Langeveldt becomes the third South African for Leicestershire

It seems that Charl Langeveldt has wasted no time getting over to the UK to play County cricket, as he is currently taking part in their match against Gloucestershire. Good luck to Leicestershire, hopefully it third time lucky for their South African imports as HD Ackerman and Claude Henderson havent set the scene alight!!! It is early times though!!

Arno Jacobs and Nantie Hayward

In my last post I mentioned that Scotland had managed to get hold of Arno Jacobs for the Friends Provident trophy. He has already played his first game, which was not as successful as he would have liked, but there is a long season ahead. The recent big news is that Hayward has been signed by Ireland, also for the Friends Provident Trophy. I am not sure if Ireland have struggled to find players or they see something in Hayward that the rest of us are missing.

Hayward had an average of 31.74 and went for 4.6 an over in the recent MTN domestic championship. He is a player that can delight or disgust without ever giving either the luxury of consistency. It will be interesting to see how he performs as he is one of few South Africans with genuine pace, and a fierce attitude.

Round up of 29 April Friends Provident trophy matches

Kent faced Ireland in their second Friends Provident Trophy game on Sunday with the SA duo of Van Jaarsveld and Mclaren looking to come right in the one day format. Unfortunately Van Jaarsveld struggled again reaching 11 whilst Mclaren only got one better on 12. Kent reached 231 in their 50 overs. Mclaren performed much better with the ball after his disastrous first game where he was hammered for 71 off 9. This time round he showed why I wont be surprised to see him enter into the international fray, picking up 2-16 in 7. He has like Jacques Rudolph, entered into the Kolpak arena and is currently not available for selection. Kent won by 58 runs.

Yorkshire travelled to Scotland and were sent in to bat. Jacques Rudolph managed 34 off 40 whilst Yorkshire posted a very healthy 259. Scotland managed to sign Arno Jacobs, a classy left hander that has played for SA “A” side a few times before. Even though Jacobs only managed 7 and Scotland lost by 42 runs, he will be a good asset in their side and should score many runs in their fixtures.

Durham hosted Derbyshire and batted first with Benkenstein failing with the bat only making 1 run. Many fans of provincial cricket in South Africa will remember Ottis Gibson a man who reportedly hit the clock tower at the Wanderers stadium with an enormous six!! At the age of 38 he is still playing the game and managed 41 at a run a ball and picked up 1-39 in his 7. Benkenstein used the benefits of being captain and bowled himself, going for 1-27 off 7, a very tidy spell, but it couldn’t help Durham defending 212 and they lost by 4 wickets

Nic Pothas didn’t trouble the scorers and Lumb managed 11 in Hampshire’s embarrassing reply of 75 against Essex who posted 210

Lancashire batted first against Warwickshire managing 183. Steyn picked uo 2-35 in 8 and Groenewald managed 1-33 in 8.2. the best bowler for Warwickshire was another African, in the form of ex-Zimbabwean player, Heath Streak who claimed 4-37 in 10. In the reply, Jonathan Trott managed 5, Streak 28, Groenewald 36 with 5 sixes??!!! Surely that must be a typing error? His only boundaries being all over the rope? Warwickshire scraped home with a 2 wicket win.

Even the South African duo of Van der Wath and Klusener were powerless against Nottinghamshire who carded 328 in their innings, with Van der Wath going for 0-55 in 10 and Klusener 0-46 in 6. The reply was not good enough as Northamptonshire were all out for 206, Klusener contributing 2 and Van der Wath 20.

Charl Willoughby picked up 1-41in 9 against Sussex, and their total of 287 allowed them a 37 run win. Willoughby got out first ball to end the run chase of Somerset.

HD Ackerman is still struggling, managing only 9 for Leicestershire against Worcestershire, Henderson picked up 6 runs before being run out. He also picked up 1-26 in 5 overs.

SA Round Up of County Championship Performances 25-28 April

Hampshire beat Surrey by 35 runs, with Michael Lumb making 49, Pothas 85* which helped Hampshire post 481. Even Shane Warne contributed with the bat, making 48! Surrey struggled in their first inning only making 207, with Warne picking up 5-45. Instead of a follow-on Hampshire posted 224-1, setting a massive 503 run target. Surrey had a good go at it, reaching 467, with their keeper Batty making 121 and their number 9 Salisbury making 103!!! Good performances by the South Africa men.

Warwickshire faced Sussex, scoring 391 in their first innings, with Jonathan Trott getting 84, Tim Groenewald managed 20 and Dale Steyn reached 31* off 29 balls!!! Steyn must be looking for a promotion up the order, with some handy performances so far. Sussex struggled in their first innings, managing 151, with Steyn picking up 3-36 in 10.5 and Groenewald picked up 2-40 in eight. Sussex were forced to follow on, and managed to slightly better, reaching 206 and consequently losing by an innings and 34 runs. Steyn and Groenewald didn’t pick up any more scalps, however Steyn was economical going for 31 in 14. Trott managed 4 catches in the second innings to add to his tally of 2 in the first, which is a substantial haul for a fielder!!

Durham batted first against Yorkshire, with Captain Dale Benkenstein making 83 before being caught by Jacques Rudolph. Durham made 274, which was easily surpassed by Yorkshire whose total of 414 included only 9 from Rudolph. Benkenstein failed in his second innings, managing only 3 and Durham were skittled out for 169, allowing Yorkshire a 9 wicket win with the target being 30. Rudolph managed 10*

Somerset made 357 against Leicestershire in their first innings with Claude Henderson picking up 2-61 in 15 Leicestershire made 385 in reply with Charl Willoughby picking 5-97 in 28 one of his scalps was HD Ackerman LBW for 1. In Somerset’s second innings Henderson got 3-111 in 30. Ackerman got 17 in Leicestershire’s reply, so a disappointing day for him. Willoughby only got 3 overs in and went for 15. Somerset won by 198 runs.

Middlesex played Northamptonshire with Van der Wath and Klusener being the main destroyers for Northamptonshire. Van der Wath picked up 6-46 in 18.3 and Klusener 2-59 in 16. Middlesex have the grandsons of Hutton and Compton opening their batting with Compton learning his trade in Durban, SA before heading to the UK. Klusener also helped out with the bat making 44 off 47 in the first innings. Van der Wath picked up 3-102 in 26 and Klusener 1-21 in 13 in Middlesex’s second innings. Klusener managed 25 in the second innings and Van der Wath only 5 to go with his duck in the first innings, Middlesex won by 154 runs.

Friends Provident Trophy 22 April

This trophy is contested in one day format of 50 overs.

In the game betweeen Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, Warwickshire batted first reaching 297. Lance Klusener managed 5* off 7 and Johan van der Wath 23 off 9!!! Dale Steyn picked up 3-58 in 10 and Groenewald 1-59 in 9. 297 seems a big score, however Warwickshire managed to get it with one ball remaining, and only 4 wickets down. Van der Wath went for 50 off 9.5 and Klusener 67 off 10. The hero for Warwickshire was Jonathan Trott, making 125 off 126. He is the half brother of Kenny Jackson and another South African with a British passport. He was at Stellenbosch University before moving to the UK.

Ryan Mclaren and Martin van Jaarsveld continue to disappoint, with sub standard performances against Surrey. Kent managed 271, with van Jaarsveld contributing 4 and Mclaren 11 off 6 balls. Mclaren got hammered and went for 71 in 9 although he did pick  up a wicket.

Jacques Rudolph contributed 24 in Yorkshire 37 run win over Nottinghamshire, and was run out.

Neither HD Ackerman nor Claude Henderson performed for Leicestershire against Durham. Ackerman managed 4 with the bat, Henderson didnt trouble the scorers and went for 23 in his 4.1 overs, he did pick up one of the two wickets that Durham lot. Benkenstein didnt get a chance to bat in this routing but did pick up a wicket in his spell off  4 overs for 14.

Nic Pothas opened the innings for Hampshire and scored 114 off 139, Michael Lumb managed 59 at a run a ball, which enabled Hampshire to post 294 which gave them a comfortable 91 run victory.