Hayward opts to join rebel Indian League
FIERY speedster Nantie Hayward walked out on his Warriors contract yesterday to join up with the controversial rebel Indian Cricket League.
Hayward, who is in breach of his contract with the Eastern Cape franchise team, will join five fellow South Africans who will be playing in the unsanctioned ICL Twenty20 competition at the cost of their immediate careers in their home country. The others are Nicky Boje, Andrew Hall, Lance Klusener, Johan van der Wath and Dale Benkenstein.
Hayward‘s cloak and dagger decision comes as a blow to the Warriors who begin a SuperSport Series fixture against the Titans at Sahara Oval St George‘s today.
Hayward, 30, was named in the Warriors squad of 12 early yesterday but his withdrawal has opened the door for the talented young Mario Olivier, who took 31 wickets in six matches last season, to prove himself a worthy replacement.
Warriors chief executive officer Dave Emslie said it was sad that Hayward did not consult with him.
“I‘m disappointed we weren‘t able to engineer a proper exit for Nantie from Eastern Cape cricket despite me having spoken to him about it before,” said Emslie. Hayward did not reply to a message left by The Herald on his cellphone last night.
Meanwhile, the Warriors will this weekend want to bounce back from a nasty defeat suffered at the hands of the Dolphins last week. After a promising start to the season which saw the Warriors move into second place after two matches, a 10-wicket defeat was the last result coach Russell Domingo would have been looking for.
But it‘s not a blow they can‘t recover from although they lost ground to the Eagles, who have pulled almost 12 points clear of them. That could all change in one round of fixtures and the Warriors will know the importance of beating the Titans this weekend.
Their task has been made a touch easier following the suspension of Titans batting kingpin Martin van Jaarsveld who is serving the last of his two-match ban this week.
Today, Colin Ingram returns from a hand injury to rejoin Craig Thyssen at the top of the order at the expense of Justin Kreusch who got a pair against the Dolphins.
Thyssen has shown flashes of form this season including an 87 against the Cobras.
Ingram will be desperate to make an impression on his return to the team and with Thyssen build a successful opening partnership which has been lacking so far.
Someone who did make an impression against the Dolphins was captain Zander de Bruyn. He displayed great resolve is scoring a second innings 122. Davy Jacobs will be looking for another consistent performance with the bat to build on his average of 56,75.
The only other change to the Warriors squad sees allrounder Lyall Meyer making a return in place of seamer Sinethemba Mjekula.