De Kock’s 93 powers Cape Town Blitz to play-offs
Quinton de Kock’s brilliant 93 helped the Cape Town Blitz consolidate their lead at the top of the Mzansi Super League table with a comfortable bonus-point win over the Paarl Rocks.
The Proteas opener smashed three sixes and 12 fours in his 47-ball cameo as the hosts chased down a 145-victory target with 4.3 overs to spare.
Dale Steyn was the pick of the bowlers with two for 22, while there were also double-wicket spells from Nandre Burger (2/26) and Malusi Siboto (2/27).
But the Rocks will be disappointed with their performance after a strong first quarter of the game in which they had progressed to 84 for two in the ninth over.
Faf du Plessis stood out with his 61 off 39 balls.
But things went all wrong during the second half of their innings as the lower order failed miserably.
De Kock and Janneman Malan (26), one of the most consistent performances in the MSLT20, put on a telling 105 for the first wicket in just over 10 overs to knock the stuffing out of the Rocks.
Despite the efforts of Dwayne Bravo (2/18), the damage was already done and Farhaan Behardien (12 not out) comfortably took the home side over the line in 15.3 overs.