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    Dean Elgar will play for the Titans next season.

    Also rumours that Quinton de Kock could move to the Titans. As a CSA contracted player, he can play for any franchise.

    Knights also waiting on Ryan McLaren to confirm he is playing for them next season as a CSA contracted player.

    As mentioned above, van der Wath losing his Knights contract and set to get news of it tomorrow.

    CJ de Villiers has lost his Titans contract. No surprise. Gone from someone with potential to absolute s**t

    There is also talk that Shezi of the Dolphins is going to the Cobras.

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    Chinaman bowler, Tabraiz Shamzi, is back with a bang in franchise cricket. Claimed a 5-for for the Dolphins. Hundreds for Cody Chetty and Morne van Wyk too.

    Transfer Talk

    Junior Dala is playing for the Titans. So there could be a move on the cards from the Lions/Gauteng

    Leg-spinner, Eddie Leie, of the Lions, is rumoured to be off to the Knights.

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    Some views from Boeta Dippenaar on Rossouw. This has been floating around for the last couple of seasons. Its time Rilee matures and steps up to the plate.

    'Rossouw has the talent but lacks hunger'

    Rilee Rossouw is the most talented batsman in South Africa, but the jury is still out on his hunger and mental strength, and he will have to pile on the runs in the remaining matches of the Sunfoil Series if he wants to gain ground on other national contenders like Stiaan van Zyl and Quinton de Kock.

    This is according to Boeta Dippenaar, former South African test batsman and ODI batsman.

    Dippenaar said if AB de Villiers is to retain the wicketkeeper job batting at No 5 for the Proteas, Van Zyl looks like a likely replacement after Graeme Smith’s retirement.

    Van Zyl has scored two centuries and three half-centuries for the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras and averaged 65.6 in the Sunfoil Series. He has scored 656 runs in the domestic competition.

    Rossouw averages 42.3 and has scored 339 runs, but has been able to post only one century and two half-centuries.

    Dippenaar thinks De Kock might replace De Villiers in the likely event of De Villiers being named national test captain after Smith’s retirement.

    De Kock, though, has not been a prolific runscorer in the Sunfoil Series, and has managed only 11 runs in two matches.

    “Yet I do believe the South African selectors need to give the players who are selected for the test team, an extended run for at least two years.

    “Hashim Amla averaged only 18 after about 20 tests, but the selectors kept faith with him and he rewarded them for their vote of confidence as he averages more than 50 in tests right now,” he added.

    Dippenaar says Rossouw is talented enough to average 50 in test cricket, but there are still questions about his hunger and mental attitude and these are questions that he needs to answer in emphatic fashion in the first-class arena.

    The next few weeks in the Sunfoil Series present Rossouw with opportunities to answer his detractors by piling on the runs.

    Reeza Hendricks has been talked about extensively as a stylish and talented opening batsman, yet the Chevrolet Knigths player has failed in the Sunfoil Series and averages only 22, although he has had a very good run in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge competition.

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    Looks like the Cobras 4-day dominance will continue with their win over the Titans. Only Dolphins, Knights and Lions have a chance of catching them and they have drawn their current matches.

    Titan 232 (83.2 ov, VP Moore 3*, DL Piedt 6/100) - Match over | Live Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo

    COBRAS 1st inn: 429/10 (Yaseen Vallie 80, Dane Vilas 77, Stiaan van Zyl 71, Omphile Ramela 59) (Shaun von Berg 4/102, Vincent Moore 3/67, Junior Dala 2/121)
    TITANS 1st inn: 198/10 (Graeme van Buuren 85) (Rory Kleinveldt 7/34)
    COBRAS 2nd inn: 212/2d (Andrew Puttick 102*Stiaan van Zyl 86) (JP de Villiers 2/44)
    TITANS 2nd inn: 232/10 (Heino Kuhn 69, Roelof van der Merwe 51) (Dane Piedt 6/100, Rory Kleinveldt 2/55)

    Cobras win by 211 runs
    MOM: Rory Kleinveldt

    WAR 70/3 (23.0 ov, CA Ingram 12*, ML Price 37*, KA Maharaj 0/9) - Match over | Live Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo

    DOLPHINS 1st inn: 339/10 (Cody Chetty 120, Morne van Wyk 104*) (Simon harmer 4/85, Andrew Birch 2/49, Basheer Walter 2/61, Rusty Theron 2/68)
    WARRIORS 1st inn: 240/10 (Colin Ingram 54*) (Tabraiz Shamsi 5/68, Daryn Dupavillon 3/43)
    DOLPHINS 2nd inn: 257/8d (Sarel Erwee 64*, Divan van Wyk 58) (Simon Harmer 5/100, Basheer Walters 2/41)
    WARRIORS 2nd inn: 70/3 (Michael Price 37*) (Robbie Frylinck 3/20)

    Match Drawn
    MOM: Tabraiz Shamsi

    Lions 54/3 (27.3 ov, DP Conway 13*, ND McKenzie 3*, D Olivier 0/28) - Match over | Live Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo

    KNIGHTS 1st inn: 329/6d (Rilee Rossouw 107, Reeza Hendricks 62, Gerhardt Abrahams 50*) (Cliffe Deacon 2/65, Hardus Viljoen 2/108)
    LIONS 1st inn: 121/10 (Stephen Cook 45) (Quinton Friend 4/35, Coetsee 2/2, Siboto 2/17)
    LIONS 2nd inn: 54/3 (Temba Bavuma 25, Devon Conway 13*) (Corne Dry 2/2)

    Match drawn
    MOM: Rilee Rossouw


    Table after 7 games

    COBRAS 94.1
    KNIGHTS 77.94
    LIONS 63.66
    DOLPHINS 62.86
    WARRIORS 52.2
    TITANS 50.38


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    I think the flatter wickets this season has resulted in spinners doing more bowling this season as you can see with so many spin bowlers in the top wicket takers. Also think some of the main fast bowlers were called up to SA (Abbott, Hendricks) and didn't play all the games and also a generation change where some of the young talented bowlers (Dry, Dupavillon, Muller, Paterson, V.Moore) started to get opportunities ahead of some older bowlers. Someone like Chris Morris has been injured and Marchant de Lange has had his own problems to deal with.

    Still good to see Quinton Friend, Kyle Abbott, Hardus Viljoen, Beuran Hendricks, Rory Kleinveldt etc

    Think another thing is that Harmer has been the main weapon for the Warriors on flat pitches and hasn't had as much pressure as someone like Piedt has had with a stronger seam attack. Hence the average being so high. You look at the Warriors seamers Walters has 18 wkts @ 29.61, Birch has 11 @ 35.45, Theron 11 @ 52, Gqamane who was bowling with a double stress fracture with 7 @59.28)

    LEADING WICKET TAKERS -

    Cricket Records | Records | Sunfoil Series, 2013/14 | Most wickets | ESPN Cricinfo

    Only really Stiaan van Zyl and Rilee Rossouw backing up seasons of consistent and dominant batting. Bavuma and Zondo have shown ability as 'black' African batsman. New name like David White has stepped up. Stephen Cook might think he has a chance pushing for an opening spot. Dave Miller has grown in the longer form of the game. Stats wise Reeza Hendricks hasn't been good in the longer form this season and tbh nothing amazing in FC career average but I think there are players like him and Quinton de Kock that can make the step up to international level and do well without really having to dominate 4-day Sunfoil Series cricket.

    LEADING RUN SCORERS

    Cricket Records | Records | Sunfoil Series, 2013/14 | Most runs | ESPN Cricinfo
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    Kleinveldt with match figures of 9/89 over the last 4 days.

    Rory Kleinveldt produced arguably one of the most devastating new-ball spells of the 2013/14 Sunfoil Series campaign in setting up the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras’ comprehensive 211-run win against The Unlimited Titans at Boland Park in Paarl during the weekend.

    Kleinveldt finished with a match haul of 9-89, but it was his spell with the second new ball on Saturday that had experienced former international players singing his praises.

    By capturing 9 for 89, he also underlined his ability to hit back after he was left out of the South African test team for the deciding third test at Sahara Park Newlands against Australia.

    Kleinveldt took 5-4 in four overs with the second new ball on Saturday, prompting Titans coach Rob Walter to describe his spell as “beautiful bowling. He really swung it.”

    Justin Kemp, a former Proteas allrounder, said Kleinveldt swung it both ways through the air in that spell with the new ball, which saw the Titans slip from 193 for 5 to 198 all out in their first innings.

    Kleinveldt finished with 7-34 in 18 overs in the first innings.

    Paul Adams, a former South African legspinner and current coach of the Cobras, said Kleinveldt not only swung it through the air, but also produced movement off the seam with that second new ball.

    Arguably one of the most superb deliveries of that spell was the ball that accounted for allrounder Shaun von Berg.

    Von Berg is no slouch with the bat. The burly lower-order batsman massacred the Cobras earlier the season in a Sunfoil Series match at Sahara Willowmoore Park in Benoni in scoring an undefeated 105 off only 73 balls.

    But he had no answer to Kleinveldt’s swing and guile at Boland Park.

    Kleinveldt produced a delivery that swung away from Von Berg through the air, but moved back off the seam to disturb the timber of a bewildered and bemused batsman for a duck.

    “What was so impressive, was that Rory also bowled a few bouncers to unnerve the batsmen, and he also fulfilled the role of holding seam bowler to prevent the Titans from accumulating runs at quicker than a run-rate of 2.5 on the first day,” said Adams.

    Kleinveldt proved again that he is not a one-dimensional bang-it-into-the-pitch bowler, but a man for all seasons with some poison-filled arrows in his bow.

    And he bowled at 140 kilometres per hour or more to trouble even the most experienced Titans batsmen.

    His duel with Dean Elgar and Rilee Rossouw in Kimberley during the next Sunfoil Series clash between the Cobras and the Chevrolet Warriors could be a contest for the purists.

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    Shaun von Berg's growth as a player hasn't gone unnoticed

    Even Neil McKenzie, Tahir impressed with Von Berg?s improvement

    Shaun von Berg’s recent successes in Sunfoil Series games have not gone unnoticed.

    Even opponents with international experience, like Neil McKenzie and Imran Tahir, have been impressed and have spoken about his dramatic improvement.

    Von Berg said after The Unlimited Titans played against the bizhub Highveld Lions, McKenzie told his coach, Rob Walter, that he had seen a major improvement in Von Berg’s form the past three seasons.

    And Tahir approached Von Berg to ask him what training methods he has used to increase his effectiveness.

    Von Berg has captured twenty wickets in the Sunfoil Series this season at an average of 26.05.

    It has included a match haul of 10 for 129 against the Chevrolet Knights in Kimberley which set up a seven-wicket win for The Unlimited Titans.

    Von Berg expects more favourable conditions for spinners at Boland Park in Paarl in the Sunfoil Series game against the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras starting on Thursday.

    “I am bowling well right now,” he says.

    The 27-year old leg-spinner is somebody who has got a comprehensive repertoire of different deliveries, including the traditional leg-spinner, the slider, the googly and even a flipper.

    But he uses the googly less often than some other leg-spinners, like Eddie Leie of the bizhub Highveld Lions.

    “Eddie bowls a googly or two in every over. I only use the googly every three overs,” he adds.

    “I also employ the slider very often against the lower-order batsmen, as I use that to bowl them or trap them leg-before-wicket,” he adds.

    A great performance by Von Berg against the defending champions might not do his status in South African first-class cricket any harm.

    He comes up against Dane Piedt, who is increasingly rated by many local observers as a long-term successor to the current leading spinners in the country, Robin Peterson and Tahir.

    Peterson won’t take part in the match starting on Thursday as he is nursing a shoulder injury.

    Von Berg said he is currently operating at the right speed for success, while his different variations are all working perfectly.

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    Jacques Rudolph has come up with a few targets.

    Seems like he won't play 4-day cricket in SA much anymore, just for Glamorgan. But will be around in the 4-day season at the Titans to maybe contribute in a game or 2 and to guide the young batsmen. His next aim in 4-day cricket is to get 4 more hundreds to get his 50th FC ton.

    But he will play limited overs cricket for the Titans because his aim is to make the WC squad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeamUp View Post
    But he will play limited overs cricket for the Titans because his aim is to make the WC squad.
    Haha oh wow. Despite the fact that he's actually always been an excellent OD batsman, he's pretty old school in his methods and highly unlikely to be what South African selectors are after there IMO. I actually think he has a better chance of getting back in the Test team, even though that itself would have be down at the < 1% territory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Haha oh wow. Despite the fact that he's actually always been an excellent OD batsman, he's pretty old school in his methods and highly unlikely to be what South African selectors are after there IMO. I actually think he has a better chance of getting back in the Test team, even though that itself would have be down at the < 1% territory.
    Haha agree, eventhough he talks up his own stats which are excellent (List A average of 48), I think he will find it tough to break past Amla, de Kock, Kallis, AB, Miller, Faf, JP.

    He spoke about when he was in England with Yorkshire how he won best limited overs batsman in England.

    Always thought with him that he is very reliant on width but a talent all the same. Should have achieved much more internationally.

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    Simon Harmer suspended for this weeks 4-day Sunfoil Series match due to obscene gesture/bad language to an umpire during a T20 game.

    Give me a break !

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    Why don't they suspend him from T20s if that's where the offence occurred?
    "If that Swann lad is the future of spin bowling in this country, then we're ****ed." - Nasser Hussain, 1997.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eds View Post
    Why don't they suspend him from T20s if that's where the offence occurred?
    That is my thinking. Like for like. They probably think waiting till next seasons T20 series is too long.

    It seems like once the decision has been made, whatever his next game is, that is the game he will be suspended for. Which is madness.

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    So the Knights have lost another senior player in Ryan McLaren who will join the Dolphins.

    It looks like they would have lost or let go Morne van Wyk,Ryan Bailey, Dean Elgar, Ryan McLaren, Nicky Boje and Johan van der Wath in the last 2 seasons. Huge knock to the senior core in the dressing room.

    The incomings look decent though in leggie Eddie Leie and they are set to sign Richard Levi too.
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    Piedt on course for higher honours - Ontong - SuperSport - Cricket

    Dane Piedt is bowling "fantastically well" at the moment, due to a combination of his Liquorice Allsorts-variations, and his Graeme Swann-like revolutions, says Justin Ontong, a former South African test batsman and captain of the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras.

    The 24-year old Piedt, offspinner of the Cobras, and Simon Harmer, 25-year old offspinner of the Chevrolet Warriors, are currently the leading wicket-takers in the Sunfoil Series this season.

    Harmer, a regular figure in the South Africa A team, has captured 31 wickets in seven games at an average of 34.51.

    Piedt has removed 28 batsmen in five matches at an average of 21.28. In his previous Sunfoil Series clash against The Unlimited Titans, he took 6-100 in the second innings.

    He achieved a hat-trick two weeks ago against the Sunfoil Dolphins as he and Travis Muller sent the visitors packing.

    Yet, for all his guile and control, Ontong still thinks Harmer is half a length in front of the relatively inexperienced Piedt. He would rather like the young bowler to feature in the SA A team for the tour to Australia later in 2014, rather than to jump the queue or pecking order and bypass Harmer.

    "One of the things that impressed me about Dane, is how quick he bowls and the revolutions he gets on the ball, almost like Graeme Swann. It is very difficult for batsmen to advance down the pitch and to hit him over the top.

    "His subtle variations of pace is something that he bamboozles batsmen with.

    "He has the top-spinner, the arm ball and even a so-called Carrom delivery that he uses that spins the other way, but he seldom employs that at first-class level, because it is his variation of pace and the amount of spin that gets him the wickets," said Ontong.

    Harmer has captured 189 wickets in 49 matches at an average of 32.41, while Piedt has 135 scalps to his name at an average of 25.11 in 38 matches.

    Ontong said he would like Piedt to add consistency to his game and become shrewder in reading pitches and opposing batsmen before he is elevated to the national team.

    Yet, the former South African middle-order batsman is already a fan of Piedt, acknowledging that his economy rate and ability as a holding bowler has richly benefited the Cobras this season in the domestic four-day showpiece.

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