Northern Cape cricket team

Nickname: Griqualand West
Ex Nickname: Kimberley Cricket Club
Team Country: South Africa
Team City: Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa
Team Administrator: Griqualand West Cricket Board
Founded (Year): 1884
Home Ground: De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley
Forms of Cricket: First-Class Limited Overs Twenty20
Northern Cape cricket team

Northern Cape cricket team: competitions

Northern Cape cricket team: First-Class Cricket Competitions

Logo Tournament Wins Years 4-Day Domestic Series 4-Day Domestic Series 1 1890–91

Northern Cape cricket team: Limited Overs Cricket Competitions

Logo Tournament Wins Years Momentum One Day Cup Momentum One Day Cup 1 1998–99
CSA 3-Day Cup 4 2004–05, 2007–08, 2008-09, 2011-12
CSA One-Day Cup 0

Northern Cape cricket team: Twenty20 Cricket Competitions

Logo Tournament Wins Years
CSA Provincial T20 Cup

Northern Cape cricket team: professional club from South Africa

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Northern Cape cricket team

The Northern Cape Cricket is one of the central South African first-class cricket clubs. The organization is based in the province of the Northern Cape. Therefore it has the right to participate in regional CSA Provincial Competitions. Home matches have been held at Kimberley’s central arena, the De Beers Diamond Oval since 1973. The club has a major victory in the Currie Cup tournament (1891).

Northern Cape: history

Founded in 1884, the regional Kimberley Cricket Club (KCC) was initially on the verge of abolishment. Thanks to financial assistance from the regional government, it managed to stay afloat and subsequently established management.

The KCC debuted in the 1884/85 season as part of the Champion Bat Tournament. Over the next few years, the results were poor. However,  the team managed to win two matches against a serious opponent in the 1888/89 season, the English touring team, which had a positive effect on the morale of the players, who showed excellent results in the very next season. One of them was the fight for the Transvaal trophy (1889/90), where the club reached a series of semifinals.

The December 1890 Champion Bat Tournament was played with the new name the Griqualand West, which lasted over a century. Under the same name, the club won its main trophy – the Currie Cup (1891).

The Griqualand West took part in the first Barnato Tournament in the 1898/99 season, where it fought for the title on a par with the strongest representatives of the first class of the region – the Eastern and Western Province, Southern Border and Queenstown.

The Griqualand West became a founding member of the South African Colored Cricket Board in 1904. In total, three dozen SACCB tournaments were held (from 1904 to 1951), where the team won once (1910) but organized the draw twice (1904, 1913).

The Sunfoil (4-Day Domestic Series) format underwent dramatic changes in the 2004/05 offseason, in connection with which 11 provincial teams were turned into professional clubs. True, the Griqualand West had to skip the season debut after the innovations. The reason for this was the litigation regarding the creation of the franchise. The club’s management decided to get out of this difficult situation in an extraordinary way – by creating a new franchise, the Diamond Eagles (VKB Knights), in partnership with Free State.

At that time, many appreciated the flexibility of this approach. Before the start of the 2015/16 season, there was an official directive from the national government obliging the club to rename Northern Cape Cricket. The decision of the country’s top leadership could not be ignored this time, and therefore the club received its current name. The provincial sports organization has long become an integral part of the country’s sports system and a major regional representative, so the governing body decided not to approach this issue in principle.

Northern Cape: history

Northern Cape achievements

Despite its rich history, the club rarely claims titles and awards. At the moment, the Northern Cape has only 6 trophies:

  • the Currie Cup (1);
  • the Standard Bank Cup (1);
  • the South African Airways Provincial 3-Day Challenge (4).

Given that the latest achievement dates was in the 2011/12 season, it can be assumed that the club has an increased chance of success in the foreseeable future. In this regard, fans should prepare for the new achievements of their favorites and support them in every possible way.

Northern Cape: players

Northern Cape: players

The Northern Cape roster in April 2021 was as follows:

Name Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style
Jacques Snyman 10 May 1994 (age 27) Right hand bat Right arm offbreak
Blake Schraader 8 June 1994 (age 27) Left hand bat Right arm offbreak
Andrew Louw 18 September 2000 (age 20) Right hand bat Right arm offbreak
Keegan Petersen 8 August 1993 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Grant Mokoena 2 August 1987 (age 34) Right hand bat Left arm fast medium
Farhaan Sayanvala 8 July 1997 (age 23) Right hand bat Right arm offbreak
Jonathan Vandiar 25 April 1990 (age 31) Left-hand bat Legbreak
Aubrey Swanepoel 18 June 1989 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm offbreak
Beyers Swanepoel 6 May 1998 (age 23) Left-handed Right-arm fast


Patrick Kruger 3 February 1995 (age 26) Right hand bat Right arm medium
Ernest Kemm 18 November 1990 (age 30) Left-handed Slow left arm orthodox
Kagiso Mohale 1 January 1994 (age 27) Right hand bat Right arm medium
Clyde Fortuin 18 August 1995 (age 25) Right hand bat Wicketkeeper
Mbulelo Budaza 6 September 1993 (age 27) Right hand bat Left arm fast
Aidan Brooker 10 September 1995 (age 25) Right hand bat Right arm medium fast
Andrew Rasemene 25 March 1995 (age 26)
Right hand bat
Right arm medium
Desmond de Koker 1 June 1991 (age 30) Right hand bat Right arm medium fast
Luvuyo Adam 16 October 1992 (age 28) Right hand bat Left arm fast
Gert Cloete 11 September 1988 (age 32) Left hand bat Left arm medium
Isaac Dikgale 14 May 1995 (age 26) Right Handed Right arm medium

* international players are in bold.

Nisha Bhavani
Author: Nisha Bhavani Position: Cricket Expert

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