Warriors sneak past Knights

Jon-Jon Smuts (Gallo Images)
Jon-Jon Smuts (Gallo Images)
East London - The Warriors made it two wins in two matches when they beat the Knights by five-wickets in a low-scoring RAM SLAM T20 Challenge cricket fixture at Buffalo Park, in East London on Wednesday night.

According to the supersport.com website, the slowness in the surface made runs tough to come by and both sides struggled to dominate the other.

In the end the Warriors managed to reach their modest target of 117 with three balls to spare.

The match probably went closer than what the Warriors would have expected. All of their top order batsmen got themselves in, only to get themselves out.

Ryan Bailey (22) was the only batsman who did not throw it away as he was on the end of a bad leg before wicket decision given by umpire Karl Hurter.

That was at a crucial, late stage of the run-chase but fortunately for the home team, Jon-Jon Smuts (29) and captain Davy Jacobs did enough to take the team home in the final over.

Veteran Nicky Boje was the best of the Knights bowlers taking two for 16 in four overs.

Earlier, the Warriors produced a fine performance with the ball to limit the Knights to a meagre 116 for six wickets.

The Knights got off to somewhat of a flyer but struggled to score consistently off seven tight overs of spin which eventually choked the life out of them.

Knights captain Johan van der Wath won the toss and elected to bat under a threatening sky.

Historically, this was a good toss to win but they ran into trouble in the first over when opener Rilee Rossouw clipped Andrew Birch into the safe hands of Simon Harmer.

The visitors recovered from that early loss to take 15 runs off the second over bowled by Wayne Parnell and 13 from Birch's next over to thrust themselves to 34 for one wicket.

Pite van Biljon had carved 15 runs off 13 balls before he was caught at third man off Parnell's bowling and when Rusty Theron uprooted Reeza Hendricks' off-stump, the Knights had slipped to 44 for three in the sixth over.

The introduction of spinners Simon Harmer and Jon-Jon Smuts slowed the scoring rate down even further. Harmer, in particular bowled superb areas to concede a mere 22 runs off his four overs.

While Harmer was tying the Knights down at the one end, Smuts was picking up wickets at the other finishing with two for 18 in three.

Seamer Lundi Mbane was brought into the attack as late as the 15th over and he produced three tight overs at the death which went for only 11 runs.

He also picked up the prized wicket of Dean Elgar who top scored with 38 for the Knights.

Theron was just as stingy returning figures of one for 16 in his four overs.

Warriors: Ryan Bailey, Andrew Birch, Simon Harmer, Davy Jacobs (captain, wicketkeeper), Christiaan Jonker, Lundi Mbane, Eddie Moore, Wayne Parnell, Ashwell Prince, Jon-Jon Smuts, Rusty Theron

Knights: Nicky Boje, Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Ryan McLaren, Lefa Mosena (wicketkeeper), Obus Pienaar, Diego Rosier, Rilee Rossouw, Malusi Siboto, Johan van der Wath (captain), Pite van Biljon

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