Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers announce squad for next season

South Western Districts Cricket, on Tuesday, revealed the final squad for the 2023/24 season. The Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers enjoyed a relatively successful season after winning the Division 2 One Day Cup competition but could not convert the same success in the 4-Day competition and failed to be promoted to Division 1.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 09: Kelly Smuts of the Warriors celebrates the wicket of Theunis de Bruyn of the Titans during day 4 of the CSA 4 Day Series match between Multiply Titans and Warriors at SuperSport Park on January 09, 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Spin bowling hero, Sean Whitehead (Warriors), and the captain Onke Nyaku (Western Province) will be playing in Division 1 next season while André Malan has announced his retirement from first class cricket.   The Badgers has however contracted four newcomers for next season.  The new acquisitions are the left-arm leg spinner Thomas Kaber from the Eastern Cape Iianyathi, left-arm seam bowler Khwezi Gumede (from the Paarl Rocks), opening batsman Ruan Terblanche (also from the Rocks) and the versatile Kelly Smuts (from the Northern Cape Heat).  Pheko Moletsane, who was part of the set-up for the past two seasons has been elevated to a professional contract.

PAARL, SOUTH AFRICA – MARCH 21: Ruan Terblanche of Gbets Rocks during the CSA One Day Cup, Division 1 match between Gbets Rocks and Imperial Lions at Boland Park on March 21, 2022 in Paarl, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

“We have confidence with the squad assembled for the forthcoming season”, said SWD CEO Albertus Kennedy. “We trust to improve on key areas that required strengthening to reach our objectives,” Kennedy commented. 

KIMBERLEY, SOUTH AFRICA – OCTOBER 05: Thomas Kaber of Eastern Cape Iinyathiduring the CSA T20 Knock Out Competition match between Eastern Cape Iinyathi and GbetsRocks at Diamond Oval on October 05, 2021 in Kimberley, South Africa. (Photo by Louis Botha/Gallo Images)

With the Tuskers (Kwa-Zulu Natal) that was promoted to the expense of the Knights to Division 1, the Garden Route Badgers, Eastern Cape Iinyathi, Eastern Storm, Impala Limpopo, Northern Cape Heat and Mpumalanga Rhinos will form the division 2 teams that will fight it out for promotion at the end of the 2023/24 season.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – NOVEMBER 17: Khwezi Gumede of the Gbets Rocks during day 1 of the CSA 4 Day Domestic Series, Division 1 match between Six Gun Grill Western Province and Gbets Rocks at Six Gun Grill Newlands on November 17, 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

The Badgers will soon finalise the appointment of their head coach after Piet Botha, the coach of the past season, has joined the Proteas test side as bowling coach.

The contracted squad is:


Blayde Capell, Matthew Christeansen, Jean du Plessis, Khwezi Gumede, Thomas Kaber, Pheko Moletsane, Marcello Piedt, Kelly Smuts, Ruan Terblanche, Sintu Majiza,  and Jhedli van Briesies.


Herschel America, Jarred Jardine, Tyrece Karelse, Hanno Kotze and Keenan Vieira.

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