Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday, announced the 15-strong Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s squad to take part in the 12th edition of the ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand from 13 January to 03 February 2018. The team will be captained by Free State’s Raynard van Tonder, who will lead the side for his third major tour.
Cape Town – Producing an extraordinary 37 runs in the final three overs of the crucial 2017 T20 Community Cup match against Kempton Park, set up Durbanville’s triumphant march to the national title as the Western Province club team continued their unbeaten run of 17 consecutive wins in the shortest format and 21 overall, said a proud Manny Senger, head coach of Durbanville.
Jason Smith has achieved much more the past week than score two half-centuries and capture a five-wicket haul in a Sunfoil Three-day Cup match for Western Province. He has also exorcised the ghosts of self-doubt that can plaque any star after a series of slightly disappointing performances.
Obuya Cricket Academy is set to host a high profile South African youth side, the Newlands High School select team in a tour that will take place from 1st to 12th December this year.
Zubayr Hamza’s hand injury will keep him out of the Western Province senior team for another week as the Derek Mitchell-led unit sets off for the clash against Eastern Province.
Mission Langa, an initiative by the Western Province U15A and U17A team and their coach, Siya Sibiya, on Friday proved to be an unqualified success and boosted youth cricket in the region.
A substantial increase in the salaries of the contracted Momentum SA women’s players is on the cards, which will act as an incentive to players in the Western Province team to even improve on their excellent performances the past few years, said Beresford Williams, president of the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA).
“He is an extremely special cricketer. We have got to set the beast free. Let Michael bowl as quickly as he can,” said Siya Sibiya, interim head coach of the Western Province Academy in 2016/2017 and currently in charge of the Western Province U15 and U17 teams.
Attacking and defending the Vernon Philander way and being consistent for extensive periods was one of the lessons Western Province learned in their seven-wicket defeat in the derby against Boland at PPC Newlands this weekend, said Matthew Kleinveldt, a hero of the hosts in both the Sunfoil Three-Day Cup match and the one-day provincial contest.
Forgetfulness can be a virtue of a humble cricketer. Most top players merely press the reset button, and continue to dominate the opposition. That is despite the fact that they might have hammered a century in their previous innings or taken a five-wicket haul.