Connect with us

Cricket

CSA provincial T20 Cup 2021-22

Published

on


News

A round-up of the highlights from pool stages of the domestic tournament, with all quarter-finalists now confirmed

Dolphins and North West make up the final two teams in the CSA provincial T20 quarter-finals after the pool stages were completed in Bloemfontein. With the last eight now decided, the new hierarchy in South African cricket’s domestic structure is clear. Seven of the eight teams that have progressed out of the group stage are in Division 1 of the new set-up with only South Western Districts punching above their weight from Division 2. They will play the Titans in the first quarter-final next Tuesday.

The other match-ups are the Knights against Western Province, the Dolphins against the Warriors and the two new teams in the top-tier, Boland against North West. Lions are the only team from Division 1 who have not qualified for the quarter-finals of this tournament.

Pool C’s fixtures saw the Dolphins dominate with three victories, including an eight-wicket win over their nearest rivals, North West. They were pushed harder by Easterns, who fell eight runs short chasing 156 and then thumped the South African Under-19 side by 10 wickets to top the table. North West also earned a big win over the South African U-19 side but their progression out of the group went down to the final match, a thriller, as they beat Easterns by one run. Here are some of the pool highlights:

Baartman bowls the Dolphins into the last eight

The Dolphins got their campaign underway strongly when they restricted North West to 128 for 8, thanks largely to Ottniel Baartman‘s career-best 4 for 20. Baartman struck in the powerplay, again in the middle of North West’s innings and at the death to ensure the Dolphins would have a reasonable target to chase, and they did so inside 16 overs. He went on to take 2 for 28 in their next game to play a key role in their defence of 155 against Easterns but sat out their final fixture against the South African U-19 side. Baartman lies second on the bowling charts, one behind Hershell America and holds the best average of the tournament so far: 8.00.

What’s ailing the U-19s?

The South African U-19 side started promisingly, when they posted 172 for 8 against Easterns headlined by Dewald Brevis’ 25-ball 46 but lost their way as the tournament went on. They were bowled out for 99 by North West and 114 by Dolphins, against whom they also dropped several catches. It’s probably not a bad thing that senior domestic sides are bossing the age-groupers but the lack of partnerships in the line-up and bite in the bowling suggests there’s much work to be done for this group of players ahead of next year’s Under-19 World Cup.

Good move for Muthusamy

Senuran Muthusamy was one of the big movers over the winter, leaving Durban for Potchefstroom, where he has been given the responsibility of captaining the side. He led North West into the quarter-finals, with contributions with both bat and ball, most notably his 3 for 16 against the South African U-19s and his unbeaten 62 off 38 balls in North West’s must-win match against Easterns. As a left-arm spin-bowling allrounder, competing with the likes of George Linde and Bjorn Fortuin for a look-in at international level, it may be difficult to imagine Muthusamy will add to his two Test caps but some stand-out performances in the top division could put him back in the national picture.

Easterns eager to impress

It may not look like things went too well for Easterns in this tournament, but it was just one run that separated them from the quarter-finals and they had some impressive individual performances. Left-arm seamer Khwezi Gumede took 3 for 19 against the South African Under-19s, 1 for 29 against the Dolphins and 2 for 46 against North West to finish with six wickets – the joint second-most in the competition so far. On the batting front, Danie Rossouw, who came through the Northerns Under-17 side, scored back-to-back half-centuries and sits sixth on the batting charts. While they’ll be disappointed not to have made it to the next round in this competition, expect Easterns to be strong performers in Division 2 as the season progresses.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent



Source link

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Cricket

BBL11 2021-22 – Bowling attack gives Melbourne Renegades hope of revival

Published

on


News

The batting remains questionable and they will be looking for the youngsters to develop

Captain Nic Maddinson
Coach David Saker

Squad
Cameron Boyce, Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Josh Lalor, Shaun Marsh, Jono Merlo (replacement player), James Pattinson, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, James Seymour (replacement player), Will Sutherland, Nic Maddinson, Reece Topley (Eng), Unmukt Chand (Ind), Mohammad Nabi (Afg), Zahir Khan (Afg)

In Nic Maddinson, Jono Merlo, James Seymour, Reece Topley, Unmukt Chand, Zahir Khan
Out Beau Webster, Peter Hazloglou, Jon Holland, Benny, Howell, Noor Ahmed, Imran Tahir, Imad Wasim

Last season

It was another disastrous season for the Renegades finishing last for the second straight year. They won their first match and then lost seven in a row. Their batting was abysmal, bowled out for less than 90 on three occasions and 111 in another match against Adelaide. The bowling was nowhere near as effective as season’s past and they struggled to find a consistent unit as they mixed and matched their overseas players. There was one bright spot as they produced a brilliant chasing win over Melbourne Stars late in the season. Mackenzie Harvey starred smashing 47 not out from 21 balls to give a glimpse into the future.
International impact
Renegades have been severely impacted by both Australia selection and injury. Nic Maddinson‘s selection in the Australia A side to face England Lions means the new Renegades captain won’t get a chance to lead his new club until their fourth game at the earliest. Marcus Harris is set to miss most of the season due to Test duty. Aaron Finch is in doubt for the early games due to his ongoing knee issue while Shaun Marsh is set to miss at least half the tournament due to a calf tear. England does have tour of West Indies in the new year and Afghanistan is scheduled to visit Bangladesh but it is unknown if the likes of Reece Topley, Mohammad Nabi or Zahir Khan will need to leave the BBL early.
Player to watch
Reece Topley is an important recruit for Renegades and has a chance to make a serious statement to England selectors ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia next year. Fellow Englishman Harry Gurney was a key part of Renegades’ run to the title three years ago and Topley has a similar opportunity to cause havoc on the inconsistent home surface of Marvel Stadium.

Key stat (Gaurav Sundararaman)
Renegades were the worst bowling unit in the previous BBL edition. Their bowling economy rate of 8.61 was the highest among all teams and their death bowling economy was 11.24. If Renegades want to play finals, this is an area they need to focus on. Their attack certainly looks stronger this season

Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo



Source link

Continue Reading

Cricket

Chris Gayle farewell on the cards with Jamaica set to host West Indies-Ireland series

Published

on


News

The series will comprise three ODIs and a one-off T20I, all at Sabina Park

West Indies will play three ODIs and a T20I against Ireland in Jamaica from January 8 to 16, the CWI has announced, with the possibility that the standalone T20I will be used as a farewell match for Chris Gayle.

While Gayle will not be part of the ODI squad, with the series counting towards 2023 World Cup qualification through the Super League, the one-off fixture at Sabina Park could be used as his farewell game. ESPNcricinfo understands that a decision has yet to be made on Gayle’s inclusion but that the issue will be up for discussion at the next meeting of CWI’s board of directors later this month.

“It’s whether collectively we all feel that it’s appropriate for him to have one last game at home to say farewell in a one-off game,” Johnny Grave, CWI’s chief executive, told the Mason and Guest radio show in Barbados last month. “That Ireland series would represent that opportunity.

“It would certainly be appropriate, as far as I can see it, to treat our players and give them the opportunity to bow out – especially players like Chris who have had unbelievable careers and won trophies for the West Indies.”

Ireland will travel to the Caribbean on December 31, immediately after their series against USA which starts on December 22 and comprises two T20Is and three ODIs. They have already named their squads for both tours, with Kevin O’Brien left out and David Ripley taking temporary charge as interim head coach.
Ireland last toured the Caribbean in 2020, drawing the T20I series 1-1 and losing the ODI series 3-0. Sabina Park was also the venue for one of the finest moments in Irish cricketing history, their victory over Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup on St Patrick’s Day.

“We are pleased to be returning to the Caribbean where we have so many great memories,” Richard Holdsworth, Cricket Ireland’s performance director, said. “The World Cup Super League is a crucial set of fixtures for Ireland as we attempt to qualify for the next Cricket World Cup, and – if the series in 2020 is anything to go by – we look forward to a highly competitive series in January.”

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98



Source link

Continue Reading

Cricket

Bangladesh tour of NZ BCB approves Shakib Al Hasan’s request to skip New Zealand tour

Published

on


News

Nazmul Hassan says BCB has no problem with players wanting a break, but says it should happen via official channels

BCB president Nazmul Hassan said on Monday that the board has accepted Shakib Al Hasan‘s leave request to skip the New Zealand tour for which Bangladesh are scheduled to leave later this week. Some days ago, Hassan claimed that Shakib only informed them “unofficially” of his reluctance to be on the tour, and hours later, Shakib reportedly had requested the board by handing over a letter officially.

“We have accepted his request,” Hassan said. “We have been saying this for a long time that we have no objection if a player wants to take a break or rest, but it has to be informed officially. The thing is, we want to be informed about such a decision in advance as it is difficult for us if it is informed suddenly. From January, if anyone wants a break, he has to inform us in advance so that we can prepare alternatives.”

This is the third time in 2021 that Shakib has skipped a tour for Bangladesh. He opted out of the white-ball tour of New Zealand in March due to paternity leave before missing the two Tests against Sri Lanka in April to play in the IPL.

Hassan felt Shakib should have asked for the leave officially, rather than informing them verbally.

“This [the confusion] is not embarrassing, to be honest. We simply didn’t know about it, officially,” Hassan said. “The thing is, these things have always happened unofficially. Now, to avoid confusion, we are emphasising that these matters should be official.”

Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand includes two Tests, part of the World Test Championship, beginning on New Year’s Day. The team will leave on December 9 to complete quarantine and then play practice matches.



Source link

Continue Reading

Trending