Port Elizabeth - Sisanda Magala, Jon-Jon Smuts and man of the match Heino
Kuhn starred as the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants closed to within a point of
Mzansi Super League leaders the Cape Town Blitz with a dominant bonus-point win
over the Paarl Rocks in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
The hosts won by 48 runs after bowling out the visitors for
120 in 19.3 overs as they tried to hunt down a victory target of 169.
Kuhn lead the way with his fluent innings of 54 (36 balls, 5
fours, 2 sixes), before Magala and Smuts snared three wickets each to destroy
the visitors and hand the home side the full quota of five points.
That saw them jump to 19 points, only one behind the leading
Blitz with four rounds of the round-robin stage remaining. It was a key result
for the Giants and one that now leaves them well placed to challenge the
Capetonians, who had been running away from everyone over the initial part of
The Giants won the toss and elected to bat first at St
George’s Park with Smuts (21), Marco Marais (20) and Ben Duckett (16) helping
their side to a strong start after they progressed to 70 for two in the eighth
After the departure of the skipper, Kuhn picked up the baton
and shared in a 70-run fourth wicket stand with Christiaan Jonker (23), before
Chris Morris (15 not out) helped them end on 168 for nine in their 20 overs.
Dane Paterson was the pick of the bowlers with two for 26,
with the Standard Bank Proteas fast bowler also inflicting two run-outs in the
But his side were then let down by their batting, losing
wickets almost at will in the opening 10 overs.
Only one man stood tall and that was Proteas opener Aiden
Markram, who struck exactly 50 off 39 balls (5 fours, 1 six).
The rest of the top order crumbled, mainly at the hands of Smuts
after his three for 17, with Morris also chipping in with two for 25.
Henry Davids, captain Faf du Plessis and Patrick Kruger all
made seven, with six coming from Vaughn van Jaarsveld.
But the next best score after Markram was 18 by David Wiese
as Magala (3/17) ripped through the tail.
It ensured the Giants a big win and left the visitors with
two wins from five so far.