Time off for Van Dyk

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

Russell, Kieswetter to play in RamSlam T20

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

Kleinveldt signs with Gunn & Moore

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.

Andy Moles to coach Afghanistan

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.

Piedt takes man of the match award in debut test

    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

The South African Test Captains

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

Provincial award for Paterson – 12 June 2014

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.  

Van Zyl, Piedt & Hendricks get first call-ups – 5 June 2014

Cricket South Africa (CSA) earlier this week named Stiaan van Zyl and Dane Piedt as new caps in the Proteas Test match squad for the tour to Sri Lanka next month, while Beuran Hendricks has been included in the Proteas ODI squad for the first time. “Van Zyl and Piedt have been outstanding throughout the Cape Cobras’ successful Sunfoil Series campaign, finishing up as leading runs scorer and wicket-taker respectively,” commented CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson.  “This emphasizes once again the consistent route the selectors have always followed to recognise form through the pipeline path of franchise and South Africa ‘A’ performance.” Hendricks made his debut for the Proteas in the T20 Series against Australia in March and also went to the ICC World T20 that followed.  Returning from a successful IPL debut season with the Kings XI Punjab, he will now hope to make his 50 overs debut on … Continue reading

Van Dyk makes history – 22 April 2014

Photograph by: Jim Rogash, Getty Images Ernst Van Dyk returned to the top of the podium for a record tenth time in the wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon.  Van Dyk became the first athlete in any division to win the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathon ten times. Van Dyk led from start to finish on Monday, getting in front early and extending his lead through the hills at the start of the course.  He broke the tape in an excellent time of 1:20:36, the second fastest time of his ten triumphs.  Only in 2004, when he set the former course record of 1:18:27, did he complete the event in a quicker time. After his ninth victory in 2010, Van Dyk had to endure four frustrating years to achieve his goal of ten Boston titles.  The 41-year-old said afterwards:  “South Africa needed good news and I regarded it as … Continue reading

Dream comes true for Beuran Hendricks – 19 February 2014

Cobras seamer, Beuran Hendricks, received his maiden call-up for the Proteas’ T20 squad.  The 23-year-old has been included in the squad to face Australia in a three-match T20 series from 9 – 14 March as well as the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh later in March. “It’s a dream come true,” a delighted Hendricks said. “I have been dreaming of playing for the Proteas since I was nine years old.  It’s even more special because it’s a World Cup year.  I will cherish this forever.” Last week, Hendricks was bought by the Kings XI Punjab for the 2014 Indian Premier League (IPL), but says his call-up beats the IPL deal because it is something he has been striving for since he made his first-class debut. Hendricks credits Cricket South Africa’s High Performance coach, Vincent Barnes, and Cobras bowler, Charl Langeveldt, as the guiding forces in his young career.  “Vincent and … Continue reading