Diego Rosier celebrated his appointment as captain of the Northern Cape Diamonds when he belted his side to victory by 8 wickets with seven balls to spare in their Pool C encounter against Namibia in their Africa T20 Cup at the Diamond Oval on Saturday. The result puts them in second place on a congested log with 4 points alongside Eastern Province while KwaZulu-Natal top the log on 5 points with Namibia still to get off the mark. The latter two have a game in hand and meet in Saturday’s late game.
The home side appeared to be making heavy work of their target of 139 as the required run rate soared above 12 going into the last four overs. But Rosier had the situation under control, scoring all 20 runs credited to his side in the 17th over. He finished unbeaten on 54 (27 balls, three fours and four sixes) for a strike rate of exactly 200 while Reeza Hendricks laid the foundation, batting through the innings for a composed and tactically astute 51 (51 balls, four fours).
Their unbroken second wicket partnership was worth 82 in 7.3 overs and was the best of the match by a considerable distance. Rosier says: ‘I was never really concerned about the run rate. The important thing was that Reeza was batting through the innings and we were achieving our key aim for keeping wickets in hand.’