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Eastern Province announced their contracted squad for the 2020/21

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Eastern Province Cricket today announced their contracted squad for the 2020/21 season and also paid tribute to some of their veterans.

“We would like to pay tribute to Kelly Smuts who made his debut for Eastern Province during the 2009/10 season,” said head coach Piet Botha. “Kelly has been an outstanding servant of EP Cricket and the Warriors for a 10-year period. One of my fondest memories was to witness Kelly becoming the first cricketer in history to score a century and take 13 wickets in the same match against Boland in Paarl. We wish him the very best on his journey going forward.

“We would also like to pay tribute to Siviwe Gidana who has been outstanding for EP on and off the field over the years. We welcome back Luvuyo Adam from the Knights as well as newcomers Marcello Piedt and Alindile Mhletywa.

“Although Sithembile Langa, Tiaan van Vuuren and Sihle Magongoma have all played in the EP team before, we are excited to have them included in the contracted squad for the first time.

“ Congratulations to Basheer Walters on securing a Warriors contract after an excellent season with the ball,” added Botha. 

“Eastern Province Cricket is proud to announce our senior provincial team for the 2020/21 season and we are delighted that we have managed to keep most of our players,” said Cricket Services Manager Colin Gxowa. “As we all know, this squad has been successful for the past 2 seasons, going unbeaten in the 3-Day competition for 20 games. They were joint winners last season with Northerns and were very unfortunate this year to lose out by a technicality after finishing top of pool A.

 “We are further delighted by the mixture of youth and experience this squad has. We have a large pool of players within the pipeline and unfortunately and understandably we can only contract a certain number of players.”

 EP contracted squad: Luvuyo Adam, Matthew Christensen, Thomas Kaber, Tian Koekemoer, Sithembile Langa, Sihle Magongoma, Alindile Mhletywa, Ntabozuko Nqam, Marcello Piedt, Joshua van Heerden and Tiaan van Vuuren.