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    South African Domestic Season 2014/15

    A bit later than usual this pre-season. Especially with 'A' series long under way in Australia.

    A big season coming up and possibly some opportunities with what feels like the end of an era with no more Graeme Smith & Jacques Kallis.

    But Champions League coming up. Then domestic season kicks off late September, early October with 2 rounds 4-day Sunfoil series. Then Momentum One-Day Cup runs straight through October with 1 or 2 WC spots up for grabs. A lot of ODI cricket means a lot of the One-day players will miss domestic cricket. Ram Slam T20 gets going in November.

    New quotas are in place which is not ideal at all. Used be 4 players have to start with 1 'black African' now 5 players of colour have to start of which 2 are 'black African'. Balancing of teams will be difficult and there will be good white players missing out.

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    COBRAS

    CSA Contracted: Hashim AMLA, JP DUMINY, Robin PETERSON, Vernon PHILANDER, Dale STEYN, Rory KLEINVELDT
    Batsmen: Andrew PUTTICK, Omphile RAMELA, Stiaan VAN ZYL, Justin ONTONG (c), Mohamed VALLIE, Richard LEVI, Sybrand ENGELBRECHT, Keegan PETERSEN
    Keepers: Dane VILAS, Clyde FORTUIN
    Seam-all-rounders : Justin KEMP, Shaheen KHAN
    Spinner: Dane PIEDT
    Seamers: Beuran HENDRICKS, Mthokozisi SHEZI, Dane PATERSON, Lizaad WILLIAMS, Aviwe MGIJIMA

    4-day team

    1. PUTTICK
    2. RAMELA
    3. VAN ZYL
    4. VALLIE
    5. ONTONG
    6. VILAS
    7. KEMP/PETERSON
    8. PIEDT
    9. KLEINVELDT
    10. HENDRICKS
    11. SHEZI

    Levi will probably be first reserve batsman and will play limited overs.
    Petersen is a newbie. Still to be convinced but scored runs for Boland.
    Engelbrecht earns a franchise contract again after 3 or 4 years. Best fieldsman in SA and put runs on the board for WP. But still to be convinced.
    Fortuin is the classy wk/bat who won the u19 WC. Interesting to see if he will be used by Cobras and how with Vilas around.
    Khan is an aggressive lower order batsman and outswing bowler with awkward action. With Kemp aging, may get opportunities but Robbie P may play as all-rounder.
    Paterson reserve 4-day quick. Runs in all day with good outties. Good season last year.
    Williams reserve limited overs quick. Quick-arm action and hurries the batsman.
    Mgijima is a limited medium-pacer.

    In the SEMI-PRO's there is opener Pieter MALAN who failed to live up to reputation at Titans. To cover the 'black Africans' batsman Lesiba NGOEPE joins from Easterns and seamer Thokozani PETER could push. Spinnner and all-rounder George LINDE has impressed for Western Province but the unluckiest player to miss out on a franchise contract is swing bowler Travis MULLER after impressing in the 4-day comp for Cobras last season.

    SCHOOLBOY STARS: Murray COMMINS (17) & Dayyaan GALIEM (17)
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    WARRIORS

    CSA Contracted: Wayne PARNELL
    Batsmen: David WHITE, Vuyisa MAKHAPHELA, Colin ACKERMANN, Colin INGRAM (c), Ryan BAILEY, Michael PRICE, Jon-Jon SMUTS, Christiaan JONKER
    Keeper: Davy JACOBS
    Spinner: Simon HARMER
    Seamers: Andrew BIRCH, Ayebulela GQAMANE, Basheer WALTERS, Rusty THERON, Thandolwethu MNYAKA, Lundi MBANE, Sisanda MAGALA, Solomzi NQWENI

    4-day team

    1. WHITE
    2. MAKHAPHELA
    3. ACKERMANN
    4. INGRAM
    5. JACOBS
    6. BAILEY
    7. HARMER
    8. BIRCH
    9. GQAMANE
    10. WALTERS
    11. MNYAKA

    Could do with Parnell playing more 4-day cricket. Scoring runs and taking wickets but will be carried as a reserve in ODI squad probably.

    Price will have to fall out with new quotas to Makhaphela as 4-day opener.
    Smuts will be reserve 4-day batsman but will definitely come into 1-day team & is now the 2nd spinner too.
    Jonker one-day middle order big hitter.
    Theron will have to play limited overs only due to quotas. Reserve to Birch for 4-day.
    Magala can hold a bat too and is a newbie but more of a line and length type.
    Nqweni is fast but erratic.
    Mbane is a limited overs change up bowler.

    Can't see any SEMI-PRO's breaking in because not many CSA contracted players. Openign batsman Edward MOORE needs continue his good season he had for Eastern Province after getting his Warriors debut last season.

    SCHOOLBOY STARS: Matthew BREETZKE (16) & Jerome BOSSR (16)
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    DOLPHINS

    CSA Contracted: Dave MILLER, Ryan MCLAREN, Imran TAHIR
    Batsmen: Imraan KHAN, Divan VAN WYK, Khaya ZONDO, Cody CHETTY, Vaughn VAN JAARSVELD, Cameron DELPORT, Jonathan VANDIAR
    Keeper: Morne VAN WYK (c)
    Seamer All-rounders: Calvin SAVAGE , Robbie FRYLINCK
    Spinners: Daryn SMIT, Keshav MAHARAJ, Prenelan SUBRAYEN, Thandi TSHABALALA
    Seamers: Kyle ABBOTT, Craig ALEXANDER, Daryan DUPAVILLON

    4-day team

    1. KHAN
    2. D. VAN WYK
    3. ZONDO
    4. CHETTY
    5. VAN JAARSVELD
    6. M. VAN WYK
    7. SMIT
    8. MAHARAJ
    9. ABBOTT
    10. MOREKI
    11. DUPAVILLON

    Delport is limited overs top-order aggressor.
    Vandiar injured last season but struggled for a while. Seems he has been around forever but huge season for his future.
    Savage would get into the 4-day team but needs to stay injury free. All-rounder of the future.
    Subrayen tends to be bowling too quick since re-structuring action. Spins it nicely, just needs to mature.
    Tshabalala will get into the team for balance down the line for quotas. Been in the wilderness.
    Alexander should be starting but misses out to semi-pro Moreki probably.
    Frylinck one-day hitter and change up bowler.

    SEMI-PRO's have some talented players all u21. The system working well in KZN.

    Batsmen: Mishkal RAMSAROOP, Greg OLDFIELD, Sibonelo MAKHANYA
    Seamer All-rounder: Andile PHEHLUKWAYO
    Seamers: Craig KIRSTEN, Tshepo MOREKI

    SCHOOLBOY STAR: Besides Phehukwayo (18) and Makhanya (18) who still count. All-rounder Bradley HOPE (15)
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    KNIGHTS

    Batsmen: Reeza HENDRICKS, Gihahn CLOETE, Rilee ROSSOUW, Pite VAN BILJON, Gerhardt ABRAHAMS, Obus PIENAAR, Diego ROSIER, Tumelo BODIBE
    Keeper: Rudi SECOND
    Spinners: Werner COETSEE (c), Johan DIESKO
    Seamers: Quinton FRIEND, Corne DRY, Malusi SIBOTO, Dillon DU PREEZ, Duanne OLIVIER, Tumi MASEKELA, Shadley VAN SCHALKWYK

    4-day team

    1. HENDRICKS
    2. CLOETE
    3. ROSSOUW
    4. SECOND
    5. VAN BILJON
    6. ABRAHAMS
    7. COETSEE
    8. DISEKO
    9. DRY
    10. FRIEND
    11. SIBOTO

    Rosier & Pienaar competing with Abrahams for a middle order spot in both versions.
    Bodibe probably bought in as reserve opener and keeper.
    Du Preez will be used more in limited overs cricket and contribute with his bat down the order.
    Masekela & Van Schalkwyk very much fringe medium-pacers.
    Olivier reserve strike bowler with experienced du Preez.

    Nothing of note in SEMI-PRO's. Left-arm swing bowler Jan FRYLINCK at Griquas but they don't need quicks.

    SCHOOLBOY STARS: Raynard VAN TONDER (16) & Sean WHITEHEAD (17)
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    HIGHVELD LIONS

    CSA Contracted: Alviro PETERSEN, Quinton DE KOCK, Lonwabo TSOTSOBE
    Batsmen: Stephen COOK (c), Temba BAVUMA, Neil MCKENZIE (c), Rassie VAN DER DUSSEN, Devon CONWAY, Jean SYMES, Dominic HENDRICKS, Gulam BODI
    Seamer All-rounder: Brett PELSER, Shaylen PILLAY, Dwaine PRETORIUS
    Keeper: Thami TSOLEKILE
    Spinners: Eddie LEIE, Aaron PHANGISO
    Seamers: Chris MORRIS, Hardus VILJOEN, Kagiso RABADA, Pumelela MATSHIKWE

    4-day

    1. COOK
    2. PETERSEN
    3. BAVUMA
    4. CONWAY
    5. MCKEZNIE
    6. PELSER
    7. TSOLEKILE
    8. MORRIS
    9. VILJOEN
    10. RABADA
    11. LEIE

    Vd Dussen comes back to open ahead of Hendricks if Petersen does not play.
    Bodi riff-raff now surely.
    Pillay more of a longer version bat who needs to work a bit more on bowling.
    Pretorius limited overs big hitter with medium pacers.
    Symes is limited overs middle order bat
    Phangiso limited overs spinner
    Matshikwe reserve quick.

    In SEMI-PRO's there is middle order big hitter Brian BARNARD plus young middle order bat Yassen VALLI. All-rounder Matt MCGIILIVRAY pushing the others. Spinner Dale DEEB is reserve longer version spinner. Matt ARNOLD (one-day) & Sean JAMISON (4-day) pushing those above.

    SCHOOLBOY STARS: Grant ROELOFSEN (18), Ryan RICKELTON (18) & Brandon GLOVER (17)
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    TITANS

    CSA Contracted: Dean ELGAR, Faf DU PLESSIS, AB DE VILLIERS, Morne MORKEL
    Batsmen: Heino KUHN, Henry DAVIDS, (C), Farhaan BEHARDIEN, Graeme VAN BUUREN, Qaasim ADAMS, Cobus PIENAAR, Jacques RUDOLPH
    Seamer All-rounder: David WIESE, Albie MORKEL
    Keeper: Mangaliso MOSEHLE
    Spinners: Shaun VON BERG, Roelof VAN DER MERWE, Tabraiz SHAMSI
    Seamers: Marchant DE LANGE, Rowan RICHARDS, Junior DALA, JP DE VILLIERS, Ethy MBHALATI

    4-day team

    1. ELGAR
    2. KUHN
    3. DAVIDS
    4. A. MORKEL
    5. BEHARDIEN
    6. WIESE
    7. MOSEHLE
    8. VON BERG
    9. DE LANGE
    10. RICHARDS
    11. DALA

    Rudolph to just play limited overs cricket.
    Went with the all-rounders instead of Pienaar and Van Buuren. Although talented think two younger batsmen with more potential not in squad.
    Adams reserve to Davids and Behardien.
    Van der Merwe just had his best 4-day season but may miss out with quotas. Limited overs definitely.
    Shamsi a good chinaman option with leg-spinner Von Berg.
    De Villiers is ok reserve quick and Mbhalati on his last legs.

    In SEMI-PRO's the 2 young batsmen I was talking about in SA u19 world cup winning captain Aiden MARKRAM and top to middle order bat Theunis DE BRUYN. Coach Rob Walter says they are an exciting part of the Titans so will phase them in. Also left-arm quick Vincent MOORE will push de Lange and de Villiers.

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    Have been waiting for this thread, SeamUp

    Im reading about Muller now. Really unlucky or quota?
    And btw would you know why Cobras ditched their own website for the WP one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jan View Post
    Have been waiting for this thread, SeamUp

    Im reading about Muller now. Really unlucky or quota?
    And btw would you know why Cobras ditched their own website for the WP one?
    Better late than never Jan.

    Cobras have decent depth in seaming department & Shezi was brought in too. But if Paterson and Williams have contracts, Muller should get one too. Had a game or two for Sussex Academy this winter. Mgijima purely quota with new rulings.

    Yup, saw that. Cobras is now part of the Western Province website. Cobras rarely updated that website in any case. WP always have news items and release squads so a good thing.

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    Nice post SeamUp.

    The Lions have a strong looking squad, I reckon they could be challengers this year.

    The fact that teams have to have 2 black Africans in the side is also ridiculous. I'm for transformation, but some of the sides are going to have to import black dudes from other provinces, preventing their own homegrown talent coming through, especially the Cobras I think.

    Typical South African mentality, putting the cart before the horse.

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    Seamup, how much do you know about the Border set up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marius View Post
    Nice post SeamUp.

    The Lions have a strong looking squad, I reckon they could be challengers this year.

    The fact that teams have to have 2 black Africans in the side is also ridiculous. I'm for transformation, but some of the sides are going to have to import black dudes from other provinces, preventing their own homegrown talent coming through, especially the Cobras I think.

    Typical South African mentality, putting the cart before the horse.
    That bowling attack of the Lions does look lethal. Knights doing their role again by producing cricketers despite their player pool compared to the rest but losing their internationals like Elgar and McLaren won't help them.

    Agree, that isn't transformation when players aren't deserving of their spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcuss View Post
    Seamup, how much do you know about the Border set up?
    No problem Marcus.

    Based in East London. Along with Eastern Province formed the Warriors.

    Their major school Queens, Dale and Selborne have produced some of our finest cricketers like Tony Greig, Daryll Cullinan, Justin Kemp, Ken McEwan, Hylton Ackermann, Makhaya Ntini and Mark Boucher.

    But they did lose their players to neighbouring EP or other major provinces eventually.

    With the large Black African population in East London and surrounds they've hoped they could produce more black african cricketers for SA especially with Queens and Dale being schools with a black majority now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeamUp View Post
    No problem Marcus.

    Based in East London. Along with Eastern Province formed the Warriors.

    Their major school Queens, Dale and Selborne have produced some of our finest cricketers like Tony Greig, Daryll Cullinan, Justin Kemp, Ken McEwan, Hylton Ackermann, Makhaya Ntini and Mark Boucher.

    But they did lose their players to neighbouring EP or other major provinces eventually.

    With the large Black African population in East London and surrounds they've hoped they could produce more black african cricketers for SA especially with Queens and Dale being schools with a black majority now.
    The Eastern Cape is the only area where there is a cricket culture among black people too. Of the five black players who have played Tests for SA, all are Xhosa (the Eastern Cape being their traditional homeland).

    But in 3 or 4 years time, we could easily have 5 or 6 black guys in the side on merit alone:

    Zondo, Bavuma, Mosehle, Shezi, Rabada, Leie etc are all potential Test cricketers. I can't wait for that day, because then we can start moving about all this race-based nonsense and start developing palyers regardless of their colour.

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    From a Protea point of view. Thought I would do some planning down the line. This season there are plenty opportunities to be had in both teams plus the 'A' team with the England Lions touring. Good domestic performances could earn a new step in players careers this season.

    Test openers: Elgar & Petersen
    Next in line: Reeza Hendricks, Heino Kuhn, David White, Stephen Cook
    Potential: Gihahn Cloete, Aiden Markram

    Middle order: Du Plessis, Amla, de Villiers, Duminy
    Next in line: Stiaan Van Zyl, Rilee Rossouw, Temba Bavuma
    Potential: Cody Chetty, Khaya Zondo, Mohamed Vallie, Colin Ackermann, Diego Rosier, Theunis de Bruyn, Greg Oldfield, Yaseen Valli

    Keeper: de Kock
    Next in line: Mangaliso Mosehle, Dane Vilas
    Potential: Clyde Fortuin

    All-rounders:
    Next in line: Parnell, McLaren, David Wiese, Albie Morkel
    Potential: Calvin Savage

    Spinners: Piedt, Tahir
    Next in Line: Simon Harmer, Shaun von Berg, Eddie Leie, Keshav Maharaj
    Potential: Tabraiz Shamsi, Prenelan Subrayen

    Seamers: Philander, Steyn, M.Morkel
    Next in line: Kyle Abbott, Marchant de Lange, Beuran Hendricks, Chris Morris, Hardus Viljoen, Rory Kleinveldt
    Potential: Corne Dry, Lizaad Williams, Daryn Dupavillon, Craig Kirsten, Kagiso Rabada

    Limited Overs Players: Miller, Phangiso, Tsotsobe

    Fringe Limited overs batsman : Farhaan Behardien, Colin Ingram, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Richard Levi, Cameron Delport, Jonathan Vandiar
    Fringe Limited Overs spinner: Roelof van der Merwe
    Fringe Limited over seamer: Mthokozisi Shezi
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