GARDEN ROUTE CRICKET NEWS - The SWD cricket team that will participate in a Bio-Secured Environment (BSE) in Paarl from 19 February to 7 March has been announced.
SWD will compete in Pool C together with Boland, Border and KwaZulu-Natal. Each team will play two three-day and three one-day matches.
In an abnormal season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this series of matches will be SWD's only taste of cricket and the team will be extremely keen to make full use of the opportunity. The new coach, Alan Kruger, and his troops made the best of the current situation and prepared with various inter-squad matches.
The newly appointed captain, Kelly Smuts, as well as Simon Khomari, Sintu Majiza, Levin Muller and Regan Rhode will all make their debut for SWD.
Majiza is a product of the SWD development programme.
After representing SWD at u.19 level he spent two seasons at the Cricket South Africa's Fort Hare Academy at Alice. Rhode, a promising leg-spinner from Oudtshoorn, caught the eye in the inter-squad games where he convinced the selectors.
Jean du Plessis, who represented the Cape Cobras in the recent Momentum One Day Cup, is also released and will be a key batsman for the Oudtshoorn-based team.
The SWD squad of fifteen players are: Kelly Smuts (captain), Travis Ackermann, Herschel America, Kirwin Christoffels, Jean du Plessis, Neil Hornbuckle, Simon Khomari, Hanno Kotzé, Sintu Majiza, Renaldo Meyer, Levin Muller, Tsepo Ndwanda, Heath Richards, Regan Rhode and Jhedli van Briesies.
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