Warriors show stars not needed when the unit is strong

2010-09-27 00:00

THE Warriors’ clinical 30-run win over the South Australian Redbacks in their Champions League semi-final was built on the same principles that have seen them advance so far in the competition.

Davey Jacobs, who has enhanced his reputation no end over the last two weeks, bludgeoned another half-century to go atop the run-getter’s chart.

It wasn’t so much the runs, but rather the manner in which the Warriors’ skipper scored that propelled his side to a start that saw them handily placed at 77 for one after seven overs.

But he got more than a helping hand from new Protea, Colin Ingram. After Shaun Tait had got his now obligatory early wicket, as Ashwell Prince fished at a ball that went across him, the duo went ballistic.

The second over was given to Stuart O’Brien’s spin when the Centurion track suggested that it would give some purchase. It did, but Ingram paid little attention to that as he plundered 16 off that over, and set the Warriors on their way.

Jacobs’s 61 off 41 was full of purpose and power — his nonchalant six over square-leg from a Shaun Tait 150 km/h bullet was just outrageous.

Ingram fell for a busy 46, and when he departed, the tempo stymied.

But only briefly.

From 128 after 16 overs, the Warriors went rampant in the final four overs, with Nicky Boje plundering three sixes and a four off the last over to lift them to a hearty 175 for six.

The Redbacks have relied heavily on the starts afforded them by skipper Michael Klinger and Daniel Harris.

It didn’t happen on Saturday, though, as Lonwabo Tsotsobe nipped out both of them in the fourth over. It was a deadly double whammy and the Aussies never recovered.

”We just made too many mistakes today, and the Warriors were pretty clinical,” Klinger said in reflection.

”We dropped a few catches, and then we lost a few wickets up front, so we weren’t at our best.”

That was down to the intolerable pressure that the Warriors placed on them. Tstotsobe started it, and Rusty Theron and the spin twins — Johan Botha and Boje — tightened the noose further still.

It was a thorough display by the boys from Port Elizabeth, and even the Centurion crowd threw their lot behind Jacobs’s charges.

Callum Ferguson threatened to steal the show with a delicious, defiant 71, but when he was adjudged — somewhat unluckily — to be leg before to Botha, the deed was just about done.

Theron and Tsotsobe came back to mop up the tail, and though the final outcome flattered them slightly, the Warriors had again showed that there is much to be said for a strong unit — shorn of several stars — when it is at the top of its game.

 

SCOREBOARD

Warriors

DJ Jacobs c & b Harris61

AG Prince c Harris b Tait0

CA Ingram c Christian b Bailey46

MV Boucher c Christian b Harris25

CA Thyssen c Manou b Harris1

J Botha c Putland b Tait6

JP Kreusch not out7

N Boje not out22

Extras (b 2, lb 3, w 2)7

TOTAL (for 6; 20 overs)175

Did not bat: J Theron, M Ntini, LL Tsotsobe

Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-105, 3-119, 4-124, 5-143, 6-146

Bowling: Tait 4-0-38-2, O’Brien 3-0-22-0, Putland 2-0-19-0, Christian 3-0-45-0, Bailey 4-0-28-1 (2w), Harris 4-0-18-3

South Australia

DJ Harris c Boucher b Tsotsobe8

M Klinger c Botha b Tsotsobe13

GA Manou c & b Boje8

CJ Ferguson lbw b Botha71

CJ Borgas c Jacobs b Botha10

DT Christian b Theron19

TLW Cooper run out (Tsotsobe)6

AW O’Brien not out1

Extras (lb 3, w 6)9

TOTAL (for 7; 20 overs)145

Did not bat: GD Putland, CB Bailey, SW Tait

Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-21, 3-49, 4-60, 5-134, 6-142, 7-145

Bowling: Theron 4-0-21-1, Tsotsobe 4-0-16-2, Ntini 2-0-22-0 (1w), Boje 4-0-32-1 (1w), Botha 4-0-34-2, Kreusch 2-0-17-0

Result: Warriors won by 30 runs

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