• Seven ‘bang for buck’ buys at MSL player draft

    Millions of rands were spent at Wednesday’s Mzansi Super League player draft. Some teams got better value for money than others.

    Priceless Piedt

    • The Cape Town Blitz signed Cape Cobras spinner and captain Dane Piedt for R50,000 – a cheap price for a talented cricketer of seven Test matches among 100 first-class appearances.

    Valuable Verreynne

    • Cape Cobras wicketkeeper-batsman¬†Kyle Verreynne went to the Cape Town Blitz for R75,000. When marquee Proteas player Quinton de Kock is touring Australia for three ODIs and a T20I,¬†Verreynne will be the only specialist wicketkeeper in the squad.

    ‘Return on investment’ Raza

    • The Tshwane Spartans have a relatively inexpensive gem in spinning all-rounder Sikandar Raza. Secured for R100,000 he has a point to prove in the wake of a recent fallout with Zimbabwe Cricket.

    ‘Deliverables’ Delport

    • The Paarl Rocks’ R120,000 is a cheap for the hard-hitting Cameron Delport, who boasts experience in the Indian Premier League, Caribbean Premier League, Afghanistan Premier League and others.

    Evenhanded Elgar

    • Batsman Dean Elgar’s recent return to the ODI squad, albeit as injury cover, showed that the Test match opener has plenty to offer in limited-overs competition. The Tshwane Spartans bought him for just R150,000.

    ‘Money for jam’ Mavuta

    • The Durban Heat invested R180,000 in Brandon Mavuta, after the Zimbabwe leg-spinner impressed against the Proteas recently. He offers a bit with the bat, too.

    Moneyed McLaren

    • The Nelson Mandela Bay Giants were acutely aware of Chris Morris’ popularity with the national selectors – and duly purchased a secondary all-rounder in Ryan McLaren for R200,000.

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    Jonhenry Wilson