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African T20 Cup draw sees Inland &
Coastal in same pool
Durban – The 2018 Africa T20 Cup draw took place in Pretoria on Tuesday
and saw defending champions Hollywoodbets KZN Inland as well as
Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastals drawn in Pool A for the tournament
beginning on 14 September.
Both KwaZulu-Natal teams will have their base in Pietermaritzburg and
will be joined by Easterns, Western Province and newcomers Ghana for the
20 over competition.
KZN Inland have been to the Africa T20 Cup play-offs on two occasions
and have made the final on both. They lost the inaugural final against
Northerns and then won the competition last season.
Inland and last seasons’ losing finalists Free State are the only
two team that have been to the semi-finals on more than one occasion.
"We are the defending champions and to be based at home in Maritzburg in
front of our home support is always a bonus," coach Shane Burger said
from Dambulla in Sri Lanka where is the assistant coach of the South
Africa Emerging team.
"We are going to go into the competition with a lot of confidence and
hopefully play a brand of cricket that everybody that can enjoy and
familiarise with KZN Inland."
The fourth edition of the competition will be an opportunity for
Hollywoodbets KZN Coastals to make a mark on the shortest format of the game. They have
been disappointing in the previous editions of the competition by their
standards and will be hoping to push for a play-off spot.
“I would say that we are in one of the hardest groups,” coach Roger
Telemachus said. “With that said there aren’t any easy groups so we will
have to play really good cricket throughout to get ourselves into those
The Coastal side showed their prowess in red ball cricket in the 2017-18
season when they won the Sunfoil 3-Day Cup and finished second in their
CSA Provincial One Day Challenge pool. However, T20 cricket has been
their downfall with only one semi-final in the previous three editions
on their report card.
Being pooled with the defending champions and neighbours is an exciting
prospect for Telemachus who has massive respect for coach Shane Burger
and his chargers.
“They have got a great system in place in Maritzburg and they have shown
in previous years what a dangerous T20 side they can be.
“As sides we know each other very well but when we are on the field it
is business and then we will have a drink after the game together!
“We are not going to underestimate any of the opposition and know that
getting into the semi-finals is a tough task,” a composed Telemachus
With both the Inland and Coastals squads being based in
Pietermaritzburg, Telemachus believes that it will be an advantage.
“It is going to be nice to be close by and playing in conditions that we
are familiar to.
“This might give us and Inland a slight edge but we are not going to
take any of the opposition lightly and are looking forward to getting
this season underway.”
Many of Telemachus’ chargers have been plying their trade in Europe over
the winter period so he isn’t too concerned about the short time-frame
that they have to prepare.
“We have had very few guys at home this winter and with the rest of the
20-man squad arriving on Monday we will hit the ground running with a
month to go until the competition starts.
“The guys have been playing plenty of cricket so they will be well
prepared for the tournament,” Telemachus added.
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Defending Africa T20 Cup
champions Hollywoodbets KZN Inland will be hoping to become the first
team to win the tournament twice when the fourth edition kicks off in
Following a disappointing
campaign in 2017, Hollywoodbets KZN Coastals and captain Khalipha Cele
will want to push for higher honours in the shortest format of the game
at this year's Africa T20 Cup starting in September.
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