Adi Birrell won the battle of the former Ireland coaches as his Sunrisers Eastern Cape side beat Graham Ford's Pretoria Capitals in the SAT20 final.
Four wickets for Netherlands Roelof van der Merwe coupled by a rapid half century from Adam Rossington that included five sixes ensured a relatively comfortable four-wicket win.
There was no place in the Capitals starting line-up for Irish left-armer Josh Little.
It's been a successful six months for Birrell, whose Hampshire side triumphed in the T20 Blast.
In other news, Eoin Morgan, who Birrell gave an Irish debut to 20 years ago, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday.