Warriors put up a fight but lose by 20 runs to Lions

2014-10-13 00:00

THE Warriors, chasing down 292 for victory — the third highest score posted on the Senwes Park ground in a day match — lost by 20 runs to the Highveld Lions in their Momentum One Day Cup match yesterday.

The visitors put up stout resistance, but had no answer to the guile and pace of Lonwabo Tsotsobe who finished with figures of 10-1-44-5.

A 91-run partnership in a tad over 12 overs between Neil McKenzie and Thami Tsolekile enabled the Lions to reach 291 for five, having been inserted.

The hosts made steady progress with opener Quinton de Kock scoring at a cracking rate. De Kock hit some glorious timed cuts and drives as he hurried to his ninth List A half-century off 46 balls, which included nine boundaries. However, it was Simon Harmer who initiated the breakthrough, castling De Kock (56) with a wonderfully flighted delivery, pitching on leg and removing the off-stump.

There is nothing like experience to settle things down and as McKenzie strode to the crease he brought the expertise of 20 seasons of List A cricket to the field.

The wily veteran McKenzie scored an exhilarating 73 of 86 balls and featured strokes of genuine class, striking four boundaries and launching a huge six off Mbane into the stands.

The innings came to a end, holing out to Ryan Bailey on the square-leg boundary, off Andrew Birch, with only eight deliveries remaining in the innings.

Tsolekile and Dwaine Pretorius were there at the death, Tsolekile, on 51 — his fourth List A half-century — struck off 36-balls, which included three fours and two maximums smeared over cow corner and long-on, and Pretorius on 14.

It was never going to be an easy task to chase the total down, especially after losing their first-wicket with the score on 44, Michael Price (24), nicking a Tsotsobe delivery to wicketkeeper De Kock.

Jon-Jon Smuts and Ingram put their heads down and grafted out the runs.

Smuts and Ingram reached their half-centuries off 81 and 42-balls respectively in successive overs.

Their second-wicket partnership of 115 runs, reinforced the impression that batting had become easier throughout a glorious day, and that the Warriors were in with a chance of victory.

But the visitors’ momentum was halted when Ingram chopped a Rabada delivery on to his stumps.

Bailey hooked a Tsotsobe slow bouncer into the hands of Rabada at backward square-leg and Somila Seyibokwe was trapped in the crease by Hardus Viljoen.

Tsotsobe claimed his fifth wicket when Magala hit a lofted cover drive into the hands of Rabada on the extra cover boundary.

The rest is history as the remaining batsmen fell flat.

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