Six Gun Grill WP sign former captain Dane Piedt as spin bowling consultant
Six Gun Grill Western Province have today confirmed that former WP and Cape Cobras Captain Dane Piedt will be joining the management team as a spin bowling consultant for the opening portion of the domestic cricket season, which is set to get underway in October.
Piedt is a legendary figure in Cape Town cricket and called Six Gun Grill Newlands his home for his entire professional career, which spanned over a decade in South African cricket before he moved to the USA in 2020 to take up a player / coach role in the Minor Cricket League. Although, this is a short-term homecoming, nevertheless, it’s a homecoming which will give him the opportunity to give back to his beloved WP franchise. “I left WP after 10 years of service without saying goodbye properly, so I think if this is the last time that I am affiliated to WP then I’ll gladly say that I had the opportunity to give back to my province,” he said.
“I’m eternally grateful to the franchise and coach Salieg Nackerdien for the opportunity to return. I’ve been on record to say he’s the best coach I’ve ever worked for and for him to reach out to me, I couldn’t really turn that down. With me being from Cape Town, I just want to come back and give back to a front-line spin bowling trio which has done really well. George Linde has played for the Proteas, Junaid Dawood was the top wicket taker in the T20s last season and Kyle Simmonds is a spinning all-rounder who had a great season last season. I was there when Kyle made his Cobras debut so it’s exciting to work with the young spinners coming through. But I also want to work with the batters to help change their outlook on how they play spin because I’ve bowled against some of the best guys in the world.”
Coach Salieg Nackerdien on welcoming Piedt back to Cape Town: “I’m very happy and grateful to have Dane with us for the next two months. He will bring immense value and knowledge to our current spinners and our environment from a technical and tactical point of view.”
“Our journey started in the 2009/10 season at WP and he was one of the quick learners in that period, which, with consistent performances, eventually led to him getting into the Cobras and national setup. Dane is a fantastic team man and always someone I enjoyed having around in the changing room. I’m really looking forward to working with him again and trust we will learn and feed off each other and that the players will benefit.