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Sunfoil Series: Unprecedented conditions force Warriors/Cobras to draw

By Marc Jacobson - Jan 16, 2017
Sunfoil Series: Unprecedented conditions force Warriors/Cobras to draw

Irrespective of the Warriors being seconded in the first innings’ showdown; poor weather, bad light and a wet outfield curtailed the 4-Day Sunfoil Series match-up against the Cobras to a draw in Buffalo Park, East London, from the 12th until 15th of January.

The Cobras batted first and looked to be in some trouble at stages, especially after they were repressed to 200/6 in the 59th over after the loss of heightened scorer up until that point, Andrew Puttick for 85.

Coming in at number seven, Aviwe Mgijima, then sort the second half of their first innings’ score tally when he scored a stern 51 to take the Cobras to an eventual respectable 291 all out. Basheer Walters and Sisanda Magala were the most effective with the ball, each taking 3/42 and 3/71 bowling figures respectively.

The Warriors’ batting attack also felt the pressure after they were 175/5 at the end of the second day with Colin Ackerman (89) and Yaseen Vallie (94) being the only two scorers making more than 30 and jumpstarting any sort of headway for the home side.

The lack of dispersion in the scoring, meant the Warriors slumped to a 31-run deficit and were bowled out for 260 on the fourth day, after day three didn’t see any play. The Cobras’ Dane Piedt took four wickets in the space of eight overs to achieve bowling figures of 4/64, with Dane Paterson knocking off the top three-order batsmen to achieve 3/60 bowling figures.

The Cobras then took to the crease for an inevitable match-draw, as they scored 71/3; with Justin Ontong managing 28 not out. For the Warriors, Andrew Birch, Walters and Simon Harmer each took one wicket apiece in the final match-play.

Due to their initial upheaval, the Cobras earned 7.82 points for the match, and the Warriors 7.2 points. On the current overall Sunfoil Series Table, the Warriors are placed 4th out of six sides with 65.62 table points. The Cobras are currently last with 52.14 table points.

With only a 10-point range from 1st to 5th-placed sides, the competition is at a relative even contention with the first five teams all currently having two wins apiece under the belt.

The Warriors’ next Sunfoil Series encounter will be against the 3rd-placed Knights in the Manguang Oval, Bloemfontein, beginning on January  26th.

Image: Yaseen Vallie of the Warriors produced the highest score in the game.