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MI Cape Town Dominate Cape Derby with Rickelton’s Masterclass

MI Cape Town Dominate Cape Derby with Rickelton's Masterclass
Credit: SA20

Cape Town erupted in celebration as MI Cape Town asserted its dominance in the city’s first derby of the SA20 Season 2. With a resounding eight-wicket victory over Paarl Royals, the home side showcased their prowess and secured their third consecutive win against their rivals.

Opening Pair Blazes: MI Cape Town’s dynamic duo, Ryan Rickelton and Rassie van der Dussen, once again terrorized the opposition. Building on their record-breaking 200-run partnership earlier in the season, the pair effortlessly chased down the 173-run target set by Paarl Royals. Rickelton was unstoppable, smashing a scorching 94* off just 52 balls, while van der Dussen contributed a steady 41.

Rickelton Shines, Steals the Show: The 27-year-old Rickelton is making a case for himself as a potential Proteas T20 World Cup squad member. His consistent brilliance, currently sitting at the top of the SA20 run scorer leaderboard with 337 runs, is impossible to ignore.

Roy’s Early Fireworks Fizzle: Paarl Royals started brightly with Jason Roy blasting three consecutive sixes off Kagiso Rabada. However, his momentum was cut short by van der Dussen, leaving Royals chasing an uphill battle. Jos Buttler tried to hold the innings together with 46 runs, but it was Thomas Kaber’s masterful 3/20 bowling that truly broke the Royals’ spirit.

MI Cape Town Up the Table: This dominant win catapults MI Cape Town to third place on the table, putting them right in the thick of the SA20 race. Paarl Royals, despite the loss, maintain their second-place position.

Next Up: The Cape derby continues on Sunday, as MI Cape Town travels down to Paarl for another tantalizing clash. Will MI Cape Town claim a clean sweep, or will Paarl Royals reignite their fire on home soil?

Player of the Match: Ryan Rickelton (94* off 52)