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    Paarl Rocks win Mzansi Super League 2019

    MSL 2.0 ATTRACTS BUMPER LIST OF FOREIGN STARS

    Wednesday, 07 August 2019

    CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) has received a bumper list of more than 250 international players, T20 specialists and Kolpak players who have signed the agreement to enter the draft (AED) for Mzansi Super League (MSL) 2.0.

    The second edition of this global event will take place in November and December this year with the draft scheduled to take place shortly.

    Fans can also look forward to the announcement of the marquee players – both South African and international – in the immediate future.

    “This is confirmation that MSL is now an established global brand that is taking its place at the head table alongside the other Global T20 events,” commented CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe. “We have drawn interest from around the world with players applying from virtually all the top tier international countries.

    “To this can be added our Standard Bank Proteas, past and present, who will add further lustre to our tournament.

    “This will certainly be the biggest T20 event we have hosted since the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup that was staged here in 2007 and became the fore-runner of all the global T20 events that followed.

    “We look forward to adding yet another highlight to our home international season that will be followed by the incoming tours by England and Australia. All our stake holders can look forward to an exciting 2019/20 summer,” concluded Mr. Moroe.

    The six MSL teams have also announced the list of players on their retained list:

    Cape Town Blitz: Asif Ali, Janneman Malan, Anrich Nortje, Dale Steyn

    Durban Heat: Kyle Abbott, Sarel Erwee, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Khaya Zondo

    Jozi Stars: Dan Christian, Reeza Hendricks, Duanne Olivier, Sinethemba Qeshile, Ryan Rickelton, Rassie van der Dussen

    Nelson Mandela Bay Giants: Junior Dala, Heino Kuhn, Marco Marais, Chris Morris, Jon-Jon Smuts

    Paarl Rocks: Henry Davids, Cameron Delport, Bjorn Fortuin, Aiden Markram, Mangaliso Mosehle, Tabraiz Shamsi

    Tshwane Spartans: Theunis de Bruyn, Tony de Zorzi, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla


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    Asif Ali retained by Cape Town


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    THE Mzansi Super League (MSL 2.0) today announced a glittering line-up of marquee star players, both South African and international, for the second edition of the tournament to be held in November and December.

    These include the master of global batting entertainment, AB de Villiers, who will turn out for the Tshwane Spartans; Universe Boss, Chris Gayle, who will play for the defending champion Jozi Stars; and one of the champions of England’s successful ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup campaign, Jason Roy, who will don the colours of the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants.

    “What a wonderful array of talent we will be able to put on show, drawn both from international and our own Standard Bank Proteas stars,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Thabang Moroe. “Entertainment is going to be the name of the game and the quality of T20 cricket is assured with these players having become global household names on the circuit around the world with most of them having played in the world-leading Indian Premier League.

    “The high level of interest to participate in our league confirms the great attraction of South Africa as a global destination. This is indeed very exciting.

    “This top-quality list of players sets a high bar for our tournament. We can certainly look forward to some enthralling contests that will grip the imagination of fans in South Africa and around the world,” added Mr. Moroe. “We also have a record number of international players lined up for our player draft early next month.

    “We will also be rolling out the exciting plans and activations we have to bring the greatest possible value to our fans in the build-up to MSL 2.0,” concluded Mr Moroe.



    SOUTH AFRICAN MARQUEE PLAYERS


    Cape Town Blitz: Quinton de Kock

    Durban Heat: Andile Phehlukwayo

    Jozi Stars: Kagiso Rabada

    Nelson Mandela Bay Giants: Imran Tahir

    Paarl Rocks: Faf du Plessis

    Tshwane Spartans: AB de Villiers



    INTERNATIONAL MARQUEE PLAYERS



    Cape Town Blitz: Wahab Riaz (Pakistan)

    Durban Heat: Alex Hales (England)

    Jozi Stars: Chris Gayle (Windies)

    Nelson Mandela Bay Giants: Jason Roy (England)

    Paarl Rocks: David Willey (England)

    Tshwane Spartans: Tom Curran (England)


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    So Wahab and Asif will play for the same franchise.

    I expect to see Malik and Hafeez also being drafted.

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    Plenty of Multiply Titans retained ahead of MSL second edition

    Friday, 16 August 2019

    The second edition of the Mzansi Super League is fast approaching, and the six franchises have named their retained list of players. After an intriguing first season, teams have reassessed their priorities, but it is notable the number of Multiply Titans that have been retained.

    International legend AB de Villiers remains intact as the marquee player for the Tshwane Spartans, where he will again be joined by Theunis de Bruyn, Tony de Zorzi and Lungi Ngidi as Sky Blues.

    Down the coast, the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants have kept hold of Junior Dala, Heino Kuhn, and Chris Morris from the Titans stable.

    National Test captain Faf du Plessis is still at the helm for the Paarl Rocks, and he will have plenty of familiar faces in the change-room, with Henry Davids, Aiden Markram and Tabraiz Shamsi there to keep him company.

    In Cape Town, the Blitz have again secured the services Quinton de Kock and fast bowling legend Dale Steyn, as he continues to ply his trade in the shorter formats after his retirement from the Test arena.

    "It is fantastic that so many of the Titans have been retained up front, and it is a testimony to their skills and their nature," Titans CEO Dr Jacques Faul expressed.

    "We are proud of all of them, and wish them the very best over the course of the second season of the Mzansi Super League. Of course, we hope that the Spartans will go all the way!," Faul added about the SuperSport Park Centurion-based franchise.

    "We look forward to several more of our players being taken up at the player draft that will follow in due course, and we look forward to another exciting edition of the competition," Faul concluded.


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    Kirsten excited by Durban Heat marquee players

    Durban – Following the announcement of the marquee players for each of the six Mzansi Super League franchises, Durban Heat coach Gary Kirsten is happy that the Heat will have Andile Phehlukwayo and England’s Alex Hales in his team’s colours for this year’s competition.

    Phehlukwayo represented the Cape Town Blitz during the first edition of the MSL last year and has grown into a crucial cog in the Proteas machine over the last eighteen months. He was one of the stand-outs in a disappointing World Cup campaign earlier this year.

    “I have watched Andile playing for the Proteas and what has struck me is that he is a big game player,” Kirsten said. “He has good skills and can contribute equally with both bat and ball which makes him an important part of the side.

    “In T20 cricket you have to be able to cover all of your bases and he does that. With that said you need to cover them well and I think that when you have your match-ups against the opposition he will match up well.”

    Phehlukwayo plays his domestic cricket for the Hollywoodbets Dolphins based at Kingsmead Stadium and being in a comfortable environment is something that will benefit his game.

    “It will be good for him to be back at home in a familiar place and in a space that he is comfortable in.”

    Alex Hales has played 60 T20 Internationals and 70 One Day Internationals for England. He will bring with him a wealth of experience and much like Phehlukwayo the 30 year-old Nottinghamshire batsman has a proven track record of winning games for county and country.

    “Alex comes to us highly recommended by some of my contacts in the UK,” Kirsten commented. “We are really happy to have him on board at the Durban Heat and we know that he is another big match player.

    “He will be a crucial component of our squad for the competition and we look forward to having him with us.”

    Along with these two marquee players, the Durban Heat have retained the services of South African KFC T20 Cricketer of the Year David Miller and Standard Bank Proteas test star Keshav Maharaj for the tournament.

    Proteas star David Miller is looking forward to welcoming Hales to the Durban Heat and knows that the star will be a strong addition to the side.

    “I don’t know Alex but I am looking forward to getting to know him,” Miller said. “As you do in these competitions all around the globe you get to know people from all over the world on a personal level.

    “I rate him highly as a player and so I am looking forward to seeing how he works, how he thinks about the game and how he prepares for each game.”

    It was a disappointing first term for the Durban Heat and there has been an overhaul of personnel at the franchise with newly appointed Hollywoodbets Dolphins head coach Imraan Khan taking up the reins as assistant coach to Kirsten.

    The draft for the Mzansi Super League will take place on 3 September in Kliptown, Soweto.

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    2019 MSL draft: Top picks to pocket R1 million

    Cape Town - The first-round picks at Tuesday's 2019 Mzansi Super League (MSL) player draft will pocket R1 million each.

    That was confirmed in a Cricket South Africa (CSA) statement on Monday morning.

    Each of the six franchises will make 14 picks at the draft, which will be held in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

    The franchises already have an international marquee player and a Proteas marquee player each confirmed.

    The players who have been retained by their franchises, meanwhile, will form part of the draft but they will obviously not be picked by another or sides and have already been allocated their contract values.

    In total, each franchise will spend R5.325 million at the draft, which amounts to a total of R31.95 million.

    That money that the franchises spend on players will be paid by CSA.

    By the time the draft is complete, each franchise will have a squad of 16 players.

    On match days, franchises must field at least two overseas players and two black Africans, while there must also be one rookie included in the squad of 16.

    The six MSL teams have also announced the list of players on their retained list:

    Cape Town Blitz: Asif Ali, Janneman Malan, Anrich Nortje, Dale Steyn

    Durban Heat: Kyle Abbott, Sarel Erwee, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Khaya Zondo

    Jozi Stars: Dan Christian, Reeza Hendricks, Duanne Olivier, Sinethemba Qeshile, Ryan Rickelton, Rassie van der Dussen

    Nelson Mandela Bay Giants: Junior Dala, Heino Kuhn, Marco Marais, Chris Morris, Jon-Jon Smuts

    Paarl Rocks: Henry Davids, Cameron Delport, Bjorn Fortuin, Aiden Markram, Mangaliso Mosehle, Tabraiz Shamsi

    Tshwane Spartans: Theunis de Bruyn, Tony de Zorzi, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla

    SA marquee players:

    Cape Town Blitz: Quinton de Kock

    Durban Heat: Andile Phehlukwayo

    Jozi Stars: Kagiso Rabada

    Nelson Mandela Bay Giants: Imran Tahir

    Paarl Rocks: Faf du Plessis

    Tshwane Spartans: AB de Villiers

    International marquee players:

    Cape Town Blitz: Wahab Riaz (Pakistan)

    Durban Heat: Alex Hales (England)

    Jozi Stars: Chris Gayle (Windies)

    Nelson Mandela Bay Giants: Jason Roy (England)

    Paarl Rocks: Isuru Rudana (Sri Lanka)

    Tshwane Spartans: Tom Curran (England)

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    List of retained players and where they fit into the various rounds of the MSL 2.0 Player Draft taking place tomorrow

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    Draft has started

    Asif Ali retained by Blitz


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    MSL 2.0 ANNOUNCES ITS T20 SQUADS

    Wild card players to be added after Provincial T20

    Tuesday, September 3, 2019

    THE Msanzi Super League (MSL 2.0) highlighted its standing as one of the foremost T20 Global brands when a huge number of foreign players became available for this year’s draft which was held in Soweto today. There were 184 foreign players, including kolpak players, in the draft which was a huge increase on the 71 who applied last year.

    Each team had already been allocated a big-name Marquee Standard Bank Protea player as well as an International Marquee player. Today the teams made their picks to fill the remaining places from the foreign/kolpak and South African players. Thirteen players were chosen today and the 14th position will be a wild card to be selected at the conclusion of the Provincial T20 competition. This will give all squads a total of 16 players.

    The draft started with a reduced round one as the Durban Heat (David Miller), the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants (Chris Morris) and the Jozi Stars (Rassie van der Dussen) had all retained their first-choice players from last year’s tournament. It meant that the Tshwane Spartans had the first pick with Morne Morkel, followed by the Paarl Rocks with JP Duminy and the Cape Town Blitz with Liam Livingstone of England who has two T20 International caps and a strike rate of 142 in T20 leagues.

    In round two there was only place available with the Heat opting for Dane Vilas as the Blitz (Dale Steyn), the Stars (Reeza Hendricks), the Giants (JJ Smuts), the Rocks (Tabraiz Shamsi) and the Spartans (Lungi Ngidi) all had retained players.

    The Heat also followed the international route in round three with the selection of England’s Ravi Bopara.

    The resulting teams are a unique blend of both local youth and international experience which is sure to make for some very exciting cricket.

    The Draft order was predetermined by a weighted Player Matrix system.

    FINAL SQUADS

    (in order of Protea Marquee Player, International Marquee Player, and then the 13 draft rounds)

    CAPE TOWN BLITZ: Quinton de Kock, Wahab Riaz (Pakistan), Liam Livingstone (England), Dale Steyn (retained player), Sisanda Magala, Anrich Nortje (retained player), Asif Ali (Pakistan, retained player), Mohammad Nawaz (Pakistan), Janneman Malan (retained player), George Linde, David Bedingham, Vernon Philander, Marques Ackerman, Gregory Mahlokoana, Aviwe Mgijima

    DURBAN HEAT: Andile Phehlukwayo, Alex Hales (England), David Miller (retained player), Dane Vilas, Ravi Bopara (England), Keshav Maharaj (retained player), Kyle Abbott (kolpak, retained player), Khaya Zondo (retained player), Marco Jansen (rookie), Daryn Dupavillon, Sarel Erwee (retained player), Malusi Siboto, Prenelan Subrayen, Wihan Lubbe, Shaun von Berg

    JOZI STARS: Kagiso Rabada, Chris Gayle (Windies), Rassie van der Dussen (retained player), Reeza Hendricks (retained player), Daniel Christian (Australia, retained player), Temba Bavuma, Duanne Olivier (retained player), Simon Harmer, Ryan Rickelton (retained player), Aaron Phangiso, Lizaad Williams, Sinethemba Qeshile (retained player), Nono Pongolo, Eathan Bosch, Delano Potgieter

    NELSON MANDELA BAY GIANTS: Imran Tahir, Jason Roy (England), Chris Morris (retained player), Jon-Jon Smuts (retained player), Junior Dala (retained player), Farhaan Behardien, Beuran Hendricks, Matthew Breetzke, Onke Nyaku, Ben Dunk (Australia), Heino Kuhn (retained player), Marco Marais (retained player), Grant Thomson, Akhona Mnyaka, Nandre Burger

    PAARL ROCKS: Faf du Plessis, Isuru Udana (Sri Lanka), JP Duminy, Tabraiz Shamsi (retained player), Hardus Viljoen, Aiden Markram (retained player), Bjorn Fortuin (retained player), James Vince (England), Dwaine Pretorius, Cameron Delport (kolpak, retained player), Sibonelo Makhanya, Henry Davids (retained player), Mangaliso Mosehle (retained player), Ferisco Adams, Kerwin Mungroo

    TSHWANE SPARTANS: AB de Villiers, Tom Curran (England), Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi (retained player), Heinrich Klaasen, Theunis de Bruyn (retained player), Roelof van der Merwe, Lutho Sipamla (retained player), Pite van Biljon, Tony de Zorzi (retained player), Waqar Salamkheil (Afghanistan), Dean Elgar, Wiaan Mulder, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Corbin Bosch

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    Durban - The Durban Heat brains trust have finalised their squad for the upcoming Mzansi Super League following the player draft in Kliptown on Tuesday morning.

    The team for this year's edition of the competition will see the Durban Heat carry a strong local flavour to it with eight of the fourteen players selected hailing from KwaZulu-Natal, while Dane Vilas comes into the side having spent the past two seasons with the Hollywoodbets Dolphins.

    Englishman Ravi Bopara returns to Durban once again following two stints with the Dolphins, firstly back in 2010 and then he represented the franchise again in the domestic T20 competition in 2013.

    With a strong local connection coach Gary Kirsten, who has coached in T20 leagues around the world, is using this as an important corner stone for the side.

    "People say the key to success is to build a team culture but in the T20 age you don't have much time," Kirsten said. "I think you need to pick match winners, have a lot of fun, try and build some sort of identity to the region because the fans are so important and build some hype around your home ground."

    The Heat have covered all of their bases with the squad that they have selected with a wide variety in the bowling attack from the right-arm pace of Daryn Dupavillon, the left-arm pace of Marco Jansen, experienced seam in Kyle Abbott, Andile Phehlukwayo, Malusi Siboto and Ravi Bopara and a left-arm spinner in Keshav Maharaj, an off spinner in Prenalen Subrayen and a leg spinner in Shaun von Berg.

    With that variation in the attack there should be cover for all conditions, especially at the coastal grounds where the scores might not be as high.

    "On the slower wickets 150 and 160 scores will be par and then you squeeze with your bowlers. I think that we have got good variety in our attack with Dupavillon who does offer us some pace. But like any team the most important thing is that you have options.

    "We might go two seamers and three spinners, we have that option and can go with spin up front if we need to.

    "We have all-rounders and Bopara bowls really well on slow wickets so he is almost like a spinner so we have picked a side that is well suited for the conditions were we will play half our games."

    Dane Vilas captained the Jozi Stars to the title in the inaugural MSL last season and will be a crucial cog in the Durban Heat machine with his quick hands behind the stumps and clean striking.

    International Marquee Player Alex Hales, Proteas star David Miller, Sarel Erwee, Khaya Zondo, Wihan Lubbe, Vilas, Bopara and Phehlukwayo will be the men entrusted with scoring the bulk of the runs for the Heat this term.

    The Durban Heat will wait until the end of the upcoming 2019 Provincial T20 Knock-Out before they fill the fifteenth spot in their squad via a wild card that every franchise has been given.


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    Tshwane Spartans squad confirmed

    Wednesday, 4 September 2019

    There will be plenty of well-known returnees to Tshwane for the Spartans in the 2019 Mzansi Super League but the most striking selection made at Tuesday’s player draft was that of 17-year-old Waqar Salamkheil.

    The left-arm wrist spinner from Afghanistan pocketed R180 000 after being picked up by the Spartans in the ninth round in what head coach Mark Boucher described as a “brave” decision.

    Salamkheil will certainly be an unknown quantity. He’s played just 12 first-class matches, one of which was a Test match - Afghanistan’s inaugural five-day match against Ireland, earlier this year. Besides that he’s played in only eight T20 matches, seven of which were in the Afghanistan Premier League. Salamkheil played seven games for the Kandahar Knights, claiming 10 wickets, and a video featuring a few of those got the Spartans’ brain trust excited.

    “He is a mystery to us as well,” smiled the Spartans assistant coach Mandla Mashimbyi.

    “We saw a couple of videos, and we really liked what we saw, he is similar to (Tabraiz) Shamsi; he is going to bamboozle a lot of guys. Hopefully he can do his job properly. It’s nice to have that mystery factor, we don’t know what he will bring, but no one else knows either.”

    Mashimbyi and Boucher both walked away pleased from Tuesday’s draft, stating the lessons from last year had been heeded and applied in the way they went about selecting players this year.

    “Our squad this time has got cover for everything,” said Boucher.

    There is a fair smattering of home grown talent, who have intimate knowledge of the surroundings at SuperSport Park, an element Boucher believes will be crucial in this year’s MSL campaign. Nine members of the squad, including Morné Morkel and Roelof van der Merwe, who were drafted on Tuesday, are either still playing their cricket in local South African teams or have been part of teams that have been based in Tshwane.

    “It’s massive to have guys who’ve played there before,” said Boucher. “They are comfortable in the surroundings, have good memories and have won a lot of trophies. That will play to our advantage.”

    Boucher said the Spartans will be on the lookout for a new captain, with AB de Villiers vacating that role this season. “AB won’t be captain, we’ve discussed that. He’s a fantastic player but he must go out there and play and perform like he’s been performing in the last while.”

    “We have a few leadership options, we’ll talk to them and see how they feel. I don’t think AB needs that burden, he’s in that stage of his life where he must enjoy his cricket and that’s probably when he plays his best.”

    As with all the squads the Spartans can make an additional “wild card” pick after the domestic Provincial T20 Knockout Challenge that will be played between September 13 and 23.

    The second edition of the MSL will start on November 8.


    TSHWANE SPARTANS SQUAD: AB de Villiers, Tom Curran, Lungi Ngidi, Theunis de Bruyn, Lutho Sipamla, Tony de Zorzi, Morné Morkel, Heinrich Klaasen, Roelof van der Merwe, Pite van Biljon, Waqar Salamkheil, Dean Elgar, Wiaan Mulder, Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Corbin Bosch.
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    The 2019 Mzansi Super League (MSL 2.0) excitement reached fever pitch as the franchises battled it out to secure their preferred players at this year’s draft

    If the live player draft held at Soweto’s Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto yesterday was anything to go by, the stakes are high and the teams are poised to deliver five weeks of high-octane T20 fun. In only its second year, the tournament is already one of the leading T20 cricket brands in the world with local rising talent, Standard Bank Proteas big names and international stars applying to take part.

    The teams had a chance to revisit their squads from last season and then beef up their numbers with other players on their wish list. Each team entered the draft with a big-name Proteas player and international Marquee player. Thirteen players were chosen on the day, and another player will be chosen when the provincial T20 tournament wraps up. This means each team will have a squad of 16 players.

    There were a few highlights during the draft. One was Temba Bavuma heading to the bullring from Durban Heat where he played last season. Nono “People’s Champion” Pongolo was retained by the defending champions, the Jozi Stars.

    Paarl Rocks could barely hide their excitement, as they seemed to land every player they were eyeing at the start of the draft. When it came to teams being able to match offers from other teams, Cape Town Blitz certainly attracted attention when they wasted no time in preventing Jozi Stars from snatching George Linde.

    Most teams were tactical, opting for experience first before chasing the new talent halfway through the selection process.

    Cape Town Blitz head coach Ashwin Prince made no bones about the fact that he was chasing the title. “We finished second last year and the plan is to do much better this season. It’s tough because everyone in the room hoped to get the best players to ensure they will come out on top,” he said.

    2018 Mzansi Super League player of the tournament Quinton de Kock says the tournament is very important for the country. “It’s an exciting tournament and it is good for the game as it brings to the fore some of the younger players that we wouldn’t necessarily be exposed to. It also forces the senior players to also step-up and perform at their best. No one is guaranteed a starting berth here - it is anyone’s game.”

    Gary Kirsten, Durban Heat head coach, was pragmatic, saying the nature of a draft means there is an element of unpredictability, but that he was happy and eager to get started. “We spent some time as the technical team assessing our squad and looked at which players to secure for this year’s tournament. We came to the draft with the view of getting the bulk of the team we wanted, but the trick about drafts is that you get what you can, and then make the most of it. I am happy with the team that we have assembled and now we can get ready to compete!”

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Thabang Moroe gave the Mzansi Super League his endorsement. “I am very happy with how the draft went today. All the franchises came here really prepared to put their hands up and get the best players for the tournament.”

    The games will be played over a five-week period starting on 8 November with the final scheduled to take place on 16 December.

    Draft signings (not counting marquee players)

    CAPE TOWN BLITZ: Liam Livingstone; Dale Steyn; Sisanda Magala; Anrich Nortje; Asif Ali; Mohammed Nawaz; Janneman Malan; George Linde; David Bedingham; Vernon Philander; Marques Ackerman; Gregory Mahlakoana; Aviwe Mgijima

    DURBAN HEAT: David Miller; Dane Villas; Ravi Bopara; Keshav Maharaj; Kyle Abbott; Khaya Zondo; Marco Jansen; Daryn Dupavillon; Sarel Erwee; Malusi Siboto; Prenelan Subrayen; Wihan Lubbe; Shaun von Berg

    JOZI STARS: Rassie vd Dussen; Reeza Hendricks; Dan Christian; Temba Bavuma; Duanne Olivier; Simon Harmer; Ryan Rickelton; Aaron Phangiso; Lizaad Williams; Sinethemba Qeshile; Nono Pongolo; Eathan Bosch; Delano Potgieter

    NELSON MANDELA BAY GIANTS: Chris Morris; JJ Smuts; Junior Dala; Farhaan Behardien; Matthew Breetzke; Onke Nyaku; Ben Dunk; Heino Kuhn; Marco Marais; Grant Thomson; Akhona Mnyaka; Nandre Burger

    PAARL ROCKS: JP Duminy; Tabraiz Shamsi; Hardus Viljoen; Aiden Markram; Bjorn Fortuin; James Vince; Dwaine Pretorius; Cameron Delport; Sibonelo Makhanya; Henry Davids; Mangaliso Mosehle; Ferisco Adams; Kerwin Mungroo

    TSHWANE SPARTANS: Morne Morkel; Lungi Ngidi; Heinrich Klaasen; Theunis de Bruyn; Roelof vd Merwe; Lutho Sipamla; Pite van Biljon; Tony de Zorzi; Waqar Salamkheil; Dean Elgar; Wiaan Mulder; Vaughn van Jaarsveld; Corbin Bosch
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    The Mzansi Super League player draft was held at the Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto, yesterday where three of the VKB Knights players were drafted into various teams. VKB Knights captain Pite van Biljon was drafted by the Pretoria-based Tshwane Spartans while fast bowler Marco Jansen and leg-spinner Shaun von Berg were drafted by Durban Heat.
    “It is always nice to have our players involved in the Mzansi Super League and specifically our captain. It is good to have him playing on a higher level and in a bigger competition in preparation for the season ahead,” commented Knights Chief Executive Johan van Heerden.
    “It is very nice to see young Marco Jansen who is already doing a lot more than anybody anticipated getting a run in the Durban Heat side as well as Shaun von Berg,” added Van Heerden.
    “Congratulations to our three players who have been drafted into the second edition of the Mzansi Super League. We know they will represent us well in this year’s competition,” he concluded.

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    CAPE TOWN – Nine World Sports Betting Cape Cobras were snapped up in the marquee event of the Mzansi Super League season two, the MSL 2.0 draft which was held in Soweto on Tuesday.

    There were 184 foreign players, including Kolpak players, in the draft which presented a massive increase on the 71 who applied in 2018.

    Five of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras players were picked by the Cape Town Blitz – Janneman Malan, David Bedingham, Vernon Philander, George Linde and Aviwe Mgijima.

    Jozi Stars selected the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras fast bowler Lizaad Williams as they look to defend the title they won last season.

    Nandre Burger, a new acquisition for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, was picked by the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. Cobras left arm seamer Akhona Mnyaka will be joining Burger at the Giants.

    Boland and Cobras all-rounder Ferisco Adams was selected to represent the Paarl Rocks in the showpiece event starting in November.

    World Sports Betting Cape Cobras CEO Nabeal Dien congratulated the players who were selected. “We are very proud to have so many Cobras players represented in the second season of MSL and we wish them the best of luck at their respective teams.”

    JP Duminy was also snapped up by the Paarl Rocks. He is no longer part of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad, having retired from the domestic game at the end of last season, yet he has a strong emotional bond with the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

    Thirteen players were chosen on Tuesday and the 14th position will be a wild card to be selected at the conclusion of the CSA Provincial T20 competition. This will give all squads a total of 16 players.


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    Nelson Mandela Bay Giants coach Eric Simons has declared his satisfaction with the Mzansi Super League (MSL 2.0) draft that was held in Soweto on Tuesday, saying that all the squads were extremely well balanced for the 2019 competition.


    The Port Elizabeth-based franchise chose seasoned franchise veteran Farhaan Behardien first up and followed that by picking Beuran Hendricks and Matthew Breetzke.


    They also managed to pick up Onke Nyaku, Ben Dunk of Australia, Grant Thomson, Akhona Mnyaka and Nandre Burger, completing a strong squad of players for the second season of the MSL that kicks off in November.


    “We’re very happy with our squad and we feel the draft went very well,” Simons said. “I think all the teams are very well balanced this year.


    “There were a few teams last year that had some obvious holes, they had to be tactically clever when the tournament started, but I think this year everyone has learnt from their experience and they’ve blocked all the obvious holes.


    “So now it’s really about taking the 16 individuals and building a team out of them and then using them tactically cleverly depending on the conditions and the opposition.”


    The Giants already had marquee men Imran Tahir and England World Cup-winner Jason Roy on their books, while they opted to retain Chris Morris, Jon-Jon Smuts, Junior Dala, Heino Kuhn and Marco Marais even before the draft.


    Simons, who also coached the Giants last season and will again be assisted by Warriors head coach Rivash Gobind does, however, believe that he could have done with a one or two more left-handed batsmen.


    But he admitted that not having that luxury was not a train-smash as the likes of Roy, Behardien and Kuhn were excellent players on both sides of the wicket.


    “There’s always something you feel you could have done differently,” he explained. “In a perfect world it would have been great to have had three left-handers and three right-handers. We have just one left-hander, but then the right-handers are guys that can play both sides of the wicket, which sort of balances things up.


    “All in all, I think we’ve got 11 solid cricketers in terms of the first team, if I can call it that, and then back-up in each area. Someone who can bat right the way through, someone who can bat at the top of the order, an all-rounder, some seamers, so we’re well covered.


    “It’s a long tournament and games come quickly, so the chances of picking up an injury are very possible. It’s then about looking to the rest of the squad for that replacement and I think we have that covered.”


    Simons and his team raised a few eyebrows by calling out the name ‘Akhona Mnyaka’ as their 12th round pick.


    The 20-year-old fast bowler is a South Africa Under-19 international but has played just two T20s and 10 List A games.


    But Simons is backing the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras youngster to fire.


    “I think these tournaments are really unpredictable in terms of who will come through,” the Giants coach added. “But I certainly believe that he is one that can stand up. I know the role he can play for us and I know what he can do. That’s why we’ve gone with him.”


    All MSL games will be played over a five-week period starting on 8 November with the final scheduled to take place on 16 December.

    NELSON MANDELA BAY GIANTS: Imran Tahir, Jason Roy (England), Chris Morris (retained player), Jon-Jon Smuts (retained player), Junior Dala (retained player), Farhaan Behardien, Beuran Hendricks, Matthew Breetzke, Onke Nyaku, Ben Dunk (Australia), Heino Kuhn (retained player), Marco Marais (retained player), Grant Thomson, Akhona Mnyaka, Nandre Burger.


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    Tshwane Spartans coach Mark Boucher is licking his lips over the potential threat of his international attack that has been assembled for Mzansi Super League (MSL) 2.0.

    Standard Bank Proteas pair of Lungi Ngidi and Lutho Sipamla, together with marquee signing Tom Curran of England, as well as South African legend Morne Morkel complete a tantalising pace attack that is set to terrify batsmen at SuperSport Park.

    The 2019 MSL season will be played over a five-week period starting on November 8 and running through until December 16.

    The big Player Draft was held earlier this month, with Morkel, who played nearly 200 games for his country across all formats, the first name snapped up on the day.

    “We knew what we wanted especially at SuperSport Park where the bounce and pace is going to be very effective, so before the actual draft we retained Lutho and Lungi,” Boucher explained. “We’ve also got Tom Curran and we had first pick, so we got Morne Morkel.

    “That gives us an international attack. We’re very happy with it, whether they can all play together at the same time, we’re not too sure because of injury and all of that, which is why I am biting my tongue over their fitness.

    “But this is certainly an attack that on their night, they can roll through any team.”

    Ngidi and Sipamla were amongst four players retained from last year – the others being Theunis de Bruyn and Tony de Zorzi – while local marquee AB de Villiers was always set to stay in the city where he has spent his entire domestic career.

    And, apart from their fierce front-line pace quartet, the Spartans have also brought in another rising Protea star in Wiaan Mulder as well as Corbin Bosch.

    In terms of spin, their main man is likely to be Roelof van der Merwe, with unknown Afghan Waqar Salamkheil the alternative.

    “I was happy with the draft last year as well, but back then things just didn’t go according to plan,” Boucher reflected. “The big thing about last year as well was that our first pick (Ngidi), we lost him through injury, so that set us back quite a bit.

    “We had to change the plans and strategies, so we have learnt from last year the way we selected and that’s why you would have probably seen with the squad that we selected this year that it’s a team where we have got cover for everything.

    “I think what we missed last season was maybe finishers and middle order batsmen, this time we made sure we got a couple of guys that can do that job. It’s a more balanced squad and we’re happy with what we’ve got.”

    Boucher also elaborated on his choice of 17-year-old spinner Salamkheil, a teenage slow left-arm chinaman bowler that has played one Test for Afghanistan and whose named prompted a Google search for most of those following the Player Draft.

    “It was a bit of a brave selection after going through a few videos of his,” the Tshwane coach added. “I think in this sort of competition you need a bit of a surprise package.

    “Whether he is going to make the starting line-up or not I'm not too sure, but certainly if we get to conditions where the ball is turning a bit then he might be able to bamboozle a few batters.

    “Nobody has seen him, maybe a few coaches here and there through videos, but he’s certainly a wicket-taker and a person that can win you a game. I didn’t mind making a brave call, I’ve had a few as well and this is another one in my career.”

    TSHWANE SPARTANS: AB de Villiers, Tom Curran (England), Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi (retained player), Heinrich Klaasen, Theunis de Bruyn (retained player), Roelof van der Merwe, Lutho Sipamla (retained player), Pite van Biljon, Tony de Zorzi (retained player), Waqar Salamkheil (Afghanistan), Dean Elgar, Wiaan Mulder, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Corbin Bosch.
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    KIRSTEN: MSL HAS HUGE VALUE FOR SA CRICKET

    Friday, 20 September 2019

    Durban Heat coach Gary Kirsten is excited about what the Mzansi Super League (MSL) can do for South African cricket, saying it has all the potential to unearth future stars for the Standard Bank Proteas.

    The legendary Protea will be getting his first taste of the action in season 2.0 after being appointed as the team leader at Kingsmead earlier this season.

    Kirsten has a glittering CV both as player and coach. He led India to the World Cup title in 2011 and is also a former South Africa coach. The 51-year-old also has extensive experience coaching in the Indian Premier League (IPL), whilst he is also involved in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL).

    “I was encouraged by the competition last year,” Kirsten said. “I spoke to some of the overseas players and the general feedback was that the competition was strong.

    “That’s good news and now it’s just about taking the learning from the last one and building on it. It’s going to be a very important competition for South African cricket.

    “It’s an opportunity to bring young talent through, I think IPL have done it brilliantly the way they’ve used the competition to bring young talent through that have gone on to play for India.

    “I think this competition can play a similar role. For me the success in these tournaments is the young players that come through and go on to play for South Africa.”

    Kirsten, a man that played nearly 300 games for the Proteas, was speaking at the Player Draft earlier this month, where he and his coaching team came to assemble their squad for the 2019 campaign.

    He is one of two new coaching faces at the six franchises, replacing Grant Morgan in Durban. The other is West Indian Donovan Miller, who took over from interim South Africa Team Director, Enoch Nkwe, at Jozi Stars.

    Kirsten said he enjoyed the draft that was held in Soweto but said that their good squad did not necessarily transform into good results.

    He continued: “Drafts are always fun. Eventually every team ends up with kind of a good balanced team, but not necessarily always the players they were looking for. But that’s what the draft is.

    “I’ve been in enough of these things where everyone goes ‘wow great squad’, but then who plays well and who doesn’t. That’s ultimately what it boils down to.”

    His words transform into almost exactly what happened at the Heat last year, where one of the strongest squads failed to deliver as they ended bottom of the table.

    It is all change on the east coast this time around, where they have two new marquee players in Andile Phehlukwayo and England ace Alex Hales, whilst the franchise have also brought in new faces like last year’s winning captain Dane Vilas from the Stars, Ravi Bopara, rookie Marco Jansen, Malusi Siboto, Wihan Lubbe and Shaun von Berg.

    Kirsten was especially excited about Jansen, a 19-year-old left-arm quick, but says they worked strategically to sign players for the conditions they were likely to experience for most of the competition.

    “We’ve certainly looked at where we are based,” he added. “It’s where we’ll be playing half our games, it’s slow wickets, 150-160 scores and then squeeze with your bowling you know.

    “I think we’ve got good variety in our bowling attack. That’s the most important thing, having that flexibility. We might go two seamers and three spinners. We’ve got that option, we’ve got all-round options in terms of spin as well.

    “We’re happy with what we’ve ended up with for the tournament.”

    All MSL games will be played over a five-week period starting on 8 November with the final scheduled to take place on 16 December.

    DURBAN HEAT: Andile Phehlukwayo, Alex Hales (England), David Miller (retained player), Dane Vilas, Ravi Bopara (England), Keshav Maharaj (retained player), Kyle Abbott (kolpak, retained player), Khaya Zondo (retained player), Marco Jansen (rookie), Daryn Dupavillon, Sarel Erwee (retained player), Malusi Siboto, Prenelan Subrayen, Wihan Lubbe, Shaun von Berg.
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    Durban – Proteas all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo is delighted to have been rewarded with the spot of South African marquee player for the Durban Heat for the upcoming Mzansi Super League, and the born-and-bred KwaZulu-Natalian is looking forward to making his mark in his hometown T20 franchise.

    Phehlukwayo will join a number of local players in the Durban Heat squad with the likes of David Miller, Khaya Zondo, Keshav Maharaj, Rob Frylinck, Prenelan Subrayen and Daryn Dupavillon all in the team for the competition.

    Having spent the first edition of the competition with the Cape Town Blitz, Phehlukwayo is happy that he will call Durban his base for the competition.

    “I am really looking forward to being based at home in front of my home crowd,” the talented Phehlukwayo said.

    “There is a lot of work for us to do and we want to help grow the game of cricket in Durban and the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

    “I don’t see being selected as the marquee player as too much pressure, I just want to come out here and execute winning performances for the Durban Heat throughout the competition.”

    The Durban Heat have the services of former World Cup winning coach Gary Kirsten at the helm and Phehlukwayo cannot wait to link up with him and learn as much as possible in the month and a half they will have together this year.

    “I think it is going to be unbelievable working with such an experienced coach. Working with someone who has been there and got the achievements is going to be hugely rewarding.

    “I am willing to learn as much as I can and I am sure that he has some advice that is going to help me going forward to improve me as a cricketer.

    “I will touch base with him both intellectually and from a cricketing perspective.”

    The opening season of the Mzansi Super League was a frustrating one for the Durban Heat, and Phehlukwayo knows that with the volatility of T20 cricket and franchise tournaments it’s important to make sure that the team hits the ground running.

    “In T20 cricket it doesn’t matter who you have in your team as long your team is the one that is executing its skills better on the day.

    “There is a lot of talk of combinations but if you cannot put in the performance then it doesn’t matter who you have on paper,” he added.

    When talking about the other international marquee player in the squad, England’s Alex Hales, Phehlukwayo is looking forward to the opportunity to play with someone that he has played against.

    “It’s exciting to be on the same side as someone that I have seen play some phenomenal innings on TV!

    “Let’s hope that for the Durban Heat he has got some of that explosive form waiting in store for us. Hopefully he can also bring good energy and great personality to the team.”

    Following the conclusion of the 2019 CSA Provincial T20 Cup the Durban Heat have acquired the services of Hollywoodbets Dolphins all-rounder Rob Frylinck as part of the Wildcard draw that happened on Wednesday.


    Durban Heat Squad:
    Andile Phehlukwayo, Alex Hales, David Miller (retained player), Dane Vilas, Ravi Bopara, Keshav Maharaj (retained player), Kyle Abbott (retained player), Khaya Zondo (retained player), Marco Jansen, Daryn Dupavillon, Sarel Erwee (retained player), Malusi Siboto, Prenelan Subrayen, Wihan Lubbe, Shaun von Berg, Rob Frylinck.
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    JOZI STARS AND CAPE TOWN BLITZ TO PLAY MSL 2.0 OPENING MATCH

    Friday, 27 September 2019

    Champions Jozi Stars and runners up Cape Town Blitz will clash in the opening match of the second edition of the Mzansi Super League (MSL 2.0) at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Friday, 8 November 2019. Play will start at 17h30.

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) today announced the full fixture list.

    The format is the same as last season and will see the team topping the final log table getting direct passage to the grand final and having home ground advantage as well.

    The team finishing second will have home ground advantage against the team finishing third in the play-off to decide the other team going through to the final.

    In an action-packed first weekend, the tournament opener is followed by a move to Kingsmead on the Saturday for the Durban Heat opening match against the Tshwane Spartans. The first of the regular Sunday double-headers then follows with a massive Western Cape derby between the Blitz and the Paarl Rocks at Eurolux Boland Park followed by the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants having a home fixture against the Stars at St. George’s Park.

    “This is certainly an exciting opening weekend that I am sure will set the tone in terms of both on and off field entertainment,” commented CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe. “We have taken note of the market research we have done both in terms of our fans’ requirements at the ground and our TV viewers with the result that we will have earlier starts on most days.

    “The week-day games will all start at 17h30, the Saturday games at 12h30 and the Sunday double-headers at 10h00 and 14h00 respectively. This should all make for good family entertainment in a secure and convivial environment.

    “We are confident that this will enable us to attract new fans and provide a much more practical package for those fans who rely on public transport to get to and from the venues.

    “This latter point was one of the key lessons we learned from last year’s tournament and is very much in line with our vision of making cricket accessible to all whether they are inside or outside the boundary or whether they are watching from home,” concluded Mr. Moroe.

    FIXTURES (double headers highlighted in bold)

    Friday, November 8: 17h30, Jozi Stars v Cape Town Blitz, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium
    Saturday, November 9: 12h30, Durban Heat v Tshwane Spartans, Kingsmead
    Sunday, November 10: 10h00, Paarl Rocks v Cape Town Blitz, Eurolux Boland Park
    Sunday, November 10: 14h00, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants v Jozi Stars, St. George’s Park
    Wednesday, November 13: 17h30, Tshwane Spartans v Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, SuperSport Park
    Thursday, November 14: 17h30, Cape Town Blitz v Jozi Stars, Newlands
    Friday, November 15: 17h30, Durban Heat v Paarl Rocks, Kingsmead
    Saturday, November 16: 12h30, Jozi Stars v Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium
    Sunday, November 17: 10h00, Durban Heat v Cape Town Blitz, Kingsmead
    Sunday, November 17: 14h00, Paarl Rocks v Tshwane Spartans, Eurolux Boland Park
    Wednesday, November 20: 17h30, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants v Cape Town Blitz, St. George’s Park
    Thursday, November 21: 17h30, Tshwane Spartans v Durban Heat, SuperSport Park
    Friday, November 22: 17h30, Paarl Rocks v Jozi Stars, Eurolux Boland Park
    Saturday, November 23: 12h30, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants v Durban Heat, St. George’s Park
    Sunday, November 24: 10h00, Cape Town Blitz v Paarl Rocks, Newlands
    Sunday, November 24: 14h00, Jozi Stars v Tshwane Spartans, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium
    Wednesday, November 27: 17h30, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants v Paarl Rocks, St. George’s Park
    Thursday, November 28: 17h30, Cape Town Blitz v Durban Heat, Newlands
    Friday, November 29: 17h30, Tshwane Spartans v Paarl Rocks, SuperSport Park
    Saturday, November 30: 12h30, Durban Heat v Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Kingsmead
    Sunday, December 1: 10h00, Jozi Stars v Paarl Rocks, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium
    Sunday, December 1: 14h00, Cape Town Blitz v Tshwane Spartans, Newlands
    Tuesday, December 3: 17h30, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants v Tshwane Spartans, St. George’s Park
    Wednesday, December 4: 17h30, Paarl Rocks v Durban Heat, Eurolux Boland Park
    Thursday, December 5: 17h30, Tshwane Spartans v Jozi Stars, SuperSport Park
    Friday, December 6: 17h30, Cape Town Blitz v Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Newlands
    Saturday, December 7: 12h30, Jozi Stars v Durban Heat, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium
    Sunday, December 8: 10h00, Paarl Rocks v Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Eurolux Boland Park
    Sunday, December 8: 14h00, Tshwane Spartans v Cape Town Blitz, SuperSport Park
    Tuesday, December 10: 17h30, Durban Heat v Jozi Stars
    Friday, December 13: 17h30, Play-off, 2nd v 3rd

    (reserve day if required on Saturday, December 14, 12h30)

    Monday, December 16: 17h30, Final

    (reserve day if required on Tuesday, December 17, 17h30)


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    Jozi Stars sign Shoaib Malik for MSL

    Reigning Mzansi Super League Champions, the Jozi Stars, have confirmed another cracker signing – this time in the form of the ever talented Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik. Shoaib will take over from West Indian powerhouse Chris Gayle who will exit the Jozi Stars post their sixth game.

    Shoaib is best described as a batting allrounder, though he started his career as an off-break bowler. There is almost no role in a cricket side that he hasn't filled, and he has become an all-rounder and team leader in the fullest sense of the word.

    “As a batsman he is capable of fulfilling many roles within the batting order. He has had success as an opener in Tests and ODIs and has been a game-changer in limited-over matches in the No. 3 role. He is the fourth-highest run-scorer in Twenty20 history behind Gayle, McCullum and Pollard, and is a good T20 spinner as well. We are very excited to welcome Shoaib to our set up and seeing him excite our Jozi Stars fans with his brilliance,” commented Jono Leaf-Wright: Central Gauteng Lions CEO.

    Recently appointed Jozi Stars Head Coach Donovan Miller says that Malik is capable of filling so many different roles in the team.

    “We’re extremely excited to have Shoaib Malik for the backend of our campaign, I had the pleasure of working with him in Canada during the Global T20. He’s obviously one of the best middle order batters in this format; unbelievable leader who fits into any environment and gives our batting line up plenty of options at the later stages of the competition. He’s more of a touch player, with elegance and one of the best finishers in the T20 format.”

    Shoaib Malik said: “It’s very exciting for me to be joining Jozi Stars as I’ve never played domestic cricket in South Africa previously, although I have obviously played many times there with my country. Hopefully we can be successful, and I look forward to contributing to the cause when I join up with them.”

    Shoaib Malik T20 Stats:

    Batting: Matches 357, Not Outs 94, Total T20 runs 9018, High Score 95*, Average 37.26 , Strike Rate 125.02 Half-centuries :53 , Fours 692, Sixes 270

    Bowling: Best Bowling innings; 5/13 , Economy 7.00, Wickets 142
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    So Malik Sahib gets another assignment - CPL reputation getting him good contracts.


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    Good for him. I hope he keeps himself busy in these T20 league around the globe while we reconstruct our team without him in it.

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    Port Elizabeth-born former Standard Bank Proteas cricketer, Robin Peterson, has been appointed as the Warriors interim head coach for the 2019/20 season and assistant coach for the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants during the 2019 Mzansi Super League (MSL).

    With years of experience, having played at the highest professional level of the sport, the slow left-arm orthodox spinner brings vast knowledge of the game and the Warriors are pleased to gain his expertise at this early stage of the season.

    Peterson fills the vacancy left by Rivash Gobind, who leaves the Warriors in pursuit of an international level opportunity with Afghanistan.

    The Warriors kicked off the season with a loss against the VKB Knights in Kimberley, and a win against The Imperial Lions in East London. The Warriors team management set-up is geared to take on any new challenges it may be faced with during the current season, with the addition of Peterson.

    “Born and raised in Port Elizabeth and having played for Eastern Province Jumbo’s as well as the Warriors at the start of his career, Peterson is deemed as a good fit for the Warriors,” said Cricket Eastern Cape chief executive officer, Dr Mark Williams.

    “Peterson’s coaching background sums him up as he has been a technical consultant for the South African Under-19 national team since 2017, national academy and South African A team. He has also coached the Barbados Tridents and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (Caribbean Premier League) as well as the Northern Warriors (T10 League).

    “All this experience within the field of coaching at the professional level makes Peterson a highly suitable selection to lead the Warriors during this new season.”

    Peterson said he’s delighted and fortunate to have been granted the opportunity to come back home and help guide the Warriors for the rest of the season. “It’s especially a privilege being a PE boy and having spent the best part of my career playing for the Warriors and now getting the opportunity to help develop and guide the team.

    “This is a huge thrill. They have the right mix of youth, experience and talent to do something special as a collective and push for silverware,” he said.

    The Warriors family welcomes Robin Peterson back to Nelson Mandela Bay, for what should be a thrilling season ahead.
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    Cape Town - Former Proteas star batsman AB de Villiers believes the Mzansi Super League (MSL) is vital as it will improve and provide depth in South African cricket.

    The Proteas are in a sorry state after an innings and 202-run loss to India in Ranchi on Tuesday, which saw the Proteas whitewashed in the Test series 3-0.

    South Africa have tasted defeat in five successive Test matches with their last win coming against Pakistan at the Wanderers in January 2019.

    The likes of Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn have left Test cricket, while JP Duminy and Imran Tahir retired from one-day cricket, leaving the Proteas with a young team without much experience.

    De Villiers' own retirement from international cricket in 2018 left a vacant role that the Proteas are still struggling to fill.

    Once again, De Villiers will be the marquee player for the Tshwane Spartans in next month's MSL.

    De Villiers, who led the team last year in the inaugural event, believes that this competition is exactly what South African cricket needs at the moment.

    "The quality of cricket was probably the most impressive thing of the tournament (last year), there was high-standard of wickets and very competitive cricket," said De Villiers.

    "A lot of youngsters came through, which in my opinion, is the aim of the tournament and that's to strengthen our cricket across South Africa and give youngsters the opportunity to mingle with some of the stars around the world."

    Since the first edition of the competition, several players have made their mark on the international stage such as Anrich Nortje, Rassie van der Dussen, Lutho Sipamla and Bjorn Fortuin.

    "With the MSL, we saw some youngsters come through and it was only the first year. I think it's going to get bigger and stronger," said De Villiers.

    "Guys like Lutho Sipamla, Reeza (Hendricks), Rassie (van der Dussen) and a guy like Bjorn Fortuin, who had a opportunity recently, and George Linde... There's so many that all of a sudden appear on the big stage and when they get an opportunity on international level, they seem to be ready.

    "They seem more mature than they supposed to be at a young age - certainly more than I was when I was young - so a tournament like this is incredible important for the strength and the depth of our cricket in South Africa."

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    Lubbe keen to impress for Durban Heat

    Durban – After a late call-up into the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants team last season, all-rounder Wihan Lubbe is hoping to make an immediate impact when he strides out in Durban Heat colours for this year’s Mzansi Super League starting in the first week of November.

    The left-handed batsman, who is currently plying his trade for the North West Dragons, has made significant contributions for the men in maroon as well as for the Imperial Lions at a franchise level, and would like to translate that into good performances for the Durban Heat.

    “I was hugely relieved to be picked up during the draft after missing out initially last year,” the 26 year-old Lubbe said.

    “After that, the excitement started building as did the realisation that hard work is paying off for me.

    “I am really looking forward to joining up with the rest of the team and if the opportunity comes for me to play then I want to do myself justice with both the bat and the ball.

    “I want to try and find out my role in the squad as quickly as possible and learn where I am going to fit in so I can fill that role as well as possible.”

    Lubbe has been on the professional cricket circuit in South Africa for a number of years so he will not have a problem incorporating himself into the squad. He is looking forward to meeting the players he doesn’t know and building strong relationships.

    “I know a lot of the guys in the Durban Heat squad but it’s going to be great to build friendships with them that go beyond cricket.

    “It is important that as players we use these chances to create friendships with players from different backgrounds because we will be teammates for over a month,” he added.

    Another opportunity that Lubbe is looking forward to is working with head coach Gary Kirsten.

    “It’s going to be fantastic having someone with Gary’s knowledge at the helm. It’s incredible that I will be able to bounce ideas of someone with his experience and I cannot wait to learn from him.”

    Trading the Highveld for the KZN coast for a month and a bit is another element of the Mzansi Super League that Lubbe is looking forward to.

    “Obviously the beach is one of the things that I am looking forward to!” he mentioned excitedly.

    “One of my good friends Marques Ackerman moved to the Dolphins and only has good things to say about the lifestyle.

    “I know that there are a lot of good golf courses around there so I will definitely be trying those out!”

    The Durban Heat kick off their 2019 Mzansi Super League campaign against the Tshwane Spartans at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium on Saturday, 9 November.

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    SACA GIVES NOTICE TO CSA OF 2018 MSL DISPUTE

    The South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) and the South African Professional Cricketers Trust (“the Players Trust”) today gave Cricket South Africa (CSA) formal notice of a dispute relating to breach of agreement in connection with the 2018 Mzansi Super League (MSL). This dispute is in addition to the existing High Court application instituted by SACA against CSA in May 2019 which relates to the restructuring of domestic cricket.

    Formal Dispute Relating to MSL 2018

    In November 2018 SACA, the Players Trust and CSA signed a commercial agreement relating to MSL 2018 in terms of which the players, through the Players Trust, granted commercial rights for use by the league and the teams in the MSL and in return CSA was obliged to pay over amounts to the Players Trust so that the players could be paid for the use of their rights.

    “Unfortunately CSA has persistently refused to pay an agreed amount relating to the use of the players commercial rights and consequently the players have yet to be paid for these” said SACA Chief Executive, Tony Irish. “This has occurred despite CSA having benefited from the use of the rights in last year’s MSL.”

    “We have been trying to resolve this with CSA for many months but have now reached the point where formal steps have to be taken as players remain out of pocket.”

    High Court Application Relating to Domestic Restructure

    Despite delays, SACA’s court application relating to CSA’s decision to restructure domestic cricket continues in the South Gauteng High Court.

    “In normal circumstances one would have expected the court application to be heard in or around October this year”, said Irish. “However failures on the part of CSA to comply with the time periods provided for in the rules of court have led to unnecessary delays. CSA also failed to respond for a long period to attempts to establish a process aimed at resolving the issues around the domestic restructure. All of this has obviously been very frustrating for SACA and it creates uncertainty for the players.”

    “SACA remains committed to the court application as this is necessary to deal with CSA’s decision to unilaterally impose a new domestic structure on the players without consultation and in clear breach of signed agreements between SACA and CSA. This imposed structure, if allowed, would lead to a very significant number of provincial players losing their careers as professional cricketers and it would also give rise to the likelihood of substantial cuts in the earnings and benefits of franchises players. In addition we believe that it will weaken the standard of our top flight domestic cricket across playing formats, at a time when we can ill afford to do this.”

    SACA’s previously expressed concerns around CSA’s medium and long term financial situation also remain.

    “None of our concerns on this front have been dealt with,” said Irish. “Instead we are now excluded from attending CSA’s finance and commercial committee meetings.”

    “I wish to emphasise that despite all of this SACA remains willing to sit down with CSA in a genuine and good faith attempt to resolve these issues. We wish to play a responsible role in dealing with the financial picture and we know that many of the issues require mutually agreed solutions. This has to happen however in the context of good faith engagement between us, as the representative of the players, and CSA.”


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    PAARL ROCKS’ VERREYNNE AIMING FOR THE TOP PRIZE


    Thursday, 24 October 2019

    Newly drafted Kyle Verreynne says he wants to help the Paarl Rocks win the 2019 Mzansi Super League title.

    The Paarl Rocks franchise announced on Wednesday that the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras wicketkeeper-batsman will replace injured Standard Bank Proteas batsman Aiden Markram.

    Verreynne said he is really excited to be joining the Paarl Rocks.

    “After playing against the Paarl Rocks last season and just seeing the support they had in Paarl and all around the country is something that really excites me,” he said.

    The 22-year-old Verreynne is in red-hot form after striking consecutive centuries in the Cobras’ 4-Day Domestic Series draw against the Momentum Multiply Titans in Benoni last week.

    “It is fantastic to be able to join a team with a lot of experienced players, internationals and domestic players. I hope to learn as much as possible from those players,” he said.

    Capetonian Verreynne is a huge talent and finished as the second-highest run-scorer in this year's One-Day Cup behind Markram.

    He scored 453 runs in 9 innings at an average of 64.71 in that competition and it was that form that saw him included in the SA 'A' side.

    Verreynne recently returned from his first-ever trip to India as part of the SA 'A' squad that played five ODIs on the sub-continent.

    He is now looking forward to the Mzansi Super League, the vibe in Paarl and the ultimate prize.

    “I’m looking forward to joining a team that did quite well in last season's campaign. This year I want to help the team to win the title. The support in Paarl is always amazing, I’m really looking forward to that,” he said.

    The Mzansi Super League (MSL 2.0) is taking place from 8 November to 16 December 2019.



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    Steyn relishing Blitz pace attack

    Monday, 28 October 2019


    Cape Town Blitz fast bowler Dale Steyn returns for another edition of the Mzansi Super League (MSL 2.0), and will once again link up with last season's breakthrough fast bowler, Anrich Nortje, as well as Pakistan international Wahab Riaz.

    During the Cape Town leg of the Mzansi Super League trophy tour today, Steyn shared his love for fast bowling and his excited at the line-up coach Ashwell Prince has put together.

    "I have played against Wahab [Riaz] a few times and have never played in the same team as him, he is a fantastic player. I love left-arm seamers, I love fast bowlers, they get me excited," Steyn said.

    "Anna [Anrich Nortje] bowled very rapidly last year and I think it set the tone for how I wanted to play the tournament because you want to outdo your teammate in some sense. If you have all these quicks in one team, can you imagine that the one guy is trying to bowl 140, the next is trying to bowl 145, the other guy is trying to bowl 150 - It's a good thing for the team," he added.

    Cape Town Blitz finished runners-up to the Jozi Stars in last years' inaugural competition and Steyn is hopeful of going one better this time around.

    "It would be amazing if we could replicate what we did last year - make the final and hopefully win it this time around. To have a successful tournament is to find players whom you can bond with and be in a team that can gel the quickest," he stated.

    "On paper, I don't think we were the best team last year but together as a unit, I felt we played our best cricket and that's why we made the final. So if we can establish ourselves quickly in the tournament and gel as a unit, we have all the makings of being able to make that final again. If we win it, fantastic but to have a good tournament, to enjoy it and give players opportunities [is important]. Guys like Anna [Nortje] went on to represent South Africa and this [tournament] is a stepping stone for that to happen," he said.

    Steyn, who retired from Test cricket, has been hard at work getting himself ready for South Africa's premier T20 competition and is relishing the chance to once again showcase what he can do to the entire country.

    "It's great to play in your home country. I played a lot of cricket for South Africa and we didn't get a lot of chances to play around the local grounds as often as we would like. But this time we get to play a lot of cricket in the country and I love it," he stated.

    "For a solid month, you know the whole country gets to experience and enjoy international cricketers playing cricket in a 'domestic' format. I just loved that, I felt like there wasn't as much pressure as international cricket, although the standard of cricket is extremely high. I just had a lot of fun and I think the management - Ashwell Prince, Faiek Davids and Paul Adams - made it a lot of fun and even the players we had. We had such a good time and it showed on the field," he said.


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    The Board and Management of Cricket South Africa (CSA) has recently become aware of an unfortunate situation involving players and player contracts, through player intermediary, the South African Cricketers Association (SACA) in which speculation and indeed allegations of dereliction were levelled against CSA, following alleged non-payment of player fees, stemming from the Mzansi Super League arrangement, in 2018.

    CSA is in the process of investigating this matter to determine the extent to which certain CSA employees were or were not derelict in fulfilling their duties. This is in line with the effort of ensuring that the principle of accountability is applied equally, fairly and without fear or favour throughout the organization.

    Whilst the investigation of this matter is in progress, employees who are alleged to have been involved in this matter have been placed on precautionary suspension until the investigation is completed, following which disciplinary action could be instituted against the affected employees.

    While CSA regrets this unfortunate situation, as an organisation that promotes good governance and excellence in performance, we are pleased to report that, once uncovered, CSA successfully and quickly addressed this situation with SACA. In this regard an agreement was wherein all fees due to players will be transferred to SACA with immediate effect and through this mutual agreement, CSA and SACA have averted all potential interruptions to the game of cricket.

    CSA assures the players, our stakeholders and all cricket fans at large that any kind of lapse in its processes which adversely impacts the game of cricket will be addressed accordingly.

    Thabang Moroe, CSA’s Chief Executive commented: “CSA wants to reassure all cricket fans and all cricket stakeholders that our organisation and indeed our staff adhere to the highest ethical standards in all our dealings and that consistency and accountability remains uppermost in all our processes and procedures.

    “It is our expectation that all our staff members, including third-party stakeholders who are associated with the CSA brand should protect the reputation of CSA and the sport of cricket at all times.”


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    JP Duminy’s return to the winelands region where he will don the colours of Paarl Rocks might just give the team the much-needed edge ahead of the Mzansi Super League (MSL) 2.0 campaign, according to the side’s President, Angelo Carolissen.

    The 34-year-old Duminy first represented the local first-class franchise team, WP Boland, as a teen all-rounder on his way to a 15-year international career with the Standard Bank Proteas before calling time on his international career at the end of the recent 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England

    “We had a strategic plan about JP and why we wanted him here. We are so happy to have a great player who has also been on the world scene for a number of years. In him, the team will have a tremendous cricketer and team mate. He is looking forward to be here among our fans and will play a massive role in bringing the trophy to Eurolux Boland Park,” said Carolissen.

    Duminy missed out in last year’s tournament because of a hand injury- but was already licking his lips at the prospect of lining up alongside his former teammates in Standard Bank Proteas - Faf du Plessis, Bjorn Fortuin and Tabraiz Shamzi.

    James Vince, the English international, will this year join a team that narrowly lost out in their play-off fixture last year.

    “I am looking forward to this edition after I missed out last year and being a part of a new team. There was an amazing vibe at Paarl last year. Also, I am excited with the good mix of experience and youth in our squad, most importantly, they are good people,” Duminy said.

    “That’s the thing that I enjoy the most about team environments, and playing alongside different kinds of people, be it international or local where get to share the same dressing room and get to see what makes them tick. Those are things that I enjoy, getting to operate in different cultures, creating a high performing culture in a short space of time.”

    On Tuesday, The Rocks met Drakenstein Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr. Conrad Poole, to present him with the team jersey and to showcase the tournament trophy ahead of the 32-match tournament set to start next Friday, 8 November.

    Carolissen said: “Today was also a fantastic event to have with the Cricket South Africa team, to bring the trophy here in the Drakenstein Municipality and the city of excellence. We had the Mayor and his full council, for us as the Paarl Rocks; we are just ecstatic with the season ahead and cannot wait for this MSL2.0 tournament to start. The Paarl Rocks fans didn’t disappoint us last year and we look forward to see them come out in purple colours for the tournament.”

    They open the campaign with a Cape Derby against Cape Town Blitz at home on Sunday, 10 November.


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    SACA RESPONDS TO CSA MEDIA STATEMENT

    REGARDING THE PROTECTION OF PLAYER INTEREST

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) has suspended three senior members of management and launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the 2018 MSL commercial agreement between it and the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA). SACA wishes to clarify the facts relating to the player commercial rights arrangements for the 2018 MSL and for the 2019 MSL and further to other matters relevant to CSA’s statements regarding protection of player interest.

    In November 2018 SACA and CSA signed a commercial rights agreement relating to the granting of player commercial rights for use in the 2018 MSL. This was signed by the chief executives of both organisations. The agreement provided for full payment of amounts due to players for these rights by 24 December 2018. Despite ten months of engagement with CSA the payment due to the players, and to be paid via the SACA Players Trust, remained outstanding.

    “We are very surprised that Naasei Appiah, Corrie van Zyl and Clive Eksteen have been suspended in relation to allegations surrounding CSA’s non-compliance with the 2018 MSL commercial agreement,” said SACA’s chief executive, Tony Irish. “SACA didn’t deal with Appiah on this issue and in its dealings with Van Zyl and Eksteen over many months they both expressed a strong desire to resolve the payment issue, but it eventually became clear that higher approval to do so was necessary,” said SACA chief executive, Tony Irish. “We think it’s highly unlikely that CSA’s chief executive, Thabang Moroe, would not have been aware of this ongoing issue. He was undoubtedly aware of payment obligations as he had signed the agreement.”

    On 14 October 2019 SACA referenced the breach of the 2018 MSL commercial agreement in correspondence sent, inter alia, to Moroe. SACA received no response to this.

    On 16 October 2019 SACA sent a mail to Eksteen, copied to Moroe, stating that if not urgently resolved SACA would have no alternative but to proceed with a formal notice of dispute relating to the 2018 MSL agreement and also recording that CSA had yet to sign a 2019 MSL commercial agreement to secure the use of player commercial rights for the 2019 MSL.

    On 17 October 2019 Eksteen indicated that CSA was now prepared to resolve the matter. On the same day SACA sent the necessary settlement agreements to CSA with a deadline to sign by 21 October 2019. This deadline was simply ignored and no response was received.



    On 23 October 2019 SACA gave notice of a formal dispute relating to the 2018 MSL agreement and CSA’s failure to make agreed payments

    The matter was only eventually settled on 29 October 2019 and a 2019 MSL commercial agreement was eventually signed. Players were due to do commercial activations to promote the 2019 MSL on 30 October 2019.

    “SACA believes that the 2018 MSL dispute and the signature of the 2019 MSL commercial agreement were only resolved because of the impending player commercial activations scheduled to take place on 30 October 2019,” said Irish. “In the absence of an agreement CSA would not have had the rights to use the players in the activations.”

    “SACA also believes that CSA’s persistent refusal to comply with the 2018 MSL agreement for such a long period was simply part of a much wider, systematic attempt to marginalise SACA and the role that it plays in protecting the collective interests of the players. SACA is a fully recognised players association representing every professional cricketer in South Africa and the Players Trust holds all of the players commercial rights. It is not a ‘player intermediary’ as suggested by CSA.”

    In 2018 the MOU18 negotiations between SACA and CSA were significantly delayed, despite SACA’s persistent attempts to complete these on time. This affected the contract security of players and the MOU was eventually only signed on 31 July 2018, some three months after the expiry of the previous MOU.

    On 24 February 2019 and 27 March 2019 SACA wrote letters to CSA, inter alia, expressing concerns relating to CSA’s financial situation, its failure to provide financial information, despite having agreed to do so, and the need to properly engage SACA on any proposed domestic restructure. CSA failed to reply to either of these letters.

    On 5 April 2019 CSA took a decision to restructure domestic cricket without responding to SACA’s concerns, without consultation with it and in clear breach of a recognition agreement signed by SACA and CSA which provided for a specific consultation process before any restructure could happen. CSA simply ignored SACA’s concerns expressed over this breach.

    Since April 2019 SACA has been barred from attending CSA sub-committee meetings including its finance and commercial committee, its chief executives committee and its cricket committee. CSA is in breach of its own terms of reference in relation to some of these sub-committees which provide for SACA’s attendance.

    In 2016 CSA had conducted a comprehensive review of its domestic cricket structure, led externally by Ernst and Young. In taking the decision to restructure domestic cricket some two years later CSA disregarded key outcomes and recommendations of this review.

    As a last resort SACA filed an application in the High Court on 29 May 2019 seeking to overturn CSA’s domestic restructure decision. CSA has consistently failed to comply with the time periods prescribed by the rules of court relating to the filing of documents in this application and it has yet to file any answering papers. This has led to significant delays in the court proceedings and created uncertainty, and player anxiety, in relation to what will happen in domestic cricket next season.

    On 24 August 2019 SACA and CSA met in an attempt to resolve the issues related to the domestic restructure and to discuss both the CSA/SACA relationship and SACA’s concerns relating to CSA’s financial situation. At the meeting it was agreed firstly that CSA would conduct an external review of its longer term financial position and secondly that SACA and CSA would put in place a “roadmap” and facilitation process to attempt to resolve the relationship issue and the domestic restructure issue by the end of October 2019. As was also agreed, and to ensure the process was committed to in writing, SACA sent a draft roadmap agreement to CSA on 26 August 2019. Despite requests made by SACA to CSA for it to respond CSA failed to do so for seven weeks thus rendering the attempted roadmap and facilitation process unworkable and ineffectual. CSA has also failed to act on the agreement to conduct an external review of its finances.

    “We note CSA’s statement that it has taken decisive action to protect player interest and the game and that it is conducting an investigation into the matter relating to the non-payment of the 2018 MSL agreement,” said Irish. “We also note the statement by CSA’s chief executive that CSA adheres to the highest ethical standards in all its dealings and that consistency and accountability remain uppermost in its processes and procedures.”

    “SACA believes that the matters that are set out above are as important as the MSL commercial agreement issue, if not more so, in order to protect both player interests and the interests of the game. We also note the statements of CSA’s head of communications, Thamie Mthembu, that CSA’s investigation would go deeper into uncovering how the MSL dispute came about. SACA accordingly calls upon CSA not only to ensure that its investigation into this MSL issue is conducted by an independent person, or organisation, but also that an independent investigation is conducted into these related matters. We believe that this will ensure that the principle of accountability, referred to by CSA’s chief executive, is in fact applied equally, fairly and without fear or favour.”
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    Media Release - Moeen Ali joins Cape Town Blitz

    England all-rounder Moeen Ali is on his way to the Cape Town Blitz for the opening of the Mzansi Super League as a replacement for Pakistan international seamer Wahab Riaz, who will join the Cape Town Blitz at the conclusion of his international commitments.

    Ali will be available for the Blitz' two opening matches against the Jozi Stars in Johannesburg on 8 November and two days later in Paarl against Paarl Rocks.

    Cape Town Blitz head coach Ashwell Prince is looking forward to Ali bringing all his experience to the squad.

    "Moeen brings huge international experience to the team and in County cricket, he won the T20 Blast in 2018 with Worcestershire Rapids and he led them to the 2019 final, so we're looking forward to having him in Cape Town," Prince said.

    He is no stranger to the shores of the Mother City as he has had previous stints with St Augustine Cricket Club in the Western Province club league.

    "I'm very excited to be part of the MSL and joining Cape Town Blitz for the start of the tournament. I'm looking forward to playing with and against some world class players," Ali said.

    Cape Town Blitz CEO Nabeal Dien expressed his excitement about Ali returning to a city he is familiar with.

    "Moeen Ali is a great acquisition for us, he has an affinity to Cape Town and club cricket in the Province going back a number of years. We're looking forward to having a player of his quality for the start of the tournament," Mr Dien said.

    Riaz will be available for selection for the first home game of the competition against Jozi Stars on 14 November.


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    CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) has taken note of the statement released by the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) today and the comments expressed therein by its CEO, Mr. Tony Irish.

    Mr. Irish has confirmed that the dispute over players’ rights for the 2018 Mzansi Super League (MSL) has been settled and that also an agreement is in place for the 2019 edition of the tournament as well.

    We will continue to engage with SACA on all relevant matters but will not do so via the Media.

    As the MSL issue has been settled to the satisfaction of both parties there is no need for the independent investigation that Mr. Irish has suggested.

    It has to be reiterated that the decision to restructure our domestic cricket was taken by the Members’ Council whose prerogative it is.

    Furthermore, there is no need for CSA to have any kind of independent investigation into its financial situation. These are audited both internally and externally with CSA having been given a clean audit year after year. These financials are available to all in our annual integrated report which is a public document.

    In conclusion, it must be stressed that CSA has never released the identity of the staff members currently under precautionary suspension and has no intention of doing so.


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    MZANSI SUPER LEAGUE SET TO KICK OFF AS SCHEDULED

    Tournament to kick off on 8 November at Wanderers

    01 November 2019

    Cricket South Africa is pleased to confirm that plans for the 2019 Mzansi Super League are afoot to ensure that this second edition, commencing on 8 November 2019, is bigger and better than the first.

    While the management deals with corporate issues around operational functions that are normal in organisations from time to time, CSA is forging ahead with producing a spectacular event that rivals leagues around the world.

    The opening game next week will see defending champions, Jozi Stars, and the last season runners-up, Cape Town Blitz, go head to head at Imperial Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

    The Cricket South Africa team have been travelling to six named cities Pretoria, Polokwane, Mpumalanga, Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg to meet with City Mayors to solidify partnerships and build hype and excitement for the second season. The pre-trophy tour commenced in Pretoria on the 16th of October and culminated today in Johannesburg.

    To dispel any uncertainty, a schedule of the opening matches is included, as well as a list of all the players, who have already been drafted and are eagerly anticipating the tournament.

    Amongst the top cricketers drafted are Chris Gayle (Stars), Wahab Riaz (Blitz), recent 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup winners in Jason Roy (Giants) and Tom Curran (Spartans).

    The South African marquee signings are Kagiso Rabada (Stars), Quinton de Kock (Blitz), Imran Tahir (Giants), AB de Villiers (Spartans), Faf du Plessis (Rocks) and Andile Phehlukwayo (Heat).

    CSA Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe, notes that sport closes the gap between South Africans and brings communities together to build a sense of nationalism.

    “The MSL T20 may only be in its second season, but it brings our provinces together, showcases our extraordinary country and provides an opportunity for South African cricket to grow and be represented internationally,” he adds.


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    Drafted signings (not counting marquee players)

    CAPE TOWN BLITZ: Liam Livingstone; Dale Steyn; Sisanda Magala; Anrich Nortje; Asif Ali; Mohammed Nawaz; Janneman Malan; George Linde; David Bedingham; Vernon Philander; Marques Ackerman; Gregory Mahlakoana; Aviwe Mgijima

    DURBAN HEAT: David Miller; Dane Villas; Ravi Bopara; Keshav Maharaj; Kyle Abbott; Khaya Zondo; Marco Jansen; Daryn Dupavillon; Sarel Erwee; Malusi Siboto; Prenelan Subrayen; Wihan Lubbe; Shaun von Berg

    JOZI STARS: Rassie vd Dussen; Reeza Hendricks; Dan Christian; Temba Bavuma; Duanne Olivier; Simon Harmer; Ryan Rickelton; Aaron Phangiso; Lizaad Williams; Sinethemba Qeshile; Nono Pongolo; Eathan Bosch; Delano Potgieter

    NELSON MANDELA BAY GIANTS: Chris Morris; JJ Smuts; Junior Dala; Farhaan Behardien; Matthew Breetzke; Onke Nyaku; Ben Dunk; Heino Kuhn; Marco Marais; Grant Thomson; Akhona Mnyaka; Nandre Burger

    PAARL ROCKS: JP Duminy; Tabraiz Shamsi; Hardus Viljoen; Aiden Markram; Bjorn Fortuin; James Vince; Dwaine Pretorius; Cameron Delport; Sibonelo Makhanya; Henry Davids; Mangaliso Mosehle; Ferisco Adams; Kerwin Mungroo


    TSHWANE SPARTANS: Morne Morkel; Lungi Ngidi; Heinrich Klaasen; Theunis de Bruyn; Roelof vd Merwe; Lutho Sipamla; Pite van Biljon; Tony de Zorzi; Waqar Salamkheil; Dean Elgar; Wiaan Mulder; Vaughn van Jaarsveld; Corbin Bosch
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    Marshall replaces Frylinck in Durban Heat squad

    Durban – 25 year old top-order batsman Wesley Marshall will replace Rob Frylinck in the Durban Heat squad for the upcoming Mzansi Super League after the veteran seamer was selected to play in the T10 tournament in Abu Dhabi.

    Marshall shone in the recent CSA Provincial T20 Cup where he helped Easterns to their first triumph in the competition. The hard-hitting opener bashed 87 in the final and followed that up with some impressive scores in first class cricket, most recently a 98 in the second innings of the Momentum Multiply Titans’ clash with the VKB Knights.

    Speaking from the Bloemfontein airport on Friday, Marshall knew that there was a chance he could be selected for the MSL if he put in some good performances in during the domestic T20 competition.

    “When I got the call from Heinrich (Strydom) I was pretty lost for words to be honest,” Marshall said.

    “During the competition talk in the change room was that if you did well and put your hand up there was always that chance that you could get that wild card position.

    “I did as much as I could and wasn’t picked initially but I am unbelievably excited to be involved in the MSL and want to learn as much as I can.”

    He will join a squad that includes the likes of England’s Alex Hales and Ravi Bopara, experienced South African T20 star David Miller as well as former Protea Kyle Abbott. To have players like these around him and a coach like Gary Kirsten Marshall believes he can only benefit.

    “It is unbelievable to see the players that we have and to have a coach like Gary Kirsten is a dream come true.

    “I cannot wait to meet up with the rest of the squad this weekend and see how we go in the competition,” Marshall added.

    CEO of KZN Cricket Heinrich Strydom was disappointed to lose Frylinck but is excited about what Marshall brings to the table.

    “He was one of the standout batsmen during the CSA Provincial T20 and although it’s tough losing such an experienced player in Robbie, to be able to replace him with an explosive batsman is exciting.

    “We have made sure that we have all our bases covered across the pitch and Wesley will just add another exciting string to our bow.”

    The Durban Heat get their Mzansi Super League campaign underway with a home game at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium against the Tshwane Spartans on Saturday, 9 November at 12:30pm.


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    Former Proteas batsman Hashim Amla, who retired from all international cricket after the World Cup earlier this year, will be joining the Cape Town Blitz as a batting consultant during the Mzansi Super League.

    Having played 144 T20 matches and 44 T20 International matches for South Africa, Amla will bring a wealth of experience to Ashwell Prince’s side as they look to go one better in 2019, after being runners-up in the first edition last season.

    “Hashim has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the game and we’re really looking forward to him bringing that to our management team. There are obviously a few very promising young batsmen in our squad, and I think they will benefit immensely from having him around. It’s also an opportunity for him to explore whether a position such as batting consultant could be something that he might want to take up in future. I have no doubt that he’d do a great job at it if he did,” commented Prince.

    Amla will be available to the team from November 25, after his stint in the Abu Dhabi T10 League, where he will feature as an icon player and captain for the Karnatake Tuskers.

    Cape Town Blitz CEO Nabeal Dien expressed his excitement at Amla’s appointment. “Hashim is not only a world-class batsman, but a humble human being as well, and we are delighted that we were able to secure his services as he takes up his first consultancy role post his international playing career.”

    The Cape Town Blitz take on Jozi Stars in the opening match of the Mzansi Super League at Imperial Wanderers on Friday evening. All matches will be broadcast live on SABC 3 throughout the tournament.


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    Heinrich Klaasen is looking forward to taking up the reigns as Tshwane Spartans captain in the 2019 Mzansi Super League, saying the number of home grown players gives the squad a big advantage.

    The 28-year-old, who recently returned with the Standard Bank Proteas from India where he earned his first Test cap, was made Spartans captain by head coach Mark Boucher.

    “I had a conversation with Boucher, he said I got fired from the previous job (as Titans captain), so I can get a chance here. I’m looking forward to this, especially with guys who have heaps of experience around the world," Klaasen expressed.

    Klaasen’s captaincy at the Momentum Multiply Titans wasn’t all bad - he did lead the team to the Four-Day title in 2017/18. His various call-ups to the national team in the year that followed meant he wasn’t always available for them, however, but the 2019 MSL gives him another good chance to underline his leadership credentials.

    “I’m quite a relaxed captain,” said Klaasen, who has shone for the Sky Blues not only as a wicket-keeper, but a fine top order batsman in the white-ball formats.

    "I try to get everyone’s point of view. Everyone has different ideas, so it’s always been my way.

    “I’ve spent a lot of time with Albie Morkel, really picking his brain about the way he captains. I think he’s been one of our best captains in South Africa, the way he sums up the game, handles the pressure, I’ve really learnt a lot from him in the last four seasons.”

    Klaasen played under Morkel at the Durban Heat last year, but it was not a successful time for either of them or the Heat as a franchise. Getting drafted by the Spartans sees him return to familiar climes and the fact that there are so many players in the Tshwane squad with such intimate knowledge of SuperSport Park, will help foster team spirit a lot quicker.

    “There’s a lot of old Titans players like Roelof van der Merwe and Morné Morkel. The characters and quality of players we have is unbelievable. It's going to be good fun and hard cricket,” said Klaasen.

    In addition AB de Villiers returns, while current Titans players, Lungi Ngidi, Dean Elgar and Tony de Zorzi add a proper ‘homegrown’ feel to the squad and adds to Klaasen’s belief that the team won’t struggle to form a bond.

    “There are a few warm-up games, for us to find our feet, to get to know each other, it’s a good and exciting season ahead," Klaasen concluded.

    The Spartans will kick off their campaign on Saturday, November 8, against the Durban Heat at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead. Klaasen will lead the team in their first home match, against the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants on Wednesday,

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    The highly anticipated Mzansi Super League (MSL 2.0) officially kicks off this Friday and the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants are geared to hit the ground running.

    The NMB Giants’ campaign starts with a home fixture against reigning champs, Jozi Stars, on Sunday, November 10 at St George’s Park Cricket Stadium from 2pm.

    Speaking at the opening press conference hosted in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, Head Coach Eric Simons said much success came from the first instalment of the T20 Competition, but this year would be a whole new beginning.

    “We have good balance in our squad and coming out of the draft we are happy with the selections we made.

    “We are certainly looking forward to the challenge, in what should be an exciting tournament.

    “It is important for us to start well to build momentum through the competition. The key factor that will drive us is our belief from game one,” Simons said.

    Most of the team have assembled in Nelson Mandela Bay with some due to arrive within this week.

    England player Jason Roy will be joining the squad later in the week and will be available for all Giants matches this year.

    Captain Jon-Jon Smuts said St George’s Park’s faithful could expect a show from their team as the Giants were “an aggressively styled T20 team”.

    “It comes down to the brand of cricket you play, and it is very important to stay consistent.”

    When asked of his thoughts about captaining the side of 16 individuals that were brought together in such a short time, Smuts said: “It is very important to allow individuals to be individuals, as long as we work together for a common purpose, our differences are what in turn makes us a strong team.

    “It can be tough to shoulder the role of captaincy with such a skilled group of cricketers, but it offers me the opportunity to learn from each of the players in the squad, and in turn makes me a better cricketer and captain.”

    Most of the players within the six MSL squads come off from more than a month of 4-day cricket and while the transition into T20 cricket is not always easy, all forms of cricket are built on the basics. It is important to the Giants that the entire team is match fit and ready to rise to the occasion, Smuts added.

    Assistant coach Robin Peterson expressed his delight in being back home in the Bay as part of the Giants coaching staff.

    Peterson said he was particularly looking forward to working and learning from head coach Simons, who has vast experience, having coached around the world.

    “T20 cricket has changed how we view the game over the years, but it is in fact still cricket. If we prepare well, play our roles well, we will give ourselves a fair chance in the tournament.”

    As a coach it is difficult turning 16 individuals who play cricket for different Franchises into one team, and both Eric and Robin have different ways of overcoming these difficulties, but both coaches agree that the best way is to give yourself enough time to get to know the players, how they view the game and work as individuals and they in turn would grow as coaches in this process.

    The MSL is an opportunity for South African Cricket to grow and expand for a sustainable future.

    Young cricketers will have the opportunity to grow and build their personal brand of cricket and possibly get further international opportunities through the MSL.


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    NEW-BOY MILLER AND PRINCE READY FOR MSL 2.0 BLAST-OFF
    Thursday, November 7, 2019

    The second edition of the Mzansi Super League (MSL) launches tomorrow with new Jozi Stars coach Donovan Miller saying that the buzz and excitement has left him losing sleep in the build-up to their opening game against the Cape Town Blitz in Johannesburg.

    The new season is set to raise the bar on the inaugural season last year, with Jamaican Miller, who replaced champion predecessor Enoch Nkwe, amongst two new coaches and several new household names who have signed up for MSL 2.0.

    The opening clash is at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium and the start of five rollercoaster weeks for Cricket South Africa (CSA) that will see 32 matches being played in 39 days. All the games will be broadcast exclusively live on SABC.

    And speaking ahead of the tournament opener, the debutant Stars coach says he is excited by the challenge that lies ahead.

    “I’m so excited that I’m not sleeping at the moment,” Miller beamed. “I think the great thing for the Jozi Stars is that we have most of the guys that won us the title last year.”

    The Stars were the best team overall last year and will no doubt be the team that all the other five will be aiming to gun down in the coming weeks. But their coach is not expecting any extra pressure on his side despite carrying the title of ‘defending champions’.

    “I wouldn’t say we’re under any extra pressure, because it’s something natural and it comes down to how you deal with it,” Miller explained. “You can only bring pressure on yourself. If we plan well and we go out and execute then we’ll get close to winning games and once we’re winning games, you’ll get close to where you want to be.”

    They have also retained most of the players that did duty for them in 2018, although their big miss will be captain Dane Vilas, who was snapped up by the Durban Heat. However, Miller admitted that having everyone they wanted was impossible.

    He also said that he expected Friday’s opponents, the Blitz, and all the other teams, to pose an equally strong challenge during the competition.

    “We would have loved to have Dane and the others that are no longer here, but that is how the draft system works,” the Stars coach added. “I was looking at the draft and how all the other teams planned.

    “They planned really well, they selected players smartly and they put a lot of thought process into their selections. All the teams are pretty strong, but we have a very strong team as well. We have a lot of winners and we won’t be worrying about the opposition because once we bring our ‘A’ game, we’ll be in.

    “Everyone is excited and cannot wait to cross that line on Friday.”

    Blitz coach Ashwell Prince is also looking ahead to the start, although he has not been losing sleep about anything.

    His side were the early-season pace-setters last year, before going off the boil, although they still managed to go all the way to reach the championship match.

    “We will try to keep things the same,” he said. “Momentum is important and last year we obviously started nicely. We got four wins in a row at the start and then we probably lost our way a little bit towards the middle part of the campaign.

    “But, as I say, we had momentum early on and we probably would have liked to have had more rhythm towards the end of the campaign, but we weren’t able to quite hit our straps later on.”

    Looking ahead to their trip to Gauteng, Prince concluded: “Obviously they won the competition last year, so I suppose that’s the yardstick at the moment.

    “We played quite nicely up there last year, we beat them at the Wanderers. It will be good to go up against them early in the competition and get a good idea of where we are, also where they are, and take it from there.”

    The Jozi Stars squad: Kagiso Rabada, Chris Gayle (Shoaib Malik to replace Gayle from 6th game onwards), Rassie van der Dussen, Reeza Hendricks, Daniel Christian, Temba Bavuma, Duanne Olivier, Simon Harmer, Ryan Rickelton, Aaron Phangiso, Lizaad Williams, Sinethemba Qeshile, Nono Pongolo, Gerald Coetzee, Delano Potgieter, Dane Paterson.

    The Cape Town Blitz squad: Quinton de Kock, Wahab Riaz (Moeen Ali to replace Wahab for first two games), Liam Livingstone, Dale Steyn, Sisanda Magala, Anrich Nortje, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Janneman Malan, George Linde, David Bedingham, Vernon Philander, Marques Ackerman, Gregory Mahlokoana, Aviwe Mgijima, Khwezi Gumede.


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    It will be fireworks to kick off the Mzansi Super League (MSL) 2.0 opening weekend when defending champions Jozi Stars clash with Cape Town Blitz in the tournament opener at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg tomorrow, Friday 8 November (Match starts: 17:30pm).

    Thamie Mthembu, Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Head of Media and Communications said: “To make it bigger and better from last year, MSL2.0 could not have had a better start than a match featuring the two teams that competed in the final last year. There is no better place to kick off procedures than the Bull Ring and we look forward to great entertainment on and off the field on Friday.”

    Stars will shine bright with fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, last year’s tournament star player Reeza Hendricks, master blaster Chris Gayle (West Indies) and all-rounder Dan Christian (Australia) available for selection under coach Donovan Miller against the runner’s up from the first edition.

    “It is a big clash,” said Rabada. “It will be nice to start off on a winning note. Blitz is a quality side and will come out guns blazing. I feel that we have had some good training in the last couple of days (since the team got together this week). Every game is big, and there does not seem to be a weak link in this tournament. Tomorrow (Friday) is the start of the MSL2.0 tournament, and it will be a great one.”

    For the Ashwell Prince-coached Blitz, the team will call on the destructive batting of Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan while they also carry a formidable attack led by speedsters Dale Steyn and Anrich Nortje who will be supported by the international marquee all-rounder, Moeen Ali, from England.

    The Capetonians topped the league standings last year, starting off the campaign with successive victories.

    “Momentum is important - we obviously started nicely (last year), we had four wins in a row at the start and we probably lost our way in the middle of the campaign,” said Prince.

    On Saturday, Durban Heat will be hoping to bring the fire against a combative Tshwane Spartans outfit in the first of weekend coastal battles, at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium in Durban (12.30pm).

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    Hales honoured to don Durban Heat colours

    Durban – Hard-hitting England star Alex Hales is ready to hit the ground running when the Durban Heat play its first game of the 2019 Mzansi Super League against the Tshwane Spartans at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead this Saturday.

    The Nottinghamshire and England opening batsman was in good form during the recent English summer helping Notts to the Vitality Blast semi-final and then winning the Caribbean Premier League with the Barbados Tridents.

    “I have had a good couple weeks off after a really enjoyable four months so I am feeling refreshed and looking forward to what the next five weeks have to offer,” the 30 year-old said.

    “Playing T20 cricket in South Africa is something that I have always wanted to do so when I was offered the role here it was no-brainer for me.

    “I missed out on playing here a few years ago and then I signed in the (Abu Dhabi) T10 last year so this will be my first opportunity to play here and I am really looking forward to it.

    “We have got a great bunch of guys and we have a fantastic coach in Gary (Kirsten) so it is going to be an exciting five weeks.”

    Hales isn’t the only player in the side that has recently won a T20 competition. Captain Dane Vilas led the Jozi Stars to victory in the MSL last year and Ravi Bopara played a crucial role in helping the Essex Eagles win the Vitality Blast in the UK this season past.

    The confidence and attitude that comes with winning trophies are attributes that Hales hopes can rub off on the rest of the squad as quickly as possible.

    “I think we have got to use that winning mentality as much as possible going into this tournament,” he added.

    “To have that experience of winning trophies is massive, particularly when you are only with a team for a short period of time.

    “You have such a short amount of time to gel that hopefully we can lend that experienced mentality to the rest of the team and form a really strong squad.

    “Inevitably there will be ups and downs and hopefully we can peak towards the back-end of the competition when it counts and when the trophy is there.”

    Working with a coach like Kirsten seems to be an experience that most of the players are looking forward to, including Hales who has 141 caps for England across the three formats of the game.

    “This will be the first time that I have worked with Gary but I have heard really good things from everyone that has played under him.

    “He has a great reputation around the world and hopefully I can form a good bond with him,” Hales commented.

    Hales will be part of a strong core of experienced players in the Durban Heat side and along with some talented young players he is excited to see what they have to offer come game one on Saturday.

    “We have a lot of players who have played a huge amount of cricket around the world, especially in our batting order.

    “The top five have probably played close to 700 T20 games, if not more. So with these guys and some good young local players I think it is a well-balanced squad.”

    The Durban Heat start their Mzansi Super League campaign with a match against the Tshwane Spartans at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium on Saturday.

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    KIRSTEN AIMS TO TURN UP THE HEAT FROM THE START

    Friday, 08 November 2019

    New Durban Heat coach Gary Kirsten is determined to make a winning start to his Mzansi Super League (MSL) tenure when last year’s wooden spoonists launch their 2019 campaign against the Tshwane Spartans in Durban on Saturday.

    The KwaZulu-Natal franchise endured a miserable inaugural campaign, winning only three out of 10 matches to end last in the process.

    But all that is now in the past as Proteas legend and India’s 2011 World Cup-winning coach has been brought in to turn the tables at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead. “Like any coach I want to win, I want to win the tournament and that’s what I’m here for,” he said ahead of the game against last year’s second-bottom side. “What happened last year is history.

    “We’ve put our squad together; the process was a lot of fun and you hope that you’ve now put a team together that will go out there that will win the right amount of games that will get you into the play-offs.”

    Kirsten is not the only new face at the Heat, with the Durbanites freshening up with new personnel all around. They have a new captain in last year’s champion skipper, Dane Vilas, who joined from the Jozi Stars, a new South Africa marquee man in Andile Phehlukwayo and a new foreign marquee player courtesy of England’s Alex Hales.

    “You can never predict this game, but we hope the experience that has been added will help us,” Kirsten explained. “Well that’s the thinking at least and if the right guys hit form for us and get us to win big moment games it will help.

    “Because that’s what it always comes down to…one over that makes a big difference or one great batting effort that can make a difference…so every team’s a good team and that’s why there was a draft. And we’ve assembled a good squad and hopefully it’s the right one that helps deliver success.”

    The Heat coach also believes that making a good start to the competition against the Spartans is important and revealed that establishing the right game plan and strategy is also something they are placing emphasis on.

    “Our main focus is understanding our blueprint and the way we want to play,” he added. “That’s what our focus has been in the build-up and it will also be an area that we spend a lot of time on early in the competition.

    “We’ll try and plan as well as we can to try and give ourselves the best chance of winning the game. Most importantly we need to get our ducks in a row and build our formula for success.

    “Then if we can execute on that with the squad we have, which I’m very excited about, we’ll have a chance of winning.”

    Kirsten’s opposite number on Saturday, Mark Boucher, is a man who rarely allows a competition to go past without challenging.

    That is what happened last year, but their fans can be assured that they will be right up there come the business end of the MSL in the first week of December.

    Their draft business saw them bring in the likes of Morne Morkel and Roelof van der Merwe, veterans of SuperSport Park, and Boucher is hopeful they have the right recipe for success

    “Sometimes you can’t control what happens and that was the case last year,” he said. “This time we’ve brought in some familiar and experienced faces, we have a few good fast bowling additions, more death hitters in the squad and we’re well covered in the areas we may have fallen short in. We’re looking forward to it.

    Last year a slow start contributed to the Spartans’ final position and Boucher highlighted the importance of not repeating that this time.

    He added: “We want to make a better start this time and ultimately get into that strong position that will allow us to compete for the trophy. In these competitions, momentum makes a huge difference, we saw that last year, and the start for us is one of the most important things.”

    All matches in MSL 2.0 will be broadcast exclusively live on SABC.

    The Durban Heat squad: Andile Phehlukwayo, Alex Hales, David Miller, Dane Vilas, Ravi Bopara, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Khaya Zondo, Marco Jansen, Daryn Dupavillon, Sarel Erwee, Malusi Siboto, Prenelan Subrayen, Wihan Lubbe, Shaun von Berg, Wesley Marshall.

    The Tshwane Spartans squad: AB de Villiers, Tom Curran, Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi, Heinrich Klassen, Theunis de Bruyn, Roelof van der Merwe, Lutho Sipamla, Pite van Biljon, Tony de Zorzi, Waqar Salamkheil, Dean Elgar, Wiaan Mulder, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Corbin Bosch, Donovan Ferreira.

    HEAD TO HEAD – Durban Heat v Tshwane Spartans

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    Heat Win 02

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    Wahab Riaz, Asif Ali and Mohammad Nawaz and Malik in MSL

    msl starts tonight

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    Jozi Stars vs Cape Town Blitz, 1st Match

    Jozi Stars won the toss and opt to bowl

    Jozi Stars (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma(c), Ryan Rickelton(w), Aaron Phangiso, Nono Pongolo, Simon Harmer, Kagiso Rabada, Dane Paterson, Duanne Olivier

    Cape Town Blitz (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w/c), Janneman Malan, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Mohammad Nawaz, Aviwe Mgijima, George Linde, Vernon Philander, Sisanda Magala, Dale Steyn, Anrich Nortje
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    Dale Steyn and Janneman Malan played lead roles as the 2019 Mzansi Super League (MSL) season began with a bang after the Cape Town Blitz edged out the Jozi Stars by 15 runs in a high-scoring thriller at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday night.

    Right-hander Malan made the early running during an impressive opening innings, striking an unbeaten 99 (59 balls, 11 fours, 4 sixes) to help the visitors amass 213 for three after they lost the toss and were put into bat first.

    Veteran Steyn then rolled back the years with a trio of key strikes in a return of three for 25 – by far the best showing with the ball by either side – that restricted the defending champions to 198 for five.

    This despite an excellent 80 (53 balls, 11 fours, 1 six) from Reeza Hendricks as the Cape side got one back over the side that beat them in last season’s final.

    It concluded a quality opening game between two quality sides that were bidding to lay down an early marker, with that distinction going the way of the Blitz thanks in the main to Malan.

    There was no third career T20 ton, but his performance ensured there was a strong platform laid down.

    The 23-year-old shared in some big and quick stands all the way through, first adding 72 with his captain Quinton de Kock (35 off 21 balls) at the start in just 6.3 overs.

    Another 56 followed between England all-rounder Moeen Ali (25 off 17 balls) and Malan, before a fiery 21 off 10 balls by fellow countryman Liam Livingstone.

    George Linde’s unbeaten 24 off 13 balls then helped add 60 to lift the Blitz to their highest score in the competition and set a target of 214.

    To get those runs, the 2018 winners needed someone to go big and it was not their big star Chris Gayle after he was outfoxed by a slower Steyn ball for 17.

    Hendricks was the man, though, as he then added 76 with his skipper Temba Bavuma (38 off 15 balls), and when 53 followed between the former and last season’s MSL top batting star, Rassie van der Dussen (31 off 21 balls), the home side appeared to be cruising.

    But from 161 for two, they were hauled back by a Steyn double – the retired Standard Bank Proteas legend dismissing both set men, who fell to difficult Sisanda Magala skied catches, leaving the Stars suddenly in a fix on 187 for four.

    And the scoreboard pressure proved too much for Dan Christian (13 not out) as the Blitz closed out the win.


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    Paarl Rocks batsman JP Duminy has been ruled out of the 2019 Mzansi Super League tournament due to a hamstring injury suffered in the lead-up to the team’s opening game against the Cape Town Blitz on Sunday at Eurolux Boland Park.

    Duminy was diagnosed with a high-grade partial tear to his right hamstring after undergoing an MRI scan. The 35-year-old missed out on last year’s tournament because of a hand injury.

    Paarl Rocks captain Faf du Plessis said he’s desperately disappointed for Duminy.

    “JP brings a lot of value in a lot of different areas. His experience will be missed, especially by the younger guys.

    “I have full confidence in our team to bounce back from this. We have strengthened our batting this year and we’ll use this setback as motivation,” said Du Plessis.

    Paarl Rocks coach Adrian Birrell said the squad is focussed on the opening game against the Blitz on Sunday.

    “We will assess our options on Monday and then decide how to best replace JP,” he said.

    This is the second high-profile withdrawal to the Paarl Rocks squad for the 2019 tournament after Proteas batsman Aiden Markram sustained an injury during the recent tour of India.

    Despite retiring from all international cricket earlier this year, Duminy remains the Proteas leading T20I run-scorer. He is also an experienced T20 franchise cricketer, having played in India, Pakistan, Canada and the Caribbean.



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    Tabraiz Shamsi led a spectacular bowling performance with three wickets as the Paarl Rocks began Mzansi Super League (MSL) 2.0 by destroying the Cape Town Blitz at Eurolux Boland Park on Sunday.

    The hosts won by 86 runs after dismissing the visitors for 84 – the lowest ever score since the inception of the competition last year.

    The Blitz had been trying to hunt down a strong 170 for nine, which was built around 38s by Henry Davids and Faf du Plessis.

    But they struggled in their chase as the 2019 edition of the tournament took its bow in Paarl.

    Hardus Viljoen (2/9) and Bjorn Fortuin (2/13) rocked the Blitz’ top order, before Shamsi made key lower-order inroads to send the away side packing in 15.4 overs, a score that beat the previous low mark of 92 made by the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants against Jozi Stars last year.

    It completed an impressive opening game all-round for the home side against a visiting team, who themselves started the competition with a bang on Friday by overcoming defending champions, the Jozi Stars, in the opening game in Johannesburg.

    But there was no repeat this time as they completely fell apart with the bat against a ruthless Paarl outfit, led from the front by Du Plessis.

    The national captain won the toss and opted to bat first against their Cape rivals, with Cameron Delport (19) and Henry Davids getting their side off to a flier.

    The pair added 41 for the opening wicket in just 4.3 overs, before Du Plessis joined in to nearly double the score by the ninth.

    Davids then fell for 38 off 26 balls, with the skipper scoring the same amount of runs in just 20 balls to both end as joint top-scorers – the Rocks reaching 107 for two just over halfway.

    But George Linde (3/23) and Anrich Nortje (3/31) hauled the Blitz back from there as Paarl’s thin middle-order, which was hit by news of JP Duminy being ruled out of the competition due to injury in the build-up to the game, folded.

    However, the 171-target proved too much for their neighbours from Cape Town, especially after their two big-hitters, Quinton de Kock (14) and Janneman Malan (12), were sent packing in the first 4.3 overs by Viljoen, who conceded only nine in his two overs.

    Fortuin was even more miserly in dismissing Moeen Ali (13) and Aviwe Mgijima (2) – the Blitz slipping to 48 for five in eight overs by the time the latter was dismissed.

    Linde ended up top-scoring with 15, but he was amongst the victims of Shamsi as Paarl coasted to an impressive win.


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    Chris Morris starred with bat and ball as the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants inflicted a second successive loss on defending champions the Jozi Stars in their opening match of the Mzansi Super League (MSL) season in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

    The Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder first blasted a priceless 20 off 11 balls, before sending down some key overs at the death to finish with one for 20 as the hosts won by 24 runs at St George’s Park.

    Batting first, NMBG found themselves in early trouble, before an 85-run fifth-wicket partnership between veterans Heino Kuhn (47 off 37 balls) and Farhaan Behardien (48 off 34 balls) helped them recover to post 167 for seven.

    And despite 62 off 58 balls (5 fours) from Reeza Hendricks, the 2018 winners could only manage 143 for five – suffering their second loss in two games at the start of MSL 2.0 after being beaten by Cape Town Blitz in the tournament opener on Friday.

    For the Giants, it was an excellent finish to the game, which had not started out too well after they lost the toss and were asked to bat first.

    England World Cup winner Jason Roy was out for a duck, while captain Jon-Jon Smuts (9), Ben Dunk (14) and Matthew Breetzke (23) were all out with only 48 on the board in the seventh over.

    Kagiso Rabada led from the front with two for 27.

    But then came the Kuhn-Behardien repair job, before Morris blitzed 20 in no time to help set 168.

    The Stars, though, appeared on course for victory after the top order laid a strong foundation, not too dissimilar to what they did on Friday.

    Hendricks and the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle (18) added 46 for the opening wicket, before skipper Temba Bavuma (33) drove his side to 116 for one in the 16th over when he eventually fell to Junior Dala (2/35).

    With 49 needed from the last four overs, the Stars would have backed themselves.

    However, Morris conceded only three in his 17th over, Imran Tahir (1/24) went for six in the 18th and the all-rounder restricted nine from the penultimate over to all but seal the game.

    That left Rassie van der Dussen (17) with too much to do in the last as NMBG sealed a comfortable win.


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    New Tshwane Spartans captain Heinrich Klaasen cannot wait to finally get their Mzansi Super League (MSL) going as they prepare to welcome the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants to Centurion on Wednesday.

    The hosts saw their opening match of the campaign washed out by rain when they travelled to the Durban Heat on Saturday, meaning the four points on offer were split two ways.

    It means they are already playing a bit of catch-up with their opponents from the Eastern Cape already on four points after they won their opening match against the Jozi Stars on the opening weekend of the 2019 competition.

    With the weather looking much better at SuperSport Park for Wednesday, Klaasen can look ahead to his captaincy debut having taken the reins from AB de Villiers for MSL 2.0.

    “I’m taking it as a learning experience,” the skipper said. “These guys are experienced cricketers, they’ve played all around the world, they’re extremely talented cricketers as the stats show, so for me it’s a good way to learn new things and it’s exciting.

    “It’s a huge honour to lead them, but I see it more as me learning from them rather than leading them. It will be about finding the right balance and managing the way how I handle things.”

    The legendary retired Standard Bank Proteas De Villiers is still in the Spartans mix, alongside the likes of Morne Morkel, Roelof van der Merwe, Dean Elgar, Lungi Ngidi and England star Tom Curran.

    “If we look at the squad, it’s a really strong squad and it’s been fun so far,” Klaasen explained. “There’s good energies already around the team, so hopefully it will be easy for me from a captaincy perspective and I don’t have to do too much.

    “I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

    The Giants looked strong in their opening match when they beat the defending champions by 24 runs on Sunday.

    “I think this season it’s game by game, we know the players in every team, so for me it’s all about focussing on our skills,” Klaasen adds. “Then the day before the game we look at the opposition and on the day it’s all about execution.

    “Hopefully we adapt quickly and stay ahead of the game.”

    There will be many familiar faces in the NMBG ranks when they take to the field on the Highveld, with the likes of Heino Kuhn, Farhaan Behardien, Junio Dala and Chris Morris, who all played important roles in the opening game, set to again feature.

    Veteran batsman Kuhn was pleased with their victory against the Stars and hopes they can consolidate that win with another positive result in Centurion.

    “It’s always nice to start well and we did that,” he said. “Hopefully we can now build on that in the next game.”

    Kuhn also praised the bowling from the last match, saying he hoped that they can again fire against the Spartans. “We need to make sure we don’t lose so many wickets in the first six overs and then, if possible, try to get to the 200 mark and then continue bowling well,” he added. “I think our bowling was very good in the last game, we assessed the conditions very well and that’s a positive we can take into the next game.

    “We have Chris Morris. He’s a seasoned campaigner, he’s played all over the world. Imran Tahir is the same. Both of them bowled well and that’s a positive we can build on.”

    The Tshwane Spartans squad: AB de Villiers, Tom Curran, Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi, Heinrich Klaasen (capt), Theunis de Bruyn, Roelof van der Merwe, Lutho Sipamla, Pite van Biljon, Tony de Zorzi, Waqar Salamkheil, Dean Elgar, Wiaan Mulder, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Corbin Bosch, Donovan Ferreira.

    The Nelson Mandela Bay Giants squad: Imran Tahir, Jason Roy, Chris Morris, Jon-Jon Smuts (capt), Junior Dala, Farhaan Behardien, Matthew Breetzke, Onke Nyaku, Ben Dunk, Heino Kuhn, Marco Marais, Beuran Hendricks, Grant Thomson, Akhona Mnyaka, Nandre Burger, Dylan Matthews.

    HEAD TO HEAD – Tshwane Spartans v Nelson Mandela Bay Giants


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    Is Nawaz ready to take over from Imad -- better bowler, better batsman, better fielder..?


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    Durban – Following a whirlwind couple of years travelling the globe playing T20 cricket, a period of downtime for master blaster Dave Miller has refreshed his mind and body as he and the Durban Heat line up an assault on the Mzansi Super League 2.0.

    With so much cricket under his belt in 2019 already including a World Cup, an Indian Premier League and an international tour to India, Miller felt that he needed to take some time away from the game to refocus and re-energise himself.

    “I have taken some time off over the last couple of months,” Miller said. “I have been in the Kruger (National Park) recently to just get away from the demands of the game.

    “It’s really important to look after your mental state during your career and it is something that moving forward I am going to pay a lot more attention to.

    “Cricket is a sport that so much can go against you that you need to have time to reflect.

    “Hopefully I still have a lot of years left playing cricket but I want to make sure that I look after myself mentally.”

    The first edition of the competition was not a good one for the Durban Heat or for Miller and the talented left-hander will hope that he can put that right in the second edition of the T20 competition.

    “As you move on in your career the people you play against work you out.

    “So it is important that you as a player keep adapting and adding to your own game. This is something that I am aware of and I am working on it.

    “Also the mental shift of being open to being adaptable is important and that helps when you are concentrating on improving your weaknesses.”

    Following the rained out game against the Tshwane Spartans, the Durban Heat has two home games this weekend with a showdown against the Paarl Rocks on Friday evening and then a match-up against the Cape Town Blitz at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium on Sunday.

    “Obviously you want to get off to the best possible start but for us we want to develop a formula that works for us.

    “It’s also important that we work out the other teams but we want to make sure that we have our bases covered and are playing to our strengths first.

    “If we get our blueprint right then we can expose teams. If you add up all the little things then the result should take care of itself.”

    Durban Heat Squad:
    Andile Phehlukwayo, Alex Hales, David Miller (retained player), Dane Vilas, Ravi Bopara, Keshav Maharaj (retained player), Kyle Abbott (retained player), Khaya Zondo (retained player), Marco Jansen, Daryn Dupavillon, Sarel Erwee (retained player), Malusi Siboto, Prenelan Subrayen, Wihan Lubbe, Shaun von Berg, Wesley Marshall.

    DURBAN HEAT FIXTURES

    Friday, November 15: 17h30, Durban Heat v Paarl Rocks, Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium
    Sunday, November 17: 10h00, Durban Heat v Cape Town Blitz, Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium
    Thursday, November 21: 17h30, Tshwane Spartans v Durban Heat, SuperSport Park
    Saturday, November 23: 12h30, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants v Durban Heat, St. George’s Park
    Thursday, November 28: 17h30, Cape Town Blitz v Durban Heat, Newlands
    Saturday, November 30: 12h30, Durban Heat v Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium
    Wednesday, December 4: 17h30, Paarl Rocks v Durban Heat, Eurolux Boland Park
    Saturday, December 7: 12h30, Jozi Stars v Durban Heat, Imperial Wanderers Stadium
    Tuesday, December 10: 17h30, Durban Heat v Jozi Stars, Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium

    Friday, December 13: 17h30, Play-off, 2nd v 3rd
    (reserve day if required on Saturday, December 14, 12h30)
    Monday, December 16: 17h30, Final
    (reserve day if required on Tuesday, December 17, 17h30)


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    Cape Town Blitz captain Quinton de Kock is hoping they can make up for the disappointment of a bad day at the office when they play their first home match of the Mzansi Super League (MSL) in Cape Town on Thursday.

    The hosts will welcome the struggling Jozi Stars to PPC Newlands in a rematch of the opening game played in Johannesburg last Friday

    That clash provided MSL 2.0 a whirlwind start as the Cape side secured a 15-run win in a high-scoring affair at the Imperial Wanderers, whilst also extracting revenge for the Blitz on the team that beat them in the 2018 final.

    But things have gone south since then with Ashwell Prince’s side annihilated by the Paarl Rock in record fashion in match two at Eurolux Boland Park.

    The Stars too have been found wanting with that opening day loss followed by another defeat to the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, meaning both teams have some catching-up to do.

    “I'm not sure what went wrong in the last one, I think it was just a bad day at the office,” De Kock lamented after they were bundled out for only 84 in Paarl. “I think as we go along we will get better as a batting unit, where we had some soft dismissals in the last game.

    “When we find the consistency then I'm sure we'll be up and going with the batting line-up that we have. We also need to get better to acclimatising to conditions. We didn't do that well in Paarl.”

    Ahead of their Cape Town bow, De Kock is hoping for a happy homecoming.

    “I'm sure the fans will turn up to watch us in Cape Town,” he said. “The good thing coming out of this tournament is that rivalries are developing wherever you go. Fans are warming to their teams and that's good to see.”

    With the MSL condensed into a five-week period, it means games continue to come thick and fast, although De Kock refused to use that as an excuse for their up and down start.

    “I don't think the guys were too tired,” he added. “It's still early in the tournament so the guys are still feeling fresh. But now we have had a break and we'll regather afterwards.”

    Jozi too need a drastic improvement and their star batsman of the season, Reeza Hendricks knows it. “I think we're going to have to go back and see where we went wrong, but we certainly have to be executing a bit better in the next game,” he stated. “Every individual needs to look at their game and see where they can improve and take it forward really.

    “Just ask themselves the tough questions of where they can improve exactly and hopefully do that in the next game.”

    Despite sitting bottom of the table, the Stars are not too worried as things stand. “It's not ideal, but it's still early in the competition,” Hendricks added. “The belief I'm sure is still there.

    “It just takes one win to change the momentum. So, come the game in Cape Town it's going to be a big game for us.

    “We'll try and definitely win there and change the momentum.”

    The Cape Town Blitz squad: Quinton de Kock (capt), Wahab Riaz, Liam Livingstone, Dale Steyn, Sisanda Magala, Anrich Nortje, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Janneman Malan, George Linde, David Bedingham, Vernon Philander, Marques Ackerman, Gregory Mahlokoana, Aviwe Mgijima, Khwezi Gumede.

    The Jozi Stars squad: Kagiso Rabada, Chris Gayle, Rassie van der Dussen, Reeza Hendricks, Daniel Christian, Temba Bavuma (capt), Duanne Olivier, Simon Harmer, Ryan Rickelton, Aaron Phangiso, Lizaad Williams, Sinethemba Qeshile, Nono Pongolo, Gerald Coetzee, Delano Potgieter, Dane Paterson.


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    Rain claimed victory over the Tshwane Spartans for a second successive game after their Mzansi Super League clash against the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants had to be abandoned in Centurion on Wednesday.

    The match was effectively their first game of the 2019 campaign after game one against the Durban Heat was called off without a ball being bowled at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium on Saturday.

    At SuperSport Park, they manged to get their campaign going, but were in heaps of trouble on 33 for four after 7.1 overs, before the skies lit up with lightening forcing the players off, with the inevitable storm soon following.

    It meant that Tshwane managed to escape with two points from a fixture they could have well lost, although their star man, AB de Villiers, was still there when the game was halted.

    Mark Boucher’s side had lost the toss and were asked to bat first, but found scoring difficult against some familiar faces in the opposition ranks, who knew the conditions all too well due to the number of years they spent in Centurion.

    A trio of the NMBG had their number - Chris Morris was the chief tormenter with two for eight, Junio Dala bagged one for seven and Imran Tahir sent down a tidy two overs for 12.

    Nandre Burger was the other man that excelled with none for five in two, including the only maiden of the innings.

    The men to go were all South Africa internationals, starting with Theunis de Bruyn’s leading edge off Morris to Tahir for six. The all-rounder got rid of Dean Elgar in the same over for a first-ball duck.

    Vaughn van Jaarsveld (1) was then run out by Dala, who himself had captain Heinrich Klaasen (12) caught by Morris behind square-leg for 12.

    The rain arrived not long after with De Villiers unbeaten on 10 – the points shared by both teams.


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    JP Duminy, ruled out of the 2019 Mzansi Super League tournament due to injury, will stay on with the Paarl Rocks team for the duration of the tournament in a mentorship role.

    In a further move to strengthen the backroom team CEO James Fortuin announced that Proteas fielding coach, Justin Ontong, will join the team as specialist fielding coach.

    Ontong recently returned from India where he was the Proteas fielding coach during their sub-continent tour completed in October.

    Duminy said on Wednesday he was disappointed in missing out on the MSL 2.0 tournament.

    “This was one tournament I was looking forward to play in this year, particularly after missing out last year due to injury.

    “Playing with one of my best mates as well (Faf du Plessis), we’ve been talking the last month at how excited we were about playing together again,” he said.

    “It’s great to be still involved as a mentor for the team and there are lots of younger guys I feel I can assist. One of my biggest passions is team and business culture. To operate from that mindset and see how I can add value to the team culture and environment as well is a great opportunity,” he said.

    Duminy remains the Proteas leading T20I run-scorer and says the Paarl Rocks had a great start getting an overwhelming win against the Cape Town Blitz.

    “There’s great mix of experience and youth in the team and some great talent on show. For me it’s a great privilege to be involved and share in the experience of the MSL in the next few weeks,” he said.

    The Mzansi Super League (MSL 2.0) is taking place from 8 November to 16 December 2019.


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    Durban – Following a week of torrential rain in Durban, the Durban Heat players will be hoping that the weather gods smile kindly on them so they can get their Mzansi Super League campaign underway when they meet the Paarl Rocks at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium on Friday evening.

    The Heat’s opening game of the competition was rained off without a ball being bowled so the side will be itching to get into action as soon as possible. Despite the adverse weather coach Gary Kirsten sees the positive in the lack of match time.

    “Often when you come into tournaments like this you don’t really have too much time to connect as a unit,” Kirsten said.

    “I think we have used our ten or twelve days that we have had together productively and obviously we would love to have had some game time but we can’t fight that we just want to make best use of the time we have.”

    The Heat side is sweating slightly on their two young speedsters with Daryn Dupavillon and Marco Jansen both under a slight injury cloud.

    “Daryn was bowling at about seventy percent on Tuesday which is a good sign but Marco is also not fully fit at the moment. Those two guys will be important components to our attack in the various conditions that we will play in.

    “Unfortunately we don’t have confirmation yet as to their availability for the match against the Paarl Rocks on Friday.

    “Obviously it would be great to have a fully fit squad so we can pick the team that we want to,” Kirsten added.

    Coming in to the weekend the Heat has two points in the bag, however the players will be keen to get on the park and show the fans what they are capable of with another match on Sunday against the Cape Town Blitz on the cards.

    Captain Dane Vilas understands that it’s far from ideal losing games but the competition is a long one and there are more than enough games left in the tournament.

    “It’s only the first week really so you can’t get too frustrated and look too far ahead,” Vilas said.

    “There is a lot of cricket to be played and we just want to get on the park this Friday and get off to a good start.

    “The guys are all equally keen but are also prepared for anything that might crop up.”

    The Durban Heat take on the Paarl Rocks in its second match of the Mzansi Super League at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium starting at 17:30. Gates to the stadium open at 16:30 and tickets can be purchased at the stadium ticket office.


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    Liam Livingstone’s excellent half-century followed by a polished bowling display completed a double for the Cape Town Blitz over the Jozi Stars and condemned the defending Mzansi Super League champions to a third consecutive loss of the new season on Thursday.

    The 2018 winners, who were beaten by the same opponents in the competition opener last Friday, fell to a 57-run loss at Newlands where they were restricted to 126 chasing an imposing 184 and conceded a bonus point in the process.

    Englishman Livingstone was the star performer for the hosts after plundering five sixes and three fours in an innings of 65 off 41 balls that help power his side to 183 for six.

    The Stars’ chase never got going after they fell into a deep hole at 27 for three in the fifth, before Temba Bavuma’s 62 off 42 balls (8 fours, 1 six) gave the scorecard some respectability.

    Sisanda Magala was the pick of the bowlers with his three for 17, but that did not tell the full story of what was a superb effort by all the bowlers.

    The seamers, in particular, excelled as Anrich Nortje claimed two for 18, Dale Steyn took one for 33 and debutant Wahab Riaz, who earlier bludgeoned a quick-fire 29, nabbed one for 13.

    It was the Blitz’s second win of the campaign in their third game, both being over the Stars, as they moved to the top of the table.

    For the Johannesburg side, it was back to the drawing board after they remained pointless and winless in 2019.

    They struggled from the outset even though they won the toss and opted to bowl first, with Quinton de Kock (41 off 21 balls) providing his team a flying start.

    After the captain fell with his side on 53 in the sixth over, Livingstone picked up the baton and carved the bowling all around the picturesque Cape Town venue.

    Pakistan all-rounder Riaz then provided the sting with three fours and a six in his unbeaten 29 off 13 balls that seemed to suck the life out of the Stars.

    They were dealt a big blow first up as marquee international Chris Gayle fell for a fifth-ball duck when he was bowled by Nortje.

    Reeza Hendricks (13) and Rassie van der Dussen (0) fell in successive balls to Steyn and Riaz as the Stars fell to 27 for three.

    That became 64 for five when Magala and George Linde (1/18) add their names to the wickets column.

    Simon Harmer got to 20, before he too was bowled – Gregory Mahlokwana (1/27) also capturing a wicket.

    It was all over by then, and despite the efforts of Bavuma, his team was dismissed in just 16.2 overs to fall to a heavy defeat


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    England World Cup winner James Vince has joined the Paarl Rocks team in time for their 2nd Mzansi Super League game on Friday against the Durban Heat.

    Vince arrived on Thursday after England’s dramatic victory over New Zealand in Auckland over the weekend in their T20 series.

    During the series Vince made his maiden T20I fifty and will hope to emulate that form in his first appearance in the Mzansi Super League.

    The Paarl-based side started the MSL with an emphatic win against local rivals Cape Town Blitz on Sunday.

    The Paarl Rocks’ next game is against the Heat on Friday before they return home for their third game against Tshwane Spartans on Sunday at Eurolux Boland Park.

    Vince, who played three games at the 50-over World Cup while regular opener Jason Roy was sidelined with a hamstring injury, hit 59 in England's series-opening, seven-wicket win against the Black Caps in Christchurch at the beginning of the month.

    Captain Faf du Plessis said after Sunday’s win against the Blitz the Paarl Rocks were a batsman short in the balance of the team.

    “We are a bit challenged with two batsmen (Markram, Duminy) being injured, but Vince is back for the next game which will help to sort things out,” he said.

    Vince and Sri Lankan, Isuru Udana, are the Paarl Rocks’ two international players for the 2019 MSL.

    The Mzansi Super League (MSL 2.0) is taking place from 8 November to 16 December 2019.


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    Stars want more from seniors as crucial Giants test looms

    Friday, 15 November 2019

    Jozi Stars coach Donovan Miller admits it has been a tough start to his tenure, but the Jamaican is confident that the defending champions can turn the tables when they play their fourth Mzansi Super League (MSL) match of the campaign on Saturday.

    The 2018 winners are the only pointless team in the competition after losing all three of their games thus far and must now try to regroup ahead of their game with the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in Johannesburg.

    They showed encouraging signs when MSL 2.0 launched in spectacular fashion last Friday, missing out to the Cape Town Blitz in a high-scoring affair at the Imperial Wanderers.

    But, after two disappointing displays on the road, they are back in the familiar surroundings of the Bullring, where Miller is banking on some of his senior men to stand up.

    “It hasn’t been the start we wanted,” he said after losing a second game to the Blitz, on the road this time. “In terms of preparation, team spirit and camaraderie, we have all of that.

    “We practise well, we say the right things in team meetings, we do all the planning in terms of these games, but the players just haven’t managed to put it together in all three departments.

    “On occasion we’ve batted well in games but it’s not consistent as we showed against the Blitz in Cape Town. The senior guys just didn’t step up and that cost us another loss.”

    Last season, the Stars were in a similar predicament after losing three out of their opening four matches, before a magical second half of the campaign.

    “It’s not the ideal situation we want to be in, but last year we were in the same position and managed to push on,” Miller, who replaced Enoch Nkwe as coach recounted. “I think every game from here on is a final.

    “We’re back in Jo’burg for the next one and hopefully we can get the win we’re looking for to kickstart our season.”

    The coach was also questioned about the form of his marquee international, Chris Gayle. T20’s most successful batsman in history has managed scores of 17, 18 and 0 so far. He only has three more games to play too, before moving on to other commitments, with Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik waiting in the wings.

    “We have to look at it as every player is equal in this team,” Miller adds. “We made a good decision by bringing in a young man like Gerald Coetzee for the last game and I was impressed with him.

    “But we now have to make some other decisions. Chris is a world-class player and we all know he can turn it on at any time, so that’s also something we have to consider.”

    Meanwhile, Giants coach Eric Simons is not taking anything for granted against the champions. The men from Port Elizabeth are unbeaten so far, having won one match and seen the other washed out when they were ahead in

    the game.

    They are second on the table ahead of the clash and Simons expects a dangerous Jozi to pitch up come game-time. “Until the dust really settles on a campaign you never really can write anyone off,” he said. “The reality of T20 cricket is that a team that has their backs to the wall is a very dangerous team.

    “We know that all the teams are very evenly balanced in terms of ability; it’s certainly not a reflection of their ability to have lost three in a row.

    “It sometimes goes that way and we will show them the respect they deserve, as it is with any opposition.”

    All matches in the MSL are being broadcast exclusively live on SABC.

    The Jozi Stars squad: Kagiso Rabada, Chris Gayle, Rassie van der Dussen, Reeza Hendricks, Daniel Christian, Temba Bavuma (capt), Duanne Olivier, Simon Harmer, Ryan Rickelton, Aaron Phangiso, Lizaad Williams, Sinethemba Qeshile, Nono Pongolo, Gerald Coetzee, Delano Potgieter, Dane Paterson.

    The Nelson Mandela Bay Giants squad: Imran Tahir, Jason Roy, Chris Morris, Jon-Jon Smuts, Junior Dala, Farhaan Behardien, Matthew Breetzke, Onke Nyaku, Ben Dunk, Heino Kuhn, Marco Marais, Beuran Hendricks, Grant Thomson, Akhona Mnyaka, Nandre Burger, Dylan Matthews.


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    Imraan Tahir and Junior Dala claimed three wickets apiece as the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants compounded further misery on defending champions the Jozi Stars by inflicting upon them a fourth straight Mzansi Super League (MSL) loss, the latest by nine wickets, in Johannesburg on Saturday.

    The hosts, who bar the opening game have been extremely poor this season, again showed no signs of that woeful form letting up as they were emphatically dismissed for 108 after winning the toss and batting at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium.

    Ben Dunk then slammed an unbeaten 50 off 30 balls (4 fours, 4 sixes) as the visitors raced to their target in just 9.1 overs – claiming a bonus point in the process.

    It meant the Stars had now been beaten twice by the Cape Town Blitz and twice by the Giants to sit rock bottom and pointless after four rounds of action.

    The Giants, meanwhile, soared to the top of the table after an outstanding display on the Highveld. Led by their quicks Dala, Chris Morris and Nandre Burger, they were clinical from the outset as they blew away the Stars’ top order inside the first five overs.

    The dependable Reeza Hendricks edged Morris (1/14) behind for six, before Man-of-the-Match Dala cleaned up the out-of-sorts Chris Gayle for 11.

    And when Burger (2/28) sent Rassie van der Dussen (4) packing, the home side were in tatters on 25 for three.

    Sinethemba Qeshile managed to reach 14, before he was bowled by Tahir, who also accounted for Simon Harmer (6) and Gerald Coetzee (1) to finish with figures of three for 23 in four overs.

    At the same time, Dala was plugging away at the other end, with his other two wickets including Kagiso Rabada (1) and the Stars captain Temba Bavuma for a top score of 27 – Donovan Miller’s side all out in 18.5 overs.

    The Standard Bank Proteas fast bowler finished with three for 19.

    The response was an emphatic one by the Giants and lasted less than half the permitted overs.

    World Cup-winner Jason Roy crunched 31 off 12 balls, including four fours and two sixes, in a stand of 52 in four overs, before Dunk and Jon-Jon Smuts (23 off 14 balls) completed the humiliation for the Stars.


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    Seasoned internationals Dale Steyn and Wahab Riaz led a strong bowling display as the Cape Town Blitz returned to the top of the Mzansi Super League (MSL) table after outsmarting the Durban Heat by 10 runs at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium on Sunday.

    In what was the first match out of three where the players actually took to the field in the coastal city, the visitors were put into bat and amassed 174 for six thanks in the main to 43s by Marques Ackerman and Asif Ali.

    The hosts, whose first two games at the same venue were abandoned without a ball being bowled due to heavy seasonal rain in KwaZulu-Natal, looked on course for victory thanks to a highest-ever score by one of their batsmen - Wihan Lubbe who blasted 83 off 42 balls (7 fours, 5 sixes).

    However, needing 49 off 33 balls, the wheels came off and they stuttered to close on 164 for seven.

    Steyn finished with two for 23, Wahab one for 24 and there was also good support from ambidextrous spinner Gregory Mahlokwana (2/26).

    It completed another good win for the Blitz, who are now up to 13 points on the table, two more than the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, having played a game more. The Heat stayed where they were in second bottom with the four points they acquired from their rain-outs.

    However, they will be disappointed after not getting the job done in a match that was effectively their first of the season.

    They won the toss and opted to bowl first, striking early through South Africa marquee player Andile Phehlukwayo (2/34) when he dismissed both Quinton de Kock (17) and Janneman Malan (13) inside the first five overs.

    Liam Livingstone (25) and Ackerman then got going nicely by putting on 57 for the third wicket as the Blitz got into their stride at 92 for two just after halfway

    But they were then pulled back in the second half of their innings to eventually set 175 – Malusi Siboto (1/25) looking especially impressive in the closing stages.

    The Heat then lost their international marquee man, Alex Hales, for a second-ball duck, but Lubbe picked up nicely with his innings that took the game to the Cape side.

    They were flowing well when he was in the middle, crossing 50 relatively comfortably and moving past 100, although Mahlokwana did chip away with his double in the same period.

    But, with the finish line looming and the Heat nicely set on 126 for three in the 15th over, Steyn got rid of the set man, whose score surpassed the 67 of Khaya Zondo scored last year as the Heat’s previous best, in an over that went for eight.

    Sisanda Magala (1/30) conceded the same number of runs in his next over, before Wahab cleaned up David Miller for 23.

    That all but settled the game with 34 from the final three proving too many for the Heat to get as they remained winless.


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    Will the ambidextrous Mahlokwana be able to take a left handed and a right handed wicket today?




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    Thats impressive !

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    A feisty career-best T20 innings by Dean Elgar outdid a spectacular half-century by English World Cup winner James Vince on his Mzansi Super League (MSL) debut as the Tshwane Spartans claimed a thrilling eight-wicket win over Paarl Rocks at Eurolux Boland Park on Sunday.

    Standard Bank Proteas Test star Elgar smashed an unbeaten 88 off 60 balls (7 fours, 2 sixes) in a masterly chase of 186 to help his side register their first win in their first completed match of the 2019 competition – their previous two matches being abandoned due to rain.

    Before that innings, Vince, who won the 50-over World Cup with England back in July, blasted 86 not out off 53 balls (8 fours, 2 sixes) to help his side amass an imposing total in front of a packed Paarl audience, who turned up to witness what turned out to be a thriller in the Winelands.

    In the end, it was Elgar that outshone Vince and also some of his own more illustrious team-mates like AB de Villiers to get his side over the line with five balls to spare.

    After having their first two matches of the season washed out, the men from Tshwane were looking to find their feet instantaneously, although they were punished by a familiar face in Henry Davids after they lost the toss and were asked to bowl first.

    The veteran batsman struck 30 at the top of the order to get his side off to a flier, before Morne Morkel (2/24) dismissed him and Rocks skipper Faf du Plessis for a duck.

    From 41 for none, Paarl suddenly started to stutter as they lost four wickets by the 11th over. At the other end, Vince was finding his range and he tucked into the bowling to lift his side to a strong 185 for six.

    The reply was a powerful one from Tshwane, with Elgar and Theunis de Bruyn (42) putting on the first century stand of the season – the visitors reaching 104 in the 13th over.

    De Villiers came in and plundered 19 off 10 balls to keep the scales tilted in favour of the Spartans.

    However, when he edged Tabraiz Shamsi (1/41) there was an opening for the Rocks. But captain Heinrich Klaasen struck a cool 18 off nine balls to help take his side over the line and up to third on the table.


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    Former Proteas and Lions batsman Neil McKenzie has joined the Jozi Stars backroom team in a mentorship and consultancy role for the duration of the Mzansi Super League (MSL 2.0) campaign.

    McKenzie brings with him a wealth of experience to the Jozi Stars team, having scored a career total of just under 36 000 runs. He has represented the Lions and Proteas in Test, ODI and T20 formats as well as spells in England for Durham, Somerset and Hampshire.

    The Lions legend was most recently with the Bangladesh national team where he was the batting coach to the Tigers side for their 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup campaign.

    ‘It is great to have Neil join our team. He was always joining the side at this stage of the tournament due to his international commitments and we are excited to have him on board until the end of the tournament where hopefully the Jozi Stars will be crowned champions once again. We have not had a good start to MSL 2.0 but if you cast your mind back to 2018 we also had a poor start and then went on and won the event. We are still excited and feel we can win this season and with Neil joining our current management group I am sure we will get an extra edge with his support, advice and guidance.” commented Jono Leaf-Wright Central Gauteng Lions CEO.


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    Nelson Mandela Bay Giants coach Eric Simons insists that their strong start to the Mzansi Super League (MSL) season will count for little if they cannot continue the momentum they have built after the first three games.

    The Eastern Cape franchise are second on the competition standings heading into their big top-of-the-table showdown against leaders the Cape Town Blitz at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

    The Giants have enjoyed strong double wins over defending champions the Jozi Stars, the second with a bonus point, and were also on top of Tshwane Spartans before rain forced a washout.

    “It’s obviously good to have a good start, but it’s early days and the tournament still has a long way to go,” Simons stated. “It’s nice to have had a good start, to get two wins under the belt and then the bonus point just adds to that.

    “The fact that we up at the top of the table is nice, but the Blitz are also there and fact that any side can beat anyone in this competition, the position at this stage doesn’t mean much. There’s no weak squads in the competition, so we’ll take each game as it comes.”

    So what has been the secret to their success so far? The bowling has been exceptional, with Junior Dala, Imran Tahir and Chris Morris amongst the top five bowlers. Englishman Ben Dunk, meanwhile, is their top batter, but Simons says that momentum is king in such a competition.

    “We often talk about this word and certainly teams get momentum in this competition,” he added. “Sometimes you get into situations where you don’t know how you’re going to win the next game and then other teams get into a situation where they just seem to win every game.

    “And that’s the momentum we talk about all the time. It’s important to keep the momentum going for us and understand why we’re winning and then improving on the things we aren’t doing well.”

    Like the Giants, the Blitz too have found momentum after winning three out of their first four matches.

    Last year’s runners-up overcame the Durban Heat in their latest assignment on Sunday, prompting suggestions that the Cape side were the early-season favourites for MSL 2.0.

    But captain Quinton de Kock is not worried about the talk and more interested in the walk – and the actual delivery of results for his side. “We’re not really worried about what people are saying,” he stated. “They can talk about favourites and not favourites, so be it, we’re just here to play the game of cricket.

    “That’s what we’re really enjoying at the moment and we’ll hope to continue doing that in the next game.”

    De Kock was also not too fussed about what the Giants were doing right this season. “We’re just going to focus on ourselves, taking it game by game,” he concluded. “We’re just going to try and stick to the processes and not worry about the end result or anything that’s going on around us.

    “I think if we can focus on the process, everything else will look after itself.”

    The Nelson Mandela Bay Giants squad: Imran Tahir, Jason Roy, Chris Morris, Jon-Jon Smuts (capt), Junior Dala, Farhaan Behardien, Matthew Breetzke, Onke Nyaku, Ben Dunk, Heino Kuhn, Marco Marais, Beuran Hendricks, Grant Thomson, Akhona Mnyaka, Nandre Burger, Dylan Matthews.

    The Cape Town Blitz squad: Quinton de Kock (capt), Wahab Riaz, Liam Livingstone, Dale Steyn, Sisanda Magala, Anrich Nortje, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Janneman Malan, George Linde, David Bedingham, Vernon Philander, Marques Ackerman, Gregory Mahlokwana, Aviwe Mgijima, Khwezi Gumede.


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    ELGAR: GETTING THAT FIRST WIN WAS VERY IMPORTANT

    Wednesday, 20 November 2019

    Tshwane Spartans batsman Dean Elgar is hoping they can kick on from their maiden Mzansi Super League (MSL) win of the season when they welcome the winless Durban Heat to SuperSport Park in Centurion on Thursday.

    The hosts finally ended their own winless start to the 2019 campaign by beating the Paarl Rocks in a thrilling affair in the Cape over the weekend. It was a result that followed consecutive wash-outs in their opening two fixtures.

    Standard Bank Proteas Test star Elgar was the standout player of that performance, smashing an unbeaten 88 off 60 balls that helped gun down a testing 186-run victory target at Eurolux Boland Park.

    Now they are back at home where they will be hoping to complete a first match and hopefully a win – for the fans and for the Tshwane Spartans brand that was not done justice in the inaugural season of 2018.

    “It was very important for us to start with a victory,” Elgar said. “Our campaign last year was very poor despite having so many talented players.

    “In saying that, we have the same talented cricketers now this season as well. But we needed that win for our brand as well.

    “Last year we didn’t do ourselves any favours, so to get that first win is good. To get it early on in the competition like now is great and hopefully we can kick on from here.”

    The South Africa red-ball opener also wants to get their fans involved in round four.

    “We’re back at home and hopefully we’ll have a good crowd behind us in that next game (against the Heat),” he said. “If we can try to do what we did in that first game and be consistent throughout the tournament, I’m sure we’ll only get stronger and the fans will be behind us.”

    As for his own form, Elgar, who is widely seen as a long-format player, is just happy to let his bat do the talking.

    “It’s started very well for me but it’s obviously very important for me to kick on from here,” he added. “I’m not a player that wants to just be a one-hit wonder.

    “I want to try and replicate what happened in that first game as many times as possible over the next month.”

    The Heat, meanwhile, also had their first two games canned on account of the weather, before finally getting on the park against the Cape Town Blitz on the weekend, a match they ended up losing by 10 runs.

    “It was a tough one to lose in the end, but I think we can take away a lot of positives from that match,” captain Dane Vilas reflected.

    “I think we definitely are closer to finding that blueprint. We’ll see where we went wrong in the last one, see where we can improve and adapt that blueprint a little bit better moving on to the next game.

    “We have a quick turnaround where we go three games away, hopefully we’ll be able to play some good cricket and get going.”

    Despite their 0-3 win-loss record so far, Vilas was optimistic that the tables could be turned in Centurion.

    “It’s still very early and it’s still fresh for us,” he concluded. “We still got plenty of games to play and we want to try and get on to a nice roll.

    “It will be tight because they’re in a similar position to us with the two washed out games. Both teams will be looking for a win.

    “I know they’re a very good side just looking at their depth, but we’re pretty confident that we can put on a good show.”

    The Tshwane Spartans squad: AB de Villiers, Tom Curran, Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi, Heinrich Klassen (capt), Theunis de Bruyn, Roelof van der Merwe, Lutho Sipamla, Pite van Biljon, Tony de Zorzi, Waqar Salamkheil, Dean Elgar, Wiaan Mulder, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Corbin Bosch, Donovan Ferreira.

    The Durban Heat squad: Andile Phehlukwayo, Alex Hales, David Miller, Dane Vilas (capt), Ravi Bopara, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Khaya Zondo, Marco Jansen, Daryn Dupavillon, Sarel Erwee, Malusi Siboto, Prenelan Subrayen, Wihan Lubbe, Shaun von Berg, Wesley Marshall.


    HEAD TO HEAD – Tshwane Spartans v Durban Heat

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    CTB 186/9 (20.0)
    NMBG 59/3 (7.1) CRR: 8.23 REQ: 9.97
    Nelson Mandela Bay Giants need 128 runs in 77 balls


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    Cape Town Blitz vs Tshwane Spartans, 22nd Match

    CTB 157/5 (20.0)TS 142/7 (20.0)

    Cape Town Blitz won by 15 runs

    PLAYER OF THE MATCH
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    Dale steyn still has it,hope he gets selected in the psl. Also keeps Cape Town Blitz alive, only team with Pakistani players still with a chance of qualifiying.

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    Paarl Rocks vs Tshwane Spartans, Final

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    Paarl Rocks won by 8 wkts to win MSL 2019


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    CSA CONGRATULATES MSL 2.0 CHAMPIONS

    CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) has congratulated the Paarl Rocks on being crowned Mzansi Super League (MSL 2.0) champions.

    The Rocks claimed the title when they beat the Spartans by 8 wickets in an exciting climax to the competition in front of a packed crowd at Eurolux Boland Park last night.

    “Congratulations to our deserving champions,” commented CSA Acting Chief Executive Dr. Jacques Faul, “and indeed congratulations go to all the teams for making this a thrilling tournament in spite of the severe weather conditions that disrupted it at times.

    “The fact that five of the six teams were still in contention for the knock-out phase right up to the last round of league play says it all. One of the standout features for me has been the commitment of our players which has resulted in a very high standard of play that stands comparison with similar tournaments around the world.

    “There have been numerous standout individual performances, record run chases and the emergence of exciting new talent.

    “The tournament continues to grow into a top product that has drawn a big television audience both here through our partners, the SABC, and around the world. Spectator numbers are also showing growth as was witnessed by our full house at the final this evening.

    “I would also like to congratulate our tournament director, Russell Adams, and the staff of CSA and the various franchises for an extremely well run event that measured up to the best professional standards,” concluded Dr. Faul.


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