TWO of South Africa’s favourite sporting teams, the Springboks and the Proteas, will face off in a T20 match that will headline Day One of the Festival of Cricket taking place at Sahara Park Newlands on 3rd, 4th and 5th January 2014.
The Boks will be led by Jean de Villiers with the team containing many familiar faces including the likes of Schalk Burger, Willem Alberts and Bismarck du Plessis.
The encounter promises to be an entertaining one, with the Proteas declaring that they will hold nothing back against their rivals from another sporting code.
“We are really excited about this game and we will play it competitively as there are some good cricketers in the Bok line-up,” said Proteas T20 captain, Faf du Plessis.
“The Boks will be no push over and we are very aware of the competitive threat they pose in this first ever encounter.”
"We can't wait for the opportunity of taking on Faf and his boys in this T20 match," said Springbok captain Jean de Villiers.
"We've managed to get together a solid squad of pretty competitive guys and we're excited about the prospect of playing at Newlands, which must rate amongst the most scenic sports stadiums in the world.
"We know we are obviously not the favourites to win, but we are looking forward to the challenge and hopefully we can give the Proteas a good go," added De Villiers.
With just under a month to go before this special event gets underway, organisers have confirmed ticket prices for the 3-day spectacular.
Ticket prices have been priced affordably and range from R80-R150 per day. Fans and supporters wanting to purchase tickets for all 3 days, will be entitled to a 33% discount package.
The usual preferred sales period will be open to Love Cricket Gold and Silver members who will be entitled to a further 20% and 10% discount respectively. This sales window period opens on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 for 2 days. Thereafter, public sales will officially open on Friday, 13 December 2013.
“Newlands fans are in for a real treat during the Festival of Cricket which will be televised world-wide,” explained CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.
“This event has turned out to be very exciting. We are presently confirming some of South Africa’s leading music bands and artists to entertain fans who can enjoy a variety of activities during the three days.”
The National Selectors have also confirmed one addition to the North squad that will take on the South squad in a State of Origin match on Day 2 of the Festival of Cricket.
Off-spinner, Simon Harmer, has been moved from the South to the North Squad after the selectors erroneously included him in the South squad. Harmer was, in fact, born in Pretoria. All his votes accumulated will carry over into the North Squad.
Fans are once again encouraged to vote for their starting XI in this exciting North vs. South State of Origin match.
Voting is simple. Simple SMS South/North and the players name to 45732. SMS cost R1.50 per SMS and you can vote as many times as you like. Voting closes at midnight on 28 December 2013.
NORTH SQUAD: Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Marchant de Lange, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Simon Harmer, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Eddie Leie, Ethy Mbhalati, Neil McKenzie, Ryan McLaren, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Mangaliso Mosehle, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Roelof van der Merwe, Johannes van der Wath, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Morne van Wyk, Dane Vilas, Hardus Viljoen, David Wiese
SOUTH SQUAD: Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, JP Duminy, Ayabulela Gqamane, Beuran Hendricks, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Charl Langeveldt, Richard Levi, David Miller, Justin Ontong, Alviro Petersen, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Calvin Savage, Daryn Smit, Prenelan Subrayen, Rusty Theron, Thami Tsolekile, Lonwabo Tsotsobe,
The flags are flying at half-mast at Sahara Park Newlands in tribute to the loss of an icon and father of our nation, Nelson Mandela.
Chairman, Mr Beresford Williams said, “We want to at this time convey our sincere condolences to the family of Madiba, they are indeed in our thoughts and prayers at this time. A big loss to South Africa and the world. We’d also like to thank him for all the sacrifices and contribution he’s made for humanity in shaping the road to reconciliation and not retribution. He is indeed truly an icon and a states man that has been an inspiration and an example to the world. Madiba, you will always be in our heart as we commit to living your legacy, values and vision.”
WPCA & WCC CEO, Prof. Andre Odendaal commented, “We bow our heads together with the rest of the world to remember someone who helped us as individuals and a country to become more human and whole. Now we must reconnect with his values and vision.”
The Nashua Mobile Cobras Cobras team are wearing black armbands on the field during the Sunfoil Series match vs the Warriors as a tribute to Tata Madiba
WP 325/6 dec (93.4 overs)
P. Malan 94
S. Engelbrecht 66
A. Gray 65
C. Viljoen 3/62
B. Viret 2/47
T. Snyman 1/35
Namibia 19/3 (8 overs)
G. Erasmus 10*
X. Pitchers 6
F. Plaatjies 0/9
Namibia trail by 306 runs with 7 wickets remaining in the 1st innings
CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today paid tribute to the country’s founding president, Nelson Mandela, who passed away at his Johannesburg home on Thursday evening at the age of 95.
“As part of the greater South African family of former president Nelson Mandela, CSA expresses its sincere condolences to the family of Madiba, to the nation and the world,” commented CSA President Chris Nenzani.
“CSA has learned with great sadness of the passing of this icon of our times. Mandela played a pivotal role in the liberation of the people of our country from the injustices of the apartheid system. A democratic South Africa owes its success to Mandela and that great generation of leaders who were his peers. The sporting world will remember him for his tireless efforts at uniting the various sporting codes in order to create a proud and united South African sporting front.
“CSA joins people all over the world in wishing the Mandela family peace and comfort during this difficult time. His life must teach us to be of service to those who are in less fortunate positions than us. In doing so we shall have paid an eternal tribute to this great man. His life brought hope, stability and progress for our country. While he lived he remained a source of encouragement for all and in death his living memory will be the moral compass for this country and many generations to come.
“If those who are in positions of leadership at different levels of society could only be a fraction of what Mandela was, South Africa and indeed the world would be a better place.
“His love for sport and his appreciation of what it could do to unify the country is legendary. He was a keen amateur boxer in his youth but he loved all sporting codes across the board and in it he saw the foundations for a healthy future for all the youth of the country.
“Nothing assuredly gave him greater pleasure than being part of the team that brought the Fifa World Cup to South Africa in 2010 and seeing what a wonderful celebration of sport, comradeship and humanity the tournament was.
“CSA dedicates the current series against the Indian team to the memory of Mandela.”
Nelson Mandela, speaking on the occasion of the International Fair Play awards, Pretoria, South Africa, 25 June 1997:
“Who could doubt that sport is a crucial window for the propagation of fair play and justice? After all, fair play is a value that is essential to sport.......Reconstruction and reconciliation, nation-building and development must go hand in hand. In this process sport is a great force for unity and reconciliation.”
Western Province (WP) takes on Namibia in a Cricket South Africa (CSA) Provincial Three-Day match at Sahara Park Newlands from Thursday, 05 – 07 December 2013.
Matthew Kleinveldt, Sharn Gomes, Alistair Gray, Pieter Malan, Sybrand Engelbrecht (cpt), Bradley Barnes (wk), Shaheen Khan, Aviwe Mgjima, Siyabulela Simetu, Travis Muller, Francois Plaatjies and Ntsika Shushu.
Xander Pitchers, Stephen Baard, Gerhard Erasmus, Raymond van Schoor (cpt), Nicolaas Scholtz, Michau Du Preez, JP Kotze (wk), Christi Viljoen, Bernard Scholtz, Brandon Viret, Tiaan Snyman and Pikkie Ya France.
Lester Leendertz (Reserve Umpire)
WP: 256 & 114/4 (41.1 overs)
P. Malan 72
M. Kleinveldt 47
JP De Villiers 3/65
S. Nowak 3/66
E. Links 2/32
Northerns 204 all out (71 overs)
S. Naidoo 60
E. Links 51
L. Manzini 13
D. Paterson 4/42
S. Khan 2/40
T. Muller 2/41
Western Province lead by 166 runs with 6 wickets remaining.
WP : 256 all out (78 overs)
P. Malan 72
S. Simetu 30
JP De Villiers 3/65
S. Nowak 3/66
Northerns: 52/4 (24 overs)
E. Links 12*
L. Kgoatle 12
D. Paterson 1/16
Northerns trail by 204 runs with 6 wickets remaining in the first innings.
Western Province plays Northerns in the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Three-Day Provincial Competition at Sahara Park Newlands.
The Northerns have won the toss and have elected to field first.
Matthew Kleinveldt, Sharn Gomes, Pieter Malan, Sybrandt Engelbrecth (capt), Bradley Barnes (w/k), Shaheen Khan, Aviwe Mgijima, Siyabulela Simetu, Alistair Gray, Dane Paterson , Travis Muller.
David Bunn, Lerato Kgoatle, Sean Dickson, Sean Nowak, Juan de Villiers, Qaasim Adams, Eden Links, Ryan Cartwright, Heinrich Klaasen (w/k), Shershan Naidoo (capt), Lucas Manzini.
CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today hailed the Castle Lager Proteas on approaching the landmark of 500 One-Day International (ODI) matches. The 500th match will be the second Momentum ODI against Pakistan to be played at Axxess St. George’s on Wednesday, 27 November.
“The Proteas have built up an outstanding record over the past 22 years,” commented CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat. “They have won 307 (6 ties) out of the 499 matches to date which translates into a winning margin of 61.5 percent. If one discounts the 13 matches that produced no result, then their wining ratio is an impressive 63 percent.
“That is a statistic worthy of celebration and certainly compares with the best in the world.
“I would like to congratulate the 12 captains, the eight coaches and all the players and staff who have contributed to this success over the past 22 years.
“Having reached three World Cup semi-finals during this period we all know what is missing and I am hopeful that this triumph is not far away. Personally I feel we have always set high fielding standards through the brilliance of fielders like Jonty Rhodes, Herschelle Gibbs, AB de Villiers and many others.
“Most people will remember with awe the unbelievable 438 win against Australia which is universally regarded as the greatest ODI of all time. The records it set for the highest match aggregate and the highest successful run chase are likely to stand for a long time.
“But our emotions were also tested in other great games. I can clearly remember the heartache of the tied match against Australia at the 1999 World Cup semi-final.
“It is perhaps fitting that our 500th game will be played against Pakistan. We owe them special thanks for touring South Africa at short notice and playing so attractively. Notwithstanding some naysayers, the cricket has been fantastic and has generated huge interest from our fans. I am grateful to the PCB and the players”
WITH the cricket season in full swing, the role of Youth Cricket is under the spotlight with the school holidays just around the corner.
This is the traditional time of year for numerous Youth Cricket weeks to take place next month under the banner of Cricket South Africa (CSA) from under-13 right through to under-19.
At an event held in Johannesburg this morning, Coca-Cola South Africa and CSA outlined their commitment to the development of cricket at Youth Level.
Coca-Cola have been a major supporter of Youth Cricket with their sponsorship of the Khaya Majola Under 19 week running in excess of 30 years.
This year’s Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week will be played in Durban from 16-21 December.
More recently, the beverage giant committed to partnering with another great initiative, the Coca-Cola Schools T20 challenge which sees almost 700 schools compete nationally in a knock-out tournament to see who will represent the 6 franchises. The winner is then crowned national champions.
The Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week is the flagship Youth week and plays a major role in the selection of the South Africa under-19 squad that will go to next year’s ICC under-19 World Cup. The culmination of the week is also the announcement of the prestigious South African Schools team.
“The world famous Coca-Cola brand has become synonymous with Youth cricket in South Africa,” commented Corrie van Zyl, CSA Manager: Cricket. “It stands both for quality of cricket through the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola under-19 Week, the South African Schools XI and the South African under-19 squad and for quality of opportunity through the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge.
“The quality of the former speaks for itself if you consider that the vast majority of our current Proteas represented their provinces at this week. The T20 Challenge is the fastest growing competition across all sporting codes in South Africa and is playing a major role in fulfilling CSA’s vision of making cricket a truly national sport and South Africa a nation of winners.
“Coca-Cola have been friends and partners of CSA for a very long time and I would like to thank them for their continuing, invaluable contribution to the development of our game.”
“As sponsors of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week and the Coca-Cola T20 Schools Challenge, we believe these programmes are where heroes are made”, commented Fetsi Mbele, Coca-Cola IMC – Marketing Assets Manager. “All but a handful of the current crop of heroes doing battle with Pakistan played in the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week. In addition, the first of the Coca-Cola T20 Schools Challenge graduates – Quinton De Kock – is already making a name for himself on the international stage.
“The Coca-Cola T20 Schools Challenge is a relatively new competition, but we believe it is already changing the schools cricket landscape. It also endeavours to promote cricket in more and more schools in our communities as we strive to include more previously disadvantaged schools each year in the program.”
Coca-Cola has also come up with an exciting new initiative this season called the Coca-Cola 30 Minutes Heroes Challenge.
The aim of the program is promote Active healthy living and get more kids moving through a fun competition. Participating schools are challenged to get as many kids through a 5-drill course as possible in a 30 minute time period.
The school with the most teens successfully completing the course in the allocated time will receive an outdoor gym to the value of R200 000. 17 schools have already completed the course and it will continue in 2014.