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Coast-based sides lead the way as SA20 season passes halfway mark

25 Jan 2024
Simon Lewis 25 Jan 2024
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  • SA20 2024 has played host to some breathtaking and entertaining cricket in season two.
  • The coastal franchises occupy the top four spots on the table.
  • The two highveld franchises are stuck at the bottom of the table at the halfway stage.
Proteas celebrate a wicket.
Proteas celebrate a wicket in the 2023 World Cup. (credit: Indranil Mukherjee / AFP via Getty Images)

Season Two of SA20 is a hit

The second Betway SA20 Season has played host to some truly exhilarating cricket, with a superb array of blistering innings, breathtaking catches and incredible run-outs. With the teams having all played at least five matches, the serious business of qualifying for the knockout stages takes centre stage. 

The coastal sides have produced the best and most consistent cricket so far, with Paarl Royals heading the table with four wins from five, followed by Durban’s Super Giants. 

The Giants have also picked-up four wins, but the Durban-based side have played an extra game. Defending champions Sunrisers Eastern Cape are in third place, followed by MI Cape Town in fourth place.  

Hard times for highveld teams

Last season the Pretoria Capitals claimed top spot on the table at the end of the group stage, with seven wins from 10 matches. Hot on their heels were the Joburg Super Kings, with six wins from their 10 matches, ensuring them second place on the table.

Ironically, these two teams now find themselves at the bottom of the table, with the Capitals sitting rock bottom after just one win from their five matches. 

The Super Kings also have just one win from five, but they are one place above the Capitals in fifth spot thanks to two points gained from an abandoned match.

Leading batters

MI Cape Town’s Ryan Rickelton has already racked up 355 runs at an average of 71 and a strike rate of 177.50. The Proteas middle-order batter has scored four 50s in his six innings. He has hit 23 hours and 25 sixes in his six innings!

Last season Capitals opener Will Jacks shared the record for most sixes in an innings with Faf du Plessis, with both batters hitting eight - Jacks in his innings of 92 against Sunrisers, while Faf hit eight in his 113 against the Super Giants. 

This season Jacks holds the record alone with nine sixes in his innings of 101 for the Capitals against the Super Giants, at a strike rate of 240.47.

Leading bowlers

Paarl Royals’ Lungi Ngidi is leading the wickets tally with 11 wickets in his six matches, with last season’s top two bowlers (Roelof van der Merwe and Anrich Nortje) each picking up 20 in the season. Ngidi’s wickets have come at a cost of 18.81 per wicket and he is bowling at an economy rate of 9.00.

The best bowling figures in an innings this season belong to Sunrisers’ Ottniel Baartman, who knocked over foru Capitals batters for 12 runs in their recent nine-wicket win. Baartman’s final figures in the innings were 3.3-0-12-4.

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