Stags skipper leads the way once again
Central Stags skipper Jamie How starred with the bat once again to help the Stags keep their faint hopes of reaching the knock out stages alive with another tremendous innings which thrilled the crowd at St George's Park.
The skipper smashed 12 fours and 3 sixes during an innings of 88 to help the Stags set the Chevrolet Warriors a tricky run chase of 176 to secure a place in the Twenty20 Champions League semi finals.
Having won the toss the Stags decided to bat first but with overcast conditions in Port Elizabeth the Kiwi Twenty20 Champions got off to a poor start losing Peter Ingram who had faced just two deliveries before he was trapped LBW by Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
It was the second game in a row that Ingram had fallen in the first over but the Stags remained positive despite the lose with How dispatching Rusty Theron for three boundaries in the next over.
Tsotsobe faired no better in his next over conceding three more boundaries before Makhaya Ntini was smashed for a six over square leg by How who had now scored 31 runs from just 11 deliveries to help the Stags reach 40-1 after just 4 overs.
How’s partner, Brad Patton, who had been a spectator at the non stickers end since coming to the crease got into the action with a quick fire 24 before he was trapped LBW by Nicky Boje to end the Stags 2nd wicket partnership of 64.
Matthew Sinclair (6) quickly followed but Kieran Noema-Barnett played the perfect supporting role to his skipper as the pair shared a 4th wicket partnership of 100 as they looked to increase the run rate during the second half of the innings.
Noema-Barnett (53) enjoyed a cameo innings smashing a 33 ball half century which included 5 fours and 3 sixes as he picked up the gauntlet from a visibly tiring How who just missed out on a well deserved century.
Despite the lose of Ingram early on the Stags took control of the game thanks to How who remained unbeaten for the second game in a row.