End of road for Warriors after losing in Johannesburg

BY MARC JACOBSON - FEBRUARY 25, 2016

The Lions beat the Warriors by a convincing eight wickets in their Momentum One Day Cup knockout play-off encounter at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, on Wednesday night.

The match was highly influenced with the Duckworth/Lewis method, as both sides endured rain delays early on in each of their innings’. The first delay, in the Warriors’ innings, forced the match to be reduced to 41 overs per side.

At the stage of delay, the Warriors had already lost their two openers, JJ Smuts and Colin Ackermann. Just as the Warriors aimed to get rolling momentum, they lost key batsman, Colin Ingram, just four overs after resumption, followed by Yaseen Vallie another four overs later, which left the visitors with a mere 61-4 after 19 overs.

The Warriors were then somewhat eluded when Jerry Nqolo and Christiaan Jonker formed an 89-run partnership before Jonker was bowled out by Aaron Phangiso in the 34th over. Phangiso then also bowled Nqolo out three overs later, taking out the momentous Warriors pair.

Jonker went out for 42 and Nqolo went out for a career best of 63 respectively. The slight momentum shift lifted the Warriors to 202/8 after their 41 overs.

The top bowler for the Lions was Dwaine Pretorius and although being one of four bowlers who took two wickets each; he took the best figures of 2/23 and had the best economy rate of 2.87.

The Warriors’ hopes were raised when Andrew Birch took two big wickets in Lions opener, Stephen Cook and third-in, Alviro Petersen, before which another rain delay struck in the 14th over. The second delay forced the Lions’ innings to be restricted to 32 overs with 172 needed from it.

The Lions then built up an unbeaten partnership after resumption with Rassie van der Dussen and Dominic Hendricks knocking an unbeaten 128 runs between the two of them. The pair took the Lions home with van der Dussen scoring 83 not out and Hendricks 70 not out respectively; as they won the game with three overs to spare.

The Lions will now face the Cobras in the Momentum One Day Cup final on Sunday 28th February at Newlands, Cape Town.