Imperial Lions

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Lions Cricket
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CaptainSouth Africa Temba Bavuma South Africa Aaron Phangiso South Africa Nicky van den Bergh
CoachSouth Africa Wandile Gwavu - interim
Team information
Colours     Red      Royal Blue      Gold
Home groundImperial Wanderers Stadium (main venue), Senwes Park
Capacity34,000 (Imperial Wanderers) 18,000 (Senwes Park)
Official website[1]


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Lions Cricket ( known as the Imperial Lions for sponsorship reasons)[1] are a professional cricket franchise which represents Central Gauteng, formerly Transvaal, and North West, formerly known as Western Transvaal.

Its member unions are the Central Gauteng Lions cricket team and North West first class cricket who merged in 2003 to form the franchise which is the highest level of cricket in the region and a feeder to the South African National Cricket team.

The home venues are the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg and Senwes Park in Potchefstroom. The combined team plays in the 4-Day Franchise Series first class cricket competition as well as in the Momentum 1 Day Cup and CSA T20 Challenge limited over competitions.

They are the last team to win the CSA T20 Challenge and are the defending 2019/2020 4-Day Franchise Series champions.


  • CSA 4 Day Series (3) - 2014–15, 2018-19, 2019-20
  • Momentum 1 Day Cup (1) - ; shared (1) - 2012-13 shared with Nashua Cape Cobras
  • CSA T20 Challenge (3) - 2006–07, 2012–13, 2018-19
  • Champions League Twenty20 (0) -  ; Runners up (1) - 2011-2012


  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  • Bold denotes players with international caps.
Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Opening Batsmen
Reeza Hendricks South Africa (1989-08-14) 14 August 1989 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm off-break
Joshua Richards South Africa (1998-12-20) 20 December 1998 (age 21) Right-handed Legbreak
Temba Bavuma South Africa (1990-05-17) 17 May 1990 (age 30) Right-handed Right arm medium Captain
Omphile Ramela South Africa (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 32) Left handed Left arm orthodox
Kagiso Rapulana South Africa (1991-07-06) 6 July 1991 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm off break
Rassie van der Dussen South Africa (1989-02-07) 7 February 1989 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm leg break
Dominic Hendricks South Africa (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 29) Left-handed Right arm off break Opener
Ryan Rickelton South Africa (1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 (age 24) Left-handed Right arm medium Opener
Nicky van den Bergh South Africa (1989-07-20) 20 July 1989 (age 31) Right-handed
Bjorn Fortuin South Africa (1994-10-21) 21 October 1994 (age 25) Right-handed Slow left arm orthodox
Willem Mulder South Africa (1998-02-19) 19 February 1998 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm medium
Delano Potgieter South Africa (1996-08-05) 5 August 1996 (age 24) Left-handed Right arm medium
Dwaine Pretorius South Africa (1989-03-29) 29 March 1989 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Spin Bowlers
Aaron Phangiso South Africa (1984-01-21) 21 January 1984 (age 36) Right-handed Left arm orthodox
Seam Bowlers
Beuran Hendricks South Africa (1990-06-08) 8 June 1990 (age 30) Right-handed Left arm medium fast
Nono Pongolo South Africa (1989-08-18) 18 August 1989 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm medium
Kagiso Rabada South Africa (1995-05-25) 25 May 1995 (age 25) Left-handed Right arm fast
Malusi Siboto South Africa (1987-08-20) 20 August 1987 (age 33) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast

Squad for 2019/20 season.


  1. ^ "Titans and Lions set for Momentum One-Day Cup opener". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 30 January 2020.


  • South African Cricket Annual – various editions
  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack – various editions