26 March 2020

The Imperial Lions are excited to welcome the excellent talent of Sisanda Magala to the Lions Cricket franchise. The recent recruit is best described as a bowling all-rounder born in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.

Having made his first-class and List A debuts for the Eastern Province Senior Provincial side in 2010, the 29-year old quickly established himself as a capable bowler in the long format of the game. It was in 2016 when he had a breakthrough year in limited overs cricket when he was the leading wicket taker for Eastern Cape in the 2016 Africa T20 competition.

Magala has since been drafted for the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and Cape Town Blitz for the last two editions of the Mzansi Super League respectively where he has impressed with his powerful bowling displays and big hitting with the bat at the death which has seen his white ball reputation rise considerably.

Sisanda Magala of the Cape Town Blitz sends down a delivery during the 2019 Mzansi Super League cricket match between Cape Town Blitz and Jozi Stars at Newlands, Cape Town on 14 November 2019 ©Shaun Roy/BackpagePix

His performance in the Mzansi Super League and Domestic Franchise cricket has earned him call-ups to the South Africa A side and has most recently trained with the Standard Bank Proteas T20 International side. With continued impressive performances and dedication, it is only a matter of time until Sisanda Magala makes his Standard Bank Proteas debut.

“I would like to thank the Warriors Cricket family for the many years in which they have supported me and helped my growth as a player. It is really appreciated. Thank you so much for the Lions Cricket for welcoming me into the family. I am excited to join the Lions family given its rich history, reputation and great culture that has been built over the years,” commented Sisanda Magala.

Major teams:

South Africa A, Eastern Province, Eastern Province U19, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Cape Town Blitz, Warriors.

Playing style:

Bowling all-rounder

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Bowling Statistics

Format matches innings Balls Mdn Runs Wickets BB Econ Avg S/R 4 Wkts 5 wkts
1st Class 2010- 82 143 11977   6892 230 6/23 3.45 29.96 52.0 5 9
List A 2010- 95 89 3914   3819 126 6/24 5.85 30.30 31.0 2 5
T20 2011- 95 90 1786   2356 99 5/28 7.91 23.79 18.0 1 1

Batting Statistics

Format matches innings Not Outs Runs Highest Score Avg S/R 50’s 100’s
1st Class 2010- 82 117 27 1710 79 19.00 49.47 7 0
List A 2010- 95 59 10 662 78* 13.51 83.79 1 0
T20 2011- 95 52 18 527 63 15.50 121.99 2 0