Warriors set Lions improbable target
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Sunday, 16 March 2014

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THE Chevrolet Warriors will go into the final day of their Sunfoil Series clash against the bizhub Highveld Lions at Axxess St. George’s needing nine wickets to seal their second win of the competition.


The Warriors spent most of Saturday building an insurmountable lead as they extended their second innings to 349 for nine declared to set the Lions an improbable 468 to win.


The Lions then made a sturdier start to their second innings than they made to their first, but lost Dale Deeb to Andrew Birch to go to stumps on 69 for one.


The Warriors began the third day on 143 for two in their second innings, and had enough contributions to remain firmly in control.


Colin Ackermann moved to 73 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Brett Pelser, while Ashwell Prince scored 41 before he was bowled by Alviro Petersen, who ended up with four wickets in the match.


However, the highlight for the Warriors was a return to form for Colin Ingram, who scored 72 not out and added exactly 100 for the sixth wicket with Jon-Jon Smuts, who made 47.


Prince declared shortly after tea to leave 27 overs for the Lions to face, and the visitors promoted Deeb up the order to open with Stephen Cook.


Deeb was duly bowled by Birch in the ninth over, but Cook (31 not out) and Temba Bavuma (16 not out) stood firm to the close of play.


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