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Proteas and former Dolphins player Kyle Abbott has nominated the Warriors as his franchise for the forthcoming season. The Warriors have not had a Proteas contracted player in their ranks for some time and the addition of Abbott to the team brings a wealth of experience and a fresh approach to the game.
28 year old Kyle was born and bred in Durban and made his first class debut for Kwa Zulu Natal in 2009. He made his Test debut in 2013 against Pakistan where he produced bowling figures of 7/29.
He has played 7 Test Matches, 24 ODI’s and 21 T20 matches for the Proteas. The right arm medium fast bowler who gets the ball to swing at pace is a welcome addition to the Warriors squad.
“I am looking forward to this new challenge and having the opportunity to play for the Warriors will take me out of my comfort zone. I also get to play alongside guys like Andrew Birch and Simon Harmer” said Abbott.
“I am extremely excited about Kyle joining the Warriors. He is a quality fast bowler and and a great guy to have as part of our squad. He will certainly add value both on and off the field, in helping grow our next generation of bowlers”, said Jesse Chellan, CEO of the Warriors.
Coach Mali Maketa, said “One of our main goals is to produce Protea players and to have Kyle come in will help us fast-track this process through his experience and the know how of what it takes to get there. I look forward to working with him and I am positive the other players will learn from having another national player in the changeroom.”
Kyle is currently in India for the IPL where he will play for the Kings IX Punjab and will join the Warriors in September for their pre-season.


Saturday, 09 April 2016

SISANDA MAGALA finished with eight wickets in the match as the Warriors wrapped up a resounding innings and 101-run victory over the bizhub Highveld Lions midway through day three of their Sunfoil Series clash in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The medium-pacer, who took an outstanding 6/25 in the first innings, claimed 2/33 in the second to help bowl the visitors out for 206 at St George’s Park.

Magala’s match figures of 8/58 in 28.5 overs also earned him the man-of-the-match prize in a match that was ultimately decided by the Lions’ woeful day one 68 all out.

It meant the defending champions had all but blown their title hopes, and despite improving second time around with the bat, they suffered a heavy second defeat of the season.

There were also three wickets apiece for Andrew Birch (3/42) and Simon Harmer (3/51) on what turned out to be the final day.

The visitors had started the day on 76/4, with debutant Kagiso Rapulana (40) and top-scorer Nicky van den Bergh (52) putting on 74 for the fifth wicket.

But both were removed by Harmer, and once they fell, with it faded the bleak chances of the Lions, who could yet surrender their second position on the log depending on the outcome of the clash between the Sunfoil Dolphins and VKB Knights in Durban.

The bottom-placed Warriors, on the other hand, took 19.1 points from the game, to end the season with back-to-back victories after going winless for the first eight rounds of the campaign.

Update courtesy of Cricket South Africa 



Thursday, 07 April 2016

A first-innings batting meltdown by the bizhub Highveld Lions saw their Sunfoil Series prospects go up in smoke on the opening day of their clash against the Warriors on Port Elizabeth on Thursday.

Sisanda Magala claimed the outstanding figures of 6/25 in 12 overs as the visitors were sent packing for a hapless 68 in 36 overs – the lowest total overall this season. Andrew Birch also played his hand with a superb 3/19 – the Lions being dismissed for their second lowest total ever against the Eastern Cape outfit.

Colin Ackermann then made 65 (124 balls, 9 fours) as the hosts reached 171/4 nine overs before the scheduled closed after bad light ended play.

That gave the Warriors a lead of 103 and left the Lions needing a miracle to defend the title they won 12 months ago.

They started the day by losing the toss and being put into bat.

Despite Birch making the early inroads, they still managed to reach 60/4 just after lunch. But their remaining six wickets crumbled for only eight runs giving Magala his best ever figures.

Debutant Kagiso Rapulana top-scored with 20.

David White then fell to Hardus Viljoen, who claimed all four wickets to fall, without a run on the board as the Lions were momentarily given hope.

But Ackermann was then involved partnerships of 63 with Edward Moore (38) and 87 with Somila Seyibokwe (47 not out) as the hosts ended the day in total control.

Viljoen finished with figures of 4/75. 


Update courtesy of Cricket South Africa 



THE VKB Knights saw their Sunfoil Series title hopes suffer a major blow after a crushing defeat against the previously winless Warriors inside two days in Kimberley on Friday.

After 15 wickets fell on the opening day, there were another 16 that went down on the second as the visitors were first dismissed for 165 in reply to the hosts 128, before again rolling over the Central Franchise cheaply.

The Knights’ second innings lasted a mere 34.4 overs as they were sent tumbling for a paltry 131.

That left the Warriors needing 95 for victory and they raced there in 17.2 overs for the loss of just rookie Martin Walters, whose score of 40 was the second highest in the match after Rudi Second’s unbeaten first innings 41.

Debutant Edward Moore (29) and Colin Ackermann (21) were the other two not out batsmen as the men from the Eastern Cape finally ended their winless four-day run this season, having lost seven out of their eight previous games.

The Warriors had started the day on 93/5 and managed to squeeze their way past the Knights and grab what proved to be a valuable 37-run lead as they were all out in 74.1 overs.

Duanne Olivier picked up 5/61 and Malusi Siboto incredibly claimed 4/19 in 19 overs. Sisanda Magala top-scored with 36.

Anrich Nortje, playing only his second franchise cricket game, then stood out with the ball for the Warriors by taking a career-best 5/34 in 10 overs to leave the home side in a huge mess.

Magala provided excellent support with 3/28 and Simon Harmer was at his usual best with 2/22.

The result leaves the Warriors bottom, although they will be over the moon with their 15 points, while the Knights picked up just four points to all but end their title prospects.

Information courtesy of Cricket South Africa. 



The finals of the inaugural EP Cricket T20 U/13 Knockout Challenge, powered by KFC, were held at St George’s Park on 12 March 2016.

A total of 3 matches were played – 2 semi-finals and the final which saw 4 teams vie for the coveted title. In a period of 3 months, an excess of 100 schools played in the tournament, with zone winners advancing to the much anticipated finals weekend.

The U/13 Kouga team proved to be victorious, walking away with the sought after trophy and a R10 000 cash prize. Tournament runner’s up, Winterberg, received a cash prize of R5000. Kouga captain, Jonathan Bester, was crowned bowler of the match as well as man of the match. His teammate, Jayden Groenewald, was named batsman of the match.

A thoroughly enjoyable day for all!

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Semi Final 1

Woodridge vs Winterberg

Woodridge 54 all out in 15.5 overs

  1. Senekal 9
  2. Speelman 3.5 overs 5/10
  3. Hendricks 3 overs 2/17

Winterberg 55/0 in 10.1 overs

  1. Slabbert 13*
  2. Erasmus 26*

Winterberg won by 10 wickets

Semi Final 2

Kouga vs Motherwell

Kouga 117/5 in 20 overs

  1. Bester 40
  2. Bailey 34
  3. Dick 3 overs 2/18

Motherwell 78 all out in 19 overs

  1. Mancam 24
  2. Mbali 18
  3. Bailey 3.4 overs 2/9

JD Van Zyl 4 overs 2/13

  1. Brown 1 over 2/12

Kouga won by 39 runs


Kouga vs Winterberg

Kouga 107/3 in 20 overs

  1. Groenewald 31
  2. Bester 24
  3. Erasmus 4 overs 3/19

Winterberg 90/9 in 20 overs

  1. Lottering 20
  2. Bester 4 overs 4/5
  3. Groenewald 4 overs 2/19

Kouga won by 17 runs



AB DE VILLIERS matched the performance of Makhaya Ntini (2005 and 2006) when he was named South Africa’s Cricketer of the Year for the second successive year when he received the 2015 award at a gala Cricket South Africa (CSA) banquet in Midrand on Wednesday night.

Only eight players have received CSA’s most prestigious award and Jacques Kallis (2004 and 2011) and Hashim Amla (2010 and 2013) are the other players to be awarded twice. The other previous winners are Shaun Pollock (2007), Dale Steyn (2008), Graeme Smith (2009), and Vernon Philander (2012).

De Villiers swept the board of almost all the accolades available to him, winning five awards. He thus emulated the performance of Hashim Amla who won five awards in 2010. De Villiers was also named Castle Lager ODI Cricketer of the Year while his peers and his fans honoured him by voting for him as SA Players’ Player of the Year and SA Fans’ Player of the Year respectively. He also received the KFC So Good Award for scoring the fastest century in the history of ODI Cricket against the West Indies in December 2014.

The other major awards went to Hashim Amla as Test Cricketer of the Year and Morne van Wyk as Ticketpro T20 Cricketer of the Year while Dale Steyn won the RAM Delivery of the Year and Rilee Rossouw was named SA Newcomer of the Year.

Shabnim Ismail was named Momentum Women’s Cricketer of the Year.

“This has been another great year with truly wonderful achievements from our top players,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “AB is just so special and surely he must be the best all-round cricketer in the world. His performances are sheer class and his No. 2 ranking in Test match cricket and No. 1 in ODI cricket only tells a part of his amazing skills.

“He has always been an entertainer and a trendsetter while at the same time he has that unique ability to dig really deep when it matters.

“AB de Villiers has modestly taken limited overs batting to a new level and he has done it with style and panache that is simply beyond the reach of most. He is a true batting genius! He now holds the world records for the fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODI cricket

“We are proud of the scale of his achievements and, more importantly, the manner in which he does it. He is an exceptionally talented cricketer who always adapts to the needs of the team.

“Our Proteas have again displayed true world-class performances in the past year and I salute not only the Award winners but all of them for a year of great performances. The fact that there were again as many as five worthy candidates for the top award speaks volumes.

“Our domestic cricket remains blessed with great talents and congratulations to all the winners in that category as well.”

“I warmly congratulate all our winners including the likes of our umpires, grounds staff and scorers, without whose contribution the game cannot be played.

The bizhub Highveld Lions and the Nashua Cape Cobras dominated the domestic professional category. The Lions had three winners in Geoffrey Toyana (Pitchvision Coach of the Season), Stephen Cook (Sunfoil Series Player of the Season) and Kagiso Rabada as Domestic Newcomer of the Season. The Cobras’ players honoured were Robin Peterson (Momentum One-Day Cup Player of the Season) and Dane Paterson (Domestic Players’ Player of the season). The RAM SLAM T20 Player of the Season went to Kieron Pollard of the West Indies who represented the Cobras.

Paterson also won the SACA Most Valuable Player award while The Unlimited Titans won the CSA Fair Play Award. Rudolph du Preez, the curator at SuperSport Park, was named CSA Groundsman of the Year.

Johan Cloete was named CSA Umpire of the Year while the CSA Umpires’ Umpire of the Year went to Adrian Holdstock.

The Khaya Majola Lifetime Achievement Award went to Shepherd Ngcaba for his services to the game over nearly half a century. He has been the driving force behind the success of the Good Hope Cricket Club in King Williamstown and has played a major role in the development of facilities in the surrounding rural areas. He has also served on the executive of the Border Cricket Board and is still very active in serving the game he loves.



SA Cricketer of the Year: AB de Villiers

Test Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla

Castle Lager ODI Cricketer of the Year: AB de Villiers

Ticketpro T20 International Cricketer of the Year: Morne van Wyk

SA Players’ Player of the Year: AB de Villiers

SA Fans’ Player of the Year: AB de Villiers

KFC ‘So Good’ Award: AB de Villiers (fastest ever ODI century v West Indies at Bidvest Wanderers)

RAM Delivery of the Year: Dale Steyn (third Test match against West Indies at Newlands)                                                                                                   

Momentum women’s Cricketer of the Year: Shabnim Ismail


Sunfoil Series Cricketer of the Season: Stephen Cook (BizHub Highveld Lions)

Momentum One-Day Cup Cricketer of the Season: Robin Peterson (Nashua Cape Cobras)

RAM SLAMMER of the Season: Kieron Pollard (Nashua Cape Cobras)

Pitchvision Coach of the Year: Geoffrey Toyana (BizHub Highveld Lions)

Domestic Players’ Player of the Season:  Dane Paterson (Nashua Cape Cobras)

CSA Fair Play Award: The Unlimited Titans

SACA Most Valuable Player Award: Dane Paterson (Nashua Cape Cobras)


CSA Groundsman of the Year: Rudolph du Preez (SuperSport Park)

CSA Scorers’ Association of the Year: Gauteng Cricket Board

CSA Umpires’ Umpire of the Year: Adrian Holdstock

CSA Umpire of the Year: Johan Cloete

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