Sussex v South Africans, Tour match, Hove May 19, 2017

De Kock brushes off cobwebs with powerful hundred

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South Africans 289 for 4 (de Kock 104, Duminy 68, Parnell 61) beat Sussex 223 for 9 (Finch 62) by 66 runs

Quinton de Kock made a six-laden century © Getty Images

South Africa, powered by Quinton de Kock's hundred, produced a convincing victory by 66 runs against Sussex at Hove as they warmed up for their ODI series against England and the Champions Trophy.

In a match reduced to 32 overs because of rain, some thrilling batting from de Kock, Wayne Parnell and JP Duminy gave them a formidable score 289 for 4; in reply Sussex were never in the chase but batted very respectably to make 223 for 9.  South Africa were without captain AB de Villiers, who was feeling unwell, as well as Faf du Plessis who rested a shoulder niggle.

De Kock, playing his first game since March, hit an unbeaten 78-ball 104 a few days after collecting a haul of prizes at the CSA annual awards. He missed the IPL tournament after suffering a finger injury in New Zealand. He retired after striking five fours and seven sixes to allow others a chance.

De Kock and Parnell put on 121 for the first wicket before the equally aggressive Parnell, who hit 61 off 42 deliveries, with seven fours and three sixes, was out in the 15th over, lbw to former South Africa batsman Stiaan van Zyl.

But there was no let-off for the Sussex bowlers even after they had seen the back of the openers. Duminy produced the best strike-rate of the innings, with 68 off 46 balls, hitting successive sixes off spinner Danny Briggs. 

Sussex looked out of the contest when Kagiso Rabada reduced them to 5 for 2 in the first over.  Chris Nash, leading the side in the absence of Luke Wright, played on to his second delivery and then Luke Wells, making his first appearance of the season after injury, was lbw to his first ball.

Van Zyl, 12 times a Test player for South Africa, looked in the mood to make a point, with 16 off 10 balls, but was then athletically caught by Farhaan Behardien at backward-point.

Phil Salt provided a bright feature of the Sussex innings with a 33-ball 37, which included a remarkable reverse flick over backward square-leg for six off the bowling of Dwaine Pretorius.  In the next over, bowled by Morne Morkel, he struck the first two deliveries for four but was out to the final delivery, caught behind playing a ramp shot, ending a spirited fourth-wicket partnership of 57 with Harry Finch.

After Salt's dismissal Finch and Delray Rawlins continued to take the attack to the South Africa bowlers.  Rawlins was run out for 41 but Finch went on to top score for Sussex with 62 before he miscued to mid-off.

South Africa have another warm-up game at Northampton on Sunday before facing England at Headingley on Wednesday.

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  • muzammil_ms on May 22, 2017, 9:36 GMT

    With not much hopes for Pakistan and no player in the team that I enjoy watching, actually South Africa is the team with guyz like De Kock and De Villiers, my top 2 favorite batsman from the current international players that I would like to watch play and succeed but not against Pakistan though :)

  • cricfan12091244 on May 21, 2017, 9:21 GMT

    @nixnixon jpd is 170 matches experience playerand believe on quality players .....don't say jpd is bad bcoz when jpd plays he can single handely can won the game for south Africa don't be negative

  • NixNixon on May 21, 2017, 8:39 GMT

    Again you see parnell an duminy performing well when it doesnt count, making a case for theit tricking everyone into believing that they are class acts. We have seen over and over again how these two experience meltdowns under pressure. Yet they for some reason have a permanent ticket or free ride to play in the team. Extremely sad.

  • cricfan12091244 on May 21, 2017, 7:47 GMT

    de kock is true all rounder of cricket a perfect batsmen very good wicket keeper and very confident on his own ability a great find for south Africa .....

  • YogifromNY on May 21, 2017, 3:22 GMT

    I am an Indian team supporter and admire de Kock greatly. What a batsman. And keeps well to boot. Hope he goes from strength to strength in his playing career and after.

  • enlightenedone on May 21, 2017, 2:58 GMT

    Looks like flat tracks for the champions trophy.

  • Geordie_Online on May 20, 2017, 21:25 GMT

    What a player! Still looks like youthful child.

  • cricfan78136130 on May 20, 2017, 18:30 GMT

    @Gladstone92 completely agree with you. It's all very well to be quietly confident, but I would prefer that it remained just that - quiet. That goes for the fans too. I'm probably neurotic, but it seems like tempting fate to me

  • GladStone92 on May 20, 2017, 14:52 GMT

    A good showing for South Africa here, but I do hope they aren't setting themselves up for another epic failure. Every time a major ODI tournament comes along, we put ourselves under so much pressure, going on about how desperate we are to win, and how much it means etc. I know it's important to play with passion and desire and all the rest, but I wonder if psychologically it becomes such a huge deal in the players' minds that when things start to go wrong on the day, they panic. Rather than just say "okay, we are here to play well, to play our best, and take each game as it comes." Thoughts?

  • diri on May 20, 2017, 12:42 GMT

    I like him keeping. gives the team nice balance.

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