Knights (cricket team)

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VKB Knights
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Personnel
Captain South Africa Werner Coetsee
Coach South Africa Nicky Boje
Overseas player Jamaica Andre Russell
Team information
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.

Squad[edit]

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Opening Batsmen
Michael Erlank South Africa (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 28) Left-handed Right arm off break
Letlotlo Sesele South Africa (1988-03-23) 23 March 1988 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm off break
Batsmen
Gerhardt Abrahams South Africa (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 26) Right-handed Occasional wicket-keeper
Theunis de Bruyn South Africa (1992-10-08) 8 October 1992 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast Captain
Leus du Plooy South Africa (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 22) Left-handed Left arm orthodox
David Miller South Africa (1989-06-10) 10 June 1989 (age 28) Left-handed Right arm off break
Luthando Mnyanda South Africa (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm off break
Diego Rosier South Africa (1994-05-02) 2 May 1994 (age 23) Right-handed Right arm leg break
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 31) Right-handed Right arm medium
Wicket Keepers
Tumelo Bodibe South Africa (1987-03-18) 18 March 1987 (age 30) Right-handed Opener
Andries Gous South Africa (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 23) Right-handed
Rudi Second South Africa (1989-07-17) 17 July 1989 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm off break
All-rounders
Patrick Botha South Africa (1990-01-23) 23 January 1990 (age 27) Left-handed Right arm off break
Werner Coetsee South Africa (1983-03-16) 16 March 1983 (age 34) Right-handed Right arm off break
Patrick Kruger South Africa (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm medium
Aubrey Swanepoel South Africa (1989-06-18) 18 June 1989 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm off break
Spin Bowlers
Tshepo Ntuli South Africa (1995-11-15) 15 November 1995 (age 21) Right-handed Right arm off break
Seam Bowlers
Mbulelo Budaza South Africa (1993-09-06) 6 September 1993 (age 23) Right-handed Left arm fast
Jandre Coetzee South Africa (1984-01-15) 15 January 1984 (age 33) Left-handed Left arm medium
Marchant de Lange South Africa (1990-10-13) 13 October 1990 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm fast
Corné Dry South Africa (1993-02-04) 4 February 1993 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Dillon du Preez South Africa (1981-11-08) 8 November 1981 (age 35) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Tumi Masekela South Africa (1987-07-21) 21 July 1987 (age 30) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Kagiso Mohale South Africa (1994-04-04) 4 April 1994 (age 23) Right-handed Right arm medium
Duanne Olivier South Africa (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Shadley van Schalkwyk South Africa (1988-08-05) 5 August 1988 (age 28) Left-handed Right arm medium-fast
Lwandiswa Zuma South Africa (1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 (age 21) Right-handed Right arm fast

Contracted players and second team players who have represented Knights in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 season.

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.

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

External sources[edit]

References[edit]

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