After the completion of the Momentum One Day cup through the thoroughly unsatisfying non final and the sharing of the trophy for a second year in a row, Jabu puts together something we can appreciate together. The Momentum One Day Cup team of the Season.
Heino Kuhn (Titans)
Probably the standout performer for the Unlimited Titans this season, Heino scored 90 and then two centuries in succession to push the Pretoria based team into the final. We were robbed of seeing him put the Cobra’s to the sword in the final due to the weather, but its safe to say that Heino has excelled after moving away from behind the stumps.
Morne van Wyk (Dolphins)
The biggest move of his career, the Bloemfontein basher moved to the sunny coast to take up the captaincy of the Sunfoil Dolphins. He had a great year leading the team to second place in the log and a qualifier play off against the Titans. His 394 runs and his leadership were fantastic and of course he had the satisfaction of beating the Knights.
Stiaan van Zyl (Cobras)
Averaging 42.87 at the top end of the innings is a credible thing. He was often seen as the individual who would hold one end and allow the likes of Justin Ontong to free his arms. He was also a lot more consistent than some of the other experienced players in the team. Will probably want to work on his strike rate a bit though.
Henry Davids (Titans) – Captain
Over the years Henry Davids has really turned into a very useful cricketer. The Titans would have missed his leadership and ability in the final as he was representing the national T20 side. His reliability with the bat was shown with four 50’s and he is a very useful part time bowler having picked up four wickets in the series. I really like the way he leads the Titans and that is why he is my MODC Captain.
Colin Ingram (Warriors)
When you only play seven games in the tournament and you score four 50’s, you know you are in a run of good form. The Chevrelot Warriors star was also desperately unlucky to not get a ton when he ended on 96 not out against the Dolphins. Although he flutters in and out of the national squad, he is definitely a stand out performer in our domestic game.
Daryn Smit (Dolphins)
Daryn probably had one of the finest losing displays in the Momentum One Day Cup in the Semi Final. He saved his team with a gritty 50, took a wicket, a run out and a catch and was exceptionally pumped up. He started the season by losing captaincy and wicket keeping to Morne van Wyk but ended the MODC as the Sunfoil Dolphins’ MVP. He averaged 70.75 with the bat and had a great economy rate of 4.7 for a “part-time” spinner. He would be a fair choice for player of the season.
Roelof van der Merwe (Titans)
Roelof did not have his best season with the bat and that will hurt his claims as an all rounder, but with the ball he was fantastic. He took 15 wickets at an average of 25 and was often used in the difficult middle overs to break things up. His bowling seems to have matured somewhat and that could be down to the experiences he has had at IPL. The fact that he can smack a few down the end of an innings obviously helps too.
Mangaliso Mosehle (Titans) – Wicket Keeper
When you look at Heino Kuhn’s decision to move from behind the stumps, its benefitted not just him. He took the opportunity this year well and finished the season with the second most dismissals. You can couple that with his fantastic batting display as he averaged 40 at a strike rate of over 100. He has been around emerging squads and U/19 squads for a while, but the regular cricket in the Momentum One Day Cup will be a huge benefit to him.
Craig Alexander (Dolphins)
The burly pace bowler helped launch his name when he moved to the Lions, but the move to the Dolphins have seen him excel. He was second in wickets this season taking 18 in ten innings but at a much better economy rate than Viljoen, the top wicket taker. His average is also the best among the leading wicket takers. His Five-for against the Warriors was an outstanding spell of bowling and just another good pace bowler we are producing in South Africa.
Kyle Abbott (Dolphins)
And how about this. When facing the Sunfoil Dolphins, not only would you face Alexander, but you would also face Abbott. He is probably unlucky not to be included in the Protea’s squad more often. He has the ability to add a couple of runs with the bat as well, but its his bowling that gets him in our team. 15 wickets at an average of 22.40 is up there with the best.
Hardus Viljoen (Lions)
The Highveld Lions did not have a great season by any stretch of the imagination, however Hardus Viljoen at least did his bit. He is a wicket taking bowler, who goes for a fair few runs (A la Imran Tahir, but fast). The leading wicket taker in the tournament with 19, but he did not receive enough support from his team mates (With only Morris picking up more than ten). Unfortunately he will need to work on his economy rate if he is to make the Protea’s at any point, but for now let him enjoy his inclusion in this team.
Who makes your team of the season? Let me know below