New Warriors squad announced

2015-10-14 06:00

CRICKET Eastern Cape (Pty) Ltd last week announced the 2015-2016 squad who under the captaincy of Colin Ingram will represent the Eastern Cape Franchise in the forthcoming season.

The off season saw some players undergoing medical interventions with Aya Gqamane and Christiaan Jonker both having had shoulder surgery at the end of last season. Under the supervision of the medical team both have made great strides in their rehabilitation and have been included in the team to play on Friday. Basheer Walters who had some minor injury concerns after a long season last year is now up to full strength.

Captain Colin Ingram had a great season with county Glamorgan and racked up the runs. With his 96 off 62 balls in a T20 match against Somerset Colin topped the runs list for Glamorgan. “I had a really good season there. I am, however, now looking forward to getting the domestic season going. With Malibongwe Maketa having taken over as Head Coach in December and the team playing some really good cricket at the end of last season I am very excited to take that momentum into the new season. As a team we have a lot to play for this year and under the leadership of Malibongwe who has such good values and energy I am confident we will have a good season,” said Ingram.

Five new signings - Mohammed (Yaseen) Vallie, Gihahn Cloete, Clyde Fortuin, David White and Somila Seyibokwe - will bring to the squad a fresh approach and a new energy. Vallie played for the Warriors last season when he was on loan from the Cobras for the T20 campaign. The 25-year-old right hand batsman will strengthen the top order batting line up. As an effective off-spinner he took 2/5 when playing for the Warriors against the Titans in a T20 match last season.

Gihahn Cloete, who played his first match for Griqualand West in 2009, is a left-hand batsman who also keeps wicket. He went on to represent SA A and the Knights. An exciting prospect for the future, Gihahn toured with the SA A team to India earlier this year.

Cape Town born Clyde Fortuin joins the Warriors squad as a right-hand batsman who can also keep wicket. The 20-year-old made his Western Province debut in 2013 and will bolster the Warriors line up.

Somila Seyibokwe, who was previously on a semi-professional contract to Border Cricket, has also been given a Warriors contract. Twenty-seven-year-old Seyibokwe made his first class debut for Border in 2008.

David White (24) rejoins the Warriors squad as a contracted player after losing his contract last season. David was at the National Academy this winter and toured Australia with the SA A team.

Rusty Theron has informed CEC that he will be retiring from cricket with immediate effect.

Coach Malibongwe Maketa said, “We are excited to have quality youngsters joining the squad. I am looking forward to the season as this will be my first full season as head coach and I am eager to see what each of these players can bring to the team.”

The full 2015-2016 squad is as follows:

Colin Ackermann, Andrew Birch, Gighan Cloete, Clyde Fortuin, Ayabulelo Gqamane, Simon Harmer, Colin Ingram, Christiaan Jonker, Sisanda Magala, Lundi Mbane, Thandolwethu Mnyaka, Michael Price, Somila Seyibokwe, Jon-Jon Smuts, Yaseen Vallie, Basheer Walters and David White.

Kit sponsors Fain have provided the team with a new look design element incorporating a “Battle Concept”. The Warriors will again play in pink shirts for the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness and their fundraising efforts for Reach for Recovery.

Cricket Eastern Cape continues its search for a naming rights sponsor for the team after long time sponsor Chevrolet ended their association with the team last season.

“We have met with some potential sponsors but as yet no-one has signed on the dotted line. We are hoping that there might be a local sponsor out there who is willing to back our team. We are calling on business to help us make sure we are among the top teams in the country and we can only do this with support and some financial backing,” said CEO Jesse Chellan

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