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Western Cape Cricket congratulates Cobras Cubs for winning Cubs Week

The Western Cape Cricket Council and respective boards of Western Province, Boland and South Western Districts Cricket, congratulated the Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras Cubs team on their U19 Franchise Cubs Week title, which came to a conclusion at the University of Stellenbosch on Sunday.

The Cape side defeated the Momentum Multiply Titans by a thumping nine wickets to conclude the 14th edition of the tournament as the only unbeaten team and Captain Daniel Smith, led from the front with the bat as he recorded 301 runs across four appearances for the Cobras and finished second on the run charts.

On Monday, he was named as the Captain of the SA U19 squad, alongside his Cobras Cubs team-mates Darian Naidoo (WP), Asakhe Tsaka and Kaden Solomon. Ethan Cunningham was also named in the extended training squad.

Ashraf Burns, WPCA President expressed pride in one of Western Province’s rising stars Daniel Smith being named as SAU19 Captain. “Over the years, we have produced some great leaders and we pride ourselves in producing good cricketers on the field and good human beings off it. Credit must go to all involved in our cricket services department, we have no doubt that Daniel will represent WP, the Cobras Cubs and South Africa with aplomb.”

The SA U19 squad will feature as the 16th team in the CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup and Provincial One-Day Challenge, scheduled to start next month. Shukri Conrad’s side will compete in two three-day matches and three 50-over encounters.  

Albertus Kennedy, the CEO of the Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras, congratulated the Cobras Cubs for an outstanding achievement in CSA’s most competitive youth tournament on the domestic cricket calendar. “They displayed quality cricket during the week, and they have shown great character by chasing down challenging targets on three occasions. We saw some excellent performances from several players in the team and I would like to commend all of them for their efforts. A special mention must also be made to the Western Cape talent scout, Graham October and the coach, Gurshwin Rabie, who in unpresented times, selected a squad which managed to produce outstanding results,” he commented.

“We are obviously very proud of the achievement of the Cobras Cubs,” commented Mr Rudy Claassen, the Chairman of the Western Cape Cricket Council, under which auspices youth teams in the province are governed.  “Their performance is evident of the very good work that is taking place at the various high-performance pipelines at affiliate level in the province. “I would also like to thank and congratulate CSA for presenting this event, despite various challenges, in a bio-secure environment”, he concluded.

“We are very excited about the young talent in our pipeline and the biggest challenge is to retain them in our region. We will do our utmost to secure them for the future of our cricket in the region,” Western Cape Cricket Chairman and President of Cricket Boland Angelo Carolissen concluded.

SA UNDER 19 15-MAN SQUAD: Daniel Smith (captain, Western Province), Dewald Brevis (Northerns), Jan Hendrik Coetzer (Northerns), Michael Copeland (Central Gauteng Lions), Jordan Hermann (Northerns), Taheer Isaacs (Central Gauteng Lions), Darian Naidoo (Western Province), Caleb Seleka (North West), Andile Simelane (KZN Inland), Jade Smith (Eastern Province), Kaden Solomons (Western Province), Joshua Stevenson (Eastern Province), Nathan Steyn (Easterns), Asakhe Tsaka (Western Province), George van Heerden (Eastern Province) 

FIVE ADDITIONAL PLAYERS: Liam Alder (Central Gauteng Lions), Luc Benkenstein (KZN Inland), Ethan Cunningham (Western Province), Selo (Valentine) Kitime (Northerns), Samuel Ruwisi (Central Gauteng Lions).