Richard Levi

Batting: Right hand batsman

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The boundaries kept flowing and the Cape Cobras power plays produced more explosive contributions in 2014/2015 as Richard Levi left his indelible mark for the champions.

His 392 runs was a major reason for the Cobras’ all-conquering exploits in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge in 2014/2015.

The right-hander was almost equally as destructive in the Momentum One Day Cup competition, where he contributed 350 runs at an average of 38.88.

After a superb season for Northamptonshire, he returned to the Cobras and contributed two half-centuries to guide them to the summit of the table after the first round of Momentum One Day Cup matches in the summer of 2015.

In the Ram Slam T20 Challenge he performed admirably and his 315 runs at an average of 35 was not a true reflection of his belligerence. He mesmerized the Sunfoil Dolphins with 85 off 43 deliveries in the semi-final knock-out phase, blasting six four and seven sixes.

Levi is a former member of a notable nursery of provincial cricket-talent at Wynberg Boys High. He represented South Africa in the Under-19 World Cup in 2006.

A ferocious hitter of the new ball, he gained international recognition when he smashed 13 sixes on his way to an unbeaten 117 off 51 balls for South Africa in his second T20-International for the Proteas. It included 13 sixes and the New Zealand bowlers received a pounding.

Levi continued his impressive limited-over form for the Nashua Cape Cobras in the Momentum One Day Cup competition in 2012/2013. The powerful opener scored 620 runs as he appeared at the summit of the log with an average of 56.36.

Levi found it hard to command a regular top-order place in first-class matches for the domestic trendsetters, the Cape Cobras, in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

In the final match of the 2012/2013-season, he scored 121 as the Cobras entrenched themselves as Sunfoil Series champions with a convincing win against the Chevrolet Knights.

Levi is particularly severe on anything remotely straight or on leg-side.

He can find leg-side boundaries at will with short-arm jabs over midwicket or square leg.

Not as prolific through extra cover or past mid-off, and more sedate against left-arm spin, Levi found the going tough in the Indian Premier League when signed by the Mumbai Indians in 2012.

Following a stress fracture that kept him out of the Momentum One Day Cup competition in 2013/2014, Levi was discarded after two failures in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge.

A time of reflection in the proverbial wilderness saw him hit back in spectacular style in the 2014/2015-competition.

Levi finished as the leading run-scorer in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge and struck a century in the Momentum One Day Cup final to power the Cobras to 285 for eight.




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