Momentum One-Day Cup: Warriors’ last resort for redemption against Lions at St. Georges Park
The final stint of round-robin matches in the 2016/17 Momentum One-Day Cup are set to conclude on Thursday, 23rd of March, with much at stake specifically for the Warriors, and the Knights for that matter, in making the top three placed sides.
The Warriors, playing their final match against the Lions at St. Georges Park on the coming afternoon, will foresee a must win on their playing cards against a side well down-and-out – currently placed second-last on the One-Day Cup log.
Especially with the fact that the Warriors are yet to lose a game at St. Georges Park in the current season fold; and adding to that, the side would look to precipitate redemption after slumping to the Titans on Tuesday – spoiling their hopes.
The Warriors are currently placed fourth on the standings, with a total four wins out of nine (one no-result), and are a mere two points behind the Knights – who are at this point, the Eastern Cape side’s headway competitors.
A lot is resting on the result between the Knights and the second-placed Dolphins as they match-up at Kingsmead in Durban, and the best outcome for the Warriors would be an obvious Knight’s loss. This is irrespective that the Dolphins are competition contenders or not, as them and the Titans have in retrospect already qualified for the top three.
The Warriors have a must-win on their hands against the Lions, and the Knights’ a must-lose against the Dolphins, for their hopes on reaching the knock-out stages.
On Tuesday, Proteas’ stalwart, AB de Villiers’ helped the Titans to a massacred victory over the Warriors, winning by seven wickets with 131 balls to spare, with de Villiers scoring a hasty 75 not out.
Choosing to bat first, the Warriors projected a meek total of 147 all out in 41.2 overs, with other fellow Protean, Chris Morris and Lungi Ngidi contributing the most with the ball for the Titans with 3/30 and 3/32 figures respectively.
Yaseen Vallie (44) and JJ Smuts (39) batted well for the Warriors, but were to no avail, as six of the other batters in the line-up made mere single-digit scores.
The Titans then eased to their target, as de Villiers and another Protean, Farhaan Behardien (24 not out) crossed the line for victory, ascertaining their qualification for the top three.
After this, the Warriors have a last shot at redemption in their tumultuously roller-coaster One-Day season so far, but to their credit, they have still kept their hopes at least 50/50 alive.
Their match-up against the Lions is set to start at 14:00 at St. Georges Park, with one of their eyes surely balling to the Knights’ prospects, after all, their result depends on the other result too.
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