Botha, Theron bowl Warriors to victory
The Chevrolet Warriors produced an excellent display with the ball as they bundled the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras for 108 to win their MiWay T20 Challenge encounter at Sahara Park Newlands by 41 runs on Friday night.
Johan Botha (2-9) and Rusty Theron (2-13) were the chief destroyers, but the Warriors bowled and fielded outstandingly well as a unit to deny the Cobras a much needed win.
Frustratingly, most of the home batsmen made starts, but they all contrived to go out as they looked for big hits in pursuit of the Warriors' total of 149 for 6.
Justin Ontong's 23 was the best of a dismal collection by the star-studded Cobras, as Wayne Parnell also helped himself to two wickets at the top of the innings. Parnell ousted the dangerous Richard Levi, who picked out Ashwell Prince on the deep-square leg fence for 15.
Stiaan van Zyl had already been knocked over by Makhaya Ntini at that stage, before Parnell removed serial run-getter Owais Shah for 13 to reduce the hosts to 47 for three. Try as they might, the Cobras kept finding fielders when they went airborne, and a desperate Dane Vilas was nabbed leg-before by Botha, as the Cobras reached 63 for 4 at the halfway stage.
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Botha, with some help from Andrew Birch (2-27) strangled the life out of the Cobras with his sharp offspin, as the hosts lost their last four wickets for just 11 runs, being dismissed with seven balls to spare in their innings.
Earlier, Brad Hogg had continued his sensational form with the ball , as he snapped up 4-33 in the Chevrolet Warriors total of 149 for 6.
JJ Smuts made 35 off 30 balls, before Botha ended with a flourish to contribute an unbeaten 38 off just 26 balls. The Proteas allrounder received late support from Parnell, after Hogg had struck twice in three balls to halt their progress.
Parnell smacked Hogg for two sixes in the final over of the innings to hurt his figures somewhat. The bonus-point win inched the Warriors up the table, but they still need a minor miracle to sneak into next Friday's playoff game.
Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras: Richard Levi, Stiaan van Zyl, Owais Shah, Justin Ontong, Dane Vilas (wk), Justin Kemp (capt), Dane Piedt, Brad Hogg, Alistair Gray, Beuran Hendricks and Ferisco Adams.
Warriors: JJ Smuts, Ashwell Prince, Kelly Smuts, Johan Botha (capt), Colin Ingram, Athi Dyili (wk), Wayne Parnell, Craig Thyssen, Rusty Theron, Makhaya Ntini, Andrew Birch.