Knights win thriller to take second place
The Chevrolet Knights came back from the dead to snatch a dramatic six-run victory over the Chevrolet Warriors in a thiller of a RAM SLAM T20 Challenge match at Axxess St George's in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.
Full Scorecard – Warriors v Knights
Chasing a seemingly paltry target of 115, the Warriors could manage only 108/7 in their allotted 20 overs.
Dean Elgar was the Knights' hero with both bat and ball, following up his unbeaten 61 by taking four wickets as the Warriors collapsed with victory in sight.
The Warriors were cruising at 67 for one in the 13th over, needing a comfortable 48 off 46 balls. And then it all went wrong.
Davy Jacobs looked to hit Elgar's third ball out of the ground, only to find the safe hands of Johan van der Wath at deep midwicket. Jacobs made 30 off 32 balls.
Ashwell Prince could only look on at the other end as Samit Patel and Wayne Parnell departed in short order, and then the real blow came as three wickets fell in the space of four balls.
A total of 94 for four, with 21 needed from 14 balls, was suddenly transformed into 94 for seven, and the tailenders were unable to get their team over the line.
Prince was the last wicket to fall. His 37 was the top score for the Warriors, but came off 47 balls. All three of his boundaries were recorded during the PowerPlay, as runs became harder to get as the match progressed.
Elgar finished with a career-best 4-23 to put the skids under the home team, after being the only batsman to come to terms with a difficult pitch earlier in the evening.
After the Knights openers were both run out within the first three overs, keen fielding restricted the visitors to a gettable score of 114.
Elgar had some support from Obus Pienaar and Pite van Biljon, but ended up scoring more than half of his team's total.
Elgar scored his 61 off 60 balls, with two fours and four sixes, and it was no surprise that he scooped both the batting and bowling awards.
The Knights move back into second place with this win, a point ahead of the Warriors although the Eastern Cape team still have a game in hand.
CHEVROLET WARRIORS – Davy Jacobs (captain), Ashwell Prince, Cobus Jonker, Samit Patel, Kelly Smuts, Craig Thyssen, Wayne Parnell, Adrian McLaren, Aya Gqamane, Simon Harmer and Rusty Theron.
CHEVROLET KNIGHTS – Loots Bosman, Gihahn Cloete, Werner Coetsee, Dean Elgar, Pite van Biljon, Obus Pienaar, Nicky Boje, Jandre Coetzee, Johan van der Wath (captain), Shadley van Schalkwyk and Malusi Siboto.