Paarl Royals Secure Victory, Clinching Double Over Pretoria Capitals in SA20 Game 6

Paarl Royals triumph in a pulsating SA20 encounter, securing a dramatic last-over victory against Pretoria Capitals and maintaining their unbeaten streak.

In a sensational SA20 run-fest during Game 6, the Pretoria Capitals and Paarl Royals treated local fans to an electrifying match that witnessed over 400 runs and a nail-biting last-over finish. The Capitals’ first home game of Season 2 ended in disappointment as the Royals secured a tense 10-run victory, marking a double triumph after their previous win at Boland Park.

The difference-maker for the Royals was their experienced seamers, who restricted the Capitals to 200/7 in response to their own formidable 210/3. Player of the Match, Lungi Ngidi, set the tone with two early wickets in the first over and closed out the match with a total of four wickets, finishing with figures of 4/39. West Indies international Obed McCoy played a crucial role in defending 14 runs in the last over, battling severe cramps but displaying remarkable character.

The match swung back and forth with Rilee Rossouw (82 off 45 balls) and Will Jacks (58 off 34 balls) leading the Capitals’ chase with a partnership of 147 off 77 balls, setting a new SA20 record at Centurion. This surpassed the earlier record of 141 runs set by David Miller and Mitchell van Buuren for the Royals. Miller (75*) and Van Buuren (72*), in their turn, showcased brilliance for the Royals, with Miller’s explosive last-over performance securing their unbeaten start to Season 2.

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In an additional highlight at Centurion, Jochen Grobler became the first “Betway SA20 Catch an R2 million” prize winner, claiming a clean one-handed catch off a Jacks strike into the crowd.

IANS