A pragmatic approach by Wayne Parnell and a patient half-century by Michael Price guided the Chevrolet Warriors to 262 for eight in their Momentum One Day Cup match against the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras at Buffalo Park in East London on Friday.
Price provided a solid platform with his invaluable but slightly pedestrian 55 off 97 deliveries, with five fours.
Parnell curbed his own aggressive instincts to guide the Warriors and played an old-fashioned anchor role.
He flourished with two spectacular last-over sixes off the fast bowler Beuran Hendricks to give the innings vital late momentum.
That fiftieth over yielded 26 runs as Parnell carted Hendricks over mid-wicket for two maximums. Andrew Birch added some insult to injury with ambitious hitting.
Parnell contributed 62 off 63 balls, with five fours and two sixes.
Davy Jacobs fulfilled the dual role of aggressor and accumulator well to steer the hosts through the middle period as he hit 46 off 46 balls with six fours.
But he would have been desperately frustrated with the timing of his dismissal in the 41st over with the score on 191 for five.
He was deceived by a clever slower delivery by Johann Louw and bowled.
Parnell and Jacobs added 50 off 61 balls for the fifth wicket.
The Cobras would have been delighted by an excellent all-round bowling performance before it was spoilt by Hendricks.
Hendricks captured 2-57, but in five costly overs.
For most part of the innings, the attack, spearheaded by Louw, kept the Warriors at bay after the hosts moved swiftly to 50 without loss off 55 deliveries.
Louw finished with 2-46.
Justin Kemp, introduced as sixth bowler by Justin Ontong, was the best of the support cast with his 2-45 in ten overs.
The spinners were particularly impressive on a slow pitch as they paralyzed and frustrated the middle-order batsmen.
The Warriors won the toss, elected to bat and their opening batsmen followed the script in the first ten overs.
Jon-Jon Smuts and Price made a solid, if unspectacular start.
Requested by the team management to lay a foundation for the middle-order, they guided the hosts to 50 off 55 deliveries.
Smuts was the first to depart when he was bowled by the leg-spinner Alistair Gray in the eleventh over for 25, leaving the Warriors on 53 for one.
Colin Ingram was run out for seven at the bowler’s end in the seventeenth over, as the Warriors slipped to 72 for two.
The Cobras’ contingency plans to prevent the Warriors from being too ambitious or expansionistic, worked in the middle period.
The part-time spinners Gray and Ontong bowled excellently to restrict the hosts.
Kemp added his name to the list of performers by removing Ashwell Prince for nineteen.
Kemp bowled a tight line on off-stump and Prince succumbed to him when he tried to hit it behind square on the off-side and was caught behind off a feather by Dane Villas.
While Jacobs powered the middle-order, Price played a patience innings by simply rotating the strike.
But he succumbed to Kemp with the score on 141 for four in the 31st over.
He attempted to glide it through mid-wicket and closed his bat face too early. He scooped a catch to Stiaan van Zyl at short extra cover.
Ontong finished with 0-30 in eight economical overs.
Gray captured 1-37 in seven useful overs.
Charl Langeveldt showed his class as he boasted figures of 0-39 in ten overs of splendid control.
Chevrolet Warriors: Jon-Jon Smuts, Michael Price, Colin Ingram, Ashwell Prince, Davy Jacobs (capt), Craig Thyssen, Wayne Parnell, Simon Harmer, Andrew Birch, Basheer Walters, Makhaya Ntini.
Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras: Richard Levi, Andrew Puttick, Stiaan van Zyl, Justin Ontong (capt), Jaseen Vallie, Dane Villas, Justin Kemp, Johann Louw, Charl Langeveldt, Alistair Gray, Beuran Hendricks.