There was good news for South African cricketers after a dramatic day of Indian Premier League movement.
The 2015 IPL season will see significant changes among franchises, with several making use of the option introduced in last year’s auction to release players back into the auction pool after a year.
Among the biggest names released are Yuvraj Singh, Kevin Pietersen and Dinesh Karthik – the three costliest players bought in the February auctions this year.
Yet, for South Africans JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock and Imran Tahir, there was good news. All were all retained by the Delhi Daredevils for whom Duminy was Delhi’s best performer in a dismal IPL 2014 in which they finished bottom.
The franchise did release 13 players during the overhaul, including Wayne Parnell, while Jacques Kallis (Kolkata Knight Riders) and Albie Morkel (Royal Challengers) were also jettisoned.
All players who were released by their franchises will be available for the IPL auction next year.
CSA U13 Week ends
Mpumulanga and Zimbabwe both piled up totals in excess of 250 in the second round of 50 overs matches that brought the CSA U13 week at Potchefstroom to a close on Monday.
Eastern Province must have thought they were well in their game against Zimbabwe when they reduced them to 100-7 but then Rodney Mufudza (80) and Brett Hansell (56) produced a partnership of 138 to turn the game on its head. They were eventually all out for 252 and Hansell completed a good all-round performance to take 3-11 as Eastern Province were dismissed for 103.
Tiaan Brits continued his good form of the previous day when he contributed 76 to his team’s total of 253. This time he received better support from his team mates with the top six all reaching double figures. Griquas were dismissed for a paltry 101 in reply.
There were no centuries but two batsmen got into the 90s (Stuart Els made 93 for Border and Jason Bracher 90 for Easterns). Hanu Viljoen was unbeaten on 80 when Northerns completed an easy seven-wicket victory in the Gauteng derby.
Raider Masters of Border had the best bowling figures of 6-22.
Northerns bt Gauteng by 7 wkts. Gauteng 152-9 (Hayden Israel 47, Ethan Webb 3-21); Northerns 153-3 in 37.3 overs (Hanu Viljoen 80no).
KZN Coastal bt Boland by 28 runs. KZN Coastal 136 (Jean-Luc Talbot 45, Jeandre Burger 3-21); Boland 108 (Bandile Ngcobo 3-13).
Zimbabwe bt Eastern Province by 149 runs. Zimbabwe 252 (Rodney Mufudza 80, Brett Hansell 56, Heath Richards 3-30); EP 103 (Luke Beaufort 33, Brett Hansell 3-11, Michael Sprake 3-31).
Mpumalanga bt Griquas by 152 runs. Mpumalanga 253 (Tiaan Brits 76, Ayrial Barry 39, Nabo Sokoyi 3-32); Griquas 101 (Reeza Alexander 34, Anij Nagar 4-19).
Free State bt Easterns by 5 wkts. Easterns 166 (Jason Bracher 90, Mvula Chabalala 4-25); Free State 167-5 in 25.2 overs (Amandio Cavaleiro 57, Jayden Snyman 3-51).
Border bt SWD by 70 runs. Border 190 (Stuart Els 93, Michael Papenfus 3-34); SWD 120 (Liam O’ Sullivan 33, Raider Masters 6-22).