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Former Proteas batting coach signs deal with English county Lancashire

May 5th 2021 at 13:12

Former Proteas batting coach Dale Benkenstein has joined English county side Lancashire on a short-term contract.


Benkenstein played 23 ODIs for the Proteas between 1998 and 2002 and served as the national team’s batting mentor under head coach Ottis Gibson until after the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

The 46-year-old Benkenstein has scored over 16 000 runs in first-class cricket and was prolific with the willow in English county cricket with Durham, who he captained to their maiden County Championship title in 2008.


He also previously served as head coach at Hampshire, leading them to two T20 Blast Finals Days and securing promotion back to the top tier of the County Championship.

Lancashire director of cricket, Paul Allott, said: “We were looking to add some additional expertise to the coaching team and Dale brings a wealth of experience to the changing room.

“He is highly respected in county cricket following his time as a player at Durham and then coaching at Hampshire.

“To add that knowledge into our dressing room can only be a good thing as we look to build on our positive start to the season.”


Minnows Namibia put SA Emerging team to shame in winning one-day series

May 1st 2021 at 17:19

A century by Matthew Breetzke was not enough for the South Africa Emerging men’s team as they went down by 19 runs in an entertaining series decider against Namibia in Windhoek on Saturday.


The right-hander was in excellent form, striking three sixes and eight fours in a 127-ball 114, which helped the visitors end on 319 for nine in a high-scoring chase of 339 at the Wanderers.

There was also an attacking half-century by Delano Potgieter (52 off 54 balls, 2 fours, 2 sixes) and an even more explosive 63 off 41 balls (7 fours, 2 sixes) by Jason Smith that took the tourists close – although it was still in vain after a powerful batting display by the home side.


Craig Williams was their stand-out batsman after he plundered 11 sixes in an unbeaten 139 off 119 balls (5 fours), with the dangerous JJ Smit thumping 61 off 48 balls (3 fours, 4 sixes).

Their performances ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides, with the Namibians going on to take the series 2-1. The Eagles also won the T20 series by the same margin.


The host won the toss and batted first in match three, with Stephan Baard (33) and Zane Green (26) again getting them off to a good start.

After both fell to Tshepo Ntuli (2/37) and then captain Gerhard Erasmus followed for 20, Williams and Smit dominated.

The pair put on 139 for the fourth wicket, with Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton (23*) then helping the centurion deliver a flying finish thanks to an unbeaten 87 in the last 6.1 overs.

Also helped by 36 extras, Namibia eventually finished on 338 for four.


Grant Roelofsen (26) and Breetzke gave the SA Emerging team a bright start to the reply with 61 for the first wicket, but four quick wickets thereafter left Malibongwe Maketa’s team in trouble on 98 for four.

But Breetzke kept going, and, after finding a foil in Potgieter, added 85 for the fifth wicket.

The latter then fell with the score on 183, before the former followed when the score was 224.

Dayyaan Galiem’s dismissal for six looked like it had ended the clash as a contest, but Smith and Bryce Parsons (32) then combined for a 77-run partnership to bring the equation down to 30 from the last two overs.

However, that was when the stand was broken, effectively settling the tie as the visitors finished short.

South Africa Emerging men’s squad

Stefan Tait, Thando Ntini, Grant Roelofsen, Joshua Richards, Jonathan Bird, Jason Smith, Tshepo Ntuli, Kabelo Sekhukhune, Lifa Ntanzi, Matthew Breetzke, Dayyaan Galiem, Bryce Parsons, Sinethemba Qeshile, Wandile Makwetu, Gregory Mahlokwana, Delano Potgieter.

Support Staff: Malibongwe Maketa (Head Coach), Imraan Khan (Assistant Coach), Piet Botha (Bowling Coach), Brent Gerard Martin (Physiotherapist), Nandile Nelson Tyali (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Kyle Southgate (Video Analyst)

Schedule: South Africa Emerging men’s tour to Namibia

Friday, 23 April

1st T20 – Namibia lost to SA Emerging Men by 5 wickets – Wanderers

Saturday, 24 April

2nd T20 – Namibia beat SA Emerging Men by 5 wickets – Wanderers

Sunday, 25 April

3rd T20 – Namibia beat SA Emerging Men by 91 runs – Wanderers

Tuesday, 27 April

1st OD – Namibia beat SA Emerging Men by 5 wickets – Wanderers

Thursday, 29 April

2nd OD – Namibia lost to SA Emerging Men by 57 runs – Wanderers

Saturday, 1 May

3rd OD – Namibia beat SA Emerging Men by 19 runs – Wanderers

RESULT | 🇳🇦 Namibia won by 19 runs

Namibia take the series with a nervy finish to the final ODI

🇳🇦 338/4 (Craig Williams 139)
🇿🇦 319/9 (Matthew Breetzke 114) #ThatsOurGame

— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) May 1, 2021

Shadow Minister of Sport welcomes withdrawal of Section 13(5)

May 1st 2021 at 06:36

The DA approve the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa’s decision not to invoke his powers in terms of Section 13(5) of the Sports Act against Cricket South Africa. 

Mthethwa was set to officially strip CSA of its national recognition until the federation’s Member’s Council gave in to pressure and accepted a new Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI).

The decision to implement structural reform was welcomed by Shadow Minister of Sports, Arts & Culture Tsepo Mhlongo.

Withdrawal of Section 13(5) welcomed

“We believe that this was the correct decision to make as the future of South African cricket was hanging in the balance,” Mhlongo said.

“The decision to reverse the Section 13(5) intervention was no doubt influenced by the recent vote by the the CSA Members’ Council to adopt the Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI), intended to introduce a more independent governance structure at CSA, which they previously opposed.”

Mhlongo insisted that CSA’s new board be summoned as soon as the have been appointed to present their strategies for the game, and pathway out of the mire the long leadership crisis has brought upon the game.

“The DA calls for the MOI to be tabled before Parliament and that the CSA board and executives present on how these new strategies will be implemented,” he said.

Future political interference in sport a worry

The DA MP expressed concern that the Sports ministry might make a habit of stepping in and perhaps unnecessarily meddling in the administration of sport in South Africa.

“While the adoption of the MOI is a step in the right direction, we remain concerned about the unprecedented political interference and power plays demonstrated by Minister Mthethwa,” Mhlongo added.

“This level of political interference in the independent processes of sports bodies, creates a dangerous precedent and leave us concerned that it can result in future political interference in other sport federations.”

Invigorated Cricket SA to bid for 2027 World Cup

April 30th 2021 at 11:52

Johannesburg – Cricket South Africa will bid to host the 2027 men’s Cricket World Cup, acting president Rihan Richards said on Friday.

Richards made the announcement at a press conference at which details of a new governance model for CSA were revealed following months of wrangling.

He said agreement on the composition of a new board, with a majority of independent directors, would enable CSA to put the focus firmly back on cricket matters.

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Richards said South Africa will take part in a bidding process for International Cricket Council events over a new eight-year cycle. Bidding is expected to open within the next few months.

“We will be bidding for both men’s and women’s World Cups, an Under-19 World Cup and a T20 World Cup,” said Richards.

“But our focus will be on the 2027 men’s World Cup. We believe it is an ideal opportunity as it will be 24 years since we last hosted it.”

South Africa staged the 2003 men’s World Cup and the 2005 women’s World Cup as well as the inaugural 2007 World T20 and the 2009 Champions Trophy. It also has staged two Under-19 tournaments.

Sports minister Nathi Mthethwa earlier announced he would no longer be withdrawing government recognition of CSA, which he threatened last week after the failure of the members’ council, headed by Richards, to reach agreement with an interim board on a governance structure.

Mthethwa attended Friday’s conference and said he would now move aside after a process which he said was “between life and death in cricket”.

Interim board chairman Stavros Nicolaou said a target date of June 12 had been set for an annual general meeting –- postponed from last October -– at which a 15-member board would be installed, with eight independent directors and five nominated by the members’ council as well as the chief executive and chief financial officer of CSA.

There will be an independent chairman.

Cricket SA nominations committee remains a sticking point

April 27th 2021 at 12:58


While a majority independent board and an independent chair have been the most well-publicised aspects of the new Cricket South Africa constitution eventually agreed to by the members council, the process by which independent directors are appointed is another vital pillar of the new memorandum of incorporation (MoI), and it is now raising concerns among stakeholders in the game.

The MoI puts into place a nominations committee which will be a six-person panel comprising either a men’s or women’s former international player nominated by the SA Cricketers’ Association (SACA), alongside a former CSA president nominated by the Interim board, a members council representative and people from the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Institute of Directors and the Legal Practice Council.

The only problem with the nominations committee is that their word is final and the non-independent directors, or anyone else, are not allowed to object to the names they come up with.

ALSO READ: Finally – the Cricket SA crisis has been averted

The dangers of that clause are brought into focus by the first board that will serve under the new MoI. Because the nominations committee will only exist after the new constitution is formally adopted on Wednesday, they will be picking from a list that the interim board have seemingly put together from the applicants who put themselves forward before the cut-off date for applications, which was in February.

It is hardly an independent process because nobody knows who applies and who handled the applications, apart from the interim board.

Given the schisms in South African cricket that are obviously still present even though they will ‘officially’ be signed away on Wednesday, there is still an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty out there, and that has led to all manner of speculation and rumour about who CSA’s new directors will be.

The return of Norman Arendse, president of CSA from 2007 to 2008 and a controversial figure because of his continued interference in the selection of the national team, has been mooted, while some administrators have warned of a new wave of cadre deployment as they fear Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa wants to drive the ANC agenda in cricket.

Other administrators have called for the institution of an independent administrative office to handle applications for independent director posts, which would then pass them on to the nominations committee, with independent auditors exercising oversight through the whole process.

The process of appointing independent directors has the potential to be the new battleground of South African cricket.

Bavuma’s burden and the dearth of Black batsmen

April 7th 2021 at 04:13
By: Eyaaz

Temba Bavuma’s uncle, who watched the Proteas captain develop into the successful cricketer that he is, explains what makes him a good leader and what is going wrong in nurturing Black talent

The post Bavuma’s burden and the dearth of Black batsmen appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Chris Morris, morality and the missing CSA millions

April 6th 2021 at 08:38
By: Eyaaz

The overlooked allrounder fetched almost R33 million in India while CSA and domestic cricket struggle financially. And players could feel the pinch even more with proposed changes to the game

The post Chris Morris, morality and the missing CSA millions appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.