Ram Slam T20 Challenge 2012-13 February 17, 2013

De Kock's hundred gives Lions opening win

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Lions 185 for 1 (De Kock 126*, Bodi 40) beat Cape Cobras 183 for 5 (Vilas 63, Phangiso 3-31) by nine wickets
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Quinton de Kock starred with an unbeaten 126, the highest by a South African in Twenty20s, as the Lions beat Cape Cobras to register an opening win in the tournament in Potchefstroom. The Cobras had set a target of 184, but their chances of winning the game were quickly quashed by a 124-run opening stand between de Kock and Gulam Bodi. After Bodi fell, de Kock took most of the strike, as he went from 74 off 48 balls to 126 off 69, scoring 52 runs in just 21 balls. De Kock sealed the match by striking three consecutive boundaries off Charl Langeveldt, as the Lions won inside of 19 overs.

The Cobras were asked to bat as opener Richard Levi (40) and Dane Vilas gave them a solid start. Aaron Phangiso then struck with two wickets in two balls, claiming Owais Shah first ball. Justin Ontong and Vilas helped stabilize the innings before Ontong fell to Phangiso. Qaasim Adams was sent in, and proceeded to score a rapid career-best 43 off 22, helping the Cobras score 183 in their quota of 20 overs.

Warriors 128 for 2 (Jonker 66*, Ingram 46) beat Knights 136 for 7 (Cloete 37, Theron 2-23) by eight wickets (D/L method)
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A 109-run stand between Christiaan Jonker and Colin Ingram earned a comfortable victory for the Warriors against the Knights in a rain-affected match in Kimberley. As rain intervened, the target was reduced from 137 to 127 from 18 overs, and a half-century from Jonker, took Warriors home with 11 balls to spare.

The Warriors started abjectly when Ashwell Prince was out lbw on his first ball to Johan van der Wath. Jonker and Ingram batted briskly as they effectively took the game away from the Knights. Jonker scored a career-best 66 off 44 balls, striking six fours and four sixes. Ingram played a vital supporting role with 46 off 43. In the end, Davy Jacobs sealed the match with a six off the first ball of the 17th over, to give the Warriors an opening win in the tournament.

The Knights were put in to bat, with Rilee Rossouw and wicketkeeper Gihahn Cloete putting on a 65-run stand for the second wicket after Loots Bosman was dismissed in the third over. However, once Cloete was run out in the 12th over, the Knights had a difficult time putting together substantial partnerships. They ended up reaching 136 for 7 at the completion of their 20 overs. Rusty Theron finished with figures of 2 for 23, at an economy of 5.75.

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  • greig on February 19, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    I think De Kock will play keeper for the ODI series against PAK. ABs back is dodgy, I personally would prefer AB not to keep once De Kock is ready.

  • Ashif on February 19, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    De cock is a MASSIVE talent and one of the brightest I have seen in a while. Let him show his wares for some seasons in the longer format but blood him in limited overs as soon as the Champions Trophy is over.

  • Nick on February 19, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    @ Ozcricketwriter

    I agree, but NOT YET! We (SA) have spoiled young talent before. At present, AB is doing a BRILLIANT job of both his duties. Let Quintin mature, get used to international cricket and find his (batting) game a little better.

    The guy is an UNBELIEVABLE talent, but I think once he has become more consistent in his batting he can start some tests. His performance in Sunfoil wasn't the best. He will get there though. Then, new batsman/keeper records could be in jeopardy worldwide...

  • Duncan on February 18, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Excellent De Kock, keeper/opener for short formats, and bring him into tests in a year's time? Nice bowling from Phangiso, only 6 wickets fell in the match and he took 3 of those, with some serious big hitting going on.

  • Adrian on February 18, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    De Kock should be South Africa's wicket keeper in all 3 formats. Leave de Villiers purely as a batsman.

  • greig on February 17, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    Cupboard = full

    Fast track de kock and Gqamane NOW !!!

  • Suraj on February 17, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Great Knock!!Really Impressive...All the best De Cock...

  • ntokozo on February 17, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Wow, De Kock and Gqamane are really talented! SA cricket is safe for years :)

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