Warriors cement their play-off spot

BY MARC JACOBSON - FEBRUARY 15, 2016

The Cape Cobras beat the Warriors by 5 wickets in St. Georges in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. The Cobras now cemented their spot at first place and will host the final.

Despite losing and finishing their league endeavours, the Warriors also have their spot cemented as they qualify for a play-off position at third place on the standings.

They stand a whole seven log points clear of the Dolphins who had also played their last match over the weekend and a whole 10 points clear of the Titans and Knights who both have one game in hand respectively.

The Cobras were chasing a competitive 257 for victory against the Warriors and they had dropped to their knees in the first half of the innings as a determined Warriors’ attack took them to 96-5 after 26 overs.

Recent Protean wicket-keeper, Dane Vilas, then collaborated excellently with Cobras captain, Justin Ontong, to form an unbeaten partnership of 161 off 138 balls. The two took the Cobras all the way home as Ontong scored 60 not out, while Vilas scored an astonishing 105 not out off of just 70 balls; smashing five sixes and 11 fours.

Colin Ackermann, proved to be the best Warriors bowler taking 2/34 bowling figures off of 10 overs, with also the lowest economy rate of 3.4.

Ackermann also proved to be the best batsman in the home side line-up, as he opened and scored 92 runs. The other fine contributor to the Warriors’ run tally was number four batsman, Yaseen Vallie, scoring 58.

The Cobras now stand on 33 points at the top of the log, a whole nine points clear of the second-placed Lions of 24 points. Both the Cobras and the Lions still have a game in hand.

As the top three spots are already ascertained, the Warriors are set to play the Lions at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, on February 24th in their play-off match. The winner will then play the final against the Cobras in Newlands, Cape Town, to be played on 28th February.