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T20 Challenge: Warriors’ chances restricted by rain to book second place

By Marc Jacobson - Dec 12, 2016
T20 Challenge: Warriors’ chances restricted by rain to book second place

Mother nature was on due course to restrict the Warriors from fully accomplishing a first-place finish in the T20 Challenge over the weekend, as both of their concluding matches were inhibited by rain.

On Friday, with the match being set to play at St. Georges Park against the Cobras, and where the Warriors are currently unbeaten in both the T20 Challenge and the Sunfoil Series so far; the game saw no beginning as rain abandoned play – meaning no result and points shared between the two sides.

This immediately seemed to have disadvantaged the EC side, as they looked to build on that home ground win tally with their tails already in the air with looming confidence. This comes after the Warriors especially achieved a healthy seven-wicket victory over the Dolphins in their other home ground, Buffalo Park, on Wednesday evening.

With Proteas, Hashim Amla and JP Duminy returning to bolster the Cobras, there was not ever going to be a formal conclusion that the Warriors would walk away as victors, but it did hinder their trying chances for the first-place race with the Titans.

Speaking of which, the Warriors then faced the Titans in a top-of-the-table clash in Buffalo Park in what was seen to be the decisive encounter to determine who plays in the home final – but was again significantly hindered by rain.

The match was restricted to a mere five-over innings in a jokingly hit-and-miss affair as the rain managed to subside later on. The Titans took to the crease first and fringe Protean, Farhaan Behardien, helped his side reach a colossal five-over total of 80 with a knock of 55 runs off just 15 balls – heeding a strike rate of 366.66.

The Warriors certainly did show an effortful chase and came close at stages, as they fell just six runs short in the ever-shortened game. Jon-Jon Smuts (21), Colin Ingram (19) and Christiaan Jonker (26) each showed a fine batting contribution in the chase, as they each scored strike rates over 230.

With little space for either side to properly prove themselves on both bowling and batting, the Titans managed to just get the edge and the luck of the draw, as they claimed victory to book a home final.

The Warriors (second place) is now set to face the Lions (third place) in the final-berth qualifier at St. Georges Park on Tuesday night. The winner of which, will travel to Centurion to play the Titans for the title.