Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock clinched the Man of the Match award as the Cape Town Blitz beat the Jozi Stars by 62 runs in Saturday’s key Mzansi Super League fixture at the Wanderers.
De Kock struck a superb half-century in the Blitz’s final total of 198 for five, after which the Stars were limited to an insufficient 136 all out.
De Kock’s 74 spanned a mere 38 deliveries – and featured nine fours and five sixes. He shared a 99-run opening partnership with fellow half-centurion Janneman Malan.
‘I wasn’t sure how the wicket would play, so I just took my time. I just like to go out there without worrying about the pressure of the game. Our bowlers have really helped us in this tournament,’ said De Kock.
The Blitz attack boasted the services of Proteas pace ace Dale Steyn and the talented Anrich Nortje, who shared five wickets. Spinner George Linde and seamer Andile Phehlukwayo shared the other five.
‘We knew it was going to be a high-scoring game. We faded towards the back end, but we knew 200 was going to be good enough. Our bowling unit is looking really good,’ added captain Farhaan Behardien.
The result was the Blitz’s fourth consecutive victory – and consolidated a commanding lead in the tournament’s six-team standings.