Fans spoilt for choice at Global Softech Sixes event

2014-09-04 00:00

SPECTATORS will be spoilt for choice at the Franchise Challenge Global Softech Sixes at SuperSport Park (Centurion) from today until Sunday.

Forming part of the Global Softech Sixes tournament, the franchise bash finishes tomorrow and is followed by the Africa Sixes Challenge on Saturday and Sunday. Six African teams take part — SA, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. For the domestic challenge, franchises have named strong teams, allowing spectators the opportunity to see the heroes of the domestic Ram Slam competition in action. “These challenges may appeal to a new audience of fans and can be an important stepping stone in the globalisation of cricket with its electrifying pace, intensity and finishes,” said Jacques Fall, CEO of hosts Titans. Each game is six overs.

Cobras: Justin Ontong, Justin Kemp, Rory Kleinveldt, Richard Levi, Aviwe Mgijima, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Vilas.

Player to watch:

Levi hit a 45-ball century in his second T20 appearance for SA, making 117* from 52 balls v New Zealand in 2012, with 13 sixes.

Lions:

Temba Bavuma, Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Morris, Hardus Viljoen, Jean Symes, Shaylen Pillay, Pumelela Matshikwe.

Player to watch:

Pretorius is a big, strong batsman who can hit the ball a long way. If he cuts loose, he could keep his team in the hunt and bolster a brittle batting line up.

Titans: Farhaan Behardien, Albie Morkel, Dean Elgar, Roelof van der Merwe, Mangaliso Mosehle, Henry Davids, David Wiese, Qaasim Adams.

Player to watch:

Morkel, Wiese, Behardien and Davids have all played at international level, but Wiese’s 61 from 28 balls in a Champions League Twenty20 semi-final against the Sydney Sixers gives him the nod.

Warriors: Colin Ingram, Ryan Bailey, Lundi Mbane, Basheer Walters, Jon-Jon Smuts, Rusty Theron, Christiaan Jonker.

Player to watch:

Ingram has international experience but Smuts bats well.

Knights: Shadley van Schalkwyk, Reeza Hendricks, Tumelo Bodibe, Pite van Biljon, Dillon du Preez, Malusi Siboto, Quinton Friend, Werner Coetsee.

Player to watch:

For entertainment value, Du Preez cannot be bettered. He swings the bat believing he can smash the cover off every ball and when he connects its a matter of where the ball will land.

Dolphins: Cameron Delport, Keshav Maharaj, Khaya Zondo, Morné van Wyk, Robbie Frylinck, Sibonela Mkhanya, Thandi Tshabalala.

Player to watch:

Delport is strong up front and proved his pedigree with an undefeated 103 against the Knights in a T20 match last season. If he gets cracking in six overs the scoreboard will battle to keep up. The matches are telecast on SuperSport 6 from 9.45 am.

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