Rylands Cricket Club appoint new head coach

Rushdi JappieFile image: Rushdi Jappie.

Former Titans batsman Rushdi Jappie has been named head coach of Rylands Cricket Club, ahead of the 2018-19 Western Province Cricket Association season.

Jappie joined Rylands Cricket Club, from Ottoman Cricket Club, prior to the 2017-18 season – and contributed to his new club’s dominant first division B campaign.

Rylands Cricket Club, indeed, topped the 2017-18 first division B standings, prior to the season’s cancellation due to the ongoing drought in Cape Town and surrounds.

“Rushdie comes with vast experience, having played at the highest provincial levels – and has played premier cricket most of his club career, in South Africa and abroad,” read a statement from Rylands Cricket Club.

“Rylands Cricket Club sees this as a new venture and wishes Rushdie success – and will do everything in the club’s capacity to make this partnership a long-term and successful one.”

Jappie will succeed the outgoing Taahir Adams, as Rylands Cricket Club pursue promotion to the first division A.

“Rylands Cricket Club would like to thank Taahir for three great years, taking the structures of the club to a whole new level. Taahir has stepped down as coach only to focus on enjoying the playing atmosphere more, with less of the stresses of being a coach,” added the statement.

“Taahir will still be playing his cricket with the club. We thank him for his contribution to our growing club.”

Jappie’s first-class career spanned seven years, from 2007 to 2014, during 63 appearances for Boland, Northerns, Titans, Western Province.