One Day Cup
Warriors deny Dolphins
Ayabulela Gqamane (Gallo Images)
East London - Some magnificent pace bowling by young Warriors all-rounder Ayabulela Gqamane led the hosts to a 22-run victory over the Dolphins as both sides ended their One Day Cup campaigns in East London on Wednesday.
Gqamane, 23, grabbed 5/28 off 7.4 overs, spearheading the Warriors attack as the Dolphins lost their last seven wickets for only 48 runs in search of 211, and they were all out for 188 in the 45th over.
He had Cody Chetty caught at slip for 39 and moments later he dismissed David Miller (3), who went for a big hit and was caught on the long-off boundary for three.Full scorecard
The paceman then had big fish Vaughn van Jaarsveld caught for 71, virtually bringing an end to the charge by the Dolphins, who were at one stage cruising at 140/3 with 19 overs in hand - seemingly on course for a playoff spot.
Only Van Jaarsveld and Chetty were able to get among the runs but constant pressure from Gqamane and Andrew Birch
, who captured 4/28 in his 10 overs, saw panic setting in within the Dolphins' ranks.
Earlier, the Warriors had their rookie batsman Christiaan Jonker to thank for reaching over 200 in their innings.
Jonker, who contributed 84, arrived at the wicket with the Warriors one wicket down and not yet off the mark, with prolific left-hander Ashwell Prince
back in the pavilion for a duck.
He looked composed from the start, despite having played only two top-flight one-day matches previously with a highest score of seven, and starting slowly, Jonker gradually found the gaps and began to get on top of the Dolphins' attack.
Both opening bowlers, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
and Kyle Abbott, troubled the batsmen, getting plenty of swing in the heavy atmosphere, with dark rain clouds overhead.
Jonker and Davy Jacobs added 55 runs for the fourth wicket before Jacobs fell into a neat trap, and Jonker was fortunate when he survived a hard chance to mid-wicket when he had five.
Imraan Khan was introduced and Jacobs hooked his second delivery straight down Calvin Savage's throat at square leg.
Despite the win, the Warriors finished last on the log, while the Dolphins finished second from bottom.Brief scores:
Warriors 210 (46.4 overs) (C. Jonker 84, K. Abbott 4-38) v Dolphins 188 (42.2 overs) (V. Van Jaarsveld 71, A Gqamane 5-28, A. Birch 4-28)
Warriors win by 22 runs