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CSA slammed out the park too often 0

Posted on November 22, 2016 by Ken

 

If Cricket South Africa were a bowler, they would be the type that gives you an over comprising three great deliveries, beating the bat a couple of times and maybe bowling the batsman, and three rank full tosses that are hammered out of the park, and are no-balls just to make matters worse!

There are so many good things going on in CSA, so many people within that organisation who have a deep love for the game and are faithful servants of it, often at considerable cost to themselves. While those good balls are being bowled, it is easy to believe that everything in South African cricket is hunky dory and the future is bright.

Like when you go to the Centre of Excellence and National Academy in Pretoria. This is a superb facility where national teams can prepare with the latest technology at their fingertips.

The gadgets have recently been improved with the world’s most advanced batting simulator – the PitchVision Batting Studio – now installed. The high-tech bowling machine and smart lane equipped with sensors takes net batting to the next level. The simulator features a moveable bowling machine that can bowl over or around the wicket, videos of bowlers, shot-tracking, field setting and tracking of runs scored. The system also records technique for video analysis.

The batsman can set up any match scenario and bat with the realistic pressures of finding the gaps and trying to chase down a score at the death.

The technology even showed that I was planting my front leg when batting, but then a good coach could probably have pointed that out anyway. And, as I told coaches Shukri Conrad and Vincent Barnes, nobody has trapped me lbw for a long time! (Now I’m just tempting fate!)

There are lots of other good news stories around CSA at the moment, such as the thawing of relations with India. According to Haroon Lorgat, the CSA chief executive, the BCCI are keen on the idea of South Africa and India developing an icon series like the Ashes. The Proteas will be playing four Tests in India this year and the next tour to South Africa is not going to be the thoroughly inadequate shortened series which was foisted upon CSA in December 2013.

Sadly, however, there are still people in CSA who seem more intent on furthering their own agendas than the good of the game.

Despite CSA continuing to swear blind that there was nothing untoward in the selection of the team for the World Cup semi-final, that merit is the only criterion for the Proteas (except when the call is 50/50), the gathering of the cricket family this week for the CSA Awards (another example of how well they can do things) meant I was given yet more snippets of information that would seem to confirm that the side that took the field at Eden Park was not the one Russell Domingo, AB de Villiers or the selectors initially wanted.

And now, an event as happy and well-organised as the awards banquet has also been marred by the same faceless, cowardly interferers as allegations of the judges’ decisions being changed rear their ugly heads.

Two members of the judging panel confirmed to me that one of the franchise award-winners had been changed – that when they left their selection meeting, they were under the impression that a different player had won.

The last thing I want to do is cast aspersions on the ability and class of Robin Peterson (poor Vernon Philander was shamefully treated by the World Cup fiasco), whom I rate highly and believe should be in the Test squad ahead of Aaron Phangiso, but apparently he was the third-choice for the Momentum One-Day Cup Player of the Season, behind Dean Elgar and Andrew Puttick.

So the last week has pretty much summed up CSA’s performance in general: leading the field in many ways, like the centre of excellence in Pretoria, enjoying the support of an ever-growing list of sponsors and putting on superb events, but then also shooting themselves in the foot through dishonesty and backroom dealings. It felt like a family gathering this week, even if the family is dysfunctional at times, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some members who really would be better suited to Fifa than cricket administration.

Moore a bowler Tukkies can rely on 0

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Ken

Vincent Moore was the bowler the Assupol Tukkies could rely on in every game as they swept to a 3-0 victory over the Steinhoff Maties in the Red Bull Campus Cricket South Africa finals in Pretoria and the left-arm paceman is clearly on his way to bigger and better things.

No Tukkies bowler took more than the three wickets Moore claimed and he was also the most economical bowler of the finals, conceding just 4.83 runs per over.

The 20-year-old says he focuses on keeping things simple in T20 cricket, the format in which bowlers are under the most pressure.

“I try and keep things nice and tight, don’t give the batsmen any room, and at the death the key is to keep it simple, bowl yorkers with a standard field.

“You need to be proactive in twenty20 cricket because you can sense when the batsman is going to line you up. Then it’s time to bowl a slower ball or a yorker, or even just change the field,” Moore says.

It’s been an amazing year thus far for Moore, with the former SA U19 player making his franchise debut for the Titans and now helping to catapult Tukkies into the Red Bull Campus Crticket World Finals.

His debut for the Titans came against the Central Knights, the eventual Sunfoil Series four-day runners-up, in Kimberley in February and Moore came in at number 11 and scored 48 not out, sharing a crucial century last-wicket stand with CJ de Villiers that gave the Titans a narrow first-innings lead.

“I’d made three ducks in a row before that innings, so I was quite nervous. I heard a couple of things about myself that day that I didn’t know!” Moore says of the hot reception given to him by the Knights, while staying mum on the details.

His chief job is with the ball, however, and Moore took three for 25 in the second innings to support leg-spinner Shaun von Berg as the Knights were bowled out for just 166 and the Titans registered their first win of the campaign.

Moore played two more matches for the Titans and took three wickets in the first innings against both the Highveld Lions and Western Cape Cobras to support the notion that he will be an important player for the franchise going forward.

“I really enjoyed the experience of playing for the Titans and it has given me massive confidence. I’m going to work hard this winter on getting a bit stronger, because my bowling load is going to increase and I need to stay fit.

“I really want to try and make my name in the longer format because I want to play Test cricket one day. It’s all about hitting good areas at good pace,” Moore says.

The Springs Boys’ High School product certainly has enough pace to rush batsmen, he has the ability to swing the ball and he backs his skills.

Moore gives credit to all the coaches who have influenced him along his road to first-class cricket, from the late Tommy Hammond, a Pietermaritzburg coach who helped him iron out his run-up, to Heinrich Malan of Easterns and now Central Districts in New Zealand, and Ray Jennings, the SA U19 coach who took him to the 2012 Junior World Cup and who Moore credits with teaching him how to think on the cricket field.

Greg Smith, the former Northern Transvaal and Nottinghamshire left-armer, and Dale Steyn are cited as Moore’s role-models, while Tukkies assistant coach Chris van Noordwyk and Morne Morkel have also had important inputs.

“I really enjoyed chatting to Morne in the off-season and the advice he gives about game plans for young bowlers is really good,” Moore says.

The BCom Financial Science student is no doubt going to enjoy the seamer-friendly conditions in England during the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals and the powerful Tukkies pace attack that also features Corbin Bosch, Tiaan Koekemoer and Theunis de Bruyn is going to be one of the ones to watch.



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