Durbanville Cricket Club qualify for T20 Community Cup defence

File image: Durbanville Cricket Club.

Durbanville Cricket Club will again represent the Western Province in the Multiply T20 Community Cup later this year.

The Cape Town-based club are the reigning champions, after beating Bobbies Cricket Club, Kempton Park Cricket Club, Standard Cricket Club and Impala Cricket Club in the late 2017 T20 Community Cup.

Last last week, they triumphed over George Cricket Club and Vredenburg Saldanha Cricket Club to qualify for the 2018 tournament, which will be played in Pretoria in December.

“The team plays for one another and everybody knows his role. There is a great vibe going in the team. I just give the coaches another option by bowling, for then they can select an extra batsman,” said all-rounder Andre Malan.

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The 27-year-old Malan joined Durbanville Cricket Club earlier this year, after leaving North West to pursue a career at Western Province. He is the brother of Cape Cobras batsmen Janneman Malan and Pieter Malan, who also play for Durbanville Cricket Club.

“I have just played three matches for Durbanville Cricket Club – and I’m impressed with the quality. There is unbelievable talent with the potential to play provincial cricket,” he added.

Jeppe Quondam Cricket Club won the inaugural T20 Community Cup in early 2017.

“Weeks like the T20 Community Cup are really brilliant for guys like us. This sort of thing does wonders for average club cricketers, who can get some experience against the other best community clubs from around our nation,” Jeppe Quondam Cricket Club captain Gareth Oliver at the time.