The Imperial Lions are delighted to welcome the exciting talent of Lutho Sipamla to the Imperial Lions Franchise. The recent recruit is a right-arm fast bowler born in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape and is a Grey High School old boy and product of the Port Elizabeth Cricket Academy.

At age 21 Lutho Sipamla is already a Standard Bank Proteas player having represented the national side in the ODI and T20 international formats. The fast bowler has been a regular figure in the national side during the 2019/2020 summer inbound tours of England and Australia, having most recently featured in the ODI series whitewash over Australia.

Sipamla rose to national prominence in 2018 following his rookie selection by the Tshwane Spartans in the Mzansi Super League’s inaugural edition player draft.  Sipamla gained praise for his consistent performances and his ability to bowl at speeds of up to 145 kph. He finished the tournament as the third highest wicket-taker with 16 wickets in ten matches.

Since making his franchise debut at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium for the Warriors in 2017, Sipamla has been a consistent performer for the Eastern Cape franchise in all formats of the game taking a total of 136 career wickets for the franchise.

The 21-year-old made his debut for the Proteas in the second T20I against Pakistan at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium 2019. His economical figures of 0-23 were key in reigning in Pakistan after a fast start and setting up a series-clinching victory.

“I would like to take this opportunity and show my full gratitude and thanks towards the Warriors franchise and Eastern Province cricket. These past few years have been nothing but great and would like to thank all for a solid foundation, support and your constant backing shown towards my career thus far. And to the Lions family, thank you for welcoming me and opening your family doors. I’m truly grateful and looking forward to the future that lies ahead and a possible great season” commented Lutho Sipamla.

Major teams:

South Africa, South Africa A, South Africa Under-19s, Eastern Province, Tshwane Spartans, Warriors.

Playing style:

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Bowling Statistics

Format matches innings Balls Mdn Runs Wickets BB Econ Avg S/R 4 Wkts 5 wkts
ODI 2020 – 4 3 146 1 122 2 1/40 5.01 61.0 73.0 0 0
T20i 2019 – 5 5 94 0 131 4 2/22 8.36 32.8 23.5 0 0
1st Class 2017- 27 47 3680 129 2098 77 5/53 3.42 27.2 47.8 5 2
List A 2017- 27 25 990 10 873 26 3/40 5.29 33.6 38.1 0 0
T20 2018- 36 32 620 2 901 33 3/19 8.72 27.3 18.8 0 0

Batting Statistics

Format matches innings Not Outs Runs Highest Score Avg S/R 50’s 100’s
ODI 2020 – 4 1 1 10 10* 71.4 0 0
T20i 2019 – 5 1 0 0 0 0.0 23.5 0 0
1st Class 2017- 27 38 10 140 18 5.0 23.1 5 2
List A 2017- 27 14 9 49 12 9.8 43.8 0 0
T20 2018- 36 6 3 7 4 2.3 50.0 0 0