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The VKB Knights is a franchise cricket team composed of the Free State and Griqualand West first class cricket areas in South Africa. The team previously competed as the Diamond Eagles. Their home venues are the Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein and the Diamond Oval in Kimberley, and the side competes in the Sunfoil Series, the Momentum 1 Day Cup, and the Ram Slam T20 Challenge

VKB Knights
Knights Cricket logo.svg
CaptainSouth Africa Werner Coetsee
CoachSouth Africa Nicky Boje
Overseas playerJamaica Andre Russell
Team information
Colours     Blue      Gold
Home groundMangaung Oval, Diamond Oval
Official website:Knights



Playing kitEdit

During the Momentum 1 Day Cup, the Knights's play in dark blue shirts and trousers with gold accents; for the Ram Slam T20 Challenge they wear dark blue shirts with gold accents and gold trousers with dark blue accents. Their current kit provider is TK Sports.


Players with international caps are listed in bold.

Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Opening Batsmen
Michael Erlank   (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 30) Left-handed Right arm off break
Letlotlo Sesele   (1988-03-23) 23 March 1988 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm off break
Gerhardt Abrahams   (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 29) Right-handed Occasional wicket-keeper
Theunis de Bruyn   (1992-10-08) 8 October 1992 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast Captain
Leus du Plooy   (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 24) Left-handed Left arm orthodox
David Miller   (1989-06-10) 10 June 1989 (age 30) Left-handed Right arm off break
Luthando Mnyanda   (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm off break
Diego Rosier   (1994-05-02) 2 May 1994 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm leg break
Rilee Rossouw   (1989-10-09) 9 October 1989 (age 30) Left-handed Right arm off break
Wicket Keepers
Andries Gous   (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 25) Right-handed
Rudi Second   (1989-07-17) 17 July 1989 (age 30) Right-handed Right arm off break
Patrick Botha   (1990-01-23) 23 January 1990 (age 29) Left-handed Right arm off break
Patrick Kruger   (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm medium
Aubrey Swanepoel   (1989-06-18) 18 June 1989 (age 30) Right-handed Right arm off break
Spin Bowlers
Tshepo Ntuli   (1995-11-15) 15 November 1995 (age 23) Right-handed Right arm off break
Seam Bowlers
Mbulelo Budaza   (1993-09-06) 6 September 1993 (age 26) Right-handed Left arm fast
Marchant de Lange   (1990-10-13) 13 October 1990 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm fast
Corné Dry   (1993-02-04) 4 February 1993 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Tumi Masekela   (1987-07-21) 21 July 1987 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Kagiso Mohale   (1994-04-04) 4 April 1994 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm medium
Duanne Olivier   (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Shadley van Schalkwyk   (1988-08-05) 5 August 1988 (age 31) Left-handed Right arm medium-fast
Lwandiswa Zuma   (1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 (age 23) Right-handed Right arm fast

Contracted players and second team players who have represented Knights in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 season.

Champions League Twenty20Edit

Qualification and first roundEdit

Diamond Eagles finished second in the 2009 Standard Bank Pro20 and became eligible to play in the 2009 Champions League Twenty20. The team was placed in Group B with New South Wales Blues and Sussex Sharks. The team lost their first match against the New South Wales Blues and were not able to make 100 runs and stayed on 91/9 but the second match went for a tied with Sussex Sharks in which the scores were tied at 119/7 (Sussex) and 119/4(Eagles). Eagles clinched the Super Over. In the Super Over Eagles scored 9/1 while Sussex were knocked of the first two balls by Cornelius de Villiers and the Man of the Match was awarded to Rilee Rossouw.

Second roundEdit

After some twists and turns Eagles made it to the next round where they were placed in League A with New South Wales Blues, Somerset Sabres and Trinidad and Tobago. They were counted as a loss to Blues as their previous result and a win against the Somerset Sabres but lost against the Trinidad side in a must-win match. CJ de Villiers again performed well in the game against Somerset CCC. They didn't qualify for the semis but earned 7th out of 12 teams.


  • SuperSport Series (1) - 2007–08 ; shared (1) - 2004–05
  • MTN Championship (2) - 2004–05, 2005–06, 2010–11
  • Pro20 Series (2) - 2003–04, 2005–06

External sourcesEdit


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