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Bushrangers strike back after Jacobs blitz


The Victorian Bushrangers struck back after conceding 62 runs during the power play overs to restrict the Chevrolet Warriors to a total of 158/6 after Davey Jones smashed a quick fire half century.

The Warriors were spearheaded by their skipper who smashed an impressive half century to get his side off to a flying start against one of this years pre tournament favourites.

Jones, who opened the batting with Ashwell Prince smashed 9 fours and 1 six during his time at the crease. His innings of 59 included 19 runs scored during the 5th over when he dispatched Shane Harwood for 3 fours and a six.

With the runs flowing easily the Bushrangers fought their way back into the game limiting Jones and Prince to just 19 runs during the three overs after the end of the power play restrictions.

With the runs starting to dry up Prince, who was struggerling to score tried to take a non-existent single off the first ball of the 11th over which left Jacobs running at the strikers end.

The skipper hesitated at first which gave wicket keeper Matthew Wade plenty of time to whip off the bails off thanks to a piece of quick fielding from Andrew McDonald.

Having run his captain out Prince tried to make amends for his moment of madness but he only lasted 5 more delivers before he tried to scoop Andrew McDonald over fine leg, but, having top edge the delivery he could only watch on as Wade took the catch behind the wicket.

After looking set for a large total the Warriors were now on the back foot with two new batsmen at the crease thanks to an impressive turnaround by the Bushrangers.

Despite the arrival of big hitting Colin Ingram at the crease the slump continued for the Warriors who lost two further wickets to leave them 97-4 with just over 7 overs to go.

Ingram (8), who starred with the bat during the Standard Bank Pro 20 Series was the first to go after he was caught by Glenn Maxwell after he top edged a delivery from Harwood before Justin Kreusch (1) followed 5 balls later.

With the innings threatening to go off the boil Mark Boucher and Johan Botha lead the Warriors fight back with a vital 5th wicket partnership of 40 before Rob Quiney pulled off a superb diving catch out on the long on boundary to dismiss Botha (20).

Having conceded 17 runs from his first over Dirk Nannes came back into the attack at the end of the innings and he responded well; bowling Boucher (31), who had been dropped two overs earlier by Glenn Maxwell to leave the Warriors 148-6.

Even though the Warriors lost Botha and Boucher in quick succession; Nicky Boje (4) and Craig Thyssen (8) ensured the home side ended their innings encouragingly adding 10 runs from the final 7 deliveries to set the Bushrangers a total of 159 to chase.

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