Hendricks’ golden run powers Stars to second place in points table
Reeza Hendricks continued his purple patch as he smashed 79 off just 48 balls to set the Jozi Stars on their way to an upset 50-run victory over Cape Town Blitz a Newlands.
The competition’s top run-getter entered the clash in Cape Town with back-to-back centuries in his previous two games and his performance helped the visitors amass 196 for four after winning the toss and batting.
In reply, Cape Town Blitz were restricted to 146 all out.
Hendricks shared in a 120-run record stand with Rassie van der Dussen (42) for the second wicket, a partnership that began slowly before launching in the latter stages.
Christian, Pite van Biljon and Dane Vilas then chipped in with some late runs as a thrilling 67 came from the final five overs as Cape Town Blitz were given a target of 197.
Centurion from the previous game Quinton de Kock struggled to find rhythm as he was dismissed after scoring nine off 15 balls while Janneman Malan hardly looked his fluent self during his innings-high score of 43 off 37 balls, particularly as the pressure began to build on the scoreboard.
He batted right through until the 16th over when the score was still a moderate 111, while at the other end key wickets of Dawid Malan (14) and Farhaan Behardien had fallen.
Christian claimed two in two balls to end any outside hope of the Blitz, with Duanne Olivier doing the same when he was brought into the attack.
The fast bowler ended with three for 38 and Nono Pongolo two for 17 as Stars got to a comfortable win.