Lungi Ngidi took a total of seven wickets in his two spells to help the Titans claim the only victory of round three of the Sunfoil Series.
Ngidi had an awesome first spell to help reduce the Dolphins to a measly 207-run total in their first innings, the young speedster taking four wickets early on to reduce the Dolphins to 61-4 after just 21 overs. His final wicket came at the death, and his bowling display raised some justifiable questions on his exclusion from the first two matches.
The 20-year old turned some heads after his impressive performance in the Campus Cricket tournament for Tuks, starring for his side by taking seven wickets and conceding only 94 runs in the short-format competition. He also featured in one match for Northerns in the Sunfoil 3-Day Cup, taking nine wickets in his two bowling spells to help Northerns demolish Eastern Province by 10 wickets, reiterating the confusion around his exclusion from the Titans 1st XI.
Talking to SA Cricket magazine, Ngidi made his intentions clear regarding his future highlighting his admiration for Proteas star Kagiso Rabada.
‘I look up to Kagiso. How he has burst on to the scene at his age and progressed is a true inspiration. I admire the maturity he’s shown and would like to perform in a similar fashion … but as Lungi Ngidi.’
Ngidi is one to watch for the future, and his first-class record speaks for itself, taking 17 wickets in just five matches at an average of 20.35, confirming his inevitable selection for the Titans for this years’ domestic season.