Cape Town - South Western Districts Cricket has announced
the appointment of Andy Moles as the new head coach.
Moles, who originally hail from Warwickshire in England,
will be in charge of the Oudtshoorn-based team for the next two seasons.
Moles, who played for Warwickshire between 1986 and 1998 as
an opening batsman, also spent five seasons with Griqualand West in Kimberley
where he concluded his first-class playing career.
“Being appointed as head coach of South Western Districts
comes as a huge privilege and opportunity and I am looking forward to make a
difference here,” he said. “I have
followed the structures and growth in SWD during the past decade and I firmly
believe that there is a pool of exceptional talent in the Southern Cape”.
His coaching career in South Africa started in 1998 as head
coach of Free State where players such as Boeta Dippenaar, Nicky Boje, Morne
van Wyk and Johan van der Wath emerged to play for South Africa.
He coached Kenya from 2003-2005 when they qualified to play
in the Intercontinental Cup Final in 2005.
During his stint with Scotland as national coach they
qualified as the No 1 seeded team from ICC associate countries.
In 2006 he was the England Under-19 coach but the highlight
of his career was in 2008/2009 as head coach of the New Zealand Black Caps.
With Moles at the helm they drew the Chappell-Hadlee Series in Australia, won
the T20 series against India and Sri Lanka and qualified for the Champions
Trophy final in 2009.
In 2014 and 2015 he coached Afghanistan in the World Cup in
Australia and New Zealand when Afghanistan won their first Cricket World Cup
match and qualified for the 2016 World T20 in India.
“Andy has achieved great success at every level he has
coached at and we expect that he will continue to achieve such success at SWD
upon his appointment as our new head coach,” says SWD Cricket President, Rudy
Claassen. “We believe that he has what
it takes to get the best out of our players as he brings something special with
him in that he has a proven track record and hopefully his experience and expertise
aids SWD in winning some silverware in the near future.”
Albertus Kennedy, SWD Cricket CEO, confirmed that Moles will
take office from July 1, 2016, in time to start pre-season preparations. His
first assignment will be over the period of September 15-17 when SWD will host
Pool B of the Africa T20 in Oudtshoorn.
SWD, together with Kenya, Northern Cape and the defending
champions, Northerns, will contest Pool B of the competition.
SWD Cricket President, Rudy Claassen (right), congratulates
Andy Moles on his appointment as provincial head coach. On the left is SWD
Cricket CEO, Albertus Kennedy. (Photo supplied)