United Cricket Club lose captain to Primrose Cricket Club

Mujahid BehardienFile image: Mujahid Behardien.

Batsman Mujahid Behardien has left United Cricket Club for Primrose Cricket Club, ahead of the 2018-19 Western Province Cricket Association season.

Behardien captained United Cricket Club through a successful 2017-18 first division A campaign, which yielded six victories in seven attempts – and first position in the 12-team standings.

That first-place finish did not guarantee promotion to the premier league, as the early end to the season due to the drought in Cape Town and surrounds effectively negated elevation and relegation for all teams.

The left-handed Behardien, too, was among the 2017-18 first division A’s leading run-scorers. He ended in second place, flanked by first-placed Zac Elkin from Green Point Cricket Club and third-placed Jack Newby from the University of Cape Town Cricket Club.

“Behardien will not be the captain for us. The captain is still to be finalised,” Primrose Cricket Club representative Ahmad Magiet confirmed to Club Cricket SA.

Meanwhile, the WPCA have confirmed premier league and first division A cricket will be changed from two- to one-day competition for the 2018-19 season.

Earlier this month, a proposal – largely based on feedback solicited from premier league and first division clubs and the recommendations of a task team – suggested the format swap.

It was discussed and approved at 25 July’s members’ council meeting in Newlands, Cape Town. The decision will stand for the 2018-19 season and, later, be re-evaluated for a potential return to two-day cricket in 2019-20.

The reserve divisions A and B, too, have changed to one-day cricket. Whether or not the reserve divisions A and B will compete in the 2018-19 Ama20 Competition must still be decided.