Robin Peterson clubbed a career-best innings as the Chevrolet Warriors beat the Nashua Dolphins by eight wickets in their Standard Bank Pro20 match at Buffalo Park in East London on Sunday.
Chasing the Dolphins total of 127 all out the Warriors reached 131 for two with eight balls of their innings remaining.
Peterson ending the innings not out on 72 off 58 balls with nine fours and two sixes as he comfortably eclipsed his previous best score of 51.
Peterson, who opened the innings for the Warriors, and Justin Kreusch (31 not out) put on 105 runs for the third wicket as the Warriors eased to a comfortable victory.
Kreusch and Peterson batted sensibly and they brought up the 50 partnership off 49 balls but, as the partnership continued, Peterson began to look more at ease at the crease. No more so than when he brought up the 100 for the Warriors with a reverse- sweep for six off leg spinner Daryn Smit.
Fittingly Peterson struck the winning runs when he cut seamer Alfonso Thomas over point for four.
The Warriors had suffered a slight blip during their run-chase when, with their score on 26, they lost two wickets in two balls, courtesy of seamer Johann Louw.
Louw ended the innings with the fine figures of two for 15 off four overs.
Earlier, a half-century from HD Ackerman was the only batting highlight for the Dolphins.
Early in their innings the Dolphins battled to cope with the swing that the Warriors’ opening bowlers extracted in overcast conditions.
The visitors slipped to 24 for three in the sixth over before a 40-run fourth-wicket partnership between Ackerman and Jon Kent (ten) got the Dolphins’ innings back on track before Kent was run-out.
Ackerman and Daryn Smit (16) then added 36 runs for the fifth wicket before Smit was caught at long-off by Colin Ingram off the bowling of left-arm spinner Robin Peterson.
Ackerman scored 50 off 42 balls with four fours and two leg-side sixes before he had a big swish across the line and was clean bowled by Rusty Theron.
Ackerman’s dismissal saw the Dolphins on 115 for seven and they lost their last three wickets for the addition of 12 runs.
Left-arm seamer Wayne Parnell took three for 18 for the Warriors while fast bowler Rusty Theron chipped in with two for 26.