South Africa hopeful van Tonder shows international quality with blistering Knights knock

Jordan Carlisle February 25, 2021
South Africa hopeful van Tonder shows international quality with blistering Knights knock
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South Africa hopeful Raynard van Tonder showed international quality with a blistering knock in a losing cause for the Knights in the CSA T20 Challenge on Thursday.

van Tonder has been highly thought of for some time and captained South Africa at the U19 World Cup in 2018.

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He’s performed consistently at first-class level for several seasons and earned a first Proteas call-up in December 2020 for a Test series against Sri Lanka [News24].

The former Grey’s College student didn’t manage to make his international debut in the series, but he gave the selectors a reminder of his ability with a superb knock in a domestic T20 fixture against the Warriors on Thursday.

Despite batting at number three, van Tonder arrived at the crease for just the second ball of the Knights’ innings as they attempted to chase 157.

South Africa hopeful van Tonder shines for Knights

He wasn’t overawed by the challenge, though, and took on an opposition bowling attack that included express pacer Anrich Nortje.

van Tonder struck six fours and three sixes on his way to 81* from just 57 balls.

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His blistering innings sat in stark contrast to the efforts of his teammates, with number eight Shaun von Berg finishing as second-top scorer with 16.

The near total lack of support for the ex-U19 skipper ensured that the Knights lost by 14 runs and remain bottom of the table with just one win from five matches.

van Tonder can be proud of his latest individual effort, though, and if he continues to shine on the domestic circuit, surely it won’t be long before he makes his long-awaited senior South Africa bow.

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Jordan has been working for GRV Media since 2018, after completing a Media and Journalism postgraduate degree at the University of Glasgow. Brought up in Belfast, he has a passion for writing and has followed British and European football avidly all his life.