There is a new cricketer on the franchise block and he is not afraid to go toe-to-toe with fast bowlers. Warriors batsman Sinethemba Qeshile is already punching above his weight. The striking South Africa U19 batsman celebrated his 19th birthday during the 4-Day match against the Highveld Lions last week. The former Hudson Park schoolboy packs a mean punch and whether it is a sumptuous straight drive or a vicious square cut or pull, the result is more often impressive than not. Qeshile has played only two franchise games for the Eastern Cape side. He has batted three times and averages 179 following three half centuries. He was unbeaten in two of those knocks, having once run out of partners and the other after the team declared. Those in the cricketing know are talking about him and other franchises have tried unsuccessfully to poach him. It is clear when you see him live that there is something special about the young man. Former Proteas coach Russell Domingo believes Qeshile is o...

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