The Chevrolet Knights were kept to 136 for seven in their Ram Slam T20 Challenge clash against the Chevrolet Warriors at De Beers Diamond Oval on Sunday.
Having been put in to bat first, the home side lost new signing Loots Bosman (4) early, as he was nabbed at slip by Ashwell Prince, off the bowling of Wayne Parnell. Rilee Rossouw (35 off 26 balls) and Gihahn Cloete (37 off 33) then added 65 for the second wicket, before Rossouw became Prince's second catch of the day, this time off the bowling of youngster, Ayabulela Gqamane.
After that solid platform, the Knights would have fancied getting beyond 160, but the Warriors pegged them back with some clever bowling from Rusty Theron (two for 23) and Gqamane (one for 23).
Only Obus Pienaar, with a four-boundary 24 off 19 balls, made a real impression for the hosts in the latter stages of their innings, and two run-outs didn't help their cause either. Ryan McLaren hit two fours, but was then bowled for 10 by Andrew Birch to snuff out the Knight's last hope.
The hosts eventually had to settle for 136 for seven, and will have to bowl even better than the visitors to start their campaign with a victory.
Chevrolet Knights: Loots Bosman, Rilee Rossouw, Gihahn Cloete (wk), Ryan Bailey, Obus Pienaar, Ryan McLaren, Werner Coetsee, Dillon du Preez, Johan van der Wath (c), Jandre Coetzee, Malusi Siboto.
Chevrolet Warriors: Ashwell Prince, Davy Jacobs (c), Colin Ingram, Christian Jonker, Adrain McLaren (wk), Wayne Parnell, Craig Thyssen, Simon Harmer, Rusty Theron, Andrew Birch, Ayabulela Gqamane.