over the 17 years.”

Kleinveldt captured 454 wickets in 148 first-class matches for Western Province, the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and Northampton.

His 9-65, a career-best, came for Northampton, in the 2017-2018 season in which he nipped out 50 first-class batsmen.

Kleinveldt also represented South Africa in four Test matches, ten On Day Internationals and six T20 Internationals.

A burly bowling all-rounder, Kleinveldt won the first match of the Four-day franchise series against the VKB Knights with a four and a towering six when the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras started shakily.

As a youngster, he was a member of South Africa’s U19 team which made the final of the 2002 Cricket World Cup for age groups.

He was fast-tracked into first-class cricket by Western Province in the 2002/2003 season.

Kleinveldt made his debut for South Africa in the test arena against Australia in the 2012/2013 season and captured 3-65 at Adelaide versus the Baggy Greens.

A hard-hitting lower order batsman and a bowler who seams the ball both ways, Kleinveldt will remain part of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ white-ball campaigns.