A rejuvenated Dane Piedt is up-beat about his international career and his future prospects following his second-innings performance for the Nashua Cape Cobras against the Sunfoil Dolphins in the final four-day match of the 2014/2015-season.
The Nashua Cape Cobras debutant Mpilo Njoloza announced his arrival on the franchise-stage with a hat-trick in the Sunfoil Series match against the Sunfoil Dolphins.
He had the Dolphins innings in tatters in their follow-on innings as they stumbled to a disastrous three for one. The hosts failed to recover from this top-order wobble.
The Cobras coasted to a win by an innings and 117 runs in the final Sunfoil Series match of the 2014/2015-season. This emphatic win enabled the Cape franchise to leapfrog the Chevrolet Warriors and the Chevrolet Knights into fourth place on the four-day log.
Njoloza’s own celebrations after removing Cody Chetty to complete his hat-trick, was strangely subdued.
“I did not realize that I had taken a hat-trick. I removed Graham Hume with the final ball of the Dolphins’ first innings.
“Then I struck by bowling Daniel Sincuba and having Chetty caught behind. It did not dawn on me that it counted as a hat-trick, but Justin Kemp made me aware of the feat,” he said.
Njoloza is a left-arm swing bowler whose childhood-idols were Wasim Akram and Chaminda Vaas.
“I tried to emulate Chaminda’s action when I started playing cricket,” he said.
Growing up in Duncan Village, Njoloza learned his cricket at Hudson Park and was a member of the all-conquering Border team that won the spoils at the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola week in 2006.
He is a cousin of Aviwe Mgijima and both featured in that strong Border-team.
At school, he also excelled at rugby and was the kingpin for the first team of Hudson Park as flyhalf.
Njoloza completed an Honnours degree in sports and recreation management at the University of the Western Cape in 2014, and enrolled in another Honnours-degree in Management in 2015.
“My biggest dream is to become a professional cricketer,” he said. “I would like to feature regularly for the Cobras, but if I fail in that quest, I would love to perform well for Western Province,” he added.
Njoloza said the spirit in the Western Province team has been an endearing feature of his debut-match and the senior players made him feel right at home.
“Charl Langeveldt was a great source of encouragement when I played club cricket at the University of the Western Cape,” he added.
CAPE TOWN. – The Delhi Daredevils have the personnel to go all the way, but a good start and momentum will be crucial if the team wants to have a crack at the Indian Premier League (IPL) title, says JP Duminy, new captain of Delhi, and a senior stalwart of South Africa and the Nashua Cape Cobras.
Duminy finished fourth on the list of leading batting averages in the IPL last year, scoring 410 runs at an average of 51.25.
Bottom-of-the-log Delhi only managed four points and offloaded 13 players in an unprecedented step in order to improve the balance and make-up of their new squad.
“A feature of our squad this year is our good balance. We also have the all-rounders and the finishers,” Duminy said.
“I am impressed with the Indian player strength in our squad. “Yuvraj Singh and I would look at the number four- and number five position.
“Mohammed Shami is a leading Indian bowler and his role will be vital,” Duminy said.
“It would be important to secure the right combinations within the next seven to ten days and to get a few early wins under our belt in order to find momentum,” he said.
Three members of the South African team that featured in the recent semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup, are part of the Delhi-squad. Quinton de Kock could open the innings, while Imran Tahir, following a world-class performance for South Africa in the knockout-match against Sri Lanka, would be a strong contender for the starting eleven.
Albie Morkel’s 102-ball assault yielded an unbeaten 134 in the final of the Momentum One Day Cup which powered The Unlimited Titans to a five-wicket win.
Duminy captained the South African T20-team in Australia in November 2014. Commenting on that leadership experience, the experienced player of the Nashua Cape Cobras and South Africa said: “It is always nice to have some sort of reference point, which will give me confidence.
“Captaining Delhi will present a different challenge. I don’t know a lot of those players personally. How to get the best out of them individually and as a squad is a good challenge.
Delhi got off to a horrific start in 2014, and a feature of their campaign was the lack of form of both the senior batsmen and their bowling attack.
Asked about who will carry the favourite tag, Duminy said the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super kings have both won the title a couple of times and boast several very good Indian players. The Kings X1 Punjab and Kolkota Knight Riders are also classy outfits.
“I definitely think we have the personnel to go all the way, but a good start and getting some early wins under our belt will be crucial,” Duminy added.
The Delhi Daredevils squad: JP Duminy (capt), Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary, Mohammed Shami, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Quinton de Kock, Saurabh Tiwary, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mayank Agarwal, Imran Tahir, Jayant Yadav, Angelo Mathews, Yuvraj Singh, Amit Mishra, Jaydev Unadkat, Gurinder Sandhu, Shreyas Iyer, CM Gautam (wk), Dominic Muthuswamy, Albie Morkel, Travis Head, Marcus Stoinis, Kona Bharat, KK Jiyaz, Zaheer Khan.
CAPE TOWN. – One season ago, his future was uncertain, his first-class career in turmoil and his lack of consistency widely questioned.
Now, Dane Paterson (26) has established himself as the leading domestic wicket-taker in South African cricket and a first-choice bowler of the Nashua Cape Cobras. His fitness levels and defiance have even raised comparisons with the legendary former South African fast bowler, Makhaya Ntini, who claimed 390 test scalps.
Paterson finished with 42 wickets in nine Sunfoil Series games at an average of 22.54, more than any other SA bowler.
The bizhub Highveld Lions operated as a four-pronged pace attack, as Kagiso Rabada (39), Hardus Viljoen (39), Chris Morris (32) and Dwaine Pretorius (20) complimented one another splendidly to propel the Lions to the domestic four-day title.
“A feature of Dane’s season is that he bowled more than 300 overs, yet his last spell was as hostile as his first. He was our go-to-man during the season,” said Justin Ontong, the Cape Cobras captain.
“What impressed me about Dane, was that he bowled lengthy spells and gave you very few deliveries to dispatch. He bowled straight and seldom strayed. He could also reverse swing the older nut on occasions,” said Morné van Wyk, the Sunfoil Dolphins skipper.
“There was a bit of uncertainty about his future before the start of the season,” said Charl Langeveldt, the Cobras bowling coach and consultant to the South African team at the Cricket World Cup.
“His 42 wickets is a testimony to his hard work in the off-season. I told him that he lacked consistency in terms of the line and length in first-class cricket. He took wickets for Western Province in the previous season, but he went for too many runs.
“He needed to improve his consistency,” said Langeveldt.
“What was impressive, was he kept on running in for his side, and could do it almost all day, much as was the case with Makhaya.
“And his last spell was as fast as his first delivery of the day.
“He also developed a bit of aggression. It was almost white-line fever. He is not this hostile off the field, but as soon as he stepped over the line, he was different,” added Langeveldt.
“At the moment of delivery, he is close to the wicket and he attacks the wicket or operates at a line just wide off off-stump while nipping it away off the seam. He is at the batsmen all the time and don’t allow them any freedom or loose deliveries to release the pressure,” added Langeveldt.
Paterson not only bowled superbly without much support in especially the first half of the domestic four-day competition, but he was also a star performer in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
The seam bowler captured four for 33 in the final against the Chevrolet Knights at Newlands to set up the 33-run win by the Cobras.
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