VIDEO: Momentum One Day Cup: Warriors win in PE, lose in EL
The Warriors took to two home Momentum One Day Cup games over the weekend, at St. Georges Park in Port Elizabeth on Friday and at Buffalo Park in East London on Sunday respectively, with the Eastern Cape Franchise winning one and losing one.
On Friday, the Warriors matched up against the Dolphins, where they won the toss and opted to bat first and cemented a composed total of 275/5 after their 50 overs.
After a slow start, heeding just 75/2 after 19 overs, a 75-run third-wicket partnership between Colin Ingram and Colin Ackermann incremented the team’s way to their shadowing total.
Through a much-serene batting display, the Warriors amounted the total with the loss of only five wickets, with Ingram scoring the only century of the day with 105, backed by Ackermann’s 50 in their partnership run and polished off with Lesiba Ngoepe’s 43 not out to conclude in the middle.
Losing wickets consistently from the get-go, the Dolphins were unable to find any sort of go-forward, as their batsmen were picked off for a total of 144 all out in just the 36th over – meaning the Warriors saw victory by 130 runs.
Morne van Wyk (36) and Khaya Zondo (32) were the pick of the batsmen for the Dolphins.
With the ball, each Warriors’ bowler had a hand in the wicket-taking, with Ingram, Ackermann, Basheer Walters, Andrew Birch and JJ Smuts all taking a wicket apiece. Ayabulela Gqamane and Sisanda Magala took two wickets each with 2/18 and 2/30 bowling figures respectively.
On Sunday, in a relatively high-scoring affair, against the Titans; the visitors this time took to the crease first and projected a high total of 324/6 in their lot of 50.
Opener, Henry Davids scored well in making 66 after, to his misfortune, was run-out; with Heino Kuhn also passing the 60 mark, scoring 61. Adjoining Davids in opening, Aiden Markram scored 45, with the two setting a levelled 100-run partnership, as the Warriors only managed to take the first wicket in the 21st over.
Next up, was a stern 93-run third-wicket partnership between Kuhn and Tony de Zorzi (41) which lasted until the 40th over. Protean, David Wiese also batted well at number six walking off with a score of 44 not out at the close.
Ingram and Gqamane achieved bowling figures of 2/51 and 2/53 respectively.
The Warriors showed a significantly courageous batting effort in response, as they shot off the mark with a mammoth opening partnership of 150 before Smuts was beaten for a fine 85 runs in the 27th over. His partner, Gihahn Cloete then fell just two overs for 65 in a seemingly mid-innings crisis, as the next three Warriors’ batsmen were all taken out for single-digit scores.
A decent sixth-wicket 49-run partnership between Kelly Smuts and Ngoepe, then showed some redemption and gave the home side some hope with the two striking the ball well, earning a 122.5 strike-rate. Kelly Smuts scored 26 to break the partnership and it was then begged for the tail-enders to deliver.
Number eight, Jerry Nqolo took to the crease to join Nqoepe and batted well in his short stint – also scoring 26 before he was beaten, following Nqoepe’s wicket for 41 runs.
The last remaining three failed to deliver, as the Warriors were all-beaten for 289 after 46.4 overs – losing by 35 runs.
Dispersing the wickets relatively evenly, Malusi Siboto (2/33) and Shaun von Berg (2/67) contributed the most with the ball for the Titans.
The Warriors are now placed fourth on the Momentum One Day Cup log, with their next fixture coming against the Dolphins at Kingsmead in Durban on Friday 10th March.
Watch for some fans' commentary and Warriors' batting action at St. Georges Park on Friday
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