The CPL 2021 player auction as it happened – each and every purchase

8:01pm: The auction is over. Each team now has the opportunity to fill the remainder of their 16-man squad with players who went unsold. Thanks for joining Club Cricket SA’s coverage.

7:56pm: Jonathan Draai to the Vikings for 1.9 million. Bryan Edwards to the Phantoms for 25,000. Egan van Aswegen to Sixers for 25,000. Ali Akbar Shaik to the Dragons for 25,000. Thomas Kannemeyer to the Bulls for 25,000. Tebogo Faas to the Vikings for 25,000. Brendon Louw and Cameron Tanner to the Phantoms for 25,000 each. David Bedingham bought by the Phantoms for 25,000.

7:55pm: Teams can now nominate and bid for players who were not sold earlier. Teams have surplus budget to spend.

7:51pm: Romano Ramoo to the Patriots for 25,000. Gareth Wolmarans to the Pirates for 25,000. Qaasim Salie to the Dragons for 25,000. Bash Vallie to the Bulls for 25,000.

7:49pm: Darren Rolfe to the Sixers for 1.9 million. The Sixers also get Lehan Botha for 2 million.

7:47pm – Neil Hornbuckle to the Outlaws for 4.5 million – that’s a record. It is the most paid for a player in the history of the CPL.

7:43pm: James Crowson to the Dragons for 1 million. Hlomla Hanabe to the Phantoms for 25,000. Simon Blake to the Outlaws for 25,000.

7:42pm: Chad Fortune, Sean Hendrieck, Darryl Hendricks, Morne Heyneke, Darryn Walters, Reeve Cyster, Thomas Kannemeyer, Jay Stevens, Josh Coetzee, Byron Boshoff, Jason Fourie, Michael Ross, Kyle Solomons, Byron Haycock, Hashim Amla, Tony de Zorzi – no takers.

7:40pm: Neo Mlumbi to the Patriots for 25,000. Leeroy Walters to the Outlaws for 25,000.

7:38pm: Neil Botha to the Pirates for 1.8 million. The Phantoms tried to get him, but failed.

7:36pm: Matthew Christensen purchased by the Sixers for 500,000. The Sixers get Reece Thomas for 25,000, too.

7:35pm: Fraser Jones off to the Bulls for 2.7 million – the third-highest price paid for a player in the history of the CPL. Christiaan Mocke to the Outlaws for 25,000.

7:32pm: Kevin Heuvel, Junaid Cassiem, Quinton Kannemeyer, Siya Ntuntwana, Waylin September, Hayes van der Berg, David Bedingham – no takers.

7:30pm: Schaughn van Greunen goes to the Pirates for 2 million.

7:26pm: Fritz de Beer to the Pirates for 1.1 million. Dewald Botha bought by the Dragons for 1.6 million.

7:23pm: Junaid Dawood bought by the Bulls for 700,000.

7:22pm: Lwando Tywaku goes to the Patriots for 1.4 million. There was a bidding war between the Patriots and Vikings. Hanno Kotze to the Pirates for 25,000.

7:20pm: Stefan Joubert, Mark Hendricks, Mujahid Isaacs, Myolisi Fumba, Basheer Walters, Karl Vermeulen, Alexander Draai, Daryl-Lee Dorman, Clyde Fortuin, Matthew Benning, Mathew Goles, Jaques du Toit – no takers. Brandon Viret to the Vikings for 1.4 million. Josh Breed was registered for the auction, but is injured and unavailable.

7:18pm: We’re back.

7:00pm: Time for a 20-minute break at the auction.

6:59pm: Brendon Louw, Charl Cyster, Leon Botha, Jonathan Draai, Duane Abel, Justin Dill, Matthew Rudston, Suhail Fortuin, Nazeem Noor, Francois Botha – no takers. Kobus Scholtz goes to the Pirates for 25,000.

6:56pm: Brad Barnes of Durbanville Cricket Club, not Rondebosch Cricket Club – no takers. Dave Rushmere to the Phantoms for 25,000. Daniel Childs to the Vikings for 25,000.

6:53pm: Angelo Yiatses to the Outlaws for 75,000. Justin Sproul, Muzammil Sheik and Umar Anthony – no takers. Akeem Minaar, Vernon Philander and Jarryd Walsh – also no takers.

6:50pm: Brendon Erasmus, Goodwill Mamhiyo – no takers. Daniel da Costa to the Phantoms for 25,000.

6:49pm: Jody Lawrence to the Pirates for 25,000. Yaseen Vallie – no takers. Ruan Vlok to the Bulls for 25,000.

6:48pm: Mark Andrianatos goes to the Vikings for 150,000. Joffvre Duminy to the Sixers for 25,000. Siya Plaatjie – no takers.

6:47pm: Josh Savage to the Bulls for 200,000.

6:45pm: Ahmad Magiet – no takers. Robert van der Ross off to the Vikings for 25,000.

6:44pm: Tim Whitehead to the Phantoms for 900,000.

6:43pm: Daren Butler and Dillon Smit to the Outlaws for 25,000 each. Harlan Greig to the Dragons for 25,000.

6:42pm: Rodney Mupfudza, Hamza Salogie and Kieran Dryden – no takers.

6:41pm: Ettienne Jewell and Georon Claasen – no takers. Aaron Smit to the Patriots for 25,000.

6:40pm: Zac Elkin to the Pirates for 25,000. Tebogo Faas – no takers. Eddie Schutte – no taker. Beuran Hendricks – no taker.

6:39pm: Kieran Kenny joins the Bulls for 800,000. Egan van Aswegen – no buyer.

6:38pm: Michael Loubser goes to the Phantoms for 200,000.

6:37pm: Ashley Cupido to the Dragons for 25,000. Curtley Louw – no takers.

6:36pm: Aviwe Mgijima – no takers. Danico Philemon – no takers. Ali Akbar Shaik – no takers. Andre Odendaal – no takers. Herschelle Poggenpoel – no takers. Bernard Mukondiwa – no takers.

6:35pm: Emmnuel Sebareme – no takers. Raees Carr – no takers. Kyle Verreynne – no takers.

6:34pm: Jack Newby to the Vikings for 25,000.

6:33pm: The Dragons spend 700,000 on Ridaa Isaacs. No takers for Marcus Fourie.

6:31pm: Imraan Hendricks goes to the Dragons for 1 million.

6:30pm: Abdul-Galeem Rylands – nobody buys him.

6:29pm: Ishmail September goes to the Patriots for 75,000. Philip Kleynhans to the Outlaws for 250,000.

6:27pm: Frederick Hendricks, Jordan Collier, Josh Schippers, Jade Adams, Cremon Geraldo, Kyle Klein – no takers.

6:26pm: No takers for Handre Theron or George Linde.

6:25pm: Justin Gilliland to the Vikings for 600,000.

6:24pm: No takers for Marshin Jephta or Cameron Tanner. Zaid Allie goes to the Bulls for 25,000.

6:23pm: Evert Carstens to the Outlaws for 25,000.

6:22pm: Isma-eel Prince to the Sixers for 25,000. No takers for Dylan Ross-Watt.

6:21pm: Warwick Abrahims, Jared Wilson and Kyle Klopper to the Patriots for 25,000 each.

6:20pm: Sisonke Mazele to the Dragons for 75,000. No takers for Bryan Edwards.

6:18pm: Marvin Williams to the Outlaws for 700,000.

6:17pm: No takers for Ryan Klein. Thembani Ngcizela goes to the Patriots for 25,000. Gavin Dickenson goes to Sixers for 25,000.

6:14pm: Van Wyk goes to the Bo-Kaap Phantoms for 3.7 million after a heavy bidding war with other teams. That’s the most played for any player in the history of the CPL. The Dragons really wanted him, but lost out in the end.

6:09pm: Lenert van Wyk is up to start the bidding.

6:08pm: Names will come up in a random order, not alphabetically.

6:03pm: Tournament director Ziyaad Desai is talking through a bit of preamble. Won’t be long before the players names start coming up.

5:58pm: Meanwhile, Geoff Dods has been named assistant coach at the District Sixers.

5:50pm: Matthew de Villiers is the most expensive player in the history of the CPL. He was bought by the Bo-Kaap Phantoms for 1.7 million last year. Let’s see if that number is beaten this evening.

5:45pm: Early chat suggests the Patriots will go for Neo Mlumbi and the Vikings will pursue James Crowson. The Outlaws may target Neil Hornbuckle.

5:16pm: Teams have a budget of approximately 6 million CPL dollars to spend at the auction – the tournament’s fictional currency. With squads of 16, and six players already retained, it means teams can spend an average of 600,000 per player.

4:02pm: Early chat suggests the Peninsula Patriots might push for Neo Mlumbi and the Cape Vikings could go for James Crowson.

File image: CPL trophy.


There are over 140 players registered for the auction. Here are all the names.

These are the players retained by teams for the 2021 CPL.

Here is a list of the most expensive players at the 2020 auction. Ultimately, though, the CPL was not played that year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, over in the US

Justin Dill and Dane Piedt, who have played in the CPL, are now involved in the Minor League Cricket Championship in the United States of America.

Proteas available for auction

Several Proteas – past and present – are registered for the auction. Their availability for the tournament, though remains in the balance.

  • Hashim Amla
  • Zubayr Hamza
  • George Linde
  • Vernon Philander
  • Beuran Hendricks
  • Kyle Verreynne

Selected pre-auction transfers

  • Brent Johnson has joined the Peninsula Patriots from the Devil’s Peak Dragons.
  • Grant Edmeades is now with the District Sixers rather than the Knysna Falcons, who have since transitioned to the Bo-Kaap Phantoms.
  • Sabir Mallie, meanwhile, has left the Sixers to be with the Dragons.

Player registration for Under-19 and Under-17 CPL

There is still time to register for the age-group editions of the CPL. Do so here.

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