Written by: Nick Tatham
Makhanya & Bosch in SA Emerging squad
Durban – Hollywoodbets Dolphins all-rounders Eathan Bosch and Sibz
Makhanya have both been included in the South African Emerging Squad for
their upcoming series against their Sri Lankan counterparts from 29 June
to 28 July.
The team that has been selected is made up of players that are part of
the current three-year cycle of the CSA Powerade National Academy.
Both players were heavily involved in the Dolphins run to the Momentum
One Day Cup final and the CSA T20 Franchise Series semi-final this
season and Bosch was the stand-out player for the Dolphins in their CSA
4-Day Franchise Series.
The tall seamer took 31 wickets in the four day series, the fourth most
in the competition.
Makhanya, who has played a number of crucial innings for the Dolphins,
was consistent in his performances in red ball cricket and finished with
just over 500 runs in the competition which included three fifties and
The team will play in a triangular series with Sri Lanka and the South
African Universities (USSA) team. This will be followed by two four-day
games against the touring Sri Lankans.
It has been a quick turn-around for Sibz Makhanya from when the season
finished but he is already in preparation for his time with the CSA
National Academy and the Emerging side.
“I’ve had a little bit of time off and I am feeling refreshed and
excited about the opportunity to be involved in the SA Emerging side to
play Sri Lanka,” Makhanya said.
“I know most, if not all, of the guys from times in academies, national
sides as well as playing against them so I am excited to reconnect with
the guys in Pretoria.”
Having a busy winter period can do a lot of players the world of good
and Makhanya is looking forward to bouncing ideas off the other players
and coaches during his time up on the Highveld.
“To have other people and perspectives looking at my game will be great.
I am looking forward to working with other coaches and also learning
from the other players along the way.
“This tour can only benefit my game and I am really looking forward to
The Emerging side will face up to what is often an unknown in the form
of Sri Lanka. They will come with a strong spin attack and on the dusty
Highveld wickets the test will be a good one.
“They are always highly skilled and will be strong across the field so I
am excited by the opportunity and am going to make the most of my time
there,” Makhanya added.
The tri-series starts with the SA Emerging side taking on their Sri
Lankan counter-parts on Saturday, 29 June.
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Sibonelo Makhanya has been included in the CSA Powerade National Academy
as well as the SA Emerging side for the upcoming series with the Sri
Lanka emerging side in June and July.
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