Mpumalanga cricket team

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Mpumalanga cricket team were a South African first-class cricket team from the province of Mpumalanga. They played their home games at Landau Recreation Club in Witbank and Lanion Hall Cricket Club, Nelspruit.

When Cricket South Africa decided to expand the Provincial Three-Day Challenge in 2006, Mpumalanga were one of five provincial teams (along with Kei, KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Limpopo and South Western Districts) elevated to first-class status.

First-class history[edit]

Mpumalanga played eight first-class matches in the 2006-07 season. They lost six of them and drew the other two. Four of the defeats were by an innings. They also lost all eight of their matches in the Provincial One-Day Challenge.

Their captain in all matches was Roelof Hugo,[1] who was also the wicket-keeper. He scored 451 runs in the first-class matches at an average of 28.18 and made 21 catches and a stumping. He later played for South Western Districts. The most successful batsman in the first-class matches was Paul van den Berg,[2] who scored 524 runs at 43.66 with one century and also took 16 wickets at 33.43. He later played for Easterns. Adolf van den Berg[3] was the most successful bowler, with 20 wickets at 34.30 as well as 414 runs at 31.84 with one century.

In the innings loss to Northerns, the 18-year-old Adriano dos Santos,[4] on his first-class debut, made 133 (out of a team total of 211) and 64.[5] He later played a few matches for Eastern Province.

Later history[edit]

In a competition that was itself of borderline first-class status, Cricket South Africa considered Mpumalanga's performance (and those of Kei and Limpopo) too weak to justify their place, and after one season, all three teams were omitted.[6] They have played no further first-class cricket.

Mpumalanga, now known as the Pumas, continue to play at sub-first-class level.[7] Their under-age teams compete in the annual inter-provincial tournaments.[8]


External sources[edit]

Further reading[edit]

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