T20 Challenge: Warriors cruise past Dolphins, seek to capitalise on momentum

BY MARC JACOBSON - NOVEMBER 16, 2016

The Warriors got off to an opposing start in the 2016 T20 Challenge, as they cruised to a seven-wicket win over the Dolphins in Sahara Park, Durban, in their first encounter.

The Eastern Cape-based side would look to build on this momentum, as they face the struggling Cobras on Friday 18th November in Newlands, Cape Town. The Cobras lost their first match against the Knights by 38 runs and they are scheduled to play the Titans in Paarl on Wednesday night.

What may favour the Warriors chances come Friday, will be the momentum they carry into the fixture if the Cobras lose again to the Titans on Wednesday – meaning the WC-based side will head into Friday’s fixture with two losses under the belt. However, a team with their backs against the wall can also be a dangerous one, so the Warriors should look to not undermine that prospect.

On Sunday, the Warriors certainly did look well in-control with the bat as they managed to even alleviate any threats from Proteans, Imran Tahir and Andile Phehlukwayo, as they eased past the Dolphins total of 115 with 4.1 overs and seven wickets to spare.

Opener, JJ Smuts scored 54 and Colin Ackerman scored 41 not out to guide the Warriors their victory. All of the Warriors’ bowlers offered a stint against the Dolphins batting line-up with each taking at least one wicket, with exceptions to Solo Nqweni who took 2/14 bowling figures and bowler of the day, Andrew Birch, who achieved bowling figures of 3/16.

The two Proteans, Phehlukwayo and Tahir, took two wickets and one wicket respectively, with respective bowling figures of 2/3 and 1/28.

The solitude first win puts them third on the T20 Challenge log with five points – tied with the Knights (second) and the Titans (first), but topped by their Net Run Rate (NRR) scoring of 1.703. The Knights achieved a NRR of 1.900 and the Titans 2.100.  

Image: JJ Smuts (54) in batting action.