T20 Domestic Cup

'Silent treatment' was catalyst - Morris

2014-11-15 09:40
Chris Morris (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Highveld Lions fast bowler Chris Morris admitted that his world record in Twenty20 cricket had been driven by sheer determination after two nightmarish outings in the RAM SLAM T20 last weekend.

Morris recorded figures of none for 37 against the Warriors last Friday and none for 50 against the Knights two days later - a return which led to a week of ‘silent treatment’ from his father, former Northern Transvaal left-arm spinner, Willie Morris.

“I think the only reason he didn’t speak to me was because I was too scared to speak to him,” joked Chris.

However, on Friday he was back to his best as he recorded the most economical figures in the history of Twenty20 cricket by a bowler sending down four overs, and taking 2 for 2 as the Lions beat the Cobras by 47 runs to extend their lead at the top of the RAM SLAM table.

The 27-year-old’s initial two-over spell cost him nothing and brought the wicket of Richard Levi, and in his next two overs he recorded a third maiden and made a second breakthrough.

Only one scoring shot was effected against him, as he notched up 23 dot balls in his four overs.

Asked how determined he had been to turn things around after last weekend, Morris replied: “Rather determined. To be honest it was a bit of a rough week for me mentally because I set quite high standards for myself.

“I knew I had to fight hard to come back to the level where I know I can play, and fortunately it came off and the team won.

“Alviro (Petersen) came to me before the last ball and said that if I went for one run or less then I would get the world record, so that was going around in my head.”

Morris had plenty of praise for his fellow seamers, who limited the Cobras to 94 for seven in their 20 overs, and in particular for Hardus Viljoen, who took 2 for 12 in his allotment.

“When he’s on form he’s a class act,” said Morris. “He can be quite aggressive as we saw, but the whole bowling unit bowled well as a team and we’re just happy stringing the wins together.”


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.