Impi loosen up to beat Knights

2012-03-17 00:00

KIMBERLEY — The New Age Impi failed to capitalise on a superb Luke Wright half century but still managed to set the Chevrolet Knights a testing 179 for victory in their MiWay T20 Challenge match at the De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberley yesterday.

The England allrounder blasted 75 off 39 deliveries and shared in a fine 104 partnership with fellow opener Ryan Canning (36 off 24), before the hosts fought back in the second half of the innings via four wickets by their left-arm medium pacer Jandre Coetzee.

Wright and Canning took just over nine overs for their first wicket stand, but once they fell, the winless visitors faded away horribly with Coetzee claiming 4-34.

The Impi, who won the toss and batted first, had nothing to lose and their openers batted with a kind of freedom that had been missing from their line-up in their previous 10 games.

Ten runs came from the first over by Malusi Siboto and by the end of the first five overs, they had raced to 49.

Ryan McLaren’s sixth over was bludgeoned for 20, all single-handed by Wright, who hit the first ball for four to raise the 50 and also struck his first six over deep mid-wicket.

The Englishman brought up his half century on just 28 balls with, before the 100 came up at the end of the ninth over.

Coetzee finally broke the partnership when he had Canning caught by Aubrey Swanepoel, the wicket bringing about the fall of two others, all within the space of 12 balls.

Dean Elgar got rid of Ryan ten Doeschate (one), before Wright fell in the 12th over when he edged Swanepoel behind to Morne van Wyk to end an innings that included two sixes and 12 fours.

Justin Kreusch (12) fell to the off-break bowling of Werner Coetsee, while Paul Collingwood made 18 before picking out Ryan Bailey in the deep, with Johan van der Wath (2-22) the bowler.

Mangelisa Mosehle (11), Khayelihle Zondo (one), Pite van Biljon (11) and Siyabulela Simetu (four) were all out cheaply in the closing overs as the Impi ended on 178 for nine. — SuperSport.

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