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Sunfoil Series: Warriors lose narrowly to Lions and move to last

By Marc Jacobson - Feb 8, 2017
Sunfoil Series: Warriors lose narrowly to Lions and move to last

The Warriors lost by a narrow 14 runs to the Lions in their Sunfoil Series clash against the Lions at Buffalo Park in East London on Sunday.

In a game where the Lions projected a total of 460 runs in both of their innings’, 14 runs ran in close for the match result, as the Warriors scored 446 in total.

What almost cost the Lions was a possible premature innings declaration when they declared on 153/2 in their second innings; and falling just 14 runs short on 243 all out, the Warriors ran in close to snatching an unjust victory.

To supplement their total score projection, the Lions scored 307 all out in the first innings, taking a 104-run lead over the Warriors’ 203 all out. Based on the match reflection and given the context, the Lions were significantly better than what the score suggests in the four-day game.

With time a telling factor for results in unlimited-overs cricket, the Lions did reel up a win, despite it hanging by a thread in the late parts of the game. Regardless, the Warriors, daunted by time as well, also took it upon themselves to declare on 203/6 in the first innings.

Helping them cut the Warriors short in that second innings, were Lions’ bowlers Bjorn Fortuin (3/39), Ayavuya Myoli (3/58) and Beuran Hendricks (3/70) – each taking three wickets apiece.

In both of the Warriors’ innings, there only saw two half-centurions through Lesiba Ngoepe (77) in the second innings and Somila Seyibokwe (52 not out) in the first innings respectively. To back them up, in the second innings, saw Colin Ingram make 46 and Simon Harmer 45 respectively.

Anrich Nortje produced stellar bowling figures of 4/71 in the Warriors’ first innings bowling spell, while in that same innings, Lions batters, Rassie van der Dussen (82) and Protean Stephen Cook (50) contributed the most with the bat.

In their early declaration, Dominic Hendricks (76 not out) and Protean Temba Bavuma (52 not out) walked off unbeaten at the crease for the Lions.

The Lions now leapfrog the Warriors at the bottom of the log, with the Warriors placed last with 78.66 points and the Johannesburg side second-last with 83.34 points.

Image: Anrich Nortje for the Warriors.