New head player-coach Keanan Mitchell has outlined Strandfontein Cricket Club’s bid to gain promotion to the premier league, on the back of a successful 2018-19 Western Province Cricket Association season.
Mitchell has effectively succeeded former player-coach Kevin Heuwel, who was at the helm when Strandfontein Cricket Club finished in second position in the first division A, as water shortages in Cape Town and surrounds brought a premature end to the 2017-18 WPCA season.
Premier league and first division A cricket has since been changed from two- to one-day competition. The decision will stand for the 2018-19 season and, later, be re-evaluated for a potential return to two-day cricket in 2019-20.
“We were looking good for promotion prior to the end due to the drought. With the change to 50-over innings, I think we will be even more comfortable. I personally think we are a good 50-over innings team. We’ve done well in that format previously,” Mitchell told Club Cricket SA.
“Our objective is to gain promotion to the premier league. With the team that we have, I feel we have what it takes to go all the way.
“For me personally, this appointment is a big stepping stone in my career, for what I want to achieve in a few years’ time.”
Captain Chad Josephs has been retained – and Mitchell anticipates South African batsman JP Duminy will be available for some matches.