1 Day Cup

Spinners see Warriors home

2011-11-05 06:49
Johan Botha (File)

East London - Accurate spin bowling helped the Warriors to a 31-run victory over the Knights in their 1 Day Cup 50-over match at Buffalo Park in East London on Friday.

The trio of Johan Botha, Nicky Boje and Jon-Jon Smuts restricted the Knights to 234 for nine wickets as overs ran out on a slow track, chasing the Warriors earlier total of 265 for seven from their allotted 50 overs.

The hosts' new captain, Colin Ingram, won the toss and electing to bat first.

Botha finished with 2/32 off his 10 overs, Smuts captured 3/48 (from nine overs) with Boje returning economical figures of 0/30 from 10 overs.

Werner Coetsee (66 not out) was the top scorer for the Knights while Charl Pietersen mastered a hard-hit 41 -- adding some respectability to the innings that was reeling on 119 for seven wickets at the time.

Coetsee enjoyed life early on when he was dropped on four by Botha at cover off Proteas team-mate Lonwabo Tsotsobe, going on to make a grafted half-century from 90 balls.

The Knights skipper, Morne van Wyk, made a quick-fire 28 at the top of the innings with Riley Rossouw's 29 giving the visitors some hope of a successful chase on a wicket that saw them lapse behind the required scoring rate for most of the innings.

Earlier in the day, Smuts had notched up 98 for the Warriors, supported by Justin Kreusch (42) and a cameo 27 from Craig Thyssen.

Smuts and Ingram compiled 46 runs for the opening wicket, before the latter was the first man out, spectacularly caught by Ryan Bailey on the boundary off Dillon du Preez in the 10th over.

Smuts went on to add 85 runs with veteran Kreusch for the fourth-wicket, going on to his 11th limited-overs half-century from 69 balls, containing five boundaries.

Kreusch fell on 42, with Smuts back in the hut four runs later, having been caught and bowled by Coetsee - two runs shy of a century.

Read more on:    1 day cup

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Who will you be supporting in the inaugural 1 Day Cup 50-over tournament?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Big month in the world of golf as the FedEx Cup concludes on the PGA Tour, the Race to Dubai gathers steam on the European Tour and the Sunshine Tour offers local golfers the chance to bank some cash. Oh, and not forgetting the USA v Europe Ryder Cup showdown at Hazeltine!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.