South African batsman Cameron Delport was among the top scorers, as the Paktia Panthers beat the Nangarhar Leopards in Sunday’s key Afghanistan Premier League fixture at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates.
The hard-hitting Dolphins batsman struck an important 35 against an opposition bowling attack spearheaded by New Zealand fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan and Australian seamer Ben Cutting.
His cameo significantly contributed to a final total of 184 for eight, which proved ample, after the Leopards were limited to 163 for six.
Delport played for Afghanistan’s Boost Defenders in the inaugural Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy earlier this month and Guyana Amazon Warriors in September’s Caribbean Premier League.
What a strike from @Cam12Delport! Absolutely effortless!
— Cricingif (@_cricingif) October 7, 2018
The Afghanistan tournament features other South Africans, too. Batsman Colin Ingram and all-rounder Wayne Parnell are playing for the Kabul Zwanan. Former Proteas batsman Herschelle Gibbs, meanwhile, is the head coach of the Balkh Legends.
The Balkh Legends boast the services of West Indian big-hitter Chris Gayle and the South African-born Ryan ten Doeschate and Colin Munro. Ten Doeschate and Munro have played international cricket for the Netherlands and New Zealand, respectively.
The Dutch all-rounder impressed for the Legends earlier this week, striking an entertaining 78 not out in a victory over Kabul Zwanan.
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