De Kock to turn out for Easterns in Africa Cup


Quinton de Kock, arguably the most in-form South African cricketer at the moment, will provide a huge boost to Easterns' prospects in Pool A of the Africa T20 Cup when he plays his first game for his new affiliate in the first weekend of September.

De Kock is currently in India with the South Africa A squad and has scored centuries in all three his innings to date in the List A and four-day formats.

Easterns will be hosting Pool A at their Sahara Park Willowmoore headquarters where they will play against Northerns, Western Province and Zimbabwe from 4 September to 6 September.

Easterns head coach, Andre Nel, said he was delighted and looking forward to the challenge as he kicks off his semi-professional coaching career.

"We have three big teams in our group and this is a great opportunity for us to show where we are and what we wish to achieve this season. We can actually just go out and enjoy ourselves as we have nothing to lose."

Nel, who is a former Proteas seamer, added that the conditions might be slightly slow at this stage of the season.

However, he is happy that Easterns will have had enough pre-tournament practice as they play four warm-up matches at the venue before the tournament.

Nel continued: "We are privileged to have a player of the caliber of Quinton de Kock as well as other experienced franchise players in our squad who will bring along a wealth of experience and expertise to guide and assist our youngsters.

"This augurs well for our preparations and we are extremely motivated."