Momentum One-Day Cup: Warriors get luck of the rain in Durban, beat Cobras at Newlands

BY MARC JACOBSON - MARCH 15, 2017
Momentum One-Day Cup: Warriors get luck of the rain in Durban, beat Cobras at Newlands

In two scheduled away Momentum One-Day Cup fixtures over last weekend, the Warriors took to the field against the Dolphins at Kingsmead, Durban, on Friday and the Cape Cobras at Newlands on Sunday.

To the Dolphins despair, the match-up on Friday saw a no result, as the rain seemingly looked to wash out not just the game, with the Warriors’ part misery.

The game did not manage to even see past the first innings, and for this the Duckworth Lewis Method was to be at no avail for a result – and thankfully so for the visitors.

Amassing a concrete platform after they set-out to bat first, Dolphins’ openers, Vaughn van Jaarsveld and wicket-keeper Morne van Wyk, outlasted the Warriors’ attack for more than half the innings, scoring a superb 139-run opening partnership.

The partnership broke in the 27th over when van Jaarsveld departed for a styling 85 runs. On 54 at the time of his departure, van Wyk then managed to keep strike for a further nine overs to score a fine 92 runs before he was picked off by Warriors’ bowler Basheeru Walters.

Following van Wyk’s wicket, the game only held breath for another five balls before the match succumbed to rain.

Khaya Zondo also batted well in partnering van Wyk after the opening breach – scoring 47 not out at the close.

Colin Ackerman took two wickets with 2/37 bowling figures. With rain stopping the Dolphins on 236/3 and still 13.2 overs remaining, the rain would have surely soothed up a sense of relief for the Warriors, as the home side looked to gain constant ascendency.

On Sunday, the Warriors showed their onslaught with the bat against the Cobras, as JJ Smuts scored an outstanding career-best 173 not out and lasted the entire innings after opening the batting.

Hitting an astonishing nine fours and eight sixes with a strike-rate of 105.48, Smuts was also partnered well with fellow opener, Gihahn Cloete, who scored a more progressive 70 runs before being bowled by the Cobras’ Eddie Leie.

Leie resultantly bowled well, with figures of 4/56, but the Warriors’ opening massacre guided them to a respectful total of 305/6 in their lot of 50.

As the Cobras took to the crease in their chase, their opener and former Proteas’ basher, Richard Levi, also ascertained a stern statement with his score of 106 before being unluckily run-out in the 33rd over.

No other batters then managed to substantiate Levi’s projection, as the rest of the line-up were all unable to make more than 20. The Cobras were as a result all-beaten for 215 all out – losing by 90 runs to the visiting Warriors.

Colin Ingram achieved 3/56 bowling figures and Ayabulela Gqamane 2/22.

The Warriors have now climbed up the Momentum One-Day Cup log and are placed second with 17 table points – just two behind the log-leading Dolphins. The third-placed Titans are just three points behind the Eastern Cape side.

The Warriors are set to play their next encounter against the Knights at St. Georges Park in Port Elizabeth on Friday at 14:00.

Image: JJ Smuts.