There is speculation that three Western Cape cricketers are interested in joining the ranks of the Chevrolet Warriors for next season. Cobras opening batsman Yaseen Vallie, who was loaned to the Warriors for this season’s RamSlam T20 campaign, is said to be one of the players.
Vallie did indicate while in Port Elizabeth he was keen to make a permanent move to the Eastern Cape franchise.
The other players are SA Schools captain Matthew Christensen and wicketkeeper batsman Clyde Fortuin.
Former Proteas batsman Herschelle Gibbs has also reportedly thrown his name in the hat for contract selection for next season.
Warriors commercial manager Leigh Deyzel said it was too early to speculate on what players would be signing for next season.
“There is a 2015-16 squad selection meeting tomorrow. The selection committee will be made up of Border, EP and South Western Districts representatives,” Deyzel said.
“They will put together a list of possible contract offers. Once that wish-list has been tabled and approved by the board, only then will contract negotiations begin.”
The Warriors are on a high after completing an impressive Sunfoil Series victory over the Dolphins in East London at the weekend.
“It was an unbelievable performance by the boys. I’m really proud of them,” captain Colin Ingram said.
“It was four hard days of cricket set up by the first innings with runs on the board.
“Just a special mention to the bowlers. They really ran in on what seemed to be a really flat deck and produced the goods.
“I’m really excited for them and just proud of everybody over the game. We’ve shown big strides in our four-day campaign,” Ingram said.
This weekend they face the Cobras at St George’s Park with Proteas allrounder Simon Harmer making a return to the squad. The match starts tomorrow.
Harmer will replace Colin Ackermann, who has a family bereavement. Leftarm spinner Brad Dolley has also been drafted into the 13-man squad.
The squad is: David White, Ryan Bailey, Jon-Jon Smuts, Simon Harmer, Michael Price, Colin Ingram (capt), Somila Seyibokwe, Sisanda Magala, Brad Dolley, Andrew Birch, Aya Gqamane, Basheer Walters, Gionne Koopman
Meanwhile, tickets for the Momentum one-day international between South Africa and West Indies at St George’s on January 25 have gone on sale.
Tickets are available at the stadium and via www.ticketpros. co.za
Fans are urged to buy their tickets early to avoid being disappointed and having to stand in queues.
The prices are: pupils/ pensioners R120, adults R160 and reserved seats R210-R240.
“Patrons must please note that on match day when purchasing a reserved seat ticket at the stadium ticket office, the system will automatically select the best seat available at the time, and spectators will not be able to select their desired seat,” EP Cricket said.
The hospitality options are: suite (minimum of 12 tickets), R1 600 a person; Bojangles Corporate Club, R1 400 a person. For hospitality tickets contact Lindsay on (041) 585-1646.
The ticket office at St George’s is open weekdays from 8.30am to 4pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm.
– Alvin Reeves