Well he's averaging just shy of 50 this season in the Sunfoil Series; I'm not sure there's all that much to complain about at the moment. Top score of just 111 does suggest he gets a bit bored I suppose which backs up Dippenaar's comment to an extent, but still...
Rejecting 'analysis by checklist' and 'skill absolutism' since Dec '09
What ever happened to jonathan Vandiar? Over hyped to much?
Was also 1 of 12 players recently given a 'CSA' performance contract which is a top-up contract on your franchise one. 6 of the players are considered the 'black' African players with most potential (Bavuma, Zondo, Mosehle, Phangiso, Leie, Rabada) and other 6 are considered at this point next in line like R. Hendricks, Rossouw, van Zyl, Harmer, B. Hendricks & Abbott.
Titans targets rising stars - SuperSport - Cricket
Titans targets rising stars
Jacques Faul, the Titans chief executive, could not have been happier when Graeme Smith retired from international cricket last week.
Smith's surprise announcement left a vacancy in the list of nationally-contracted players, which was promptly filled by Knights allrounder Dean Elgar.
Faul had just persuaded Elgar to move from Bloemfontein to Centurion and, in essence, would now be getting him for free because his salary would be covered by Cricket South Africa.
"Dean has signed for the Titans. He's a gutsy, no-nonsense player and a good batter – exactly the kind of player we want," Faul said on Wednesday.
Elgar was not the only player on the Titans' shopping list.
"I can confirm that we are talking to Quinton de Kock's agent," said Faul.
He said the Titans had also opened preliminary negotiations with two high-profile Cape-based players, although he declined to name them.
The Knights' stocks would be further depleted being likely to lose two more senior players in Ryan McLaren and Johan van der Wath.
McLaren would be following former Knights teammate Morne van Wyk to the Dolphins.
Van der Wath, in all likelihood, would be throwing his lot in with the Warriors, having become a free agent.
"Van der Wath hasn't had his contract renewed by the board so he'll be moving on," said Knights coach Sarel Cilliers.
He said the Knights were not in the market themselves – at least for the time being.
"We're pleased with the development of players like Rudi Second and from a bowling point-of-view, Corne Dry, so I think next season is going to be one of building and consolidation for us.
"Obviously it's a big blow losing a player like Dean but sometimes players stagnate a little and they need a different challenge."
RYAN MCLAREN ADDED TO SUNFOIL DOLPHINS 2014 2015 SQUAD
KZN Cricket (Pty) is really pleased to officially announce that Ryan McLaren will be joining the Sunfoil Dolphins with effect from 1 May 2014.
Ryan is a CSA contracted player and has nominated the Sunfoil Dolphins as his franchise of choice for the coming season.
Ryan has represented the Proteas in all three formats and is currently a key member of the Proteas Test and ODI squads.
“Ryan will be an invaluable asset to the Sunfoil Dolphins as not only an all-rounder but also as a senior player. He will strengthen the leadership group around Morne van Wyk. I am also confident that his experience and professionalism will help grow and nurture our young bowlers and all-rounders in Calvin Savage, Daryn Dupavillon, Andile Phehlukwayo, Craig Kirsten and Tsepo Moreki”, said Jesse Chellan, CEO of Sunfoil Dolphins.
The coach, Lance Klusener said, “Ryan McLaren is one of the premier all-rounders’ in the country and his decision to play for the Sunfoil Dolphins next season is exciting news for both fans and the team. The way he plays his cricket and what he will bring to the team will compliment us as a team very well. I wish him a long and happy stay with the Sunfoil Dolphins”.
Commenting on joining the team Ryan said, “I have been playing for Chevrolet Knights for 10 years of my cricket career and was looking for a change in environment. I’m looking forward to the new challenge and I hope that this new opportunity will bring about a positive change to my cricket career.
Fa-eez Jaffar, President of KZNCU said, “It is a pleasure to welcome Ryan on board at the Sunfoil Dolphins. We are happy to welcome a player of his calibre. Being a national player, he will definitely bolster our team as a genuine all-rounder. It is also good sign for the Sunfoil Dolphins when players from other franchises want to be associated with the team. We wish him all the best in the coming season”.
From an Afrikaans newspaper on the Knights situation. Used Google translate so unfortunately there is some gibberish in-between.
Topic: This is the youth's chances -
JohanJohan van Heerden, CEO of the Free State Cricket Union and Knights opened Beeld played cards with the contracting of players.
After the game against the Lions at the Wanderers Neil McKenzie in the Knights' locker room sit and chat. He said it's the first time that he has seen that Rilee Rossouw to every ball and play some deliveries on merit in peace.
Having recently experienced a number of senior players like Morne van Wyk (Dolphins), Dean Elgar (Titans), Ryan McLaren (Dolphins) and Johan van der Wath (his contract was not renewed) lost, McKenzie's words music to my ears sounded.
The loss of these senior players are extremely unfortunate and a huge blow. But now it's time for players like Rilee, Reeza Hendricks and Quinton Friend to senior roles in the team to play. And the gaps that Dean them, creating opportunities for young players to the foreground action. However, it is wonderful to someone like McKenzie to hear that a player like Rilee has immediately the responsibility as a senior in the team accepted.
I come all the space immediately above uncertainty about players' moves out of the way first. I want to make it clear that our board recently with Dean Ryan and John met - we also have the rest of our contracted players meet to clarify as to give.
Dean really wanted two years ago after the Titans move because he thinks he will enjoy being with AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis to play. He believes if he all the time with AB and Faf play them more to see what he can offer, it would benefit him to have to be looked at Protea level.
His departure is especially a blow on the role of serving as a senior with the juniors in the Nets locker room and interpreted.
The decision not to Johan's contract was not renewed, was a mere cricketing decision. We felt it was time for Corné Dry and Duanne Olivier as strong fast bowlers in the foreground action. We are very grateful to Johan for the past 17 years meant to us and we want him to be a bonus dinner resign.
Ryan's decision to move to the Dolphins is definitely influenced by chance in the Champions League play. The presence of Morne Durban in his decision easier. Morne was there earlier because he felt that his cricket after all these years at the Knights to a new level in a different environment would take. . . something which he amazingly well passed.
A man replaces the above players is not easy. But we are happy with the core of players we have in the current Group of 16 and Rilee, Reeza and Quinton them-in the foreground must act. Our contract is always a minimum of 16 and maximum of 18 players. There is room for two players to be contracted.
We have these places specifically left open since we have two top players want to outsource whose names soon we might make. (Believed to be Richard Levi & Eddie Leie) But it's encouraging that recently Rilee his contract for a further two years have. Reeza has another year of his existing contract over and we have to negotiate for a further two years.
Over the captaincy council that the captain decided, in September meeting. Werner Coetsee take as skipper and there is tranquility.
There is tranquility that our coaches Sarel Cilliers and Adri Swanepoel concerned, whose current contract expires in April 2015. We will be in February the process with the coaches in motion.
However, I am positive about the future of Free State cricket and Knights key players like Pite van Biljon and Rudi Second we have in our midst. We have extremely talented players like schools Driaan Bruwer (recent u19 world cup winner) and Leus du Plooy contracted.
It's time for the youngsters to have their chances to grab!
Last edited by SeamUp; 15-03-2014 at 11:28 AM.
Big result for the Knights beating the Cobras this past week. Which makes it a two horse race between the 2 with 2 games left. Really is impressive from the Knights with their inexperience with Elgar and McLaren hardly playing and vd Wath and du Preez's injuries.
Knights v Cape Cobras at Kimberley, Mar 13-16, 2014 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo
Warriors v Lions at Port Elizabeth, Mar 13-16, 2014 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo
Titans v Dolphins at Benoni, Mar 13-16, 2014 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo
Table after 8 games
DOLPHINS v LIONS @ Kingsmead
COBRAS v WARRIORS @ Newlands
TITANS v KNIGHTS @ Centurion
KNIGHTS v DOLPHINS @ Chevrolet Park
LIONS v COBRAS @ Wanderers
TITANS v WARRIORS @ Centurion
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