It was a mixed bag for the Saffas in county cricket as the one-day series kicked off, with a particularly impressive outing for Johann Myburgh, whose 75 steered Somerset to victory over Surrey.
There was a good win for Simon Harmer at Essex, too, as he took 2-38 off his 10 overs (including England one-day captain Eoin Morgan), by far the most economical bowler, which helped restrict Middlesex to 250. Essex won by six wickets with 44 balls remaining.
Dane Vilas made a valuable contribution of 41 off 39 balls, the second-highest score behind Keaton Jennings’ 136. Lancashire’s final total of 309 was not enough, as Notts won by nine runs.
Myburgh, the former SA U19 and Titans player, scored his 75 off 65 balls as Somerset beat Surrey by eight wickets.
He was never really under pressure after Surrey collapsed to 129 in 35 overs, in which Dean Elgar was dismissed for one.
Myburgh, who at 17 broke Graeme Pollock’s record as the youngest double centurion in South African first-class cricket, was a regular in the South Africa U19 side, alongside the likes of Graeme Smith, Jacques Rudolph, Jonathan Trott and Michael Lumb.
Daryn Smit, who joined Derbyshire in 2017 after 14 years with the Dolphins, had a pleasant cameo role, adding an unbeaten 26 off 18 balls to Derbys’ 357-8, built on Billy Godelman’s 137.
Duanne Olivier then removed both Warwickshire openers in nine balls, ending with 2-47 as Derbyshire won by 57 runs.