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Knights thrash Warriors defending 105

A fantastic opening spell of 4-26 in nine overs from Johan van der Wath and 3-11 in 8 from Ryan McLaren helped the Chevrolet Knights incredibly defend 105 to defeat the Chevrolet Warriors by 59 runs in their Momentum One Day Cup match at Axxess St George's in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

Full Scorecard – Warriors v Knights

The Warriors had a stuttering start in their pursuit of the 105 runs needed for victory, losing Ashwell Prince in the opening over for two when he was given out LBW from a Van der Wath delivery. Jon-Jon Smuts and Colin Ingram stayed together long enough to produce a partnership of 23 runs.

Wickets started to tumble in the 12th over as Ingram was caught by Abraham Pienaar for 12 from a McLaren delivery. The 13th over produced two wickets from Van der Wath, first Smuts was dismissed for 10 and then Colin Ackerman for a duck, both LWB. McLaren then picked up Warriors captain Davy Jacobs for one in the next over, caught by Rilee Rossouw.

The Warriors slumped to 35 for seven when McLaren bagged his third wicket in the 16th over, trapping Ayabulela Gqamane LBW for a duck. Nicky Boje came on to bowl and picked up the wicket of Craig Thyssen, LBW for 11.

The tail was wrapped up as Basheeru-Deen Walters was bowled for eight and Makhaya Ntini was caught by McLaren for a duck, both from the bowling of Malusi Siboto.

The Warriors were bowled out for 46 in 20.3 overs. Boje completed only two overs, taking one for seven and Siboto finishing with figures of 2-3 in 1.3 overs.

Ntini had started the match off with a great spell. The fit former Protea bowler produced 10 overs on the trot to put the Knights on the back foot. His opening bowling partner, Andrew Birch, was not as economical, but still managed to claim two wickets for 29 runs in his opening six overs.

Wickets fell at regular intervals throughout the innings

Birch struck in the second over when he trapped Michael Erlank in front for a duck. The 27-year-old struck again in the sixth over when Rossouw was caught behind for 20 from 13 deliveries.

The first 20 overs belonged to Ntini though. He claimed the wickets of Werner Coetsee for four in the seventh over when he was trapped LBW. Pienaar was out in the same manner in the 11th for one and with his last ball of his final over, Ntini found the edge of McLaren’s bat for 20 in the 19th to cap off his allotted overs.

Aubrey Swanepoel could not get off the mark and his 12th ball found the edge of his bat from a Wayne Parnell delivery. Jacobs took his third catch of the innings.

With everything going their way, the Warriors threw the ball to Gqamane. He struck in his first over, getting the better of Boje for 10 when he had the left-hander caught behind for Jacobs's fourth catch. Gqamane then claimed a second scalp in his third over when Van der Wath was caught by Ackermann for two.

The Knights found themselves 101 for eight after 30 overs.

Gqamane and Birch then wrapped up the innings, claiming the wickets of Van Schalkwyk for one and the determined Rudi Second, who opened the batting and was the last man out in the 33rd over, for a cautious 38 from 96 deliveries. He was at the crease for the full 153 minutes it took to bowl the Knights out.

Birch finished with figures of 3-31 in 6.3 overs as the Knights were bowled out for 105.

Walters bowled a fantastic six-over spell in the middle of the innings -- he did not pick up a wicket but only conceded 11 runs. Gqamane finished with 3-16 in four overs.

The Warriors will remain rooted to the bottom of the log with this result, while the Knights will leap-frog either the Dolphins or the Cobras depending on the result of their match in Cape Town.

CHEVROLET KNIGHTS: RT Bailey, RR Hendricks, RR Rossouw, D Elgar*, AJ Pienaar, R McLaren, N Boje, JJ van der Wath, D du Preez, SC van Schalkwyk, JPH Triegaardt(w/k), WL Coetsee, AR Swanepoel

CHEVROLET WARRIORS: JT Smuts, AG Prince, CA Ingram, KR Smuts, DJ Jacobs*(w/k), CA Thyssen, WD Parnell, M Ntini, ACR Birch, BD Walters, SR Harmer, CN Ackerman, A Gamane


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