Knights (cricket team)

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VKB Knights
Captain: South Africa Werner Coetsee
Coach: South Africa Nicky Boje
Overseas player: Jamaica Andre Russell
Colours:      Blue      Gold
Founded: 2003
Home ground: Mangaung Oval, Diamond Oval
Capacity: 20,000
Official website: Knights

The VKB Knights are a franchise cricket team composed of the Free State and Griqualand West first class cricket areas in South Africa. The team previously competed as the Diamond Eagles. Their home venues are the Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein and the Diamond Oval in Kimberley, and the side competes in the Sunfoil Series, the Momentum 1 Day Cup, and the Ram Slam T20 Challenge

Playing kit[edit]

During the Momentum 1 Day Cup, the Knights's play in dark blue shirts and trousers with gold accents; for the Ram Slam T20 Challenge they wear dark blue shirts with gold accents and gold trousers with dark blue accents. Their current kit provider is TK Sports.


Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Opening Batsmen
Gerhardt Abrahams South Africa (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 26) Right-handed -
Michael Erlank South Africa (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 27) Left-handed Right arm off break
17 Reeza Hendricks South Africa (1989-08-14) 14 August 1989 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Obus Pienaar South Africa (1989-12-12) 12 December 1989 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Diego Rosier South Africa (1994-05-02) 2 May 1994 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm leg break
9 Rilee Rossouw South Africa (1989-10-09) 9 October 1989 (age 27) Left-handed Right arm off break
Pite van Biljon South Africa (1986-04-15) 15 April 1986 (age 30) Right-handed Right arm medium
Theunis de Bruyn (on loan from the Titans) South Africa (1992-10-10) 10 October 1992 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm off break
Wicket Keepers
Tumelo Bodibe South Africa (1987-03-18) 18 March 1987 (age 29) Right-handed Opener
Rudi Second South Africa (1989-07-17) 17 July 1989 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm off break
Letlotlo Sesele South Africa (1988-03-23) 23 March 1988 (age 28) Right-handed Opener
Patrick Botha South Africa (1990-01-23) 23 January 1990 (age 26) Left-handed Right-arm off-spin
Ryan McLaren (on loan from the Dolphins[1]) South Africa (1983-02-09) 9 February 1983 (age 33) Left-handed Right-arm medium fast
Werner Coetsee South Africa (1983-03-16) 16 March 1983 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm off-break Captain
16 Shadley van Schalkwyk South Africa (1988-08-05) 5 August 1988 (age 28) Left-handed Right arm medium-fast
Spin Bowlers
Seam Bowlers
Jandre Coetzee South Africa (1984-01-15) 15 January 1984 (age 32) Left-handed Left arm medium
Corné Dry South Africa (1993-02-04) 4 February 1993 (age 23) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
26 Dillon du Preez South Africa (1981-11-08) 8 November 1981 (age 35) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Quinton Friend South Africa (1982-02-16) 16 February 1982 (age 34) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Tumi Masekela South Africa (1987-07-21) 21 July 1987 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Bokang Mosena South Africa (1991-02-06) 6 February 1991 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm medium
Duanne Olivier South Africa (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Malusi Siboto South Africa (1987-08-20) 20 August 1987 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm medium

2015 Squad per Cricinfo (plus amateurs who have played in 2014/15 and 15/16 seasons)

Champions League Twenty20[edit]

Qualification and first round[edit]

Diamond Eagles finished second 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 were not able to make 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 clinched 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.

Second round[edit]

After some twists and turns Eagles 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 loss to Blues as their previous result and a win 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 didn't qualify for the semis but earned 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

External sources[edit]


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