The Betway SA20 Auction was in full swing, and with the largest purse of R9.73 M and 5 spots to fill, here’s a summary of how our action at the auction unfolded.
Here’s what legendary assistant coach Jacques Kallis had to say about the team’s approach during the auction.
Paul Stirling: The Explosive Irish Opener
We have added some firepower to the batting lineup with the acquisition of Paul Stirling. The Irish opener is renowned for his explosive batting and the ability to take the game away from the opposition in a matter of overs.
With a wide range of strokes and a fearless approach, Stirling can be a game-changer at the top of the order.
Stirling's experience in T20 leagues around the world makes him a seasoned campaigner in this format. His aggressive style of play and penchant for hitting boundaries will be a thrilling sight for Capitals fans. Expect him to set the Centurion on fire with his batting prowess.
Kyle Verreynne: The Reliable Gloveman and Middle-Order Batsman
Joining Pretoria Capitals from the Super Kings is Kyle Verreynne. The 24-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has been a consistent performer in domestic cricket and has shown promise in his international outings as well.
Known for his safe hands behind the stumps and the ability to anchor an innings in the middle order, Verreynne is a valuable addition to the Capitals' squad.
Verreynne has already made a name for himself in South African cricket, and his experience in high-pressure situations will be crucial for the team's success in the SA20 season. His ability to keep the scoreboard ticking and play crucial cameos makes him a versatile asset for the Capitals.
Matthew Boast: The emerging Protea
Matthew Boast is an exciting young talent who has caught the eye of cricket enthusiasts in South Africa and beyond. Having represented South Africa at the U-19 Cricket World Cup, Boast brings youthful exuberance and potential to the Pretoria Capitals. Here’s what he had to say on joining Pretoria Capitals.
At just 20 years old, Boast has already shown great promise with both bat and ball. His ability to bowl and contribute with the bat lower down the order makes him a valuable all-rounder. Keep an eye on this rising star as he seeks to make a mark in the SA20 season.
Steve Stolk: The Schoolboy Sensation
In a move that has raised excitement, we’ve secured the services of 17-year-old schoolboy sensation Steve Stolk.
At the young age of 13, he achieved the distinction of becoming the joint youngest player, alongside the world's third-best ODI batsman, Rassie van der Dussen, to don the Menlopark 1st XI kit. Additionally, he displayed his talent early on by representing the Titans at the Khaya Majola Week when he was just 16 years old.
With his immense talent and continuous humility, one can’t help but wonder where this talented young all-rounder might end up. All that’s left to say is “Remember the name, Steve Stolk”
Daryn Dupavillon: The Fast Bowling Revelation
In a move that delighted Capitals' fans, Daryn Dupavillon returns to the franchise after being reacquired in this auction. Dupavillon, a pacy fast bowler, adds firepower to the Capitals' bowling attack.
His ability to generate speed and seam movement can trouble even the best of batsmen, and his return bolsters the team's bowling resources significantly.
Phil Salt: The announcement you were waiting for!
You asked and we delivered!
Pretoria Capitals have announced Phil Salt as their Wild Card pick for the second season of the Betway SA20. His devastating partnership with his compatriot Will Jacks was a beauty to witness.
A reliable force of nature behind the wickets and with the bat coupled with his presence in the dressing room is sure to elevate the team's prospects in the upcoming season of the league.
The SA20 Cricket Auction is all about assembling the right mix of experience and young talent, and we’re ready to Roar Saam More with the right balance of talent and skill.