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Lions Cricket (formally known as the bizhub Highveld Lions for sponsorship reasons) are a professional cricket franchise which represents Central Gauteng, formerly Transvaal, and North West, formerly known as Western Transvaal.

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Lions Cricket
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Personnel
CaptainSouth Africa Temba Bavuma
CoachSouth Africa Enoch Nkwe
Team information
Colours     Red      Royal Blue      Gold
Founded2003
Home groundBidvest Wanderers Stadium (main venue), Senwes Park
Capacity34,000 (Bidvest Wanderers) 18,000 (Senwes Park)
Official website:Highveld Lions

First-class

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T20

It's 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 current 4-Day Franchise Series competition champions.

HonoursEdit

  • CSA 4 Day Series (2) - 2014–15, 2018-19
  • Momentum 1 Day Cup (1) - ; shared (1) - 2012-13 shared with Nashua Cape Cobras
  • CSA T20 Challenge (2) - 2006–07, 2012–13, 2018-19
  • Champions League Twenty20 (0) -  ; Runners up (1) - 2011-2012

SquadEdit

  • 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
Lions Captain
Temba Bavuma   (1990-05-17) 17 May 1990 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm medium Captain
Opening Batsmen
Ryan Rickelton   (1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 (age 23) Left-handed Right arm medium
Reeza Hendricks   (1989-08-14) 14 August 1989 (age 30) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Rassie van der Dussen   (1989-02-07) 7 February 1989 (age 30) Right-handed Right arm leg break
Batsmen
Wihan Lubbe   11 November 1992 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm off break
 
Kagiso Rapulana   (1991-07-06) 6 July 1991 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm off break
Wicket-keepers
Dominic Hendricks   (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 28) Left-handed Right arm off break Opener
Mangaliso Mosehle   (1990-04-24) 24 April 1990 (age 29) Right-handed
Nicky van den Bergh   (1989-07-20) 20 July 1989 (age 30) Right-handed
All-rounders
 
Willem Mulder   (1998-02-19) 19 February 1998 (age 21) Right-handed Right arm medium
Dwaine Pretorius   (1989-03-29) 29 March 1989 (age 30) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
  (1989-03-06) 6 March 1989 (age 30) Right-handed Right arm leg break
Spin Bowlers
Bjorn Fortuin   (1994-10-21) 21 October 1994 (age 24) Right-handed Slow left arm orthodox
Aaron Phangiso   (1984-01-21) 21 January 1984 (age 35) Right-handed Left arm orthodox
Seam Bowlers
Craig Alexander   (1987-01-05) 5 January 1987 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm fast
Beuran Hendricks   (1990-06-08) 8 June 1990 (age 29) Right-handed Left arm medium fast
Malusi Siboto   (1987-08-20) 20 August 1987 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Delano Potgieter   (1996-08-05) 5 August 1996 (age 23) Right-handed Right arm medium
Nono Pongolo   (1989-08-18) 18 August 1989 (age 30) Right-handed Right arm medium
Kagiso Rabada   (1995-05-25) 25 May 1995 (age 24) Left-handed Right arm fast
Nandre Burger   11 August 1995 (age 23) Right-handed Left arm medium fast

Source(s): Contracted players and second team players who have represented Lions in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 season.

ReferencesEdit

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