Paarl (South Africa). Sunrisers Eastern Cape relied on their spin bowlers to become the first team in SA20 to claim a hat-trick of wins as they beat Paarl Royals by five wickets at Boland Park. After a slow start to the competition, the Eastern Cape team has gathered momentum to move up to second place in the table.
The Royals might pride themselves on their spin bowling prowess, but it was the visitors who outclassed the home team. Captain Aiden Markram (2-21), Roelof van der Merwe (2-21) and Bryden Carse (2-29) combined to take 6-71 in their total of 12 overs as the Royals were restricted to 127/7.
Sisanda Magala had the dangerous Jos Buttler caught by Carse at mid-on. Magala was recently called up in the Proteas ODI squad for the upcoming series against England.
From there the Sunrisers spinners dominated. Only Vihaan Lubbe (28) and Corbin Bosch (20) could make some impact on the scoreboard.
Sunrisers’ reply was positive thanks to Adam Rossington and Jordan Harman. Harman made his tournament debut and made an impact with a 39-ball 43, while Rossington scored a quickfire 20 off just 12 balls.
Lungi Ngidi provided some early hope for the Royals with an impressive new ball when he dismissed Rossington and Serel Ervi off successive deliveries.
Harman and captain Aiden Markram then shared a 53-run partnership to take Sunrisers to victory.
At the same time, bowler Bjorn Fortuin took three wickets in one over. But his feat was not enough to give Parles the victory. Tristan Stubbs (18 not out) and Marco Jansen (21 not out) took Sunrisers to victory.
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