Spinner Yasser Ditta has expressed gratitude to Lions Over-40 team-mate Thys Neethling after being named in the South Africa Over-40 squad.
Ditta and Neethling were key to Lions Over-40’s inter-provincial campaign last month. The tournament hosts finished in third position.
Ditta has since been named in the South Africa Over-40 squad, which will be captained by former Proteas batsman Ashwell Prince. Neethling has been included in the South Africa Over-40 Invitational squad, which will also compete in the Africa Cup later this year.
“This message is overdue to all those who supported, encouraged and put up with me over this crazy passion of mine,” Ditta wrote on social media.
“While everyone was amazing, I have to really appreciate my spin partner Thys Neethling for supporting me from even before ball one. You have no idea how much confidence I took from you so vocally celebrating my first wicket.
“The club coaches who backed me – you guys were unwavering in your belief in me. Looking forward to many more years of cricket.”
Boland Over-40’s Howie Bergins and Lions Over-40’s Graham McMillan have been named South Africa Over-40 coach and South Africa Over-40 Invitational coach, respectively.