Knights (cricket team)

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Chevrolet Knights
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Captain: South Africa Werner Coetsee
Coach: South Africa Sarel Cilliers
Colors:      Blue      Gold
Founded: 2003
Home ground: Chevrolet Park
Capacity: 20,000
Official website: Chevrolet Knights

The Chevrolet Knights is the name used by the combined Free State cricket team and Griqualand West first class cricket teams in South Africa. The team previously competed as the Diamond Eagles. The home venue is Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein.

The combined team play in the Sunfoil Series and also in the Momentum 1 Day Cup and RamSlam Pro 20 Series limited over competitions.

Squad[edit]

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Opening Batsmen
Gihahn Cloete South Africa (1992-10-04) 4 October 1992 (age 22) Left-handed Right arm off break
Michael Erlank South Africa (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 25) Left-handed Right arm off break
17 Reeza Hendricks South Africa (1989-08-14) 14 August 1989 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Batsmen
Gerhardt Abrahams South Africa (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 24) Right-handed -
Obus Pienaar South Africa (1989-12-12) 12 December 1989 (age 25) Right-handed Left arm fast
Diego Rosier South Africa (1994-05-02) 2 May 1994 (age 20) Right-handed Right arm leg break
9 Rilee Rossouw South Africa (1989-10-09) 9 October 1989 (age 25) Left-handed Right arm off break
Pite van Biljon South Africa (1986-04-15) 15 April 1986 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm medium
Wicket Keepers
Tumelo Bodibe South Africa (1987-03-18) 18 March 1987 (age 27) Right-handed Opener
Lefa Mosena South Africa (1987-03-18) 18 March 1987 (age 27) Right-handed
Rudi Second South Africa (1989-07-17) 17 July 1989 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm off break
All-rounders
Werner Coetsee South Africa (1983-03-16) 16 March 1983 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm off-break Captain
Andre Russell Jamaica (1988-04-29) 29 April 1988 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm fast T-20 only
Romano Terblanche South Africa (1986-06-10) 10 June 1986 (age 28) Left-handed Left arm fast-medium
16 Shadley van Schalkwyk South Africa (1988-08-05) 5 August 1988 (age 26) Left-handed Right arm medium-fast
Spin Bowlers
Seam Bowlers
Jandre Coetzee South Africa (1984-01-15) 15 January 1984 (age 30) Left-handed Left arm medium
Johannes Diseko South Africa (1990-10-02) 2 October 1990 (age 24) Left-handed Right arm medium
Corné Dry South Africa (1993-02-04) 4 February 1993 (age 21) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
26 Dillon du Preez South Africa (1981-11-08) 8 November 1981 (age 33) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Quinton Friend South Africa (1982-02-16) 16 February 1982 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Tumi Masekela South Africa (1987-07-21) 21 July 1987 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Duanne Olivier South Africa (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Malusi Siboto South Africa (1987-08-20) 20 August 1987 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm medium

2014 Squad per Cricinfo (plus amateurs who have played in last 2 seasons)

Champions League Twenty20[edit]

Qualification and 1st Round


Diamond Eagles finished 2nd in the 2009 Standard Bank Pro20 and became eligible to play in the 2009 Champions League Twenty20. The team was placed in Group B with Australia New South Wales Blues and England Sussex Sharks. The team lost their first match against the New South Wales Blues and was not able to make even 100 runs and stayed on 91/9 but the second match went for a tied with Sussex Sharks in which the scores were tied at 119/7 (Sussex) and 119/4(Eagles). Eagles managed to clinch the Super Over. in the Super Over Eagles scored 9/1 while Sussex were knocked of the first two balls by Cornelius de Villiers and the Man of the Match was awarded to Rilee Rossouw.

2nd Round


After some twists and turns Eagles somehow made it to the next round where they were placed in League A with Australia New South Wales Blues, England Somerset Sabres and  Trinidad and Tobago. they were counted as a lost to blues as their previous result and won against the Somerset Sabres but lost against the Trinidad side in a must win match. CJ de Villiers again performed well in the game against Somerset CCC. They were unable to qualify for the semis but gained respect and earned themselves 7th out of 12 teams.

Honours[edit]

  • SuperSport Series (1) - 2007–08 ; shared (1) - 2004–05
  • MTN Championship (2) - 2004–05, 2005–06, 2010–11
  • Pro20 Series (2) - 2003–04, 2005–06

The Chevrolet Knights is the most successful cricket team since South Africa decided to use a franchise system for all domestic competitions.

External sources[edit]

References[edit]

  • South African Cricket Annual – various editions
  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack – various editions