Imperial Lions

  (Redirected from Highveld Lions cricket team)

Lions Cricket ( known as the Imperial Lions for sponsorship reasons)[1] are a professional cricket franchise which represents Central Gauteng, formerly Transvaal, and North West, formerly known as Western Transvaal.

Lions Cricket
Imperial Lions.svg
CaptainTemba Bavuma
Aaron Phangiso
Nicky van den Bergh
CoachWandile Gwavu
Team information
Colours  Red   Royal Blue   Gold
Founded2003; 18 years ago (2003)
Home groundImperial Wanderers Stadium (main venue), Senwes Park
Capacity34,000 (Imperial Wanderers) 18,000 (Senwes Park)


Kit left arm yellowborder.png
Kit right arm yellowborder.png


Its member unions are the Central Gauteng Lions cricket team and North West first class cricket who merged in 2003 to form the franchise which is the highest level of cricket in the region and a feeder to the South African National Cricket team.

The home venues are the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg and Senwes Park in Potchefstroom. The combined team plays in the 4-Day Franchise Series first class cricket competition as well as in the Momentum 1 Day Cup and CSA T20 Challenge limited over competitions.

They are the last team to win the CSA T20 Challenge and are the defending 2019/2020 4-Day Franchise Series champions.


2014–15, 2018–19, 2019–20
2012–13 (shared with Nashua Cape Cobras), 2015–16
2006–07, 2012–13, 2018–19
Runners-up: 2012


  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  • Bold denotes players with international caps.
Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Opening Batsmen
Reeza Hendricks   (1989-08-14) 14 August 1989 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm off-break
Joshua Richards   (1998-12-20) 20 December 1998 (age 22) Right-handed Legbreak
Temba Bavuma   (1990-05-17) 17 May 1990 (age 30) Right-handed Right arm medium Captain
Omphile Ramela   (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 33) Left handed Left arm orthodox
Kagiso Rapulana   (1991-07-06) 6 July 1991 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm off break
Rassie van der Dussen   (1989-02-07) 7 February 1989 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm leg break
Dominic Hendricks   (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 30) Left-handed Right arm off break Opener
Ryan Rickelton   (1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 (age 24) Left-handed Right arm medium Opener
Nicky van den Bergh   (1989-07-20) 20 July 1989 (age 31) Right-handed
Bjorn Fortuin   (1994-10-21) 21 October 1994 (age 26) Right-handed Slow left arm orthodox
Willem Mulder   (1998-02-19) 19 February 1998 (age 23) Right-handed Right arm medium
Delano Potgieter   (1996-08-05) 5 August 1996 (age 24) Left-handed Right arm medium
Dwaine Pretorius   (1989-03-29) 29 March 1989 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Spin Bowlers
Aaron Phangiso   (1984-01-21) 21 January 1984 (age 37) Right-handed Left arm orthodox
Seam Bowlers
Beuran Hendricks   (1990-06-08) 8 June 1990 (age 30) Right-handed Left arm medium fast
Nono Pongolo   (1989-08-18) 18 August 1989 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm medium
Kagiso Rabada   (1995-05-25) 25 May 1995 (age 25) Left-handed Right arm fast
Malusi Siboto   (1987-08-20) 20 August 1987 (age 33) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast

Squad for 2019/20 season.


  1. ^ "Titans and Lions set for Momentum One-Day Cup opener". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 30 January 2020.


  • South African Cricket Annual – various editions
  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack – various editions