Red-hot Lions stroll to 47-run win
The bizhub Highveld Lions' bowlers again stood up, as they bundled out the Chevrolet Warriors for just 115 to win their RAM SLAM T20 Challenge encounter by 47 runs at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Sunday.
Full Scorecard – Lions v Warriors
Chasing 163 to win, the visitors never really got going, with all of the Lions' bowlers getting among the wickets.
The pick on this occasion was the bustling Hardus Viljoen, who scooped three for 12. Pakistani quick Sohail Tanvir was again at his metronomic best, giving away just 15 runs in three overs, with two wickets as well.
The Warriors lost JJ Smuts in the very first over, bowled by Tanvir, and they were soon well behind the required run rate.
Their challenge was effectively over when they lost Colin Ingram (21), Christiaan Jonker (11), Wayne Parnell (0) and Adrian McLaren (1) for just four runs, to plummet from 34 for one to 38 for five.
Ashwell Prince (25) and some lusty, late hitting from Simon Harmer (33 off 23 balls) added a bit of respectability to the total, but the Lions were always in firm control after their early blitz through the visitors' top order.
The Warriors were eventually bowled out for 115, with two overs still left to bat.
Earlier, the Lions were propelled to 162 for seven after some lusty hitting from Dwaine Pretorius, who made 38 off off 23 balls, hitting three massive sixes in the process.
He added an invaluable 61 for the sixth wicket with the diminutive Temba Bavuma, who ended unbeaten on 34 not out from 24 balls.
At the top of the order, Quinton de Kock (47 off 32 balls) and Gulam Bodi (27 off 24 balls) got the Lions off to the perfect start, and they never released their stranglehold over the visitors all afternoon.
Pretorius won the batsman of the match award, while Viljoen deservedly walked away with the bowling honours.
The unbeaten Lions also secured a bonus point with their comfortable win, as they stretched their lead at the top of the standings. On this form, they will take some beating.
BIZHUB HIGHVELD LIONS: Quinton de Kock (wk), Gulam Bodi, Neil McKenzie, Temba Bavuma, Jean Symes (c), Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Sohail Tanvir, Hardus Viljoen, Imran Tahir.
CHEVROLET WARRIORS: Christiaan Jonker, JJ Smuts, Ashwell Prince, Colin Ingram (c), Adrian McLaren (wk), Wayne Parnell, Craig Thyssen, Simon Harmer, Rusty Theron, Andrew Birch, Ayabulela Gqamane.