Seamer Andrew Birch was the talisman as the Chevrolet Warriors romped to a ten-wicket victory over the Chevrolet Knights just after lunch on the third day of their Sunfoil Series clash at Chevrolet Park in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
The Chevrolet Knights, resuming on a parlous 76 for five in their second innings, were blown away for just 106 in 32.1 overs, with Andrew Birch adding four more wickets to his new-ball burst to end with career-best figures of eight for 30.
The skiddy seamer’s return ensured that the Chevrolet Warriors only needed 94 runs to win and keep their hopes alive of winning the Sunfoil Series.
Davy Jacobs (44 not out) and Michal Price (48 not out) then blazed to the target in 13.3 overs, to complete a most satisfactory away win for the Eastern Cape franchise.
Birch got into the act quickly on the third morning, as he had Patrick Botha and Protea Test batsman Dean Elgar caught at the wicket for 18 and 34 respectively. Elgar was the Chevrolet Knights’ last real hope of salvation and, once he departed, the victory was in sight for the Chevrolet Warriors.
The last five Chevrolet Knights’ wickets tumbled for just 25 runs, with Gurshwin Rabie bowling skipper Romano Terblanche for 8 to stop the Birch carnage. Fittingly, it was Birch who claimed the final scalp, as he trapped Malusi Siboto dead in front to complete a magnificent spell of
12.1 overs, eight for 30.
Needing just 94 runs for victory, the Chevrolet Warriors wasted little time getting there. Price clubbed seven fours and a six off Dillon du Preez in his 47-ball 48, but it was Jacobs who really cracked on the pace.
The former Chevrolet Knights’ prodigy helped himself to four fours and three massive sixes, being especially harsh on Corne Dry, whom he hammered for a six and a four to complete the rout.
The win saw the Chevrolet Warriors harvest 17.62 points, while the Chevrolet Knights had to be content with 7.36. To no one’s surprise, Birch was named as man of the match, after his match haul of nine for 83.
Chevrolet Knights: Rudi Second (wk), Michael Erlank, Rilee Rossouw, Dean Elgar, Ryan Bailey, Obus Pienaar, Patrick Botha, Romano Terblanche (c), Dillon du Preez, Corne Dry, Malusi Siboto.
Chevrolet Warriors: Michael Price, Davy Jacobs (c), Arno Jacobs, Ashwell Prince, Vuyisa Makhaphela, Christiaan Jonker, Simon Harmer, Andrew McLaren, Andrew Birch, Ayabulela Gqamane, Gurshwin Rabie