Ntini leads Warriors into Pro20 final
Makhaya Ntini turned in a masterful bowling performance as the Chevrolet Warriors advanced to the Standard Bank Pro20 final thanks to a 10-run win over the Nashua Cape Cobras in their semifinal second leg at Sahara Park Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Paceman Ntini returned figures of two for 12 off four overs with a maiden as the Cobras, chasing the Warriors’ 121 for six, were restricted to 111 for six.
After slipping to nine for two the Cobras’ innings was revived by a third-wicket stand of 53 between Andrew Puttick (22) and Justin Ontong (28) before Puttick was trapped leg-before by left-arm spinner Nicky Bojé.
Three runs later off-spinner Johan Botha had Ontong caught by a tumbling Colin Ingram at deep extra cover as the Warriors fought their way back into the contest.
Ntini then claimed the wicket of Richard Levi (one), caught at third man, as the home side lost three wickets for five runs.
Justin Kemp struck a lusty 29 off 25 balls before he was bowled in the last over by seamer Rusty Theron as Theron ended the innings with figures of two for 29.
Earlier, a battling half-century partnership between Craig Thyssen and Botha provided the backbone of the Warriors’ innings
In the face of a disciplined bowling performance the visitors, after winning the toss and electing to bat, struggled to 63 for six in the 14th over before Botha and Thyssen rescued the Warriors’ innings with an unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 58 of 38 deliveries.
Botha ended unbeaten on 29 while the right-handed Thyssen chipped in with 27 not out off 18 balls as the duo helped themselves to 20 runs off the last over of the innings bowled by seamer Charl Langeveldt.
Kemp was the most successful Cobras bowler with figures of two for eight off two overs.
The win means that the Warriors qualify for the Champions League while they will contest the Pro20 final against either the Nashua Titans or the bizhub Highveld Lions on March 12.
Nashua Cape Cobras - Andrew Puttick (wk), Herschelle Gibbs, Robin Peterson, Justin Kemp (capt), Justin Ontong, Richard Levi, Stiaan van Zyl, Rory Kleinveldt, Vernon Philander, Charl Langeveldt, Monde Zondeki.
Chevrolet Warriors - Jon-Jon Smuts, Ashwell Prince, Colin Ingram, Justin Kreusch, Davy Jacobs (capt, wk), Craig Thyssen, Johan Botha, Nicky Boje, Wayne Parnell, Rusty Theron, Makhaya Ntini.