Jozi Stars book place in Twenty20 final as Birrell heads for Hants

December 15, 2018 | By

Johannesburg: Johannesburg’s Jozi Stars on Friday qualified for the final of South Africa’s first city-based Twenty20 tournament when a play-off match against Paarl Rocks at the drenched Wanderers Stadium was abandoned without a ball bowled.

Jozi Stars will play Cape Town Blitz in the final in Cape Town on Sunday.

The Johannesburg team went through to the final because they finished second at the end of the round robin phase of the tournament, one place ahead of Paarl Rocks.

Cape Town Blitz qualified for a home final because they were top of the table.

South Africa and Paarl captain Faf du Plessis won the toss on Friday and sent Jozi Stars in to bat. But heavy rain fell before the game could start and play was abandoned two hours later.

Earlier on Friday Paarl coach Adrian Birrell was announced as the new team manager at English county Hampshire.

The former Ireland coach takes over from Craig White who left in October.

“I am very excited to be working with such a talented group of cricketers and look forward to competing for honours in all three formats,” Birrell told the Hampshire website.

Birrell will join up with Hampshire in March.


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