Knights (cricket team)
|Home ground:||Chevrolet Park|
|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.
Players with international caps are listed in bold.
|No.||Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|7||Ryan Bailey||7 September 1982||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|9||Rilee Rossouw||9 October 1989||Left-handed||Right arm off break|
|17||Reeza Hendricks||14 August 1989||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|64||Dean Elgar||11 June 1987||Left-handed||Left arm slow|
|77||Boeta Dippenaar||14 June 1977||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|8||Ryan McLaren||9 February 1983||Left-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|16||Shadley van Schalkwyk||5 August 1988||Left-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|24||Johan van der Wath||10 January 1978||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|25||Alan Kruger||16 February 1981||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|26||Dillon du Preez||8 November 1981||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
|??||Charl Pietersen||6 January 1983||Left-handed||Left arm medium-fast|
|??||Obus Pienaar||12 December 1989||Right-handed||Left arm fast|
|??||Con de Lange||11 February 1981||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|21||Adrian McLaren||21 April 1980||Right-hand bat||—|
|44||Morne van Wyk||20 March 1979||Right-hand bat||—||Captain|
|0||Thandi Tshabalala||19 November 1984||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|60||Victor Mpitsang||28 March 1980||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
|??||Gino Vries||10 April 1987||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
Champions League Twenty20
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 New South Wales Blues and 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.
After some twists and turns Eagles somehow made it to the next round where they were placed in League A with New South Wales Blues, 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.
- 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.
- South African Cricket Annual – various editions
- Wisden Cricketers' Almanack – various editions
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