Sat, 15 May 2021

Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday announced the Division 1 squads for the new domestic structure next season.

The teams and their positioning in the new domestic cricket structure were finalised early last month and sees 15 unions divided into two divisions of eight and seven teams each.

Boland, Central Gauteng Lions, Eastern Province, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal (Coastal), North West, Northerns and Western Province are in division one.

"This is an exciting time for everyone involved in South African cricket as we look ahead to a new era that will start in 2021/22," CSA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Pholetsi Moseki, stated.

"At initial glance, the squads all look extremely well balanced and that can only bode well for everyone as we anticipate a strengthened domestic cricket system."

Division One teams and squads for the 2021/22 season:

KwaZulu-Natal (Coastal)

As winners of two competitions this past season, including the 4-Day Franchise Series title last month and joint One-Day Cup champions.

The KZN Coastal have managed to retain most of their players with three Proteas in their squad.

The Durban-side have recruited 20-year-old Thando Ntini, former SA U19 captain Bryce Parsons and all-rounder Jason Smith.

"It was all about maintaining stability and consolidating all the good work, that we as the KZN cricket family had done over the last four seasons," said KZN CEO, Heinrich Strydom.

"The Dolphins had a record breaking 2020/21, therefore we made it a priority to continue with our core group of players and coaching staff."

Team: Marques Ackerman, Ottneil Baartman, Eathan Bosch, Ruan de Swardt, Daryn Dupavillon, Sarel Erwee, Thamsanqa Khumalo, Kerwin Mungroo, Lifa Ntanzi, Thando Ntini, Bryce Parsons, Keegan Petersen, Grant Roelofsen, Jason Smith, Prenelan Subrayen, Khaya Zondo, Andile Phehlukwayo (national contract), David Miller (national contract), Keshav Maharaj (national contract).

Central Gauteng Lions

The Lions were also double winners in 2020/21 - sealing the T20 Challenge and joint One Day Cup title winners.

The new Central Gauteng based side have opted to retain the bulk of the Lions group retaining 10 of the 16 previously contracted players.

They have also added a host of local semi-pro players to their roster and have included in their side the signature of former Proteas fast bowler Duanne Olivier.

"We believe we have blended our squad well with experience and youth, the experience coming from those that served us and other teams so well over the years and the youth from our semi-pro ranks," said CGL CEO, Jono Leaf-Wright.

"We will continue to play as the Lions with our aim to be the Pride of Jozi and believe this contracted squad plus the many Protea players that represent us can certainly help us achieve that. We are certainly looking forward to building on the success of the franchise era and the trophies we won when this exciting new chapter of South African Domestic cricket begins in the coming months."

Team: Bjorn Fortuin, Wiaan Mulder, Lutho Sipamla, Kagiso Rapulana, Ryan Rickleton. Joshua Richards, Sisanda Magala, Dominic Hendricks, Tladi Bokako, Malusi Siboto, Duanne Olivier, Ruan Haasbroek, Tshepo Ntuli, Mitchell van Buuren, Codi Yusuf, Levert Manje, Kagiso Rabada (national contract), Rassie van der Dussen (national contract), Temba Bavuma (national contract), Reeza Hendricks (national contract).

Boland

Boland is one of the two new top-tier teams in the new structure and had to start from scratch when it came to recruitment.

Among their major signings are the Malan brothers, Pieter and Janneman, former Proteas bowler Hardus Viljoen, Christiaan Jonker and Shaun von Berg.

"We're just extremely excited and I really want to thank our fans for their support and playing what we feel was a big role in getting us this status," said Boland CEO, James Fortuin.

"The squad we have assembled is one of exceptional experience. It is also an exciting squad and one that can help us build well beyond the next two years."

Team: Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan, Hardus Viljoen, Is-maeel Gafieldien, Ferisco Adams, Siyabonga Mahima, Christiaan Jonker, Ruan Terblanche, Imraan Manack, Shaun von Berg, Michael Copeland, Zakhele Qwabe, Clyde Fortuin, Achille Cloete, Stiaan van Zyl, Ziyaad Abrahams, Kyle Abbott.

North West

The other new team to join the top tier is North West and they have put together an equally formidable list of players, which include the experienced Heino Kuhn, Senuran Muthusamy and Proteas all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius.

"We're happy with the squad that we've assembled. I think being one of two new teams in the top division was a bit challenging when it came to contracting players, but we embraced it and are happy with our team," said North West CEO, HP Prinsloo.

"We feel the squad has a good balance of youngsters and experienced players. Now we're just looking forward to the season ahead."

Team: Delano Potgieter, Lesego Senokwane, Nicky van den Bergh, Senuran Muthusamy, Nono Pongolo, Eldred Hawken, Heino Kuhn, Lwandiswa Zuma, Shaylen Pillay, Wesley Marshall, Ndumiso Mvelase, Eben Botha, Johannes Diseko, Duan Jansen, Chad Classen, Jason Oakes, Dwaine Pretorius (national contract).

Eastern Province

Eastern Province have roped in the former Proteas fast bowler Dane Paterson with familiar faces like IPL sensation Marco Jansen and Anrich Nortje representing their provincial franchises.

Akhona Mnyaka and Diego Rosier have also added their name to an established Eastern Province squad from the past season.

"Our focus has been on recruiting young players and that is what we have done. We have also seen players come back home to the Eastern Cape this time, so that is encouraging," said Eastern Province acting CEO, Shafiek Abrahams.

"We are all about opportunities and that's what we'll be hoping to offer the players that have been contracted. They will mix in well with the experience we have here."

Team: Matthew Breetzke, Wihan Lubbe, Sinethemba Qeshile, Jon-Jon Smuts, Eddie Moore, Marco Jansen, Glenton Stuurman, Rudi Second, Akhona Mnyaka, Lesiba Ngoepe, Diego Rosier, Tristan Stubbs, Dane Paterson, Kabelo Sekhukhune, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Tsepo Ndwandwa, Anrich Nortje (national contract).

Northerns

The Northerns side will be the team to beat as they announce a star-studded squad, which includes six national contracted players.

Ayabulela Gqamane, Aaron Phangiso, Simon Harmer and Grant Mokoena are some of the exciting new faces to look out for at Northerns.

"We're really pleased with the squad that we have recruited. We feel we certainly do have a stronger on-field squad for the new season, one that equips us better for what lies ahead and a group of players that can compete for trophies," said the Northerns CEO, Jacques Faul.

Team: Lizaad Williams, Okhule Cele, Theunis de Bruyn, Dayyaan Galiem, Gihahn Cloete, Junior Dala, Neil Brand, Sibonelo Makhanya, Corbin Bosch, Aaron Phangiso, Chris Morris, Dewald Brevis, Ayabulela Gqamane, Jiveshen Pillay, Grant Mokoena, Simon Harmer, Aiden Markram (national contract), Lungi Ngidi (national contract), Quinton de Kock (national contract), Tabraiz Shamsi (national contract), Dean Elgar (national contract), Heinrich Klaasen (national contract).

Free State

The Free State side boasts an abundance of young talent with Pite van Biljon and Farhaan Behardien adding experience into the side.

Among the new recruits at Free State are Gregory Mohlokwana, Mangaliso Mosehle and local pair Dilivio Ridgaard and Nealan Van Heerden.

"The domestic restructure means we are now fortunate that we can now solely focus on the Free State brand and bringing through talent from our area specifically," said Free State CEO, Johan Van Heerden.

"I am happy to report that we have done that, there is a strong local focus and we have struck a good balance within our squad.

Team: Mbulelo Budaza, Gerald Coetzee, Patrick Kruger, Wandile Makwetu, Migael Pretorius, Jacques Snyman, Pite van Biljon, Raynard van Tonder, Farhaan Behardien, Patrick Botha, Matthew Kleinveldt, Gregory Mohlokwana, Mangaliso Mosehle, Alfred Mothoa, Dilivio Ridgaard, Nealan van Heerden.

Western Province

Western Province placed experience as their priority area of strengthening with former Proteas batsman Hashim Amla, seamer Vernon Philander and all-rounder Wayne Parnell being recruited.

Proteas fast bowler Beuran Hendricks and Warriors batsman Yaseen Vallie will return home for this season's domestic restructure.

A few exciting prospects include the in-form Kyle Verreynne, Jonathan Bird, Basheer Walters and David Bedingham.

"As we go into a new era of domestic cricket, we know that their experience will be invaluable to the young talent, which continues to come through our development pipelines, as we continue our success in producing players for the Proteas," said WP Interim CEO, Tennyson Botes.

"The valuable combination of experience and youth will be the perfect tonic for when we welcome back our supporters. We look forward to the season ahead!"

Team: Zubayr Hamza, Kyle Verreynne, George Linde, Tony De Zorzi, Nandre Burger, Yaseen Vallie, Kyle Simmonds, Jonathan Bird, Hashim Amla, Mihlali Mpongwana, Tshepo Moreki, David Bedingham, Aviwe Mgijima, Vernon Philander, Basheer Walters, Wayne Parnell, Beuran Hendricks (national contract).

Source: News24

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