Warriors bowlers make the difference
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Wednesday, 8 January 2014

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A SUPERIOR bowling performance from the Chevrolet Warriors saw them take the points from a low-scoring scrap against the Chevrolet Knights in Wednesday’s RAM SLAM T20 clash at Buffalo Park.


With neither side able to master a sluggish pitch, the Warriors’ superb death bowling proved the difference as they limited the Knights to 116 for six.


Although the hosts were guilty of making life difficult for themselves in the chase as batsmen threw their wickets away when well set, they ultimately got home with three balls to spare to win by five wickets.


After winning the toss and opting to bat first, the Knights came steaming out of the blocks to take 34 runs off the first three overs - a scoring rate which was not witnessed again in the course of the game.


With four wickets going down in the first 10 overs, Dean Elgar (38) was forced to take the patient approach and aim to score late runs.


However Rusty Theron (1 for 16) and Lundi Mbane (1 for 11) scuppered that plan, with Mbane bowling Elgar in the 18th over as the pair allowed just 18 runs in the last four overs of the Knights innings.


While chasing was never going to be easy on a difficult track, such a limited target never looked out of the Warriors’ grasp.


Although nobody was able to kick on, the top five all contributed 14 or more at around a run a ball, which was all that was required.


Nicky Boje’s 2 for 16 pegged the Warriors back midway through the chase, but top-scorer Jon-Jon Smuts (29) took them to the brink of victory before captain Davy Jacobs hit the winning runs.


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