The Sunrisers Eastern Cape lifted the SA20 trophy after a four-wicket win against the Pretoria Capitals at the Wanderers on Sunday.
The final was moved to the reserve day due to torrential rain and a waterlogged field, but that did nothing to dim the excitement with the Bullring creating a fabulous atmosphere.
And the Sunrisers did not disappoint by delivering a brilliant bowling performance to bowl the Capitals out for just 135.
It was led by 38-year-old left-arm spinner Roelof van Merwe, who picked up 4-31. He was ably supported by Sisanda Magala (2-30) and Ottniel Baartman (2-22).
Sunrisers Eastern Cape grab a team hat-trick ✌️#PCvSEC #Betway #SA20 | @Betway_India pic.twitter.com/5hgV1nFf3b
— Betway SA20 (@SA20_League) February 12, 2023
The Sunrisers’ reply did not get off to the best of starts with Temba Bavuma departing in the second over to Ethan Bosch.
However, Aiden Markram’s team was soon back on track with Adam Rossington counter-attacking through a 30-ball 57. The Englishman tore into the Capitals’ attack and ensured the chase was never going to be tricky.
Anrich Nortje bowled his heart out for the Capitals in a bid to haul his team back into the game, but ultimately his 2-21 was not enough.
Marco Jansen delivered the killer blow for the Sunrisers with his six over long-off, setting off the celebrations all the way from Johannesburg to Gqeberha.
How about that? 🚀
A stunning 6️⃣ from the Marco Jansen to close out an amazing #Betway #SA20 tournament 👏 pic.twitter.com/JvDtESfSg0
— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) February 12, 2023
SA20 Award Winners:
Rising Star: Eathan Bosch (Pretoria Capitals)
Batsman of the Season: Jos Buttler (Paarl Royals)
Bowler of the Season: Roelof van der Merwe (Sunrisers Eastern Cape)
Player of the Season: Aiden Markram (Sunrisers Eastern Cape)