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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

Left-arm spinner, George Linde has received his maiden call-up into the Standard Bank Proteas’ One-Day International (ODI) team ahead of their short outbound tour to India from 12-17 March 2020. It will consist of a three-match ODI series taking place in Dharamsala, Lucknow and Kolkata.

The 15-man squad also sees the return of rested players, Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen to bolster the batting line-up as well as the retention of newcomer, Kyle Verreynne who impressed selectors with his score of 48 off 64 on debut against Australia in Paarl on Saturday (29 February). Keshav Maharaj and Lutho Sipamla are also among the retained players, the latter having the added excitement of a maiden outbound international tour.

The selections are a continuation of Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) search for the next generation of Proteas who will potentially represent the country in the 2023 ICC World Cup in India as well as an extension of the organization’s bid to give opportunities to young, up and coming players who have been making waves in the franchise system. It is also a good opportunity for the players selected to put their hands up and show what they are capable of in the tough playing conditions of India.

Tabraiz Shamsi was not available for selection as he and his wife Khadija are anticipating the imminent birth of their first-born child.

The full squad is as follows:

Quinton de Kock (captain, wicketkeeper, Momentum Multiply Titans), Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions), Faf du Plessis (Momentum Multiply Titans), Kyle Verreynne (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), George Linde (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins).

CSA Independent Selector, Linda Zondi expressed the Selection Panel’s pleasure at their chosen team as they continue the team’s rebuild after the losses of several senior players over the last 18 months.

“It is exciting to see the amount of competition for spots that we have within the team and in the franchises, it’s a good headache for us as selectors to have,” he commented. “We are satisfied with our picks for what will certainly be a challenging tour of India. We saw some promising performances last year from the T20 squad that travelled there and we wanted to give a player like George Linde another crack at the conditions which seemed to really suit him.

“We are also particularly pleased with the balance of youth and experience that we have achieved while our young leadership group continues to establish itself. We are looking forward to some good performances in this relatively short tour,” Zondi concluded.

Proteas India tour itinerary

Thursday, 12 March 2020           1st ODI Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala                                                       10:00

Sunday, 15 March 2020               2nd ODI Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow              10:00

Wednesday, 18 March 2020       3rd ODI Eden Gardens, Kolkata 10:00

A maiden List A century by Zubayr Hamza laid the foundation for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to edge the Hollywoodbets Dolphins by five runs on the DLS Method in their round three Momentum One-Day encounter in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday.

The Standard Bank Proteas batsman was in supreme form, striking 129 off 133 balls (8 fours, 1 six) to help his side amass 320 for six.

After a brief rain delay during the chase – and the target being revised to 286 in 43 overs – Jason Smith bagged three for 36 to restrict the hosts to 280 for nine.

It ended a closely-fought affair and inflicted a first loss of the 2019/20 term on the in-form KwaZulu-Natal outfit.

The Cobras were full value for their win, though, especially after the way they batted.

Another Protea, Pieter Malan offered them a strong start with his innings of 71 (81 balls, 8 fours) after they won the toss and batted. He put on 111 with Hamza for the second wicket, before Smith (29) and the top-scorer combined for 62 during their third-wicket partnership.

George Linde (49) also joined the fun when he helped Hamza add 78 for the fourth wicket – the Cape side eventually setting 321.

The Dolphins had a good go at the target thanks once again to the in-form Grant Roelofsen. The young wicket-keeper, who hit his maiden ton on Friday, made 69 off 80 balls (5 fours, 2 sixes), sharing in stands of 74 with Sarel Erwee (30) for the first wicket and then 68 alongside Vaughn van Jaarsveld (41) for the next wicket.

But quick wickets by Smith pegged back the Dolphins.

Khaya Zondo (44) and Robbie Frylinck (32) did their best to keep pace, but scoreboard pressure eventually caught up with them as the Dolphins fell agonisingly short.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Assistant Coach Faiek Davids expressed his disappointment at the performance of the team after a career-best 157 by Ryan Rickelton enabled the Imperial Lions to earn a comfortable 49-run victory in Paarl on Friday, but is positive that the quick turnaround between games will help the team bounce back on Sunday when they take on the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg.

Zubayr Hamza (58 off 57 balls, 7 fours) and George Linde (58 off 60 balls, 2 fours, 1 six) did their best to keep with the pace of the Lions score of 320, while Jason Smith (41) and Aviwe Mgijima (33) also tried, but the scoreboard pressure was too big as the Cobras slipped to their first loss of the term.

“I thought the Lions batted very well to post a total of 320. We weren’t on top of our game in the fielding and the way we went into bat, we didn’t start well and were behind the eight ball and didn’t have any momentum for the whole innings,” said Davids.

 “We’ve got another match on Sunday, a quick turnaround against the Dolphins and our fielding and bowling must be better and we have an opportunity to change that around,” he added.

Coach Ashwell Prince has named the same 13-man squad for the trip to Pietermaritzburg.

The match starts at 09h30 and will not be televised.

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.

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.

A career-best seven for 36 by Senuran Muthusamy helped the Hollywoodbets Dolphins make the most of a stunning World Sports Betting Cape Cobras collapse to seal a famous 137-run win late on the final afternoon of their 4-Day Domestic Series clash in Oudtshoorn on Thursday.

The hosts lost eight wickets for a shocking 17 runs as they fell from 69 for two to 86 all out.

They were chasing 224 in a little over 35 overs after the visitors had earlier declared – more in hope rather than anything else of trying to make something happen at the Recreation Ground.

And their Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder delivered a magical return to hand them a first win of the season and one of their most memorable ones in recent history.

Heading into the clash they were bottom of the table and a dismal first-innings performance saw them dismissed for only 174.

But buoyed by Grant Roelofsen’s century second time around – the opener finished on 142 (204 balls, 17 fours, 3 sixes) – they were able to post 304 for eight declared.

The Dolphins were even forced to act quickly on the last day after the first half of play was lost due to a wet outfield.

But the game then turned on its head.

Janneman Malan (39) and Jason Smith (18) had taken their side comfortably forward as the round six match looked to be heading more for a draw.

But with around 15 overs to go, Muthusamy snapped their 43-run stand to spark the remarkable meltdown.

There was no resistance from anyone with captain Dane Piedt’s two off 17 balls the best of the last six batsmen.

Muthusamy completed his eighth career five-for in the process and bowled his side to an unforgettable win.

A 10th career five-for by George Linde gave the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras command after the opening day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Oudtshoorn on Monday.

The Standard Bank Proteas spinner claimed six for 51 as the visitors were rolled over for 174 at the Recreation Ground, with the home side then reaching the close two down for 55.

That left them 119 runs in arrears, but with eight wickets standing, they were easily the winners on day one.

Linde led the way with his wickets, especially considering the bottom-of-the-table Dolphins had won the toss and batted.

They were all at sea in the face of the Cobras’ bowling, with only South Africa duo Andile Phehlukwayo (61 off 83 balls, 11 fours) and Senuran Muthusamy (37) managing decent contributions.

They put on 97 together after their side had slumped to 61 for five to at least post a semi-respectable first-innings score.

After the Dolphins were dismissed in 70.3 overs, spinners Muthusamy (1/9) and Prenelan Subrayen (1/13) claimed the wickets of Janneman Malan (20) and Matthew Kleinveldt (12) to give their side something to cheer about by the close.

A maiden franchise century by new Standard Bank Proteas spinner George Linde helped World Sports Betting Cape Cobras deliver a powerful response on the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Warriors in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old, who made his debut against India in Ranchi earlier this month, scored an impressive 122 (204 balls, 12 fours, 1 six) as the hosts replied to the visitors’ first-innings 350 with 379 at Newlands.

That gave them a 29-run lead, which by the close had been turned into a three-run lead. But that did come at a cost, though, thanks to a double strike by returning captain Dane Piedt (2/8) after he dismissed both openers to leave the Eastern Cape side on 32 for two.

Both sides now face hard work to try and generate a result on the final day of the round four fixture on Thursday.

However, whatever happens home coach Ashwell Prince is likely to be satisfied, especially after his side batted so well to recover from 73 for four to eventually bat for more than 140 overs.

They started the third day on 154 for four, with Jason Smith first to fall after failing to add to his overnight 41. Glenton Stuurman was the bowler and the dismissal of the all-rounder was one of five strikes amongst figures of five for 72 – his 12th career five-for and best at franchise level.

Matthew Kleinveldt at the other end, though, did manage to move from his day two score of 70 to 92 (215 balls, 16 fours), before he fell to Lutho Sipamla (2/57).

An outstanding 102-run seventh-wicket stand then followed between Linde and rookie Thando Ntini, who went on to post his personal best score of 40.

That propelled the Cobras to a slight lead, and they drove home the advantage when Piedt, back again from national duty in India, got rid of Eddie Moore (21) and Matthew Breetzke (5) in the final half-hour of play.

Three members of the Standard Bank Proteas Test squad from the recent series against India, return to the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad to take on the Warriors starting at Newlands on Monday.

The Cobras are relishing their first home appearance of the season and assistant coach Faiek Davids admits they are keen to make an immediate impression as they welcome back Captain Dane Piedt, George Linde and Zubayr Hamza.

The hosts have been on the road in their opening three matches, and, although they have not managed a win just yet, they have been extremely impressive.

“We’re very excited to be at home for the first time this season,” Davids enthused ahead of the Newlands encounter. “I see there’s some weather around though, but hopefully it will clear because we want to play.

“We know we’re just a win away from being in the top two or three. So, we’re not panicking and haven’t been at any stage.

“We’re well aware that we’re doing the right things, we were close in the first game, we put the (Momentum Multiply) Titans under pressure in the second one and then this last one as well, we’re playing good cricket.

“We’re not chasing anything because we know as long as we’re doing the right things we will be rewarded.”

The Cobras lost a low-scoring opening match to defending champions the Imperial Lions in Potchefstroom, but then came close to winning both their next two games against Titans and this past week at the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg.

They were just four wickets shy in each of those draws, but Davids did not let those results get him down.

“I thought we played very good cricket, we did well to restrict them to 325 and then to respond the way we did with the bat in hand was fantastic,” he added, reviewing the past week.

“There was a magnificent career-best there from Matthew Kleinveldt, a superb century from Janneman (Malan) as well and then a brilliant second wicket partnership, awesome stuff to watch.

“Then there was that fine innings by Kyle Verreynne as he has already done so many times this season.

“I think we ticked most of the boxes there. It’s just the pitch did not deteriorate enough for us to get over the line in the end. But it was a fantastic effort and extremely satisfying.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Squad: Dane Piedt (c), David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Zubayr Hamza, Matthew Kleinveldt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan, Akhona Mnyaka, Thando Ntini, Dane Paterson, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne