The CSA T20 Cup has reached the quarterfinal stage with four matches to be played over the next two days in Kimberley. This is is the start of a quick run to the final, with that game being played on Friday. Here is a look at the betting for the quarterfinal round.
South Western Districts VS. Titans
South Western Districts take on the Titans in the opening game at the Diamond Oval. SWD is the only Division Two team to make it this far – an achievement in itself – and they have been paced by a balance with bat and ball that some of the more highly regarded teams will have been jealous of. Look for more power hitting in the middle of the order from Heath Richards to power them here. They face a Titans’ squad buoyed by the spin bowling power of former Proteas star Simon Harmer who has joined up with the squad for the knockout stages after starring in the English Country Championship. I think the Titans will be better here than they were in pool play and move on at 14/10 with BetXchange.
Knights VS. Western Province
The Knights were undefeated in the pool stage and they face a Western Province team with a record of two wins and one defeat. Western Province looks for consistency over explosiveness, needing all aspects of their game to go well for them to topple their opponents. The Knights are one of the scariest teams in the quarterfinals as they can both slog with the bat and count on bowlers like Gerald Coetzee and Mbulelo Budaza to force opponents into mistakes with the ball. They will have way too much in their locker here at 13/20 with BetXchange.
Dolphins VS. Warriors
This one should be fun as two teams excelling in different aspects of the game in pool play meet in the third quarterfinal. The Dolphins boast a bowling attack that is bang in-form, but they will be tested to the extreme by a Warriors batting attack that is as explosive as they come. Opener Matthew Breetzke slogged for 190 runs in three matches at a strike rate of almost 165 for a team that totalled 637 runs. The Dolphins counter with Ottneil Baartman and company with the ball, with Baartman putting up the best figures in a single game in the pool stage a 4/20. The Dolphins will do what they can here but the Warriors’ aggression will win out at 1/1.
Boland VS. North West Dragons
Boland were the second-best run-scorers in pool play and they will be a tough out here. Their spinners – specifically Siyabonga Mahima and Imran Manack – are able to keep scores low and provide an excellent foil for their change of pace closers. They also add in Stiaan can Zyl and Hardus Viljoen for this knockout phase. The Dragons need a massive game from skipper Senuran Muthusamy with both the bat on the ball. If he isn’t at his very best it is hard to see how they win. Take Boland here. They just have too much about them as a team,