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Leie joins Knights

Proteas legspinner Eddie Leie has moved from the bizhub Highveld Lions to the VKB Knights, ahead of the 2017-18 season.

The Lions loaned Leie to the Buildnat Cape Cobras for the closing month of the 2016-17 season. He took eight wickets in four Momentum One Day Cup fixtures for the Cape Town-based franchise - and has since made a permanent move to the Bloemfontein outfit.

The Knights won the Sunfoil Series earlier this year, but finished last in the six-team CSA T20 Challenge - and effectively ended third in the Momentum One Day Cup. Leie will prove particularly key to their campaign in the shortest form of the domestic game.

"In Twenty20s, you have to mix it up. Otherwise, the big-hitters will line you up and you will fetch. You have to vary your deliveries as much as possible in the shorter formats. I can't bowl all of my variations in one game, in one season, though," he told Wisden India, shortly before debuting in T20 International against Bangladesh in 2015.

"I still work on my flippers and zooters. The difference in the googlies has nothing to do with the pace. The one turns a bit more than the other, which gets a bit more top spin. There is the one the batsmen can read and the one which is hidden."

The 30-year-old's change follows former Cobras wicketkeeper-batsman Dane Vilas' departure to the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, who have lost fast bowler Craig Alexander to the Lions.


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