Aggression the recipe for Dragons success


Aggressive batting up front was the key for North West Seeff Dragons’ success in the Africa T20 Cup, according to batsman Rassie van der Dussen.

The dashing opener, along with partner Janneman Malan, played a key hand as the Potchefstroom outfit won three out of their three matches at the City Oval in Pietermaritzburg over the weekend.

The three victories – against KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Namibia and Western Province – ensured they topped Pool A and qualified for the finals weekend at the end of the month.

Van der Dussen scored 118 runs in the three matches at a strike rate of 161.64 and average of 39.33, with Malan crunching 153 runs at a strike rate of 126.44 and average of 51.00.

The opener said: “I’m pretty glad winning three from three,

“We’re quite chuffed by that, we had a plan to go hard up front with the openers and put the bowlers under pressure.

“Luckily, three out of three times it came off for us.”

North West will now have to wait for the other three Pools to be played over the next three weekends, before learning who they will play in the September 30 semis.

In the meantime, they plan to sit back and relax after a thoroughly enjoyable weekend in the KZN capital.

Van der Dussen added: “We’re very happy with the side and the way we’re playing at the moment,

“There’s still three weeks before all the semi-finalists will be finalised, so we’ve got nice time to relax now and prepare properly for the finals weekend.”

Next weekend the attention will shift to Pool B, which will be played at Buffalo Park in East London.

The four teams in action will be Border, Free State, Easterns and Zimbabwe with two matches each to be played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.