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The Easterns cricket team - overview, achievements, line-up
The Easterns cricket team is a first class team that plays in the second division of the South African Championship. Let’s talk about its composition, history, victories and defeats in more detail.
History and Major Achievements of the Easterns
The official cricket history of this team began in October 1989. It was then that the Eastern Transvaal team started playing the List A cricket, gaining independence from Northern Transvaal. Then the team, as Andy O’Connor admitted in an interview, one of those who stood at the origins of Eastern, had literally just barely enough money. Alan Jordaan, chairman of the Northerns (chairman of Northerns), has allocated R150,000 to Eastern for three years. But within the first year, R14,000 were stolen. Fortunately, the team managed to cope with all the troubles in the end.
Two years later, the newly minted team entered the field for the first time in a first-class cricket match in October 1991. It won the SuperSport Series in 2002/03 and won the UCB Bowl twice more in its early years.
There were some changes in the geography of South Africa in 1995, as a result of which the team changed its name to the current one.
The stadiums at which Easterns played their home games also changed several times:
- From January 1992 to January 1996, the team’s home arena was PAM Brink Stadium, located in Springs.
- Once in November 1994, the team played a home match at Olympia Park Stadium, also located in Springs.
- Since 1996, the team’s home stadium has been Sahara Park Willowmoore, located in Benoni.
Less than 15 years after the team’s founding, the Easterns played in a limited-overs cricket tournament finals. When South Africa’s cricket system was reformed in 2005, and only six franchise teams were eligible for all major tournaments, the Easterns ended up in the second division as a semi-professional team.
To take part in the SuperSport Series (now the 4-Day Domestic Series), South Africa’s premier regional championship for top-notch cricket, the Easterns teamed up with the Team Northern to form the Team Titans to increase their chances of winning. It exists to this day and quite successfully shows itself in regional tournaments.
Club players need to join the Titans to play in the first division.
The main achievements of the team in the tournaments held within the second division at the moment, see the table.
Championship name Number of titles Years in which titles were won
CSA 3-Day Cup Title 1 2018 – 2019
CSA One-Day Cup Title 1 2018 – 2019
CSA Provincial T20 Cup Title 1 2019 – 2020
The Easterns cricket team roster
The team’s management presented a list of line-up changes that occurred during the transfer window in April 2020. The team has had a lot of success over the past year and a half, so the players on its roster have been snapped up by other teams, as well as The Multiply Titans, a franchise that has included the Easterns since 2004.
It was announced that Kabelo Sekhukhune, Grant Thomson and Matthew Arnold would remain with the Titans, with Khwezi Gumede and Ryan Cartwright joining the team.
Wesley Marshall (joined the Imperial Lions) and Imraan Manack (since this season with WSB Cape Cobras) left the Easterns. In addition, the team had to ask for Wesley Coulentianos, who joined the Border, wanting to take a step towards playing as part of a franchise team (franchise team).
Of course, replacing talented players who have left, such as Wesley Marshall and Wesley Coulentianos, for example. The squad was joined last season by Malcolm Nofal, who returned from New Zealand, and a young but promising player Donovan Ferreira. In addition, the Easterns signed Kgaudise Molefe and Lwandiswa Zuma. Young graduates of the the Easterns Academy have also joined the main team.
The final contracting list of the Easterns for the 2020/21 season looked like this: Lance Humphrey, Lwandiswa Zuma, Donovan Ferreira, Aron Visser, Clayton August, Malcolm Nofal, Kgaudise Molefe, Sizwe Masondo, Sinenhlanhla Zwane, Yaseen Valli, Jurie Snyman.
Before the 2021/22 season, the squad was announced as follows: Grant Thompson, Khwezi Gumede, Matthew Arnold, Clayton August, Sizwe Masondo, Wesley Coulentianos, Tumelo Simelani, Ryan Cartwright, Sinehlanhla Zwane, Jurie Snyman, TBC.