Fast bowler Thando Ntini has joined Cape Town Cricket Club.
Ntini was going to join the University of Cape Town Cricket Club, but ultimately opted for Cape Town Cricket Club.
He clinched a key wicket and struck an unbeaten half-century on debut in Saturday, 26 January’s comfortable reserve division A victory over Ottoman Cricket Club.
The 18-year-old Ntini is contracted by Western Province – and featured in South Africa Under-19’s tour of England last year.
The talented all-rounder was purchased by the Knysna Falcons during last week’s Cape Premier League auction. The Falcons purchased him for 275 CPL dollars – the fictional currency spent at the event. He was among the top 20 most expensive purchases.
Meanwhile, Bellville Cricket Club’s Daniel Childs, Victoria Cricket Club’s Marco Wyngard and St Augustine Cricket Club’s Gavin Dickenson are among eight players who have belatedly joined the CPL, despite going unsold during the auction.
Teams who hadn’t filled their squads were allowed to complete the 16 by adding players who failed to gain bids during the auction. Each addition joined at a standard 10,000 ‘CPL dollars’. Each team was afforded a 3,000,000 budget.
The Cape Vikings added Wyngard and Childs, while the Sixers recruited Dickenson and Edgemead Cricket Club’s Simon Blake.
The Falcons welcomed under-21 cricketer Guy Sheena and Victoria Cricket Club’s Robert van der Ross – and Cape Cobras fast bowler Tladi Bokako joined the Dromedaris Dragons.
Rondebosch Cricket Club seamer Myolisi Fumba has withdrawn from the Pirates’ squad. Fumba was purchased for 10,000, but later opted out. He has been replaced by the University of Cape Town Cricket Club’s Luke Stevens.