Takeaways from the domestic One-day Cup

Lungi Ngidi. Photo: Gallo Images.

Lungi Ngidi. Photo: Gallo Images.

It was a weekend where most Proteas bolters put up their hands.

The domestic One-day Cup kicked off at the weekend with a full round of fixtures.

While the tournament in general doesn’t command a lot of attention, this year’s World Cup means quite a few players have some interest in how they perform.

Here are the takeaways from the weekend.

Lungi wastes little time

Already ahead of schedule in terms of his return from a knee injury, Sunday’s meeting between the Titans and Knights was supposed to merely be a test drive for Lungi Ngidi’s fitness.

Instead, the exciting Proteas quick looked very much primed for a return to international action, boasting figures of 2/35 in nine overs.

Without hitting top pace, Ngidi’s control was pretty remarkable for a guy that spent almost four months away from the game.

Ottis Gibson and co will be encouraged.

Titans 268/1 (Tony de Zorzi 115*, Henry Davids 84, Heino Kuhn 52*) beat the Knights 262/5 (Keegan Petersen 107*, Ryan McLaren 80*) by nine wickets

Protea power in Pietermaritzburg

Reeza Hendricks during the Momentum One-Day Cup match between Hollywoodbets Dolphins and bizhub Highveld Lions at Pietermaritzburg Oval on February 09, 2019 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

The interesting thing about a rookie international establishing himself at the highest level is how they return to franchise level and, essentially, own the competition.

Reeza Hendricks looks set for a World Cup spot after good showings against Pakistan and vividly illustrated his class by returning to the Highveld Lions and promptly striking a magnificent 130 off just 117 balls against the Dolphins.

Seldom has a player looked as comfortable.

His innings though couldn’t help his team overhaul the Dolphins’ mammoth 342/6, highlighted by forgotten Protea Vaughn van Jaarsveld’s 124.

David Miller struck an attacking 74 and Rassie van der Dussen made a fifty.

Dolphins 342/6 (Vaughn van Jaarsveld 124, Dane Vilas 81, David Miller 74) beat the Highveld Lions 323/9 (Reeza Hendricks 130, Rassie van der Dussen 51, Imran Tahir 3/71) by 19 runs.

Gihahn matures

Gihahn Cloete of the Warriors during the Momentum One-Day Cup match between WSB Cobras and Warriors at Eurolux Boland Park on February 08, 2019 in Paarl, South Africa. (Photo by Thinus Maritz/Gallo Images)

For the best part of his career, Gihahn Cloete seemed destined to become an unfulfilled talent.

Yet a breakthrough 50-over campaign last season and a very good showing in the Mzansi Super League for the Tshwane Spartans have been helped in skyrocketing the 26-year-old left-hander’s confidence.

Cloete has now become one of the more reliable top-order players in the franchise system and brilliantly anchored the Warriors’ reply in a challenging chase against the Cobras.

It sounds crude, but you can’t see him doing that a few years back.

Warriors 277/7 (Gihahn Cloete 111, Matthew Breetzke 57, Sine Qeshile 54, Jason Smith 3/46) beat the Cape Cobras 276/6 (Kyle Verreynne 84, Pieter Malan 54, Lutho Sipamla 3/50) by three wickets.

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