CSA CONGRATULATES KNIGHTS ON WINNING SUNFOIL SERIES

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CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today congratulated the VKB Knights on winning the Sunfoil Series.

Saturday, 11 February 2017 

The Knights claimed the trophy in champion style by beating bizhub Highveld Lions by an innings in their final match to place themselves out of the reach of their nearest rivals, the Multiply Titans.

“They have played impressively throughout the season and proved themselves to be worthy champions,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.

“It has been a wonderful competition that has gone right down to the wire and for the first time since the franchise system was introduced in 2004 every team was in contention almost up to the last day. This speaks volumes for the depth in our first-class system and its competitive nature.

“Once again it has served its premium purpose of playing its part in developing players who can go on to represent the Standard Bank Proteas with distinction. This season we have seen Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi and Duanne Olivier all graduate from four-day to five-day cricket.

“The competitive nature of this season’s Sunfoil Series has leant itself to attacking cricket and, although there have been fewer outright decisions than normal, caused in part by adverse weather conditions, I am very happy with the quality of cricket that has been played.

“I must repeat our great appreciation to the Willowton Group for the sponsorship through their Sunfoil brand. They not only sponsor our four-day competition but also our home Test Series and make a sizeable contribution to the development of our youth through the Sunfoil Education Trust,” concluded Mr. Lorgat.

BOLD KNIGHTS WIN SUNFOIL SERIES CROWN

Saturday, 11 February 2017

THE VKB Knights were crowned Sunfoil Series champions for 2016/17 after completing a resounding innings and 121-run victory over the bizhub Highveld Lions at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The Central franchise took less than a session to claim the five wickets they required on the third morning, sealing the final round win that brought them a first four-day title in nine years – their only previous championship in the franchise era having come in the 2007/08 term.

The key men for them on what turned out to be the last day were fast-bowling duo of Marchant de Lange (3/75) and Shadley van Schalkwyk (3/41) as both took two wickets each, while the other one was taken by their bowler of the season, Duanne Olivier.

The most recent Standard Bank Proteas Test debutant was the pick of the bowlers thanks to his 4/59, while he also picked up 2/19 in the first innings to become the first and only man to pick up 50 wickets in the season – the fast bowler ending with 52 in total.

The Lions, whose Achilles’ heel in the round 10 fixture was their woeful first innings of 87, offered little resistance in the end as their last five men fell for 42.

Mangaliso Mosehle made 21 as the home side were bowled out in 70.1 overs.

The result completed a bold win for the away side, who had to overcome a 2.38 deficit on the Multiply Titans to win the championship with a final total of 112.94 points.