Lions sink to Warrior blows
The Chevrolet Warriors bowled their way to a comfortable 18-run victory over the bizhub Highveld Lions in a rain and floodlight failure-affected Standard Bank Pro20 match in Potchefstroom on Sunday.
The Lions lost too many early wickets to stand a chance of overhauling the Warriors' modest 119 for seven from 16 overs - or a revised target of 106 after a further two overs were removed following a floodlight failure. They finished on 87 for eight.
Two run outs - one of them off a deflection at the non-striker's end - in the first three wickets to fall put the Lions on the back foot as they set off in pursuit of their target.
Spinners Arno Jacobs and Johan Botha ensured there was no escape for the Lions after the damage had been done at the top of the order.
Opener Blake Snijman ran himself out when he risked a single to Zander de Bruyn at mid-on and was run out by a direct hit.
SA Under-19 bowler Wayne Parnell had Alviro Petersen lbw for five to reduce the Lions to 16 for two but the innings fell apart in the space of three balls at the turn of the sixth over.
First Vaughan van Jaarsveld's fierce, straight cross-bat slog was deflected on to the non-striker's wicket by Botha to remove Justin Ontong for 14.
Two balls later Van Jaarsveld was bowled by spinner Arno Jacobs as he tried to cut but missed a straight ball. That reduced the Lions to 36-4 and the innings was effectively dead in the water.
To make matters worse there was a 10-minute stoppage for a floodlight failure with the Lions requiring 53 from four overs with four wickets in hand, which was revised to 39 from two overs on the resumption - well beyond the Lions' grasp.
The Warriors' 119 had not looked all that formidable as only de Bruyn's 34 not out and an explosive 28 from
Athenkosi Dyili came at better than a run a ball. The Lions chipped away regularly to never allow the Warriors to build any momentum and de Bruyn and Dyili had to make their contributions in isolation.
Dyili scored at two runs a ball as he hit five fours and a six in his 14-ball knock before being bowled off an inside edge while de Bruyn hit the accelerator only in final two overs, helping his team to 26 runs with the help of Rusty Theron.