Club Cricket SA’s top 10 stories of the decade

Herschelle Gibbs Pinelands Cricket ClubFile image: Herschelle Gibbs.

Club Cricket SA have had almost 700,000 people visit the website since a humble start in June 2015. Almost a quarter of that number read these 10 stories.

Read: Cape Premier League player auction

  • Thousands of people joined coverage of the inaugural Cape Premier League player auction in early January 2019, when Cape Town Cricket Club fast bowler Brendan Young was bought by the Hoeri Kwaggo Bulls for the highest fee.

Read: When Dale Steyn played for Western Province Cricket Club

  • There have been several examples of international cricketers playing club cricket, but arguably none more popular than fast bowler Steyn’s appearance for Western Province Cricket Club in February 2016.
Dale Steyn

File image: Dale Steyn.

Read: Drought cancelled club cricket

  • Late January 2018 brought the cancellation of the 2017-18 Western Province Cricket Association club cricket season due to a severe water shortage across the Western Cape and surrounds. No teams were promoted. No teams were relegated.

Read: Cricket South Africa v Western Province Cricket Association

  • CSA suspended the WPCA board in September 2019 for allegedly “conducting business under distressed conditions”. The WPCA later formally contested the decision and won. “The WPCA were vindicated and affirmed by the arbitration ruling,” said president Nic Kock.

Read: Why Michael Cohen rejected a Western Province contract

  • In July 2019, Fast bowler Cohen turned down a contract extension at provincial level after the Cape Cobras recruited fellow left-armer Nandre Burger for franchise cricket. Cohen has since signed a contract with Derbyshire in England.

Read: CSA name 20 ‘blue flag’ clubs

  • Tygerberg Cricket Club and the University of the Western Cape Cricket Club’s inclusions among Cricket South Africa’s ‘blue flag’ clubs aroused curiosity in November 2019. Gauteng’s Delfos Cricket Club and Kagiso Cricket Club were also included.

Read: Herschelle Gibbs’ club cricket comeback

  • November 2017 yielded a return to club cricket for former Proteas batsman Herschelle Gibbs. He represented Pinelands Cricket Club in WPCA first division B cricket. Gibbs is currently coaching in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Herschelle Gibbs Pinelands Cricket Club

File image: Herschelle Gibbs.

Read: Strandfontein Cricket Club’s change of coach

  • Strandfontein Cricket Club’s decision to remove coach Keanan Mitchell after being promoted from the WPCA first division A to premier league piqued plenty of interest in July 2019. Mitchell later moved to Avendale Cricket Club.

Read: Western Province Cricket Club’s win off the field

  • In April 2016, Western Province Cricket Club were belatedly crowned champions of the 2015-16 WPCA premier league after winning an appeal over the alleged ineligibility of spin bowler Michael Rippon.

Read: The arrival of the other Root at Claremont Cricket Club

  • In September 2016, Claremont Cricket Club revealed the recruitment of England batsman Joe Root’s brother, Billy Root. His arrival accompanied Claremont Cricket Club’s promotion to the WPCA premier league.