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.