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World Sports Betting Cape Cobras left-arm fast bowler Nandre Burger is relishing the opportunity of potentially leading a young bowling attack when action eventually gets underway in the 2020 / 2021 season.

Burger, who joined the Cobras at the start of last season, enjoyed an encouraging start to his career at Newlands but lamented not being able to deliver match-winning performances when given the opportunity.

“In my mind I took a massive risk moving to Cape Town, almost giving up everything I had in Johannesburg,” the 24-year-old said.

“My high for the season was, making my debut against my old team (Imperial Lions). For me, another high was getting to represent the Cobras and becoming a part of the culture. My low, obviously, would be that we didn’t perform too well last season. I am disappointed that I couldn’t provide or perform in match-winning performances more often, I feel that I had a below-standard goal-setting season.”

He did, however, enjoy being part of Ashwell Prince’s set up and is looking forward to what lies ahead for the Western Cape Franchise as they welcome some exciting talent to Cape Town.

“I really enjoyed the intensity and the pressure that gets put on us at practice and match time,” he said.

“We have a lot of new faces who have come in and obviously Tshepo (Moreki) has come back. We always speak about us being a young squad, four of our over 30’s – our experienced players – have either retired or moved on and I think the squad is now really young and we can officially say we have an ‘inexperienced’ squad, which is really exciting. Very few of us have played a full franchise season, being involved in every game, so going forward I am really excited to see what everyone can do,” he added.  

“I think 8 out of the 11 players who are stepping out onto the field are playing with nothing to lose; playing with absolute freedom, which I think is really exciting. Everyone can expect freedom and a fully youth-exuberant style of play from us, I think everyone will go out and play without fear.”

The nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic brought a premature end to the season and has forced the players to find creative ways to keep their fitness levels up in the longer-than-expected off-season.

“Sherman (Baatjes, Cobras strength and conditioning coach) has given us a program to do, obviously it’s a bit difficult because I don’t have weights or a treadmill or anything like that, so I rely on using water bottles as weights and a rubber band and using household equipment to gym with trying to make the most of the limited resources I do have. I don’t have a yard so I am not bowling at the moment but I am trying to gym as hard as I can, stretch just to get some strength in at least, and keep up with as much fitness and the requirements as I possibly can.”

Burger has also found time to work on some non-cricket-related skills, which might see him star in a celebrity reality cooking show one day.

“As you can see, (if you follow me on Instagram @17_Nandre) what I have been up to is losing in all the board games, watching series and a couple of documentaries. Doing fun things, trying new recipes cooking-wise, baking things, trying some healthy recipes, letting the inner Nandre MasterChef, Cape Town out! I have also been building a puzzle that took forever.”  

Coach Ashwell Prince now knows who to turn to the next time the Cobras have a team braai…

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.

 

 

 

Rain left its first major mark on the 2019/20 4-Day Domestic Series season on Tuesday after most of the second day of the clash between the Hollywoodbets Dolphins and World Sports Betting Cape Cobras was washed out in Pietermaritzburg.

 

Only 37 overs were sent down at the City Oval, the least of the two-and-a-half rounds thus far, with the hosts progressing from their overnight 234 for four to 325 for nine as the visitors made up some good ground.

 

There were two wickets on the day for Nandre Burger (2/55), including the first breakthrough when he ended the all-important fifth-wicket stand between centurion Grant Roelofsen and Andile Phehlukwayo, who was bowled shortly after achieving his career-best score of 67 (91 balls, 10 fours, 1 six).

 

The partnership, however, had already given the Dolphins some significant gains after it yielded 112.

 

But the home side failed to capitalise on that with seamer Burger striking not long after to get Robbie Frylinck for a five-ball duck.

 

And, when Roelofsen fell to Tsepo Ndwandwa (1/59) for his franchise-best score of 133 (218 balls, 20 fours), the Dolphins suddenly found themselves in a pickle on 268 for seven.

 

Fortunately, the tail provided some sting, with Prenelan Subrayen (17), Smangaliso Nhlebela (19) and Kerwin Mungroo (24 not out) helping them move into a slightly better position, before the rain intervened.

 

The pick of the bowlers overall was Dane Paterson with three for 78.

 

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras duo Tladi Bokako and Nandre Burger shared six wickets as South Africa Emerging held off a late fightback to secure a 28-run win over Sri Lanka Emerging and go 1-0 up in their two-match four-day series late on day four in Potchefstroom on Sunday.

The pair helped the hosts bowl out the tourists for 302, chasing a victory target of 331 at Senwes Park.

Burger claimed three for 38 in 16 overs and Bokako nabbed three for 70 in 21.1 overs – the away side dismissed in 94.1 overs.

It means the Sri Lankans will now need to win the second match starting later this week in order to earn a share of the series, although they were relatively easy winners in a Triangular One-Day competition that ended a week ago when they beat University Sports South Africa (USSA) in the Final.

Their slow start to this game ultimately proved costly after the hosts amassed 382 in the first innings thanks to Matthew Breetzke, with the reply being an under-par 241.

They then restricted Shukri Conrad’s side to just 189 in the second innings and appeared to be the favourites heading into the final day after reaching stumps on day three at 145 for one.

But the South Africans managed some early blows, particularly the first one that accounted for the set Minod Bhanuka 14 runs into the morning when Bokako had him caught behind by Sinethemba Qeshile for 89 (134 balls, 12 fours).

Captain Charith Asalanka (9) and Ashen Bandara (1) then followed as Bokako again struck, along with Marco Jansen (2/58), who got rid of the former, suddenly leaving the Asians on 173 for four.

Dayyaan Galiem (1/37) tilted things more in the hosts’ favour when he had the other key man, Pathum Nissanka (47), also edging to Qeshile.

And, when Burger trapped Kamindu Mendis (17) and Chamika Karunaratne (10) leg before wicket, the end looked near – Sri Lanka slipping to 214 for seven.

A 58-run eighth-wicket stand between Mohamed Shiraz (49) and Nishan Peiris (25) had helped their side roar back, but when the stand was eventually broken, the fast bowlers wrapped up the tail to give the South Africans a morale-boosting win.

The second and final match of the tour begins in Pretoria from Thursday.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have announced that left arm seam bowler Nandre Burger has joined the squad from the bizhub Highveld Lions for the 2019/2020 season.

23-year-old Burger has 75 first-class wickets to his name in 22 matches, at an average of 25.32 and has taken 29 wickets at an economy rate of 5.18 in List A Cricket and has gone at just 7.02 runs per over in his 17 T20 matches he has played.

Burger has worked with Coach Ashwell Prince previously, when he joined the Cape Town Blitz as a replacement for the injured Anrich Nortje during the Mzansi Super League at the end of 2018 and is looking forward to the prospect of working with him again.

“I’ve worked with Coach Ashwell at the Cape Town Blitz and I appreciate him bringing me down to Cape Town for this new challenge at the Cobras. I know what the expectations are and I’m ready for the challenge and looking forward to working with him again.”

Prince gave his reasons for bringing Burger into his squad for next season. “He brings variety to our bowling attack as a left-arm seam bowler. Also, he’s quite a bit taller compared to the rest of our seam bowlers. Mthi (Nabe) is the only person in our attack who has some height to him and Rory (Kleinveldt) brings some height in the white ball competitions.

“In terms of trying to win the four-day competition, a left-arm seamer will be crucial to partner up with Dane Piedt who was sensational this year. He will be able to create some footmarks for him to bowl into and hopefully allowing him to become even more of a threat.

“All in all, it’s a big plus for us to have Nandre. He also did well for Cape Town Blitz, especially at PPC Newlands. He’s a player I admire, mostly for his skills and look forward to working with him,” Prince concluded.