CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today congratulated the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras on winning the Sunfoil Series and KwaZulu-Natal Inland on completing the double of winning both limited overs trophies in the CSA provincial competitions.
Both teams claimed their trophies in decisive fashion at the weekend with the Cobras beating the bizhub Highveld Lions by an innings and 165 runs in the Sunfoil Series and KZN Inland beating Gauteng by 8 wickets with more than 2 overs to spare in the CSA Provincial T20 Challenge Final.
“They have both proved themselves worthy champions,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat, “and, strikingly, they both finished their campaigns like champions.
“The Cobras strength in depth has been very impressive. Their captain, Justin Ontong, and Stiaan van Zyl were the two leading runs scorers while Andrew Puttick also finished in the top five. They also had the leading wicket-taker in Dane Piedt and he, together with Proteas Beuran Hendricks and Rory Kleinveldt, took almost 100 wickets between them.
“The Cobras have also been major contributors to our national teams and the way they have succeeded in developing younger players like Piedt, Travis Muller and Dane Paterson is notable.
“Their supremacy is proven by the fact that they scored two more outright wins than any other Franchise, scored 12 more batting points than any other opponent and also had the second highest number of bowling points.
“I must repeat our appreciation to the Willowton Group for the sizeable increase in sponsorship through their Sunfoil brand which provided the impetus to make our domestic first class cricket as competitive as anywhere in the world.
“KZN Inland’s achievement in winning two of the three semi-professional trophies as an Associate Member of CSA is a stand-out effort. Their top two batsmen, Matthew Hulett and Tyler Lortan, both had batting averages in the mid-40s which is outstanding in T20 cricket.
“They also possess one of the most versatile cricketers in the country in Mbasa Gqadushe, who kept wicket for most of the season in the three-day competition, and then turned out as the leading wicket-taker and also had the best economy rate in the T20 Challenge.”
Note: I do have pix available of KZN Inland captain Shane Burger receiving trophy from Mike Gajjar as well as team photo. These can be provided on request. Sunfoil Series presentation can be obtained from Gallo Images.