The CSA Division’s first four-day national series kicks off nationwide this weekend, with the first round of matches staged at seven venues across the country from Friday October 29 through Monday November 1.
As part of the new national structure, South Africa’s first-class premium competition has adopted a two-division league format with eight member unions represented in Division 1, while Division Two is made up of seven teams which were part of the three-day CSA Cup last season. .
All the teams will face each other at home and away, the two leaders of the newspaper after seven and six rounds of games respectively, crowned champions in March 2022.
In the first round, Division One offers tantalizing clashes with the Western Province as they begin the season against the Dolphins in Cape Town, with the Knights taking on the Rocks while the Lions host the North West Dragons in Johannesburg.
The fourth and final game of the round features the Titans taking on the Warriors at SuperSport Park in Centurion.
The action from Division 1 and 2 of the CSA 2021/22 Four-Day National Series will be streamed live on the CSA YouTube page starting at 10:00 a.m. daily.
In preparation for the games, here’s what some Division One coaches and captains had to say ahead of an exciting red ball campaign –
Captain of the Western Province, Zubayr Hamza
âThe preparations have been really good. We built on the environment for the T20 tournament. The guys have continuously prepared for the four day competition and everyone is in a good mood.
The goal is to win our home games, make Newlands a fortress again and continue from there. The opening game is at home against a strong Dolphins team, whom we respect and know full well what they are capable of, but we are supporting each other to perform well â,
Dolphin Captain, Marques Ackerman
âGoing from white ball cricket straight to four day cricket was a pretty quick turnaround for us. Our preparation was before the start of the season. The guys have been playing cricket for four days already and the guys are going to get back to basics and we can hit the ground in the first match at Newlands.
Captain of the Knights, Pite van Biljon
âOur preparation was pretty good, we come from a T20 competition and the guys can manage the state of play.
We don’t set specific goals for a competition, we just take one game at a time and in the game against the Rocks we will see what happens with the draw and take it one session at a time â,
Captain of the Rocks, Pieter Malan
“It will be a bit of a challenge to move on to four day cricket after focusing on the T20 Knock Out Cup, but the guys worked, lengthening our workout and trying to get more passes in the legs.
âOur goals for the Premier League are to do the best we can and win trophies, and I think we have a team that can definitely do that, so I’m excited to see how we’re going to get into this competition. four days.
Lions head coach Wandile Gwavu
âThe preparations have been good, we had a few extra weeks after being knocked out (from the TKO) in the first round, but everything has gone well and we are looking forward to the start of the season.
âNothing has changed compared to the preparation we had for the T20 competition, it is still the execution of our skills and there is still growth that has yet to take place within our new teams, we therefore look forward to the opportunities that will be given to young people and to see them seize these opportunities â,
Captain of the Dragons, Nicky van der Bergh
âGetting into four-day cricket was a quick turnaround after reaching the semi-finals of the T20 competition, there was only a day or two to prepare for four-day cricket.
âIt’s part of the challenge of being a professional cricketer, the turnaround times are sometimes really quick and you just have to face it and deal with it. It’s more a mental preparation than all that is needed to adapt to the four day format â,
Titans coach Mandla Mashimbyi
“The game of cricket doesn’t change much, if there is a difference (between the two formats) the difference is time. four day cricket, you just have to hit longer and take more time into consideration and guys get it.
It’s just a shift in mindset required of our boys, to make sure they’re mentally fresh and mentally prepared in terms of what they’re about to face against the Warriors, â
In the Second Division, only four teams will be in action with the Hollywoodbets Tuskers pitting their skills against the Eastern Storm, while the Eastern Cape Iinyathi will travel north to take on the Limpopo Impalas at Polokwane Cricket Club.
CSA 4-Day National Series Round 1 Matches (Friday October 29 to Monday November 1; all matches start at 10:00 a.m.):
Western Province vs Dolphins (Newlands, Cape Town)
Knights Against Rocks (Oval Mangaung, Bloemfontein)
Lions vs. North West Dragons (Wanderers, Johannesburg)
Titans vs. Warriors
Tuskers vs Eastern Storm (Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg)
Limpopo Impalas vs Eastern Cape Iinyathi (Polokwane Cricket Club, Polokwane)
CSA 4-Day Home Series Division 1 Contract Teams:
ROCKS: Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan, Hardus Viljoen, Is-maeel Gaffieldien, Ferisco Adams, Siyabonga Mahima, Christiaan Jonker, Ruan Terblanche, Imraan Manack, Shaun von Berg, Micheal Copeland, Zakhele Qwabe, Clyde Fortuin, Stiaan van Zyl, Ziyaad
WARRIORS: Matthew Breetzke, Wihan Lubbe, Sinetemba Qeshile, Jon Jon Smuts, Eddie Moore, Marco Jansen, Glenton Stuurman, Rudi Second, Akhona Mnyaka, Lesiba Ngoepe, Diego Rosier, Tristan Stubbs, Dane Paterson, Kabelo Sekhukhune, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Tsee.
KNIGHTS: Mbulelo Budaza, Gerald Coetzee, Patrick Kruger, Wandile Makwetu, Migael Pretorius, Jacques Snyman, Pite Van Biljon, Raynard Van Tonder, Farhaan Behardien, Patrick Botha, Matthew Kleinveldt, Gregory Mohlokwana, Mangaliso Mosehle, Alfred Mothoaard, Dilivio Ridgaard.
THE LIONS: Bjorn Fortuin, Wiaan Mulder, Lutho Sipamla, Kagiso Rapulana, Ryan Rickleton, Joshua Richards, Sisanda Magala, Dominic Hendricks, Tladi Bokako, Malusi Siboto, Duanne Alivier, Ruan Haasbroek, Tshepo Ntuli, Mitchell Van Buuren, Codi Man Yusuf.
DOLPHINS: Marques Ackerman, Ottneil Baartman, Eathan Bosch, Ruan De Swardt, Daryn Dupavillon, SJ Erwee, Thamsanqa Khumalo, Kerwin Mungroo, Lifa Ntanzi, Thando Ntini, Bryce Parsons, Keegan Petersen, Grant Roelofsen, JasonSmith, Prenyan Subrayen.
TITANS: Lizaad Williams, Okhule Cele, Theunis De Bryn, Dayyaan Galiem, Gihan Cloete, Junior Dala, Neil Brand, Sibonelo Makhanya, Corbin Bosch, Aaron Phangiso, Chris Morris, Dewald Brevis, Ayabulela Gqamane, Jiveshen Pillay, Grant Mokoena, Simon Harmer.
NORTHWEST DRAGONS: Delano Potgieter, Lesego Senokwane, Nicholas van den Bergh, Senuran Muthusamy, Nono Pongolo, Eldred Hawken, Heino Kuhn, Lwandiswa Zuma, Shaylen Pillay, Wesley Marshall, Ndumiso Mvelase, Eben Botha, Johannes Diseko, Duan Jansen, Classen, Jason Chades.
WESTERN PROVINCE: Yaseen Vallie, Tony de Zorzi, Zubayr Hamza, Hashim Amla, Kyle Verreynne, George Linde, Kyle Simmonds, Mihlali Mpongwana, Nandre Burger, Tshepo Moreki, David Bedingham, Aiwe Mgijima, Vernon Philander, Basheer Walters, Wayne Parnell, Jonathan Bird.