Warriors smash Highveld Lions

Wayne Parnell (Gallo Images)
Wayne Parnell (Gallo Images)

Potchefstroom - The Warriors have thrashed the Lions by 54 runs by the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain affected One-Day Cup game in Potchefstroom on Wednesday evening.

A belligerent maiden first-class century by Wayne Parnell helped the Warriors to a mammoth total of 342 for 6 in their 50 overs.

Parnell made 129 before he was dismissed off the bowling of Lonwabo Tsotsobe, caught at mid-wicket from a leading edge.

Parnell shared in an opening stand of 155 coming in 25.1 overs with JJ Smuts.

Parnell timed the ball to perfection on a day when the bowlers took a beating on a flat pitch in Potch.

Parnell smashed 11 fours and three sixes in his century and took particular liking to the bowling of Lions seamer Chris Morris in a miserable day for the Lions attack.

Smuts had played the aggressor role in the partnership, scoring at faster than a run a ball for his 73 from 67 balls, before his innings was cut short.

Smuts fell to Jean Symes as he attempted to hit the Lions bowler for six but only managed to hole out to Morris at long-off.

Colin Ingram (52) joined Parnell in the middle, and together the pair combined for a partnership of 103 to take the Warriors to 258. Parnell was finally dismissed by Tsotsobe.

After Parnell fell, Ingram lost his wicket four balls later as Tsotsobe picked up the double strike.

With new batsmen at the wicket with nine overs remaining, the Warriors could have been forgiven if they lost the momentum, but Ryan Bailey had other ideas.

Batting with the lower order, Bailey scored a blistering 56 off 32 balls, smashing ten boundaries in the process, and was key in posting a menacing total.

The run chase of the Lions never got going as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Quinton de Kock again failed as he was bowled by the man of the moment – Parnell for 13.

Rusty Theron dismissed Lions captain Stephen Cook for 22 with the score on 46 for 2 in the 11th over.

Rassie van der Dussen (52*) shared in a 67 run partnership with Temba Bavuma to get the hopes up of the Lions side.

But, with the score on 113, Bavuma was next to depart for 30 as he found the safe hands of Theron off a JJ Smuts delivery.

The rain soon came down with the Lions on 118 for 3 and way behind on the Duckworth-Lewis method.

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