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Sunfoil Series: Warriors slump against table-topping Knights

By Marc Jacobson - Feb 3, 2017
Sunfoil Series: Warriors slump against table-topping Knights

An 11-wicket match haul from recent Proteas debutant and Knights’ right-arm medium-fast pacer, Duanne Olivier, abetted his side to beat the Warriors by 121 runs at the Manguang Oval, Bloemfontein, in their Sunfoil Series encounter this past week. The Free State side now thrust into the number one spot on the Sunfoil Series log.

Coming out on top in the first innings, the Knights projected a first innings score of 431 all out, with Rudi Second propelling the total with his score of 151. Protean, Rilee Rossouw, also contributed sternly with the bat, scoring 83, while Simon Harmer (4/90) contributed the most with the ball for the Warriors.

The aforementioned batting pair shared a partnership of 118 runs, which cemented their superior first innings total, after the Warriors were bowled out for 299. In that same innings, Olivier achieved bowling figures of 6/82, while the Warriors’ batting line-up saw three half centurions in Edward Moore (56), Harmer (75) and Sisanda Magala (79).

The Warriors, at one stage, looked to be in real trouble for a follow-on when they were 159/7, but a robust 119-run eight-wicket partnership between Harmer and Magala prevented that downward prospect.

The Warriors’ bowling attack then managed to get under the skins of the Knights’ batsmen in their second innings as they were bowled out for a meek 189, with the Warriors projecting just 11 more in their second innings – scoring 200 all out. The over-take, however, didn’t prove to be enough, as the Knights acclaimed the 121-run victory with thanks to their first innings batting prowess.

With sloppy batting on both sides in the second innings’, there only saw one half-centurion in Lesiba Ngoepe scoring 56 for the Warriors. Olivier achieved bowling figures of 5/67 in the second innings, with overall match figures of 11/149. For the Warriors, Andrew Birch (3/11) and Magala (2/24) contributed the most with the ball in their second innings spell.

The Knights now top the Sunfoil Series log with 87.18 log points and having won three, drawn three and lost one out of their eight four-day matches. The Warriors are currently placed fourth on 72.6 points after eight games. The men from Eastern Cape won two, lost three and drew three.

The Warriors are currently underway playing the last-placed Lions in East London on day two and won the toss, but chose to bowl first. The Lions are currently 189/5 after 56 overs in the first innings. 

Image: Duanne Olivier for the Knights Sunfoil Series side.