“Kids will grow up knowing they can be professional racers and make a living.” This was the reaction of South Africa’s champion wheelchair athlete, Ernst van Dyk, at a press conference yesterday in Boston where it was announced that all the World Marathon Majors (WMM) will have an official wheelchair section from next year. American pharmaceutical giant Abbott will be the official sponsor of the wheelchair sections of the WMM. For the first time, a male and female winner will be determined over a twelve-month period based on scoring earned via results from six iconic global races. Each will be awarded US$50,000. The Abbott WMM Wheelchair Series X is set to begin at the April 2016 Boston Marathon, which in 1975 became the first major international road race to recognize wheelchair participation. Including each of the WMM in Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York Marathons, the … Continue reading
Yesterday the 2nd Chance drug and alcohol awareness programme was launched to rousing applause at Ravensmead High School and Webner Street Primary School, the official beneficiaries of the Vernon Philander Foundation. Over the course of 2015, 2nd Chance will visit the two schools every fortnight and present their special programme to learners from grade 6 to 12. The programme fits in with the learners’ Life Orientation curriculum and is approved by the Western Cape Education Department. 2nd Chance was established five years ago aims to address social issues such as child abuse, crime, rape, HIV, gangsterism, drug addiction and alcohol abuse through a series of educational workshops, mentoring in life-skills, multimedia, dance, sports and counselling. The main aim of the programme is to help learners make the right choices. The Proteas cricketer Vernon Philander established his Foundation in 2013. The primary objective of the Foundation is to uplift the Cape … Continue reading
Chris Morris is the new world record-holder for the most economical bowling figures in T20 cricket. The Lions fast bowler bowled three maidens in his four over stint with the ball, recording figures of 2/2 and making a huge contribution to his team’s comprehensive 47 runs victory over the Cobras in their Ram Slam T20 Challenge match at the Wanderers on Friday. Pakistanis Zulfiqar Babar and Shoaib Malik and West Indian off-spinner Sunil Narine were the three bowlers to lose their record, having all conceded three runs in a four-over spell in the format. In their previous match in the competition against the Knights – where the Lions ended up winning after a super-over on Sunday – Morris was the most expensive bowler in the Lions attack conceding 50 runs in his four overs. Two days before that match, Morris went for 37 without taking a wicket in his … Continue reading
After a hectic last two years on the global marathon circuit, Ernst van Dyk says it’s time to put his feet up and enjoy a break. Van Dyk took second place in the men’s wheelchair race at the New York Marathon on Sunday, narrowly missing out on a second career victory in the Big Apple: “This was my eighth podium finish in 24 months in major marathons. I would have liked to end the year on a high with a win, but it’s been an amazing year and I need some down time now to recover and rebuild.” The 41-year-old South African was dropped by the lead group with 15km remaining in the 42km race, slipping to seventh position as he struggled to maintain the pace in windy conditions. But Van Dyk dug deep and, using all his experience from riding in windy conditions in the Argus year after year, … Continue reading
One World of Sport, in collaboration with the London-based cricket agency Essentially, has been instrumental in securing the services of international T20 stars Andre Russell and Craig Kieswetter for the Knights and Warriors respectively. West Indian Russell will join the Knights squad today after his flight from Jamaica was delayed in America. The 26-year old is a right-hand batsman and right-arm fast bowler. He is one of the most dynamic T20 players in the world. Russell has been particularly instrumental in the recent success of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. He has played 38 ODI’s and 30 T20’s for the Windies and was a key member of their champion World T20 side in 2013. Kieswetter, who was already in Cape Town visiting family, joined up with the Warriors squad in Port Elizabeth earlier this week to prepare for this weekend’s launch of the RamSlam T20 series at the … Continue reading
Proteas fast bowler, Rory Kleinveldt, has signed a sponsorship agreement with Gunn & Moore. In terms of the agreement, Kleinveldt will use the famous English batmaker’s equipment until 2016 in all competitions worldwide. Kleinveldt, who recently recovered from a knee injury that forced him out of contention for the Proteas’ tours of Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe during the winter, is currently with his South African franchise team, the Cobras, in India for the Champions’ League. He will play with Gunn & Moore kit for the first time during the tournament.
Former New Zealand Head Coach and Warwickshire batsman Andy Moles has been appointed Head Coach of Afghanistan. Moles will be in charge of Afghanistan for their first ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in February and March 2015. Moles coached New Zealand when they lost to Australia in the 2008 final of the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa. He has plenty of experience coaching ICC associates countries like Scotland, Kenya and Hong Kong. Scotland won the 2006 ICC Associates Trophy with Moles as coach.
Off-spinner Dane Piedt capped a stunning debut test match against Zimbabwe in Harare by claiming the Man of the Match award. Starting their second innings with a deficit of 141 runs, Piedt was instrumental in bowling out Zimbabwe for 181, leaving the easy victory target of 41 for the Proteas. They quickly knocked off the target, winning by nine wickets with a day to spare. At one stage it looked as though Zimbabwe might set the Proteas something of a target when they reached 80/2 at lunch. But Piedt’s guile changed everything in the afternoon session. He took four wickets in an innings for the second time in the match to give him a match return of 8/152 in only 49 overs for the best ever figures on debut by a South African spin bowler. Previously Ian Smith had taken seven on South Africa’s tour of England in … Continue reading
South Africa has been playing Test cricket for a 126 years since the first Test match was played at St Georges Park against England in March 1888. During this period there have been five captains who have made a significant contribution towards the high profile that South African cricket enjoys today. The first captain to develop a competitive South African team was Jack Cheetham. He played 24 Test and captained South Africa in 15 of these. The South African tour of Australia in 1952/ 53 was almost cancelled because it was deemed that the South African team was too weak to tour Australia. It was also feared that the tour would not be financially sustainable. Eventually the tour took place under the captaincy of Cheetham and the series was shared two all with a very strong Australian team. He also led South Africa to England in 1955 and lost the … Continue reading
Cobras fast bowler, Dane Paterson, this week received the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) First-Class Player of the Year award for his outstanding performance with the ball in the 2013/14 season. Paterson took 39 wickets at an average of 14.66. This haul placed him sixth on the list of wicket takers in the competition despite playing less games (9 out of a possible 13 before being called up by the Cobras) than any of the players above him. His best innings figures were 7/20 and best match analysis 10/62. The Cobras rewarded Paterson for his excellent season by offering him a franchise contract for the 2014/15 season. The WPCA’s annual awards ceremony focuses on celebrating the success of amateur cricket from grassroots level to first-class provincial level. It was hosted by Western Province Cricket Club.