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Paarl Royals begin campaign with resounding win


 The Paarl Royals opened their Betway SA20 Season 2 campaign with a resounding 27-run victory at a picture-perfect Boland Park.

The match took place on Friday evening.

The Winelands venue was in a festive mood on a glorious summer’s day in Paarl with the Royals faithful packing in on the grass banks.

The executive suites were also filled with royalty with former Springbok captains Jean de Villiers and Morne du Plessis along with Olympic gold medalist Wayde van Niekerk in attendance.

They certainly left in good spirits after Royals captain David Miller held his team’s innings together with 41 off 33 balls before Player of the Match Andile Phehlukwayo provided the finishing touches with a breezy 28 not out off 14 balls to lift the Royals to 160/7.

Miller was forced to restrain his natural attacking game after the Royals lost three wickets in the space of 15 balls.

Jason Roy looked promising during the early stages of the Power Play with the Englishman smashing three fours and six in his 16-ball 23 before he dragged a full-pitch delivery onto his stumps.

Jos Buttler and Wihan Lubbe fell shortly afterward as the Royals slumped to 56/3.

The Royals needed a partnership to rebuild their innings with Miller and Mitchell van Buuren (28 off 21 balls) putting on 61 runs for the fourth wicket to get the home team back on track.

The Capitals kept chipping away though with wickets during the middle period through Daryn Dupavillon (2/29) and Corbin Bosch (2/35) before Phehlukwayo regained the momentum for the home side.

Chasing at Boland Park has been notoriously difficult over the years, and so it proved for the Capitals as they could only manage 133/7 in reply.

The visitors were initially ahead of the curve with Capitals posting 54/2 in the Power Play – eight runs ahead of the Royals at that stage.

The Royals seamers Lungi Ngidi and Obed McCoy were, however, enjoying the early evening conditions picking up both Will Jacks (5) and Theunis de Bruyn (5) in the process.

Ngidi was indeed unfortunate to concede two consecutive sixes to Phil Salt with the English international edging both maximums over third man.

Rilee Rossouw (29 off 18 balls) threatened briefly to take the game away from the Royals, but when he and Salt fell in quick succession to Phehlukwayo and Tabraiz Shamsi, the Capitals lost their way entirely.

Stand-in Capitals captain Jimmy Neesham struck a few boundaries in the final over of the innings, but it was a little too late as he too succumbed to Phehlukwayo (2/29).

These two sides will go head-to-head again on Sunday when the Capitals has the opportunity to avenge this defeat at their home ground, Centurion.

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