Full name Nkateko Ethy Mbhalati
Born November 18, 1981, Phalaborwa, Northern Province
Current age 36 years 6 days
Major teams Northerns, Northerns B, South Africa A, South Africa Emerging Players, South African Invitational XI, Titans
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
|Last First-class||Cape Cobras v Titans at Paarl, Apr 7-9, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||2002/03|
|Last List A||Titans v Knights at Benoni, Jan 29, 2016 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Warriors v Titans at Port Elizabeth, Apr 1, 2005 scorecard|
|Last T20s||North West v Easterns at Potchefstroom, Nov 22, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1*, 4/85, 8, 1/49||Titans||v Cape Cobras||Paarl||7 Apr 2016||FC|
|0/118, 0||Titans||v Lions||Centurion||31 Mar 2016||FC|
|2/34, 0*, 0/43||Titans||v Warriors||Port Elizabeth||18 Mar 2016||FC|
|0/50, 1/52||Titans||v Dolphins||Durban||10 Mar 2016||FC|
|4, 2/29, 2/32||Titans||v Knights||Centurion||3 Mar 2016||FC|
|0*, 0/40, 0, 0/15||Easterns||v Northern Cpe||Benoni||25 Feb 2016||FC|
|12*, 2/44, 1/29||Easterns||v KZN-Inland||Benoni||11 Feb 2016||FC|
|1/48||Titans||v Knights||Benoni||29 Jan 2016||LA|
|5*, 2/39||Titans||v Lions||Potchefstroom||21 Jan 2016||FC|
|4/48, 0*, 3/42||Titans||v Dolphins||Benoni||14 Jan 2016||FC|
An indefatigable seam bowler, Ethy Mbhalati was a stalwart at Centurion, where he played for 13 seasons. He racked up 129 first-class caps, the same number of List A matches and 92 T20 games, taking 594 wickets across all formats. That long career was ended when he as implicated in the match-fixing scandal in South Africa's T20 tournament in the 2015-16 summer.
Mbhalati made his debut in the 2002-03 season and at first made an impression in limited-overs cricket. In March 2008, Mbahlati became the first South African to claim a hat-trick in T20 franchise cricket. In that year's T20 competition, Mbhalati was the second-highest wicket-taker with 14 wickets at 14.21. He was third overall in the 2009-10 List A competition with 16 scalps at 19.12 and, in the 2010-11 season, Mbhalati was second on the first-class wicket-takers' list with 39 scalps at 20.58.
His consistency, accuracy and unwavering ability to bowl spell after spell were all worthy characteristics but in a country rich with bowling talent, Mbhalati did not get the opportunity for higher honours. In 2014, Mbhalati was given a benefit year by his franchise as his career seemed to be reaching its twilight stages but he stayed on as a senior player for another season.
On August 1, 2016, Mbhalati was banned for ten years for receiving a payment to fix in the 2015-16 Ram Slam tournament.