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Cape Town Set for Blockbuster Derby Weekend: MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals Gear Up for Fierce Rivalry

MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals Gear Up for Fierce Rivalry
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Cricket fans in Cape Town buckle up! This weekend promises electrifying T20 action as local giants MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals clash in the highly anticipated SA20 derby. Bragging rights and crucial points are on the line as the two teams battle it out for supremacy in the Western Cape.

MI Cape Town comes in hungry for victory, eager to break the Royals’ undefeated streak and climb the table. Ace bowler Beuran Hendricks urges his team to “throw the first punch” and set the tone in front of a roaring Newlands crowd tonight.

Paarl Royals, however, are riding high on confidence, boasting a perfect record and top spot in the competition. Their relaxed Winelands getaway hasn’t dampened their competitive spirit, especially for opener Jos Buttler, who relishes the prospect of facing his England teammates in the MI Cape Town ranks.

This derby promises fireworks on and off the field. The first-ever Betway SA20 appearance of English umpire Russell Warren adds another layer of excitement to the already charged atmosphere.

Cape Town Crowd: The 12th Man: Get ready for an electric atmosphere at Newlands as a sold-out crowd prepares to roar on MI Cape Town and act as their extra player.

Don’t miss a single moment! The Cape derby kicks off at 17h30 (SAST) tonight at Newlands.

Here’s a quick look at the full squads:

MI Cape Town: Kieron Pollard (c), Tom Banton, Chris Benjamin, Dewald Brevis, Sam Curran, Connor Esterhuizen, Beuran Hendricks, Duan Jansen, Thomas Kaber, George Linde, Liam Livingstone, Delano Potgieter, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Grant Roelofsen, Olly Stone, Nuwan Thushara, Rassie van der Dussen, Nealan van Heerden.

Paarl Royals: David Miller (c), Ferisco Adams, Fabian Allen, Jos Buttler, Keith Dudgeon, Bjorn Fortuin, Evan Jones, Wihan Lubbe, Obed McCoy, Lungi Ngidi, Nqaba Peter, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jason Roy, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lorcan Tucker, John Turner, Mitchell van Buuren, Dane Vilas, Codi Yusuf.