GARDEN ROUTE CRICKET NEWS - Plettenberg Bay cricketer Jean du Plessis has entered a new chapter in his professional career, as he has joined the Cape Cobras for the upcoming Momentum One-day Cup (MODC).
The MODC is South Africa's premier domestic cricket competition in the one-day format, and sees six franchises from around the country battle it out for the trophy.
The Western Cape's franchise in the competition is the Cape Cobras. The side is coached by former Proteas batsman Ashwell Prince, who on Monday 18 January announced the squad he will entrust with taking on the country's best domestic cricketers in the MODC.
Du Plessis (22) was named as part of the 16-man squad - the first time he has been selected for the Cobras - finally manifesting a lifelong dream of his.
As a young boy growing up in the Western Cape it has always been my dream to represent the Cape Cobras and play professional cricket," he said. "It is a dream come true. I am extremely happy to be in their squad and hope to make the opportunity count."
He will likely be called on to fill the gloves of keeper Kyle Verreynne who is away on national duty with the Proteas in Pakistan.
While this is his first Cobras call-up, Du Plessis has already represented SWD at various levels, as well as South Africa at
u.19-level and as captain of an SA Invitational XI in tour matches against England in January 2020. Du Plessis is homegrown in every sense of the word, having been born in Plettenberg Bay, growing up in the town and eventually attending Glenwood House School in George.
It was in his final year at Glenwood (2016) that he made his SWD debut, and in May 2020 he secured his fifth consecutive SWD contract.
He will of course this season be trading in his SWD colours for Cobras colours as the side kicks off its MODC campaign against the Lions tomorrow, Friday 22 January. They will be stationed in Potchefstroom and will play all of their Group B fixtures at Senwes Park, following which the top two in the group will go on to take on Group A's top two, the Dolphins and the Knights.
"The preparation for the MODC has been really good," Du Plessis said. "At this moment in time I am trying not to look too far ahead. The main focus now has to be the One-day Cup."
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