Sunfoil Series: Warriors mid-season wrap up

BY MARC JACOBSON - NOVEMBER 9, 2016

The Warriors are currently placed third with 54.8 log points on the overall Sunfoil Series log in the 2016/17 series’ mid-season break.

This comes after they beat the top-placed VKB Knights by 107 runs on Sunday at St. Georges Park, as Basheer Walters and Anrich Nortje took the final four wickets of the fourth and final day, when poor light looked to subtly force the match to a draw.

Walters (4/85) and Nortje (3/54) took these final wickets to get the Knights all out for 289, after the visitors’ meek first innings total of 179 all out; where Nortje showed excellent bowling figures of 6/44.

With the bat, the Warriors scored a stern 339 all out, taking a 160-run lead after an innings apiece. In their second innings, the Warriors scored 236 all out, which resulted in enough to win the 4-day game by 107 runs.

Highest run scorers of combined totals over both innings’ were: Lesiba Ngoepe (141), Colin Ackermann (77), Gionne Koopman (68) and Somila Seyibokwe (66).

Over the two innings, the best bowling figures displayed in the Warriors outfit were: Nortje (9/98), Walters (5/149) and Simon Harmer (3/84).

The result meant that the Warriors have won both of their matches played at St. Georges in the season so far, and additionally, both against the table-topping Titans and Knights, who are currently placed first and second on the log respectively. This, ironically, was also their only two victories of season so far after playing five matches at the mid-way mark.

The Warriors, however, are breathing down their necks, with the Knights just 0.4 points ahead of the EC side at 55.2 points; with the Titans placed on top at 59.74 points. The Dolphins, however, are not far behind either with 54.58 log points – just 0.22 points behind the Warriors.

With his first and only match played in the aforementioned game, Nortje showed the best average overall in the Sunfoil Series so far of 10.88. Walters showed overall bowling figures of 16/387 with a 24.18 average, while Andrew Birch comes in at third with 11/379 bowling figures at an average of 34.45.

Ackermann has been the most consistent batsman for the Warriors so far, scoring a total of 499 runs with an average of 55.44. He is followed by Ngoepe (298 runs, Avg- 42.57), Edward Moore (335 runs, Avg- 41.87) and all-rounder Birch (167 runs, Avg- 41.75).

The Sunfoil Series is only set to resume again in the first week of January 2017, when the Warriors play the Dolphins at Kingsmead, Durban, on the 5th of January.  

Image: Anrich Nortje in bowling action.