21st Jan, 2024

PRvMICT Report: Alas, Roy with bat and Fortuin with ball end our Western Cape derby streak

By MI Cape Town Media

They say all good streaks must come to an end, and sadly, this was it for us with respect to the unbeaten streak we’d had over the Paarl Royals, and thereby the prestigious Western Cape derby. Let’s recap the evening.. 

Roy-Buttler do Roy-Buttler things

They started off big and went on a hitting spree, that too on a wicket that was on the slower side. The English pair of Jason Roy and Jos Buttler nicely mixed aggression with caution, and at 116/0 in 13 overs, were looking good to get the Royals a score of over 180. 

Thushara and Co. apply the brakes

To restrict the Paarl Royals to 162 in their 20 overs was a big deal at the half way stage of the first innings, and that’s thanks primarily to Nuwan Thushara, who went through Buttler’s defence, trapped Fabian Allen first ball, and with David Miller retiring out, did well to ensure we weren’t chasing a mountain. 

The rarest of rare R-failures 

We know it’s T20s, but we’ve been spoilt bad by Ryan Rickelton and Rassie van der Dussen almost making it a habit of getting MI Cape Town off to a flier. It wasn’t to be today, as they fell early in the chase, and although Connor Esterhuizen, Sam Curran and Liam Livingstone tried their best to rebuild and then go for the counter-attack, the asking rate just kept climbing up, and the pitch kept getting tough to bat on. 

It’s been a L,W,L,W,L type campaign so far, but with us getting back to Newlands for the next game against DSG, trust the Newlands faithful to play the perfect 12th man and carry us through!

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