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Momentum One Day Cup: Warriors fall short at Wanderers

By Marc Jacobson - Feb 21, 2017
Momentum One Day Cup: Warriors fall short at Wanderers

The Warriors slumped to a 44-run loss to the Lions in their first Momentum One Day Cup match for the 2017 season at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday.

In a relatively high-scoring affair, the Lions were put in to bat first and projected an intimidating total of 329/7 with Protean Test opener, Stephen Cook and Reeza Hendricks anchoring that total from the roots with their conjoined 178-run partnership. Hendricks was the first to fall, but leant in a greater hand with his score of 101, while Cook, who fell 4.1 overs later, made 81.

This opening pair set the visionary trail for the following batters to build onto a perceived flinty total, with no following star scores, but enough to conjure up a threat. With the ball, JJ Smuts achieved the best economy rate of 5.1 and bowling figures of 2/51. Sisanda Magala also achieved 2/51 bowling figures, but in less overs.

The Warriors’ batting efforts came close, but it amounted to no avail as they were bowled all out on the very last ball of the innings for 285. In their second-wicket partnership, the Eastern Cape side also enrooted a fine 122-run partnership through Colin Ingram (69) and Gihahn Cloete (50) in their 21.5 over on-stay.

Following that breach, Colin Ackermann took to the crease and scored a swift 46 off just 30 balls before being caught out by Hendricks.

The Warriors’ prospects began flagging when their line-up was pecking down the order with no batters making it past 30 – Andrew Birch was bowled out by Carmi le Roux, to nail it for the home side.

Le Roux achieved an outstanding economy rate of 3.22 with 2/29 bowling figures. Beuran Hendricks achieved 3/55 figures with his name-stay, Reeza taking 2/17.  

Although too soon for introspection after just a single round-robin stage, the Warriors, being one of three sides that lost, are now placed second-last (fifth) merely measured just on their Net Run-Rate (NRR) of -0.88. Obviously speaking, the Lions are second with a 0.88 NRR.

The Warriors are set to play the Cape Cobras at Buffalo Park, East London, on Wednesday 22nd February in their next One Day Cup encounter.

Image: Colin Ingram.