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.