Double delight for Warriors

2010-03-13 00:00

Warriors innings

A Prince b Burger69

J Kallis c McKenzie b Frylink55

C Ingram not out23

M Boucher not out27

Extras (7lb, 5w)12

TOTAL (for 2 wickets in 20 overs) 186

Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-156

Bowling: Frylink 4-0-14-1 (1w), O¹Reilly 3-0-33-0 (2w), Burger 4-0-32-1, Phangiso 4-0-27-0 (1W), Cameron 2-0-20-0, De Bruyn 2-0-53-0 (1w)

Highveld Lions innings

J Vandiar c Boje b Parnell14

N McKenzie b Ntini5

A Petersen st Boucher b Botha13

R Cameron c Prince b Ntini15

V van Jaarsveld c Ingram b Botha15

Z de Bruyn lbw Boje5

T Tsolekile st Boucher b Boje0

R Frylink c Boje b Theron15

S Burger not out12

A Phangiso run out (Parnell)3

E O’Reilly b Theron3

Extras (2lb, 2w)4

TOTAL (all out in 17.5 overs) 104

Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-25, 3-40, 4-60, 5-68, 6-68, 7-72, 8-87, 9-93, 10-104

Bowling: Ntini 3-0-28-2, Theron 2.5-0-22-2, Parnell 3-0-10-1, Botha 4-0-17-2 (2w), Kallis 1-0-10-0, Boje 4-0-15-2

Result: Warriors win by 82 runs.

FOR all the roaring might it took to get this far, the Lions were simply gobbled up by the Warriors’ juggernaut in last night’s Pro20 Series decider in Port Elizabeth.

As a contest, this was as even as a see-saw match, with Asterix teetering on one end and Obelix obliviously squatting on the other.

The Warriors were too fast, too hungry and too good for a Lions team that will lick their wounds long into the weekend.

From the time Thami Tsolekile called wrongly at the toss, the die was cast for a typical Warriors display.

After 17 long years, success is back in the windy city, and the full house lapped up the carvery served up by their assortment of superstars and youngsters.

Jacques Kallis (55 off 47) and Ashwell Prince (69 off 52) inflicted the early damage to the Lions, as they serenely added 129 for the first wicket.

By the time the first wicket fell in the 17th over, it was simply a matter of damage control for the Lions.

Aaron Phangiso’s wily spin had given them a chance, but they were let down badly by Zander de Bruyn.

He committed cricketing suicide in the final over of the innings, but he really shouldn’t have had the ball after travelling for 27 off his first two, anyway.

As it was, he bowled the fateful last six balls, and Mark Boucher went berserk.

Six, six, six, he devilishly tonked — each bigger than the last — before he hit the final ball of the Warriors dig out of the ground.

Twenty-six runs off the final over sapped the Lions of whatever hope they had left — and that much was highlighted by the shocking statistic that 15 was their highest individual score in their chase.

The pace of the Warriors undid the top-order, before Nicky Boje and Johan Botha ran riot. They both benefited from two expert stumpings by a razor-sharp Boucher, and their coalition in the middle of the Lions chase was the final straw.

There was even time for a party trick, as Wayne Parnell ran out Phangiso with a cheeky flick through his legs, before twirling away in soccer-style celebration.

An 82-run loss is bad enough in 40-over cricket, but in Twenty20 it is an absolute massacre.

Davey Jacobs called it the “perfect game”, and he wasn’t too far off the mark.

The Warriors, in quite scintillating style, have now scooped the domestic double, and nobody can dispute their dominance.

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