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On 5 March the South Africa Deaf Cricket Association held a capping ceremony for the players who represented South Africa in Dubai at the first Deaf International Cricket Council World Championship from 8-14 March. South Africa played against England, Pakistan and India.
The team consists of 15 men. Many of the players were born deaf, and range between the ages of 22 and 38 years old. Edward Khosa, the senior cricket manager, started off the evening by highlighting the opportunity the players had been presented with and said, “Deaf cricket tournaments are limited. The deaf cricket team last played against an international team [England] in 2013. Now in 2016 they have once again been offered the opportunity to showcase [their] talent and compete against the world’s best in [their] fraternity.”
The English Premier League kicked-off on 8 August and after two months is set to be an exciting season. Fans have seen big wins and upsets that accompany a wide showcase of goals.
Arsenal started off the season in a nervous fashion with a 2-0 loss to West Ham, but has improved as the season has progressed. One of their key victories this season was a 3-0 victory over Manchester United, proving what the club is capable of when star players such as midfielders Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, perform. The club has been challenged with a gap in their defence with key defender Laurent Koscielny who has been missing for a good part of the season. Ozil will look to continue proving his value to the club after Arsenal reached into their pockets for 40 million pounds to sign him from Real Madrid.
Chelsea, last season’s champions, started off the season with a 2-2 draw to Swansea City and defeat to Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Everton and Southampton. Their 1-0 defeat to Stoke City showed some hope of improvement but the team will need to do better to achieve a spot on the log to play in Europe. Star players such as winger Eden Hazard and midfield playmaker Cesc Fabregas, have been unable to display the same performances that they did last season. Manager Jose Mourinho has been seen to struggle to get the same performances from the defence that lead the club to the title and has raised concerns around the club with his infamous media outbursts.
TuksGolf’s Demi Flanagan won the Bank Windhoek Namibia Amateur Strokeplay Championship which took place on 25-26 April in Namibia. After just a few short months in the TuksGolf system, she has been able to display an unprecedented amount of talent which made her a beneficiary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrew’s. TuksGolf coach Quintin Byleveldt describes Flanagan as a hard worker who shows tremendous talent and has the potential to win a lot more tournaments. Perdeby chatted to this rising star.
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Following the days after the recent Springbok loss to New Zealand, a recurring statement has found its way onto many social media networks as Springbok fans reflect on the 2015 Rugby World Cup journey: “We are still proud.”
Heading into their first game, the Springboks were considered favourites to top their group that consisted of Scotland, Samoa, Japan and the USA. The script was written in the hopes of the Springbok team demolishing the less favoured and less physical Japan team. The last-minute Japanese try broke South African hearts, in a match where the Springboks were seen to implode, and lead to Japan’s 34-32 victory. The result was a wake-up call for the team as the nation struggled to come to terms with a match that was supposed to be a relative “walk in the park”.
With the Cricket World Cup being in the format of a One Day International (ODI), explosive batsmen are a must for each team. Here are the top 5 batsmen to look out for in this year’s edition of the Cricket World Cup.
AB De Villiers (South Africa)
“O Captain! My Captain!” will be the cry as this Pretoria-born cricketer heads into the Cricket World Cup in red-hot form. Ranked as the number two batsmen in test and number one in ODI cricket, South Africa’s hopes of lifting the cup could be placed squarely on the captain’s shoulders. After De Villiers’ record breaking masterful batting display, where he notched up the fastest ODI century in history off just 31 balls, his shoulders might just be broad enough for the load.
Virat Kholi (India)
Passionate and aggressive are two words that have been used to describe Kohli. Defending champions India will be looking to their young master batsman to knock them into the final of the world cup yet again so as to replicate their 2011 success on the Indian sub-continent.
Hashim Amla (South Africa)
It wouldn’t be far-fetched to call this South African cricketer of Indian-descent the “silent assassin” of the South African team, quietly knocking the balls away with exquisite technique and an unshakable temperament. Amla has won the hearts of all cricket fans with his cricketing displays and his ability to keep the score-board ticking over.
George Bailey (Australia)
This talented Aussie cricketer uses his mastery of the cricket bat to cause destruction all over the pitch, while maintaining the poise required of a vice-captain to inspire his fellow teammates. With Australia being a co-host, he will surely be out to make a statement by racking up the runs.
Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
Always graceful with the bat, Sangakkara has over the years been a methodical and accomplished batsman. Being able to connect beautifully with the ball does not take away from his hunger for runs, as he is also not shy when the time comes to knock a few over the heads of fielders. He will surely be a man to watch.
The top 5 ODI batsmen. Image: Brandon Dlamini