Champions League T20
Jacobs turns up the heat in PE
Davy Jacobs (Gallo Images)
Port Elizabeth - Davy Jacobs played the innings of his life and then took two catches of similar calibre to lead the Warriors to a 28-run victory over the Victoria Bushrangers at St George’s Park on Monday evening.
It was a result that gave the Warriors two wins out of two in Group A of the Airtel Champions League T20 and must give them an excellent chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.
Jacobs was an obvious choice for man of the match. He was involved in the two key moments of the match first getting the Warriors away to a rip-roaring start and then taking two wonderful catches to make sure that the Bushrangers were kept in check when they batted.
Jacobs launched a thrilling attack on the Bushrangers’ most dangerous bowler, Dirk Nannes, in the opening over that cost 17 runs and after 5 overs the Warriors already had 54 on the board without loss. Had Jacobs not been run out for 59 (39 balls) there is no knowing what total the home side might have posted.
Andrew McDonald and Clint McKay then bowled the Australians back into contention but the Warriors’ total of 158/6 was still very competitive.
The Warriors then bowled as well as they have ever done to reduce the Bushrangers to 24/2 after 5 overs with Makhaya Ntini taking 2/6 in his opening 2 overs.
Jacobs’ two catches – the one to dismiss danger man Brad Hodge – would have been worthy of any goalkeeper in the recent soccer World Cup and his evening went from strength to strength as every bowling change he made worked perfectly.
The decisive moment came when Justin Kreusch and Rusty Theron took 3 wickets between them in the space of 5 balls, including both the remaining frontline batsmen, McDonald and David Hussey.
Thereafter the Bushrangers fell further and further behind the required rate and needed 42 off the last over with their last pair at the wicket.
Theron finished with figures of 3/22 giving him 6/45 in the two matches to date for an astonishing average of 7.5 and an economy rate of less than 6.
He is the leading wicket taker in the competition while Jacobs, with the benefit of two innings, is the leading runs scorers.
The Warriors’ next match is against the Central Stags from New Zealand on Saturday while the Bushrangers travel to Centurion also to play the Stags on Wednesday.