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World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince has announced his squad for the 2020/2021 season.

Boland duo, batsman Isma-eel Gafieldien and fast bowler Ziyaad Abrahams, have been rewarded with franchise contracts after impressive seasons for Boland in both the CSA 3 Day Provincial and 1 Day Competitions. Gafieldien finished the tournament with 712 runs, at an average of 54.76, including 3 centuries and 2 half centuries, whilst Abrahams took 17 wickets at an average of 24.17 in 6 three day matches and 10 wickets at an average of 13.70 in four 1 Day matches.

There is also a first professional contract for SA U19 batsman Jonathan Bird who impressed during last season’s Momentum One Day Cup after being called-up to the side when Janneman Malan and Kyle Verreynne were away on Proteas duty, scoring 167 runs in 5 matches, including his maiden half century for the franchise.

There is a return to the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras for fast bowler Tshepo Moreki who impressed for the Momentum Multiply Titans last season, whilst there will be a huge Cape Town welcome for all-rounders Corbin Bosch (from Titans), Onke Nyaku (from Warriors) and Calvin Savage (from Dolphins). All three players will offer Prince enormous amount in all facets of the game.

Spinner Imraan Manack joins the franchise after having enjoyed a fruitful Momentum One Day Cup for the Titans last season, ending the tournament as their top wicket-taker with 13 wickets and he will be out to plug the gap left by Dane Piedt who will be furthering his cricket career in the USA.

Former Titans batsman left-hand batsman Tony de Zorzi, joins the squad looking to take the next step in his career and the 22-year-old is looking forward to being mentored by Prince: “I really wanted to work with Ashwell,” said De Zorzi in a recent interview with Cricket Fanatics Magazine.

“He’s played at the highest level and he knows what it takes to be successful at that level, especially as a batsman. He’s straightforward, and I like that. I’ve seen a lot of youngsters like Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne, Zubayr Hamza and Jason Smith excel under his coaching. The Cobras squad is a young one with a lot of exciting talent and I’d like to be part of that team culture,” he added.

In announcing his squad for next season, Prince expressed his confidence that the players he has recruited will fit right into his squad and deliver top performances as the franchise seeks to get back to winning ways after a disappointing 2019/2020 season.

“We’re absolutely delighted with our work during what is now becoming more and more like a football transfer window. We have been a very competitive squad in 4 day cricket over the last 3 years but no so much in white-ball cricket. I believe all the new signings will bolster our squad, especially in the shorter formats and give us a more competitive squad for all the formats.”

Prince also paid tribute a number of stalwarts who have left the franchise from a playing point of view.

“I’d also like to pay tribute to Western Province and Cape Cobras stalwarts Vernon Philander, Rory Kleinveldt, Dane Piedt and Dane Paterson for their commitment and outstanding performances for the region over the years.

“I also want to wish the following players, Lizaad Williams, Matthew Kleinveldt, Ferisco Adams, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Tladi Bokako, Simon Khomari and Thando Ntini all the best with their journeys that they have chosen.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras CEO Nabeal Dien congratulated the new members of the squad: “We are very happy with the business we have done in this period, we have brought in players who we know have the capabilities, combined with the expertise of Ashwell and his entire management team, to take the next step up in their respective careers and represent the Proteas like a number of our players have done over the past few seasons.”

Western Cape Cricket Chairman Nic Kock wished the squad well for what is going to be a tough season ahead: “The Covid-19 experience has put life for many South Africans into perspective and we continue to encourage Cobras fans to stay at home and adhere to all the lockdown conditions laid out by our Government. We have made some exciting new signings that should add consistency to our positive brand of cricket in our drive to secure silverware.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Squad 2020/2021:

Ziyaad Abrahams, Jonathan Bird, Corbin Bosch, Nandre Burger, Tony de Zorzi, Isma-eel Gafieldien, Zubayr Hamza, George Linde, Pieter Malan, Janneman Malan, Imraan Manack, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyyaka, Tshepo Moreki, Onke Nyaku, Calvin Savage, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras all-rounder George Linde rounded off his season of personal success by adding three more Awards at the Annual World Sports Betting Cape Cobras end of season Awards. Whilst there was no official function due to the country-wide lockdown, the Awards signal the official end to the 2019/2020 season which was curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras fast bowler Thando Ntini was awarded the YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR. Ntini was called up to coach Ashwell Prince’s squad from the Western Province team prior to the third round of the 4 Day Series and never looked back as he went on to play in 9 of the Cobras’ 10 Momentum One Day Cup matches and was the top wicket-taker for the franchise in the tournament with 14 wickets at an average of 28.28 and an economy rate of 5.53.

Zubayr Hamza was awarded the MOMENTUM ONE DAY CUP PLAYER OF THE YEAR after he showed sublime form and character throughout the tournament which included two centuries and three half centuries as well as taking on the captaincy reigns during a disappointing tournament for his side. Hamza finished the competition with 582 runs from 10 innings at an average of 58.2 and included a career-best innings of 156 for good measure.

Linde was awarded the CSA 4 DAY SERIES PLAYER OF THE YEAR in a campaign where he took 30 wickets at an average of just 20.96, including two 10-wicket match hauls in just 6 matches. His best innings haul was 7/64 with a best match-haul of 11/131 against the Dolphins in Oudtshoorn. He underlined his value as one of the country’s best all-rounders with 345 runs, including 2 centuries at an average of 49.28.

Linde, who was recently named as the South African Cricketers Association (SACA) MVP, also earned the PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD after he earned the most votes from his peers for his overall contributions to the team during the past season.

To put the icing on the cake of success throughout the season, Linde was named as the WORLD SPORTS BETTING CAPE COBRAS PLAYER OF THE YEAR.

Head coach Ashwell Prince congratulated all the Award winners: “Whilst it was a disappointing season for the team, we have quite a few individual highlights to celebrate. Zubayr Hamza was absolutely sensational during the Momentum One Day Cup, scoring 582 runs at a strike rate of 97 dispelling any claims that he might only be a long format player.

“In the same competition young Thando Ntini brought a lot of energy and effervescence, which is synonymous with the Ntini name and bowled beautifully in his maiden Momentum One Day Cup campaign. We wish him everything of the best on his new journey.

“Then George Linde, our Player of the Year. With two 10 wicket hauls and 2 Franchise 100’s in 4 Day Cricket, he earned a well-deserved Test debut and call up to the ODI squad for the India tour. George is starting to have real belief in his ability, and this is showing in these colossal performances for the Cobras.

“Congratulations to all our Award winners,” he concluded.

Despite the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras experiencing a trophy-less season in both domestic competitions, Western Cape Cricket Chairman Nic Kock expressed pride in the amount of Cobras players who took the step up to international level during this past season as well as in the affiliates who continue to produce young talent for the franchise team.

“George (Linde) made his Test debut in India and was called up to both T20 and ODI squads of the Proteas during the 2019/2020 season.  Janneman (Malan) and debutant Kyle (Verreynne) made telling contributions in their ODI appearances on home soil during the successful series against Australia.  Both Dane Paterson and Pieter (Malan) deservedly earned their first Test caps against England with Pieter showing extreme grit in the epic New Year’s Test at Newlands. There was also a return to Test cricket for Dane Piedt (India) and Zubayr Hamza (England). Zubayr showed great character when he was dropped from the Test team. He re-joined the WSB Cape Cobras in the new role of captain for the Momentum One Day Cup and proceeded to finish as the 2nd top run scorer in the competition. This meant he ended up as the top run getter for the Cobras that ultimately earned him the MODC Player of the Season for the franchise.

“On a local front, it was very comforting to see our affiliates WP, SWD and Boland producing exciting young players for our Franchise. We remain grateful to our loyal fans and our commercial partners whose support has transformed the WSB Cape Cobras into the biggest brand on the domestic scene.”

Outgoing Western Cape Cricket CEO Nabeal Dien outlined his wish for the franchise as he concludes his tenure at the end of April. “Whilst it is crucial to celebrate the individual successes of our players, we now have to get the formula right to start winning competitions again.

“On a personal note, I find it a fitting farewell to be leaving the franchise as some of the players who I have seen come through from Under 12 level – the likes of Vernon Philander, JP Duminy, Rory Kleinveldt,  Hashim Amla – finish their careers at the same time as I do. As I leave my post, I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved on my journey and I wish the franchise and our affiliates only success in the future.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Award Winners:

Young Player of the Year: Thando Ntini

CSA 4 Day Series Player of the Year: George Linde

Momentum One Day Cup Player of the Year: Zubayr Hamza

Players’ Player of the Year: George Linde

Player of the Year: George Linde

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince is preparing his side for the next three crucial Momentum One Day Cup matches as he calls on his team to step up and secure a semi-final spot in the competition.

With the team currently sitting last on the table, Prince is under no illusions as to the task ahead after a disappointing campaign to date. “We’ve had a couple of weeks off and maybe not at a bad time for us as we’ve been through a bit of a bad patch in terms of results, so we had a warm-up match yesterday to get the guys back into the groove before we headed off to Oudtshoorn.

“A couple of guys like Zubayr and Jono Bird are still playing good cricket, hitting the ball nicely, so I’m hoping one or two guys can find a bit more touch before the next game. The next week or two that’s coming up are quite important to us because they are all must-win games. We’ve got the Knights coming up first in Oudtshoorn on Saturday. We’ve had a good few results over there over the last couple of years, it’s been a good ground for us so we’re looking forward to playing there again.

Prince will have to do without Proteas trio Janneman Malan, who scored his maiden ODI century in a match-winning effort over Australia on Wednesday, Kyle Verreynne, who has shown impressive maturity in his opening two international matches which earned him a spot in the squad to tour India next week, and George Linde who received his first call-up to the ODI squad, but Prince is encouraging the new players in the squad to take their opportunities.

“This squad has been hit by some call-ups to the national team which is always a positive, but obviously missing Kyle Verreynne, Janneman Malan and George Linde leaves a big hole in the team, but that gives an opportunity to other people to stake a claim and cement their place in the Cobras and look to emulate others who have gone on to get call-ups to the national team.”

A few of those beneficiaries of the national call-ups include SWD spinner Tsepo Ndwandwa who returns to the Cobras squad after playing last season for Prince’s squad, whilst wicket-keeper batsman Mangaliso Mosehle will be looking to make an immediate impact for the side he joined on loan this week. There is also a first call-up to the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad for WP hard-hitting batsman Tayo Walbrugh, who is rewarded for some good form for Paul Adams’ WP side and could get the chance to make his franchise debut against the VKB Knights.

The match at The Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn starts at 10h00.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Zubayr Hamza (Captain), Ferisco Adams, Jonathan Bird, Rory Kleinveldt, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Mangaliso Mosehle, Pieter Malan, Tsepo Ndwandwa, Thando Ntini, Dane Piedt, Jason Smith, Tayo Walbrugh, Lizaad Williams

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince believes his team is currently just short of where they need to be and has challenged them to improve when they face the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in their latest Momentum One-Day Cup outing in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The hosts have not been too bad so far this season but have still ended up losing three of their five matches to sit second-bottom on the standings at the halfway point of the regular season.

In fact, they scored 300-plus in their last game and still ended up losing to the Imperial Lions, a loss that disappointed Prince.

“The captain (Zubayr Hamza) batted really well in the last game and was very unfortunate to be on the losing side after such and unbelievable innings (of 156),” he said. “Posting 300 on the Highveld these days is not quite enough.

“We probably fell about 20 or 30 runs short, so fair play to the Lions for chasing that down.”

The Cape side have had two scores in the 270s and just one really poor showing when they made 207 in a loss to the Titans.

They are up against a Dolphins side whom they beat last time out when a score of 320 took them to victory in Pietermaritzburg.

“Now we’re looking forward to tomorrow,” Prince added. “We beat the Dolphins a couple of weeks ago, but they’re a solid outfit.

“They’ve got some solid batsmen and have been playing well. They also have good balance in their bowling attack with quite a bit of spin in there.

“They’re a strong side but all the teams are strong to be honest. There’s no easy games and the Dolphins will be tough.”

With the season now heading into the second half for the Cobras, every match is important. “We’re going to have to dig deep in these games,” Prince concluded. “We can’t expect any to be easy. There’s no easy in professional sport.

“We’re going to have to raise our game because at the moment we’re falling just short…five or ten percent. We have to bring a little bit more tomorrow.”

The Dolphins, meanwhile, find themselves top of the table after winning three out of four games.

Coach Imraan Khan admits that things have gone well, but he feels they need to try and stay focussed on the current rather than get ahead of themselves.

“It’s been a good start to the campaign, the boys have played really good cricket,” Khan stated. “The game in Maritzburg against the Cobras was a bit of a frustrating one for us as a team.

“We still feel the rain came at a time when we were controlling the game, but it was a good effort to get as close as we did.

“Ahead of this next one the focus remains on one game at a time, the next one being this return game against the Cobras. There’s still a long way to go and a lot of hard work ahead in the competition.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras legend Rory Kleinveldt will be playing his final match at his beloved home ground Newlands and to celebrate and thank the fans for the support over the years, he’s buying a round of beer for the Newlands Faithful.

The Cobras squad is: Aviwe Mgijima, Kyle Verreynne, Jason Smith, Pieter Malan, Zubayr Hamza (capt), Janneman Malan, Mihlali Mpongwana, Thando Ntini, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Dane Paterson, Nandre Burger, Jonathan Bird, Akhona Mnyaka.

The Dolphins squad is: Sarel Erwee, Grant Roelofsen, Khaya Zondo, Sibz Makhanya, Senuran Muthusamy, Marques Ackerman, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Keshav Maharaj (capt), Prenelan Subrayen, Rob Frylink, Daryn Dupavillon, Okuhle Cele, Kerwin Mungroo, Keith Dudgeon.

HEAD TO HEAD – World Sports Betting Cape Cobras v Hollywoodbets Dolphins

Matches Played            32

Cobras Win                   12

Dolphins Win                16

Tie                                   01 

No Result                       03

MATCH STATS (MOMENTUM ONE-DAY CUP) WORLD SPORTS BETTING CAPE COBRAS HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS
Highest Score 320/6 (Pietermaritzburg 2019/20) 315/7 (Durban 2017/18)
Lowest Score 111 (Cape Town 2007/08) 171 (Durban 2015/16)
Highest Individual Score 129 MZ Hamza (Pietermaritzburg 2019/20) 116* SJ Erwee (Pietermaritzburg 2019/20)
Best bowling in an innings 5-46 AC Dawson (Cape Town 2006/07) 5-42 CJ Alexander (Durban 2013/14)

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras head coach Ashwell Prince heaped praise on young fast bowler Thando Ntini after he put in a fantastic effort with the ball in their opening Momentum One Day Cup match against the Warriors in Oudtshoorn on Sunday.

Despite missing out on a maiden five-wicket haul on his white-ball debut for the Cobras, Ntini finished with impressive figures of 4/36 in 9.1 overs. He unfortunately wasn’t able to complete his 10th and final over and had to leave the field with cramp, but Prince is impressed with what he has seen so far and has no doubt that he has inherited his father’s (Makhaya Ntini) work ethic.

“It is really exciting for him to be able to make his debut, and having his father there on commentary.”

“Apart from Pieter Malan’s 100 with the batting, in terms of the bowling front, he basically put in a Man of the Match performance and I’m really happy for him.”

“A lot of credit must go to him because he works hard and he has something that he definitely has taken from his Father, which is his work ethic, he has a great work ethic.”

“He trains hard, he works on his batting, bowling, fielding and everything. He deserves the rewards that he is getting.”

Ntini will be hoping to continue his impressive start to the campaign when the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras take on the Imperial Lions at Eurolux Boland Park on Friday.

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.

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

CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) named six uncapped players in the Standard Bank Proteas squad for the first two Test matches against England to be played over the festive season.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras duo of fast bowler Dane Paterson and opening batsman Pieter Malan, the Imperial Lions trio of batsman Rassie van der Dussen, fast bowler Beuran Hendricks and all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius, and Warriors wicketkeeper/batsman Rudi Second have all been included in the Proteas squad which will assemble for a training camp later this week.

Second was selected for the previous Test series in India but had to withdraw through injury. Paterson, Van der Dussen, Hendricks and Pretorius have all represented the Proteas in white ball internationals.

The first Test match takes place at SuperSport Park, Centurion, from December 26 to 30 and the second at Newlands from January 3 to 7.

Lungi Ngidi of the Momentum Multiply Titans and Wiaan Mulder of the Imperial Lions could not be considered because of injury while Aiden Markram of the Momentum Multiply Titans is recovering well from injury.

“The high number of uncapped players coming into the squad is a reflection of our policy to acknowledge players who do well at franchise level and have put their hands up for selection,” commented CSA Independent Selector, Linda Zondi.

“Van der Dussen, who is third on the current four-day batting averages, and Pretorius, who has established himself as the leading all-rounder, are clear examples of this.

“Following the same trend Paterson has been the second leading wicket-taker in four-day cricket this season, including a 7-wicket haul in an innings, and we want to go into the Test series will a full arsenal of fast bowlers who have always provided one of our traditional strengths.

“Beuran Hendricks is also part of this strategy and adds variety to the attack as a left-arm swing bowler.

“Malan has been one of the most consistent runs scorers in franchise cricket for many seasons now and, as a specialist opening batsman, he provides cover for Markram, while Second provides cover in the wicketkeeping department and is a top order batsman in his own right.

“The selection of the A side to play England in a three-day tour match is confirmation of our policy to make this team our official South African 2nd XI and it has a good mix of experienced and young players with Pite van Biljon, Kyle Verreynne, Glenton Stuurman and Nandre Burger all being chosen at this level for the first time.

“Van Biljon and Verreynne are both in the top six on the four-day batting averages while we have gone for a young fast bowling attack as we look to develop our depth in this area,” concluded Mr. Zondi.

Standard Bank Proteas Test squad: Faf du Plessis (Momentum Multiply Titans, capt), Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Quinton de Kock (Momentum Multiply Titans), Dean Elgar (Momentum Multiply Titans), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Pieter Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), Zubayr Hamza (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Dane Paterson (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Vernon Philander (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Dwaine Pretorius (Imperial Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Imperial Lions), Rudi Second (Warriors), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions)

Management

Head coach: Mark Boucher

Assistant coach: Enoch Nkwe

Team manager: Volvo Masubelele

Fielding coach: Justin Ontong

Strength and Conditioning coach: Tumi Masekela

Physiotherapist: Craig Govender

Performance analyst: Prasanna Agoram

Media Manager: Sipokazi Sokanyile

Security Manager: Zunaid Wadee

SA A squad (to play England at Willowmoore Park from December 20-22): Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Nandre Burger (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Theunis de Bruyn (Momentum Multiply Titans), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Pieter Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dane Piedt (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors), Glenton Stuurman (Warriors), Pite van Biljon (VKB Knights), Kyle Verreynne (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras)

Head Coach: Ashwell Prince

Assistant Coaches: Malibongwe Maketa and Piet Botha

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince was encouraged with his team’s performance in the drawn match against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg in round 3 of the CSA 4 Day Domestic Series.

With bad light and rain hampering the match, it was always going to be tough for both teams to push for a win, but with the Dolphins 6-down by the time the captains shook hands on the draw, Prince was full of praise for his side.

“Once again, it was disappointing to run out of time to force home a result with bad light and rain on day 1 and 2 – more or less a full day’s play was washed out. That ended our chances of pushing on for the victory.

“In the first innings, it was really encouraging on a flat pitch to get them 9 wickets down for 325 so credit to all our bowlers. Unfortunately Pieter (Malan) lost his wicket early at the start of our 1st innings, but Janneman (Malan) and Matthew (Kleinveldt) were unbelievable in that partnership.

“To have a partnership of over 220, without barely offering up a chance to the fielding side, is remarkable and an unbelievable effort from those two.

“Kyle (Verryenne) chipped in with another half century – he is in rich vein of form at the moment.

“There has been a lot of comments of late about the depth and quality of cricket in our country, but these two younger guys, Janneman and Kyle, have showed what quality they have.

Prince was also full of praise for the ‘more experienced’ Kleinveldt who notched up a career-best 175 in his 100th First Class match.

“With Matthew being a senior provincial player for a number of years who has struggled to break into the Cobras team and get a continuous run of games, it was really rewarding for him and for everyone else in the system for him to get his career best of 175. He has waited a long time for his opportunity and he took it with both hands and we couldn’t be happier for him.”

With three away matches in a row up front in the competition, Prince has been encouraged by the determination of his side as they look to earn their first win of the campaign when they face up to the Warriors at Newlands starting on Monday.

“All in all, we’ve had 2 matches back-to-back where we’ve pushed our opposition to the end. We’ve played some good cricket and that first win is just around the corner,” he concluded.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince has called up young fast bowler Thando Ntini to his squad for the CSA 4 Day Domestic Series Round 3 clash against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins starting in Pietermaritzburg on Monday.

Ntini made his first-class debut for Western Province in February this year and he will be hoping to make his Cobras debut this week, after replacing Simon Khomari in the squad.

The Cobras’ first two matches of the season were played away from home, including an opening round loss to the Imperial Lions and a drawn match against the Momentum Multiply Titans last week. Looking ahead to the journey to KZN for the Cobras’ next away game, Prince admitted it was not a happy place for the Cobras to visit, but hoped the tables will turn in round three.

“It’s going to be another tough one,” he concluded. “Obviously another away game, this time in Maritzburg. It’s a place in my experiences, maybe the Dolphins have had good results there, but I always find it very difficult to get good results there.

“Hopefully this time around it will be different and we’ll have a surface that gives both teams a chance of getting a result.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Squad: Pieter Malan (c), David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Nandre Burger, Matthew Kleinveldt, Janneman Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Tsepo Ndwandwa, Thando Ntini, Dane Paterson, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne