Viljoen, De Kock help Lions crush Warriors
Posted by: CSA Staff on Sunday, 24 February 2013

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The bizhub Higveld Lions extended their grip at the top of the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge table by making it four wins in a row thanks to a 47-run demolition of the Chevrolet Warriors at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Sunday.

The in-form Quinton de Kock once again starred with the bat with 47 off 32 balls to propel the hosts to 162 for seven - Dwaine Pretorius (38 off 23) and Temba Bavuma (34 off 24) also playing a key hand.

The Warriors were woeful in response and were bundled out for a poor 118 with Hardus Viljoen the pick of the bowlers after his outstanding three for 12 in four overs.

Sohail Tanvir and Chris Morris also picked up two wickets apiece as the Johannesburg franchise, for the moment at least, extended their advantage to 11 points at the summit of the table.

It was another commanding display from the bizhub Highveld Lions and one that hardly looked in doubt considering the start they made.

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, De Kock and Gulam Bodi (27) plundered 53 for the first wicket and were particularly harsh on Andrew Birch, blasting him for 34 in just three overs, including 23 in the sixth over.

Their partnership was eventually ended in the subsequent over bowled by Wayne Parnell, who had Bodi caught by Jon-Jon Smuts at deep cover.

Eleven deliveries later, the left-arm Proteas quickie accounted for Neil McKenzie (six), before two run-outs in the 12th over left the hosts in a real mess.

De Kock, who seven days ago struck the highest score ever by a South African of 126 in T20 cricket at the same venue, and Sohail Tanvir (nought) were the men to fall in successive deliveries of the Simon Harmer over as the scoreboard suddenly read to 90 for four.

The 100 was slowly raised in the 14th over, before Ayabulela Gqamane cleaned up captain Jean Symes for seven, <p> But Pretorius and Bavuma combined nicely for a 61-stand at the death to help the log leaders set 163 for victory.

The reply from the Chevrolet Warriors began in the worst possible fashion as they lost Jon-Jon Smuts for a duck in the first over, Pakistan seamer Tanvir claiming the breakthrough as the opener was caught at extra cover by Symes.

The home skipper was also involved for the second wicket as his opposite number Colin Ingram also held out to him off Morris following a promising 29-run stand with Christiaan Jonker.

Viljoen then ripped the heart out of the visiting batting line-up when he accounted for Jonker (11), Parnell (nought) and Adrian McLaren (one) in quick succession.

And when Craig Thyssen (three) top-edged Morris to Symes, the men from Eastern Cape had wilted woefully to 48 for six.

Prince (25) was next to go, bowled by Aaron Phangiso, and with it went any hope of victory as the Chevrolet Warriors were all out in 18 overs – top scorer Harmer the last man out after a fighting 33 in 23 balls.


bizhub Higveld Lions: Quinton de Kock (wkt), Gulam Bodi, Neil McKenzie, Temba Bavuma, Jean Symes (capt), Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Morris, Sohail Tanvir, Hardus Viljoen, Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir.

Chevrolet Warriors: Christiaan Jonker, Jon-Jon Smuts, Ashwell Prince, Colin Ingram (capt), Adrian McLaren (wkt), Wayne Parnell, Craig Thyssen, Simon Harmer, Rusty Theron, Andrew Birch, Ayabulela Gqamane.


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