Cape Town - Justin Kemp and Robin Peterson, two names
intimately associated with a golden period in the rich history of the Cape
Cobras, will leave the franchise at the end of the season.
Kemp will retire from first-class cricket at the end of the
2015/2016-season after a splendid career in which he featured in four Tests and
85 One Day Internationals for South Africa.
He was a major factor in assisting the Cobras to lift ten
trophies in the past eight seasons as belligerent middle-order batsman,
dependable and probing medium-pacer and one of the best poachers of a cricket
ball ever produced by Western Province and the Cobras.
In 58 domestic one-day cup matches, he struck 1246 runs at an
average of 31.94, while capturing 38 wickets.
He also assembled 1 691 four-day runs and captured 83
wickets at an average of 27.45.
As a slip-fielder, his name is mentioned in the same breath
as Brian McMillan and Neil Johnson as three of the finest who ever played the
game under the Oaks.
He was a devastating finisher in one-day cricket. Kemp’s
89-ball unbeaten century against India at PPC Newlands for South Africa in 2006
is still fondly remembered.
Peterson, in the twilight of his first-class career at age
36, will leave Newlands at the end of the season to ply his trade for a season
with the Bloemfontein-based Knights.
In his only Sunfoil Series-match this season for the Cape
Cobras before he was replaced by the returning national off-spinner Dane Piedt,
Peterson captured 9-150 against the Highveld Lions at Boland Park in Paarl. It
included a magnificent 5-62 in the first innings.
Peterson, like Kemp, was a match-winner with bat and ball
for the Cape Cobras after joining them.
He took 18 wickets in the 2014/2015-season in One Day
Cup-cricket at an average of 19.38. He comfortably topped the list of leading
Robbie P, as he is affectionately known amongst colleagues
and fans, also starred for the Cape Cobras when they won the Ram Slam T20
Challenge in 2014/2015.
A left-arm spinner who represented South Africa in 15 Tests
and 79 One Day Internationals, Peterson is a three-in-one-star. He averages
25.33 with the bat in first-class cricket and has captured 389 wickets in 139
His change of pace, ability to bowl the Doosra and prowess
in the field, where he can throw off both wings, make him an asset to any team.
“Robbie P was one of our finest players amongst a galaxy of
international stars the past seven years. He performed several admirable feats
“The emergence of Dane and the constant evolution of GF
Linde make Robin’s decision to join the Knights understandable and he leaves
the franchise with our blessing and best wishes,” said Nabeal Dien, chief
executive officer of the Cape Cobras and the Western Province Cricket
“Justin was one of our king-pins in the middle-order with
the bat. As fourth seam bowler, he grabbed wickets or generated so much
pressure with his economic and probing bowling that benefited his colleagues.
As a fielder, he set unprecedented standards for other members of his team.
“Robin and Justin were not just stalwarts. They were leaders
who impacted younger players markedly. Both will leave a legacy at Newlands for
many years to come,” Dien added.
Beresford Williams, president of the WPCA, saluted Kemp and
Peterson as outstanding cricketers who were superb at what they did over many
years. He said their resilience and strong leadership made a real difference to
the Cobras team on and off the field.
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Three other players who will not join the Cape Cobras’
professionally contracted ranks next season, are Shaheen Khan, Mthokozisi Shezi
and SA Engelbrecht.
Engelbrecht constantly had to compete against senior South
African players in a strong Cape Cobras line-up, but was particularly effective
in the 2013/2014-season and 2014/2015-season in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge. He
slammed 56 in the final in February 2014.
In the 2014/2015-season, he managed eight wickets with a
best of 4-22 against the Warriors to set up a home-final for the
Engelbrecht was in scintillating form with the blade at the
back-end of this season’s Sunfoil Three-Day Cup, hammering 529 runs at an
average of 58.77. His unbeaten 162 against KwaZulu-Natal set up a 10-wicket win
at the Wally Wilson Oval as Province marched to the final in fine style.
As a fielder, Engelbrecht has conjured up comparisons with
Jonty Rhodes, while he has improved his art as off-spinner gradually the past
Khan, a medium-paced seam- and swing bowler and reliable
lower-order batsman, had to overcome a stress fracture in his back to return to
the first-class fold this season.
He has taken 101 wickets in 36 first-class games with a
career-best 7-46 his most notable achievement.
Shezi will return to his KwaZulu-Natal roots next season
where he has been on loan for half of this season.
Arguably his greatest moment for the Cape Cobras came in
their magnificent win against The Unlimited Titans at Boland Park in Paarl last
season when he captured 6-51 in their four-day clash.