The Cape Town Blitz beat the Tshwane Spartans by 15 runs in Sunday’s Mzansi Super League fixture at Newlands.
The result pushed the Blitz from fifth to fourth position in the 2019 tournament’s six-team standings, while the Spartans remained third.
Pursuing a 158-run target, the Spartans were limited to a final total of 142/7 in the allotted 20 overs. Former Proteas captain AB de Villiers and, in particular, half-centurion Pite van Biljon proved solid, but lacked enough support.
The Blitz had climbed to 157/5 on the back of the talented David Bedingham’s half-century. Bedingham debuted earlier this week – and struck 53 from 40 deliveries on Sunday.
His stay featured five fours and a six against an opposition bowling attack laden with international experience in seamers Morne Morkel, Tom Curran, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla and Wiaan Mulder.
Earlier on Sunday, the Paarl Rocks triumphed over the Jozi Stars to remain at the top of the table. The Stars are the reigning MSL champions, after beating the Blitz in last year’s inaugural final. The Johannesburg franchise, however, has since suffered seven successive defeats – and have been ruled out of contention for a second title.
The 2019 MSL will resume on Tuesday, when the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants host the Spartans at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.