• Rocks lose second-highest run-scorer

    The Paarl Rocks will be without England batsman James Vince for next week’s Mzansi Super League final at Boland Park.

    Vince joined the tournament belatedly and will leave early to join the Sydney Sixers in Australia’s Big Bash League.

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    He is the Rocks’ second-highest run-scorer in the 2019 MSL, with 226 in eight innings. Only opener Cameron Delport has more – 246 in nine.

    ‘As captain of his county Hampshire, and an England player, he brought great experience into our team and he played a vital role in getting us to the final next Monday,’ said Rocks chief executive officer James Fortuin.

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    The Rocks will host one of the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Durban Heat or Tshwane Spartans in the final. The Cape Town Blitz and Jozi Stars, who were last year’s finalists, have been ruled out of contention for a berth in the 2019 final.

    The Rocks’ campaign has been hampered injury. Batsmen Aiden Markram and JP Duminy were sidelined before the tournament started. All-rounder Dwaine Pretorius is currently not playing due to a wrist injury.

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    Markram remains in doubt for the Proteas’ first Test against England at SuperSport Park in Centurion, which will start on 26 December.

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