Cricket: South African-born Kiwi Bevon-John Jacobs lighting up Super Smash, tipped as next 'Saffa' Blackcap

Bevon-John Jacobs, 21, could be our next 'Saffa' Blackcap, after becoming the latest South African-born player to light up the domestic Twenty20 competition.

Jacobs' big hitting has played a key role in Canterbury Kings reaching the Super Smash elimination final against Northern Districts.   

"I'm lucky to have some good long levers to use and a little training back in the day for a bit of powerhitting," he said.  

In just seven Super Smash games, he's averaging 44 runs at a strike rate just below 200. 


These performances have some believing it's only a matter of time before he'll join the likes of Neil Wagner, Glenn Phillips, Devon Conway and BJ Watling as South African-born Blackcaps.    

"You know, he's got as much power as anyone in our team and probably anyone on the domestic circuit at the moment," said Kings coach and former Blackcap Peter Fulton.  

Jacobs isn't the only Kings player to come over from South Africa - Batter Chad Bowes and allrounder Michael Rippon were also born there.    

"It's nice to see some fellow Saffas in there as well," laughed Jacobs.   

Bevon-John Jacobs bats during a match between Wellington and Canterbury.
Bevon-John Jacobs bats during a match between Wellington and Canterbury. Photo credit: Getty Images


With more than a dozen South African-born players plying their trade in New Zealand, some wonder about a potential new all-star game - Kiwis vs South African Kiwis. 

"Domestic Kiwis vs South Africans?" mused Jacobs. "That would make for an interesting game.

"I think we should try to get it on," agreed Rippon.    

With the hitting power Brown possesses, you wouldn't bet against them.