Warriors beat Knights

2014-11-22 00:00

THE Warriors kept their slim hopes of playoff qualification alive with an eight-wicket victory over the Knights in their Ram Slam T20 Challenge cricket match at Buffalo Park, East London, last night.

Set 147 for victory, opener ­Jon-Jon Smuts led the way for the home side with an aggressive, match-winning 73 not out while captain Colin Ingram added 40 as the Warriors secured their second victory of the competition with only three balls to spare.

What promised to be a testing chase under lights turned out to be comfortable assignment for the Warriors. They lost Craig Kieswetter (11) in the sixth over but a second-wicket stand of 63-runs between Smuts and Ingram got them back on track and when matters threatened to get a little tight at the death, Smuts and Jonker opened their shoulders to steal back the advantage.

Smuts faced 56 balls striking five fours and three sixes, ­including one off West Indian ­Andre Russell that clinched the victory in the final over.

Earlier, Russell produced late fireworks as the Knights posted 146 for four wickets.

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