Ram Slam T20 Challenge 2012-13 March 28, 2013

De Kock leads Lions into the final

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Lions 195 for 4 (De Kock 97, Petersen 55*) beat Dolphins 141 for 9 (Smit 41, Viljoen 2-22) by 54 runs

Lions romped into the final of the Ram Slam T20 tournament with a 54-run win over Dolphins. They will take on the winner of the semi-final between Warriors and Titans.

Put into bat, Lions piled up a score of 195 for 4. Quinton de Kock led the way with a 61-ball 97 that had three fours and eight sixes, while Alviro Petersen scored an unbeaten 55. The pair shared a stand of 87 runs off 52 balls for the third wicket.

In reply, Dolphins never got their chase moving after losing openers Divan van Wyk and Cameron Delport. A 49-run partnership between Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Cody Chetty steadied the innings before their dismissals and David Miller's wicket in consecutive overs left the Titans reeling at 81 for 5. A 25-ball 41 from captain Daryn Smit helped Dolphins reach 141 for 9 at the end of their 20 overs.

Warriors 130 for 2 (Jonker 64*, Ingram 45) beat Cape Cobras 128 for 5 (Shah 33*, Puttick 28) by eight wickets

Warriors routed Cape Cobras by eight wickets to set up a semi-final clash with Titans. Opener Christiaan Jonker's unbeaten 64 off 39 balls held the Warriors' chase together after Ashwell Prince was dismissed for seven. Jonker shared an 82-run stand with Colin Ingram to take his side past the target of 129 with more than six overs to spare.

Earlier, Cape Cobras scored 128 runs in their innings as the batsmen fell regularly to the Warriors bowling. Owais Shah was the topscorer for Cobras with an unbeaten 33, while Rusty Theron picked up two wickets for the Warriors.

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  • Lwandile on March 30, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    I keep saying that this kid is as talented if not more talented than AB de Villiers was at the same age. This kid has the credentials to be one of the top top international players of his generation. Theres no harm in having AB hand the gloves over to him, that way we get a top keeper in De Kock and arguably the best fielder in world cricket in AB.

    ODI: 1 De Kock 2 Hash 3 AB 4 JP 5 Faf 6 Miller 7 Morris 8 Rob P 9 Steyn 10 Morkel 11 De lange

  • des on March 29, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Yet another brilliant innings form De Kock. Top runscorer in the competition at a strike rate around 150, despite keeping wicket, opening the batting and being 'inexperienced' at age 20. This is why he needs a proper run in the limited overs teams not a single game every now and again.

    I think there have been 4 domestic T20 hundreds in SA since T20 started. De Kock has the highest (127) earlier this season, and deserved to add another with this 97. Brilliant to watch. Yes, I am a fan!

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