The Chevrolet Warriors, spearheaded by a magnificent Wayne Parnell, edged the Nashua Titans by twelve runs in their RAM SLAM T20 Challenge contest at Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Friday.
A belligerent Christiaan Jonker propelled the Warriors to 152 for nine in their twenty overs with his 50 off 33 balls.
The Titans must have reasonably expected to chase that mediocre target down, but Parnell captured 4-25 and left the hosts stranded on 140 for six after 20 overs.
His double-strike in his first two overs reduced the Titans to 14 for two.
In the penultimate over, Parnell bowled the dangerous Albie Morkel for 14 and removed Mangaliso Mosehle for a duck with his next delivery to seal the Titans’ fate.
His excellent bowling performance propelled the Warriors to second place on the RAM SLAM log.
A defiant Scott Styris smashed 47 off 34 balls, with two fours and three towering sixes to power the hosts to 140 for six.
Styris hit 28 runs in the fast bowler Ayabulela Gqamane’s final two overs. It included two sixes that struck the roof of the pavilion at Willowmoore Park.
But the brilliant penultimate over by Parnell left Styris without enough deliveries, or gifted batting partners at the other end.
Parnell displayed some of the form that made him a sensational acquisition for South Africa in the T20 World Cup in 2009.
Parnell’s early strike forced Martin van Jaarsveld and Jacques Rudolph into a more sedate rebuilding mode as they reached 58 for two after ten overs.
Simon Harmer, with 1-22 in four overs, was particularly effective in curbing the run rate.
When Morkel and Styris joined forces on 81 for four after 14 overs, they had to score another 62 runs off 36 balls.
They looked temporarily on course but Parnell’s devastating second spell terminated the chase.
Earlier, Jonker propelled the Warriors to 75 without loss after 9.4 overs, but the Titans captured nine wickets in the second half of the innings while only conceding 77 runs.
Roelof van der Merwe captured 2-20 in four overs, while Alfonso Thomas grabbed two late scalps to finish with 3-30 in four overs.
Adrian McLaren’s entertaining cameo yielded 28 runs including two sixes in his 18-ball stay.
Nashua Titans: Henry Davids (capt), Jacques Rudolph, Mangaliso Mosehle, Martin van Jaarsveld, Scott Styris, Albie Morkel, Eden Links, Roelof van der Merwe, Alfonso Thomas, Marchant de Lange, Ethy Mbhalati.
Chevrolet Warriors: Wayne Parnell (capt), Christiaan Jonker, Ashwell Prince, Jon-Jon Smuts, Samit Patel, Kelly Smuts, Adrian McLaren, Craig Thyssen, Simon Harmer, Andrew Birch, Ayabulela Gqamane.