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Kyle Verreynne not too sad to miss out on maiden ton, admits Dutch bowler outfoxed him

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Proteas batter Kyle Verreynne on his way to 95 against the Netherlands.
Proteas batter Kyle Verreynne on his way to 95 against the Netherlands.
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  • Proteas batter Kyle Verreynne said Vivian Kingma bowled an excellent delivery to get rid of him in Friday's abandoned ODI against the Netherlands.
  • Verreynne's 95 was overshadowed by the growing Covid-19 crisis brought about by the new variant.
  • Verreynne also celebrated his brother's wedding when he reached 50.

Proteas wicketkeeper batter Kyle Verreynne said he was foxed into a false shot when he lost his wicket on 95 in the first ODI against the Netherlands at SuperSport Park on Friday.

While the game was washed out in the Netherlands run chase, it was Verreynne's third ODI half-century that buttressed South Africa's 277/8. However, Friday's ODI will be remembered for the new Covid-19 variant that threatens not only the ongoing tour but South Africa's summer.

In Centurion, Verreynne holed on out to Bas de Leede at deep fine leg off a Vivian Kingma full toss on 95 off 112 balls, but instead of sulking on missing out on a ton, Verreynne acknowledged that Kingma got the better of him.

"Naturally, you would be upset for falling on that score, but I said to the guys that it was fair play to the bowler," said Verreynne on Friday.

"Bowlers are allowed to bowl good balls and I feel the bowler had me there with a good ball, so he pretty much fooled me.

"Such things happen and that's how the game is."

Verreynne also had a unique celebration for his 50, something he said was to celebrate his brother's wedding on Saturday.

"It's my brother's wedding on Saturday and I'm the best man, but I'm in the bubble, I can't go," Verreynne said.

"I'll be missing the wedding, so the celebration was a mark of my appreciation for all of the support he has given me."

There's a slight possibility that the series will not take place, with the Netherlands' unable to leave the country immediately, which has provided a small lifeline if the players are mentally up for it.

Verreynne, though, said he was delighted to make the most of his opportunity.

"I've been in and out of the side for a year or so, so getting an opportunity has been awesome and it was enjoyable," said Verreynne.

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