Wicket Cricket in Central SA

16:44 (GMT+2) Mon, 25 Oct 2021
Wicket Cricket in Central SA Venue: Central South Africa

OFM is the proud official media partner and sponsor of these Central SA’s cricket teams: the ITEC KNIGHTS, the NORTH WEST DRAGONS and the NORTHERN CAPE HEAT.

For fixtures, visit: https://cricket.co.za/fixtures-domestic/

The Itec Knights 

The Itec Knights are a franchise cricket team composed of the Free State and Griqualand West first class cricket areas in South Africa. Their home venue is the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein and the team is coached by South African cricket great Alan Donald.

The current Knights squad is: Pite van Biljon (captain), Farhaan Behardien, Patrick Botha, Mbulelo Budaza, Gerald Coetzee, Matthew Kleinveldt, Patrick Kruger, Gregory Mahlokwana, Wandile Makwetu, Mangaliso Mosehle, Alfred Mothoa, Migael Pretorius, Rilee Rossouw, Jacques Snyman, Nealan van Heerden, Raynard van Tonder.

The North West Dragons

The North West Dragons squad is a winning combination of experience and youth. Their home venue is the JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom.

The current North West Dragons squad is: Nicky van den Bergh (captain), Chad Classen, Delano Potgieter, Duan Jansen, Eben Botha, Eldred Hawken, Heino Kuhn, Jason Oakes, JD Diseko, Lesego Senokwane, Lwandiswa Zuma, Ndumiso Mvelase, Nono Pongolo, Senuran Muthusamy, Shaylen Pillay, Wesley Marshall, Dwaine Pretorius (national contract).

The Northern Cape Heat 

The game of cricket made a comeback to the Northern Cape after more than 20 years with the introduction of the province’s new professional outfit, the Northern Cape Heat XI.

The current Northern Cape Heat squad is: Aubrey Swanepoel (captain), Jonathan Vandiar, Ernest Kemm, Evan Jones, Rivaldo Moonsamy, Qaasim Adams, Isaac Dikgale, Orapeleng Motlhoaring, Beyers Swanepoel, Joe van Dyk, Andrew Rasemene, Jermone Xaba, Benjamin van Rensburg and Hanu Viljoen.


Covid-19 regulations 

On 18 October 2021, Cricket SA announced that a maximum of 2 000 cricket fans can return to the stands for matches.

Patrons will have to either produce their original vaccination card or present a printed copy of the SA Government-issued Vaccinated Certificate upon arrival at a cricket match in South Africa. Alternatively, the patron may also present a digital version of the Vaccinated Certificate. In addition to this, the patron's Identity Document, Drivers Licence or Passport will have to match the details on the Vaccination Certificate.

Capacity will be split over suites, stands, and the grass embankments ticket sales to fans will be conducted online only, in line with the health and safety regulations to reduce interaction with spectators. The online function will allow the fans to download and self-print the tickets in a PDF format. Access control will follow the normal protocols, with the ticket and accreditation cards being strictly monitored to provide a detailed log of all access to the stadium. All tickets will be unreserved to allow spectators the ability to social distance and patrons will need to scan their own tickets once they arrive at the turnstiles. The stadia will create an "Outer Ring" prior to the turnstiles, where security will validate that every patron gaining access to the precinct is fully vaccinated.

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