District Sixers, Dromedaris Dragons to open Cape Premier League

The District Sixers and Dromedaris Dragons will contest the opening fixture of the inaugural Cape Premier League on Thursday, 4 April 2019.

The Cape Premier League is effectively a franchised Twenty20 club cricket tournament, which is based on the Lenasia Premier League and Dolphins Premier League.

The Sixers’ squad boasts the services of several Western Province Cricket Association premier league and first division A stars, including Milnerton Cricket Club’s Matthew Kleinveldt, Claremont Cricket Club’s Leon Botha and Edgemead Cricket Club’s Simon Blake.

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The Dragons have recruited Western Province Cricket Club’s Kyle Schreuder, Primrose Cricket Club’s David Schierhout, Ottoman Cricket Club’s Joshua Savage and others.

Thursday, 4 April 2019 will also feature matches at Newlands involving the tournament’s four other teams – the Atlantic Pirates, Cape Vikings, Hoeri Kwaggo Bulls and Knysna Falcons.

Each team is owned by a company – and six 16-men squads were purchased at late January 2019’s player auction, where a fictional currency of so-called ‘CPL dollars’ was spent.

Cape Town Cricket Club fast bowler Brendan Young, who cost the Bulls 750,000, was the highest-priced at the event.

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Bellville Cricket Club’s Lenert van Wyk and Justin Dill and Brackenfell Cricket Club’s Michael Loubser were among seven other players who cost 500,000 or more.