Rickelton’s runs surely pay for WB ticket

Henry

If the SA20 tournament provides a fireworks display, then Ryan Rickelton must undoubtedly be the match that sets the whole spectacle on fire.

Because my goodness, the 27-year-old Johannesburg native pretty much gives you killer performances.

In his four innings for MI Cape Town, he has not been taken out once for less than 58 runs, while he boasts a highest score of 98 runs against the Joburg Super Kings.

He is currently the top batsman in the tournament and he has already smashed 337 runs at an average of 112.33 and an incredible strike rate of 182.16.

The left-handed batsman, whose attacking approach to his batting effort is often compared to that of Quinton de Kock, also sent the ball over the boundary 25 times.

The Pretoria Capitals’ Will Jacks hit the second most sixes (12), followed by the Durban’s Super Giants’ Heinrich Klaasen (11).

Rickelton made the porridge thick again on Friday night against the Paarl Royals; his unbeaten innings of 94 runs ensured that MI Cape Town wrapped up the showdown on a trot with eight wickets.

The tournament is very important for the players.

South Africa will play in its first match of the T20 World Cup against Sri Lanka in New York on 3 June and with a clean target-and-mocker calendar awaiting the team, the SA20 tournament serves as a dress rehearsal for the international spectacle.

And with his splendid innings, Rickelton surely did enough to book his World Cup plane ticket.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

Paarl Royals 172/8 in 20 overs: Jos Buttler 46, Jason Roy 38 and Thomas Kaber 3/20.

MI Cape Town 175/2 in 16.5 overs: Ryan Rickelton 94*, Rassie van der Dussen 41 and Tabraiz Shamsi 2/35.

  • Rickelton’s SA20 innings:

87 – MI Cape Town v Durban’s Super Giants

98 – MI Cape Town v Joburg Super Kings

58 – MI Cape Town v Sunrisers Eastern Cape

94* – MI Cape Town v Paarl Royals.