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I would appreciate it if anyone can please share their thoughts about the teams playing in this comp. Maybe previews about the games or some internet sites to have a look at.

First game on Friday 02 Nov – Titans vs Lions.

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SuperSport.com will probably have previews and reviews of the games.

The players away in Australia will hurt some of the teams. The Cobras have 7 players away,Warriors zero, Dolphins 1, Knights zero, Lions 3 & Titans have 4. Think they will be back for the play-off games though.

Always tough to call the favourites at this moment. Knights and Warriors are always competitve. The Titans and Cobras are always the worst hit with SA players but still expect them to do well. Lions have some exciting players like De Kock, Symes, Phangiso and Morris like we saw in CL and the Dolphins will be really up for this competition for all thats happened there in recent seasons and Klusener a top ODI performer in charge there.

We can use this thread for the series. Should see squads for the matches released later in the week with the other 4 sides playing on Sunday.

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LIONS PREVIEW

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Quinton De Kock

Can Lions roar in One Day Cup?

by Brendon Atwell 30 October 2012, 12:59

The Bizhub Highveld Lions will be looking to build on their impressive run to the final of the Champions League T20 when they embark on their adventure in the Momentum One Day Cup.

Their enigmatic coach, Geoffrey Toyana, has instilled an emphatic sense of self belief within the squad. The Lions have endured several seasons of largely disappointing results, succeeding briefly in one format but then failing in the others.

Toyana believes that inconsistency can be eradicated. “We want to be competitive in all the competitions that we play in, we've spoken about this in the squad. We had a fantastic run in the Champions League T20 and we want to continue with it,” Toyana told supersport.com.

"In the past we have done well in one competition but not in others. We have a lot of experienced guys in the squad, guys like Neil McKenzie, Zander de Bruyn and Jean Symes, who has really grown a lot. We really want to gel as a side and prosper," Toyana said.

"Quinton de Kock is always going to be a threat in our domestic competition, and our dark horse is Temba Bavuma! He was in our squad in the T20 but didn't get an opportunity, and he is hungry to get some competition."

"Our youth and experience are really gelling well together, so the future looks bright."

"Phangy (Aaron Phangiso) has been spoken about a lot lately, he really is a dynamic cricketer. He has done well over the last three seasons and had a fantastic T20. He is our 'banker'. He is so underrated. He knows how to bowl in one-day cricket, I mean, in the last three seasons he's gone for around four runs to the over."

"We don't want to put pressure on him, with regards to national call-ups etc, we just want to keep it simple for him,” Toyana said.

The rule changes for this season have been a big focus for most of the coaches, including Toyana, "It's becoming a batsman’s game, all the bowlers are complaining a bit, but it will be interesting, the side that adapts the quickest will be the side that has the edge."

"Its going to be hard for the bowlers, but it is a learning curve for all the franchises. The bowlers, in terms of their skills, will have to be spot on. And the batsmen too, we need to find guys who can play the sweeps as most teams will probably have the cover (fielder) up. We've trained for a few things and we will just have to adapt quickly."

The Lions have won the limited overs competition six times since its inception back in the 1981-82 season, but have not held the trophy aloft since 2003/2004. Toyana and his players will want to change that and convert the momentum from the CLT20 into a good run in the One Day Cup.

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WARRIORS PREVIEW

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Coach, Piet Botha.

Warriors aiming to go one step further

by Brendon Atwell 30 October 2012, 12:30

The Chevrolet Warriors have had a decent start to the 2012/2013 season, lying second on the Sunfoil Series log behind the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras, but as attention now switches to the one-day game and the recently launched Momentum Cup, the Eastern Cape Franchise are understandably keen to go one step further than they managed last season.

It was the Cobras who denied them at the final hurdle, producing a near flawless display in the final at Sahara Park Newlands.

The Warriors coach, former South African 'A' allrounder Piet Botha said that "every game you play, you play to win and win the competition. We must just take it game by game, we did well in the competition last year, but that is in the past now and we must start again,” Botha told supersport.com.

Going all the way is every coach's dream and Botha believes that the dream can be realised. "It's going to be a challenge, though. I’ts about doing all the basics correctly. The difference from last year is that there are some rule changes, especially the power play where you can only have four players on the boundary for most of the game."

"That changes the dynamic again as we saw in some amateur games where scores of 280 would be chased down. Just because you get a good score, doesn't mean you are going to win the game,” Botha said.

Botha believes that the likes of Colin Ingram, Makhaya Ntini and Davy Jocobs will be their 'go-to' guys. "Colin has proved to be a very good one day player. The return of Davy Jocobs is very good for us with the stability of the captaincy, and someone like Jon-Jon Smuts can be very destructive. I'm also hoping that Makhaya can repeat the performances from last year as he really had a good season."

The Warriors also have some good young talent at their disposal: "Kelly Smuts, Jon-Jon's brother, has played an allrounder role for us and can be a dynamic batsman. Simon (Harmer) has really done well for us in the four-day competition and is still trying to find his feet in the one-day format but he has a good character and personality and will adapt very quickly and play a good role for us."

"We also have a young guy from Border, Kaya Gqamane, who has really played well for Border, winning a couple of games batting at the back end (of the innings) and could be a good all rounder. We also have Colin Ackerman, who played for the South African under-19s about three seasons ago."

All in all, the Warriors should be a good bet for a top three finish this year. The Franchise has won the domestic limited overs tournament twice in its history – the last time back in the 2009-10 season – but they might well offer good value to the discerning punter this time around.

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KNIGHTS PREVIEW

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Coach, Sarel Cilliers

Frustrated Knights look for atonement

by Bruno Dunn 30 October 2012, 15:22

The Chevrolet Knights have endured a frustrating start to the season. They may find themselves in third position on the Sunfoil Series points table, which most would consider a decent start, but that does not tell the full story.

Only one of their opening four matches has been completed, and that was their match against The Titans which resulted in a draw. The other three matches, against the Cobras, Sunfoil Dolphins and the Chevrolet Warriors, were all abandoned due to poor weather.

Coach Sarel Cilliers’s side now turn their attention to the one-day format and the newly launched Momentum Cup. “Everyone is looking forward to it very much – it’s a chance to get rid of some of the frustration,” Cilliers told supersport.com. Last season saw them reach the semifinals, where they were defeated by four wickets at the hands of the Chevrolet Warriors.

“We are a franchise that prides itself on doing well, we reached the semifinals last year and won this tournament (previously known as MTN championship) in the 2010/2011 season. We’ll be looking to win it again this year,” Cilliers said.

“The Sunfoil Series has been frustrating, but the lack of matches won’t affect us. We’re currently on a three-day training camp which includes practice matches, so everyone is focused and ready,” said Cilliers. “We have a great mix of players, none of them are unknown youngsters, that’s what’s great. Players like Reeza Hendricks and Rilee Rossouw are both young, but have a few seasons under their belts.”

As far as ‘match-winners’ are concerned, the coach said there was no shortage within his squad: “We don’t just have three or four, I feel all 11 players can win us a match on any given day. Ryan McLaren, Johan van der Wath and Dillon du Preez all provide experience and teach the younger players, but everyone in the side holds their own. It doesn’t matter to me who decides to put their hand up on the day, if it’s one or two players, that’s fine, if it’s four of five, that’s great.”

The Bloemfontein based side start their campaign at the De Beers Diamond Oval on November 4 against the same side that knocked them out last year.

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COBRAS PREVIEW

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Coach, Paul Adams

Defending champs confident again

by Brendon Atwell 30 October 2012, 15:01

They say that getting to the top is easy, staying at the top is the difficult part. The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras are the current One Day champions of South African domestic cricket, having beaten their coastal neighbours, the Chevrolet Warriors, in the final at Sahara Park Newlands, last season.

The Cobras have cultivated an excellent balance between experience and youth. The experience brought to the team by the likes of captain Justin Ontong, former captain Justin Kemp, Charl Langeveldt and Englishman Owais Shah has given the “youngsters” in the team the necessary leadership for them to blossom without too much pressure.

A strong start to the season has been made by the Cobras in the Sunfoil Series where they sit at the summit of the standings. As the season moves into the shorter version of the game, the Momentum One Day Cup, the Cape side will be looking to continue with the same attitude that former Proteas spin bowler and now Cobras coach Paul Adams has instilled in his side.

“It is key that we differentiate between the competitions, and that when we start the one-day competition, we are switched on,” Adams told supersport.com.

“It is also important that we follow our processes on how to get into winning positions, and it is key that everyone, from a playing point of view, knows their role in the squad and knows where their strengths lie and play towards them.”

Adams does not see any weaknesses within his squad: “we just turn things into positive thinking. With a guy like Rory Kleinveldt being promoted up to the Proteas squad, it is a big credit for us and the Western Cape, but with that, you are losing a guy with a lot of experience. But you gain an opportunity to develop a new young player within the squad. It is exciting to see a new face being given an opportunity and to get a good run.”

The loss of Kleinveldt will mean the likes of Beuran Hendricks and Lizaad Williams will get an opportunity to stake their claim within the Cobras setup. “Beuran has been with us since last year and he has come on quite a bit since then. We also have South African under-19 bowler Lizaad Williams who comes from the Boland. He’s a great prospect and bowled well in the under-19 World Cup.”

“It’s important that Richard Levi gets himself back into form and looks to dominate the One Day Cup. He’s come under some heavy criticism but every time you get onto the field is an opportunity for success. He can get himself into a good head space and look to dominate up front again, and that’s what got him into the Proteas side, so I’m sure he’ll back himself to do that.”

“With the changes to fielding, where there are five players in the ring at all times, it is going to be a great opportunity for someone like Dane Piedt, and for that matter, any young spinner in South Africa to challenge themselves and bring themselves into their own in one-day cricket as batsmen look to take them on to get that boundary,” Adams said.

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Interesting new rule changes in the 50 over format.

Bowlers are allowed 2 bouncers per over.

Only two power-plays. The first 10 overs and another 5 finished before the 40th over. They've removed a 5-over power play and just added that instead of 5 outside the circle for overs outside of a power-play you are only allowed 4 so it brings more fielders into the circle.

Not bad to me and worth a go.

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DOLPHINS PREVIEW

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Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Dolphins look to Lopsy

by Jason Pearce 31 October 2012, 09:48

The Sunfoil Dolphins will be looking to sidelined Protea Lonwabo ‘Lopsy’ Tsotsobe to get their Momentum One Day Cup campaign off to a good start when they take on reigning champions the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras at the Pietermaritzburg Oval on Sunday.

Th team from KwaZulu-Natal endured a season of turmoil last year both on and off the field with coach Graham Ford stepping down from his position mid-season, star imports Chris Gayle and Shaun Tait picking up injuries and failing to start a match, while nine games, spread across the then One-Day Cup and the MiWay T20 Challenge, ended in no-results because of inclement weather and, in one case, an unplayable pitch.

However, Dolphins skipper Daryn Smit, who has taken over the captaincy reins from Imraan Khan, is confident that the hard work put in through the winter under new coach Lance Klusener, as well as a fully fit squad, will signal a change of fortunes for the Durban-based franchise.

Left-arm seamer Tsotsobe, the world’s top-ranked one-day international bowler as recently as March this year, will want to make an impression after his move from the Chevrolet Warriors to the Dolphins during the off season.

The match against the Cobras also represents an opportunity for him to re-establish his credentials in the one-day format and he will be keen to impress the national selectors after being left out of the Proteas’ touring party to Australia.

Understandably, Smit is keen to harness that hunger to his team’s benefit.

"We’re looking forward to what Lonwabo has to offer, not only on the field but in the change room as well,” Smit told supersport.com.

Other players who catch the eye will be the victorious Hong Kong Sixes duo of David Miller and Robbie Frylinck, both of whom played starring roles in South Africa’s recent victory at the event.

"By their own admission, both players have not had the best start to their season, so hopefully those little cameos for the Sixes team will kick-start their season,” he said.

Unfortunately, the weather has played its part in disrupting the Dolphins' preparations in the run-up to Sunday’s game. But, as Smit points out, it has been the same for most of the teams.

"The opportunity of having outdoor nets and practice matches has been hindered, but as we always say, you can only control what you can control, and we try to be as best-prepared as we can be,” he explained.

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TITANS PREVIEW

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Coach, Matt Maynard

Maynard calls on Titans to up their game

by Brendon Atwell 31 October 2012, 10:42

The Nashua Titans may have an abundance of talent to call on ahead of the newly-launched Momentum One Day Cup, but coach Matthew Maynard said that it was imperative that his players realised their potential in order for the team to have a serious tilt at the title.

Jacques Rudolph, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Morne Morkel will be missing, on international duty with the Proteas in Australia, but the Centurion-based outfit are still a strong unit, with the likes of all-rounder Albie Morkel, Heino Kuhn, left-arm spinner Roelof van der Merwe and batsman Farhaan Behardien in their ranks.

But Maynard stressed that his players had to perform to the best of their abilities after a disappointing season last year when the Titans finished fifth in the One-Day Cup competition and missed out on the play-offs.

“Any one of the eleven players, on their day, can step up and make it their day. It’s not about getting a nice 30 or 40 with the bat, it’s about getting 80 or 100 or 120. Likewise with the ball the guys have to make it count,” Maynard told supersport.com.

“We did not have a great one-day campaign last year and we will be looking to put that right this year,” he added.

The Titans, together with the bizhub Highveld Lions, have a leg up on the franchises after their participation in the Champions League Twenty20.

The rest of the franchises were engaged in first-class cricket while the Titans and the Lions have had a chance to hone their limited-overs skills.

“We are quite confident after the campaign in the Champions League T20. It is a different format but we are confident. We’ve had some good preparation and feel that we have a squad that can compete.” Maynard said.

One obstacle standing in the Titans’ way is an ankle injury picked up by Albie Morkel, but Maynard does not expect the big-hitting Morkel to miss too much action.

“Albie will miss the first and possibly the second game due to a cortisone injection, but hopefully he’ll get in and get some form and be a real good player for us.

“Albie is a quality player as he showed in four-day cricket last year against the Cobras down in Paarl. He made 50-odd in a game that was very tight. He couldn’t just go out there and smash it around. He played a knock that showed that he is a proper batsman, and plays situations very well,” he said.

Maynard gave some insight into his team selection ahead of the Titans’ first match, against the Lions on Friday, saying that he would give batsman Mangaliso Mosehle and wicketkeeper/batsman Kuhn a run in the team.

“Mangi (Mosehle) can take the game away from the opposition and we hope that he can take his opportunities in the matches that he has. He puts a lot of pressure on himself and we will try and alleviate some of that pressure to allow him to show what talent he has.

“Heino showed in the CLT20 what a fantastic wicketkeeper he is and he was in great form during the four-day competition.

“He’s going to be up the order for us and I hope that he has a great tournament to help progress his Proteas future,” he said.

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TITANS V LIONS

MARTIN VAN JAARSVELD is still fighting some inner demons after a devastating semi-final loss in a last-ball thriller against the Sydney Sixers in the recent Karbonn Smart Champions League T20 semi-final.

Yet his inner turmoil won’t be a distraction before the Momentum One-Day Cup opener between the Nashua Titans and their neighbours, the bizhub Highveld Lions, at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.

Van Jaarsveld, the Titans captain, admitted he was still devastated by the last-ball loss to Sydney in the semi-finals.

“It would have been easier had they won in the sixteenth over, but because it happened off the last ball of the twentieth over, you wonder if we might have done a few things differently,” Van Jaarsveld said on Thursday.

Yet, he is very clear about the task at hand against the Lions on Friday.

“The Lions offer left-right combinations right through their batting order, and our discipline and bowling lines will have to be top notch to negotiate the challenge,” he says.

Van Jaarsveld lamented the lack of discipline in the 2011-12 season when the Titans finished fifth in the domestic one-day competition.

“Any team that concedes more than 150 runs through wides and no-balls like we did, would struggle,” he added.

But he is philosophical about their campaign, adding that the Titans blooded a number of young players during last season.

Matthew Maynard, the Titans coach, is clearly still irritated about the way the champions imploded in the Franchise 1-Day Cup, and wants to erase the bad one-day memories of 2011.

“We started well and recorded bonus-point victories, but faded and finished fifth,” he says.

“What we need this season is consistency.”

The Titans will be without Alfonso Thomas (only contracted for Twenty20-matches) and Albie Morkel (received cortisone injections for an ankle injury and will be out of action for the first two matches of the Momentum 1-Day Cup campaign).

Two of their premier batsmen in Jacques Rudolph and Faf du Plessis (on tour with South Africa) and the impressive Morné Morkel (also with the Proteas ‘down under’) are also not available for domestic duty.

Heino Kuhn will probably be promoted to open the batting with Henry Davids.

Mangaliso Mosehle might slot in at number three.

The experienced Van Jaarsveld will fulfill a vital cog as rotator of the strike and accumulator in order to ‘unleash’ his middle-order strike-force in Farhaan Behardien and David Wiese at the moment critique.

Behardien regularly bench presses above his weight.

Wiese hit six fours and four sixes during his remarkable, undefeated 61 off only 28 deliveries against the eventual champions, the Sydney Sixers, in the second semi-final of the Champions League.

The Lions is a team brimful of confidence.

Their in-form top-order recently subdued the bowling attacks of the previous two winners of the Champions League tournament, the Chennai Super Kings (2010) and the Mumbai Indians (2011).

The hosts’ main batting target will be Neil McKenzie, who epitomized all-round class in the Champions League tournament.

His performances against arguably India’s finest spinners in Harbhajan Singh, Ravi Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha must be disconcerting for the Titans spinners.

If the hosts hope to conquer the Lions, they will have to make early inroads by removing the in-form Gulam Bodi, the dangerous and dazzling 19-year old Quinton de Kock and the impressive Jean Symes.

Symes proved an invaluable ally to McKenzie and averaged 46.66 in the Champions League event.

Geoffrey Toyana, the Lions coach, says a key to success in the Momentum One-Day Cup would be to embrace the changes to the format effectively.

“We are only allowed four fielders on the boundary ropes, instead of five, and we have to use the power plays effectively,” he said.

He is referring to the initial power plays in the first ten overs, as well as the batting power play between the sixteenth and the 40th overs.

Toyana is excited about the quality of his bowling attack.

T

he left-arm spinner, Aaron Phangiso, captured ten wickets during an impressive Champions League tournament and accounted for the little master, Sachin Tendulkar.

“He has been our banker for the past three seasons,” says Toyana.

“Chris Morris was impressive in the Champions League. I have told him if he stays fit, he can be the leader of our attack.

“We have at least two fast bowlers in Chris and Hardus Viljoen who can regularly produce deliveries at 140 kilometres per hour. Ethan O’ Reilly also impressed last season with his late swing.”

Van Jaarsveld demands a more pragmatic approach from the top-order.

“Our top-order may have erred last season by batting too aggressively in attempting a strike-rate of 100 percent,” he added.

Rowan Richards and Paul Harris, one of the forgotten men of South African cricket, might be given a run at SuperSport Park.

The match starts at 15h00 on Friday.

The final of the Momentum One-Day Cup will be on the 14th December.

The teams:

Nashua Titans: Martin van Jaarsveld (capt), Henry Davids, Heino Kuhn, Mangaliso Mosehle, Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese, Roelof van der Merwe, CJ de Villiers, Rowan Richards, Ethy Mbhalati, Paul Harris, Eden Links.

bizhub Highveld Lions: Stephen Cook (capt), Gulam Bodi, Grant Mokoena, Temba Bavuma, Neil McKenzie, Zander de Bruyn, Jean Symes, Quinton de Kock, Aaron Phangiso, Chris Morris, Hardus Viljoen, Ethan O’ Reilly, Pumelela Matshikwe,

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COBRAS SQUAD vs DOLPHINS at Pietermaritzburg on Sunday

Andrew Puttick, Richard Levi, Stiaan Van Zyl, Justin Ontong ©, Yaseen Vallie, Justin Kemp, Dane Vilas (w-k), Dane Piedt, Johann Louw, Charl Langeveldt, Beuran Hendricks, Alistair Gray, Lizaad Williams

WARRIORS SQUAD vs KNIGHTS at Kimberley on Sunday

Davy Jacobs (c & w-k), Jon-Jon Smuts, Colin Ingram, Ashwell Prince, Kelly Smuts, Craig Thyssen, Wayne Parnell, Simon Harmer, Aya Gqamane, Andrew Birch, Makhaya Ntini, Colin Ackermann, BasheeR Walters

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Lions busy destroying Titans

Dismantling, mauling and Murdering are other apt words.

Lions 329/6 & Titans 21/6

To ex-Northerns schoolboy cricketers Chris Morris and Hardus Vlijoen unsettling them with sheer pace and uneven bounce.

As I say that, the nippy skidder Ethan O'Reilly chipping in with a wicket 30/7.

Also glad for Cook to get 125 as skipper. Bodi and Symes continuing form from Champions League.

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DOLPHINS squad v COBRAS on Sunday

Cameron Delport, Imraan Khan, Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughn Van Jaarsveld, Dave Miller, Cody Chetty, Daryn Smit © & (w-k), Prenelan Subrayen, Kyle Aboott, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Craig Alexander, Robbie Frylinck & Mthokozisi Shezi

KNIGHTS squad v WARRIORS on Sunday missing keeper and captain Morne Van Wyk due to injury

Reeza Hendricks, Jan Triegaardt (w-k), Rilee Rossouw, Dean Elgar ©, Ryan Bailey, Obus Pienaar, Werner Coetsee, Aubrey Swanepoel, Nicky Boje, Ryan McLaren, Johan Van der Wath, Dillon Du Preez, Shadley Van Schalkwyk

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They were only 3 down when I made my post Gaz. A total embarassment to SA cricket.

Poor performance but I've said for some time the Titans struggle to balance teams due to struggling who to pick as their 4 players of colour. It obviously doesn't help with the 3 Affies boys Rudolph, Faf, AB plus M. Morkel in Aus and A. Morkel and Marchant De Lange injured.

But Van Jaarsveld is perhaps over the hill at 38 eventhough they need his experience.

Mosehle & Richards really struggle at franchise level.

It all starts at Amateur level where they not picking talented players like Theunis De Bruyn, David Bunn, Murray Coetzee who are all scoring heavily in their club cricket.

They need to go shopping in Western Cape for good player of colour talent like Rabian Engelbrecht from Boland because even CJ De Villiers (gone downhill !) bowls pies with Richards and Mbhalati won't be around for long. Big Coke weeks ahead for Vincent Moore & Corbin Bosch.

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Isn't it great seeing two fast bowlers in Morris and Viljoen bowling 137-147 kmph though

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