Batsmen hit 32 sixes at SuperSportpark

Henry

It almost rained for your boundary shots at SuperSportpark in Centurion on Thursday evening when the batsmen from MI Cape Town and the Pretoria Capitals duly laid down the long stem.

The Capetians won the match by 34 runs to give their play-off dream a boost.

Ryan Rickelton (90 runs from 45 balls) impressed parents with his nimble batting, while Dewald Brevis finally contributed to his side’s success.

The young star, who plays his local cricket at the very SuperSportpark for the Titans, smashed 66 unbeaten runs from 32 deliveries.

He hit six sixes and shared good partnerships with Rickelton and captain Kieron Pollard.

So speaking of Pollard: The great West Indian’s cannon bat undoubtedly did the talking and he hit his 27 runs at a strike rate of 385.

After 20 overs, MI Cape Town had a huge 248/4 on the scoreboard and the home team would have to know their story to pull the wagon through the drift.

Kyle Verreynne hit a brilliant century and with him in front of the wickets anything was certainly possible, but the rest of the Capitals batsmen struggled against the bowling of Kagiso Rabada and Nuwan Tushara.

Rilee Rossouw, Colin Ackermann and Shane Dadswell were taken out for nil, while Phil Salt and Theunis de Bruyn did not excel with the willow bar either.

Verreynne was indeed named the player of the match, but on a night that produced 462 runs and 32 sixes, his innings only underlined the point that the Capitals are capable of so much more.

If only their batsmen would get going.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

MI Cape Town 248/4 in 20 overs: Ryan Rickelton 90, Dewald Brevis 66* and Wayne Parnell 3/57.

Pretoria Capitals 214/8 in 20 overs: Kyle Verreynne 116*, Will Jacks 26 and Nuwan Tushara 3/37.

  • Scoring:
  1. Durban’s Super Giants: 32 points after nine games
  2. Sunrisers Eastern Cape: 24 points after eight games
  3. Paarl Royals: 22 points after eight games
  4. MI Cape Town: 13 points after nine games
  5. Joburg Super Kings: 13 points after nine games
  6. Pretoria Capitals: 10 points after nine games