Ninety six players were ‘bought with CPL currency’ at the auction on the launch evening of the inaugural Punit Balan Cape Premier League (CPL), and two players, Brendan Young (Knysna Falcons) and Jonathan Bird (District Sixers) fetched prices of R700 000 and more.
Five Western Cape players, Jonathan Bird, Siya Plaatjie, Bonga Makaka (all Western Province), Ruan Terblanche and Achille Cloete (both Boland), were selected for the South African U19 team to tour India after the recent South African Cubs week.
The 17-year-old Jonathan Bird will make his first-class debut for the Western Province senior side against KwaZulu-Natal in Chatsworth as the visitors look to apply the basics of a top-order-dominated first innings well.
Qaasim Adams, former player of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, has been temporarily suspended for twelve playing days from semi-professional cricket as he was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute following an incident on the evening of the second day of a recent match between Western Province and South Western Districts.
A world-class grounds curator who transformed the PPC Newlands nets, outfield and pitches to be the best in the country, is how the players and management of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras paid tribute to the decorated Evan Flint, who announced after Christmas that he is leaving PPC Newlands to become the grounds curator of the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium from 1st February 2018.