THE Wellington Wolves Cricket Club have been rocked by the news that their inspirational coach, Craig Abrahams, is unable to travel with them to Cricket South Africa’s Momentum National Club Championships in Pretoria. The 6 team tournament commence on Monday.
Former Wolves fast bowler and current Boys High coach, Greg Jardine, will be fulfilling the coaching duties in Abrahams’s absence. According to Abrahams his absence won’t have a negative effect on the team. “One of the things we spoke about at the beginning of the season is the players’ ability to not only play cricket, but to think cricket too. The whole squad have grown immensely in that regard and I have great faith in Greg as he, as an ex Wolves player and coach, is aware of our values, game plans and systems. He’s also a staunch disciplinarian like myself and I am sure the boys won’t even notice that I’m not around”, Abrahams joked.
According to Abrahams they will depend heavily on their experienced players such as Tiaan Cloete (captain), Warren Groeneveld, and Cedric Williams as well as a couple of exciting youngsters. “I am very excited about our young fast bowlers Kieran Dreyden and Zakhele Qwabe (who played for the Cape Cobras this season), batsmen Curtley Louw and Lee Bosman and Byron Fortuin has been bowling great the whole season. Also, Junaid Cassiem (wicketkeeper/batsman) has been in great form too and he’s definitely one to look out for. In fact, I am sure that each and every member of the 13 man squad are capable of delivering match winning performances on any given day. There will also be the added incentive that coaches, selectors and player agents may be in attendance and opportunities can arise at any time.”
The Wolves’ first game is tomorrow against the highly rated Tuks who is captained by the 2015 SA under 19 and Titans batsman, Tony de Zorsi. The 36 year old Abrahams admitted that they don’t know much about any of their opponents but sees that as a positive. “I think that may work in our favour as we have nothing to lose. We intend on competing in every game and giving ourselves the best opportunities at winning,” the former Wolves, Bergrivier and Paarl-East all-rounder added.
*The CSA Momentum Club Champs 2018 will be played at 5 venues across Pretoria between 3 community clubs; Wellington Cricket Club, Yorkshire Cricket Club, Crusaders Cricket Club and 3 university clubs; Pretoria Cricket Club (Tuks), North-West University (Pukke) and University of Fort Hare Cricket Club culminating in the final on Friday between the 2018 National Club Champion and Durbanville Cricket Club, who are the Multiply T20 Community Cup title holders, in the Super Cup at Tuks Cricket Oval.
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