Fritz de Beer 2021 CPL’s Player of the Tournament

File image: Fritz de Beer. Credit: Visual Photography.

Atlantic Pirates wicketkeeper-batsman Fritz de Beer was named Player of the Tournament and Batsman of the Tournament for the 2021 Cape Premier League.

De Beer struck 472 runs in 11 innings at an average of 47 and strike rate of 158.

His tally included five half-centuries and a highest score of 97 not out against the West Coast Outlaws.

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The Pirates also had the second-highest run-scorer in this year’s CPL. Opening batsman Gavin Kaplan hit 357 runs in 11 innings.

Who was named Bowler of the Tournament?

Devil’s Peak Dragons spinner Marcus Fourie was named Bowler of the Tournament this year.

Fourie claimed 18 wickets in nine matches. Four came against the District Sixers in the closing play-off and another three against the Atlantic Pirates in the final.

He took fewer wickets than Dragons team-mate David Schierhout and Pirates seamer Luke Petersen, who claimed 19 and 22, respectively.

Fourie, however, effectively beat Schierhout and Petersen to the accolade with a superior economy rate of 4.71. Petersen and Schierhout cost 6.79 and 6.71 per over, respectively.

More CPL context

The Pirates lost the 2021 final to the Devil’s Peak Dragons, who have succeeded the Cape Vikings as the reigning champions.

The Vikings beat the Hoeri Kwaggo Bulls in the inaugural CPL final in 2019. The tournament was not played in 2020.

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