Cape Town - Jon Jon Smuts turned in another excellent all-round display
as the Warriors completed a one-sided eight-wicket victory over the Knights
in their latest T20 Challenge outing at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on
An outstanding display by the Eastern Cape franchise was set
up by their bowlers, who first shot out the visitors for a woeful 93, before
the batsmen raced them to a bonus-point victory just two down and with a
massive 52 balls to spare.
Home captain Smuts played a key role in the success of his
team. He was the best of the bowlers after bagging 2/13 in an outstanding 4
overs, before he then smashed an unbeaten 49 (35 balls, 7 fours, 2 sixes) that
helped them close the gap at the top of the table to just five points behind
Smuts was not the only bowler to excel, with Ayabulela
Gqamane (2/10), Colin Ackermann (2/17) and Andrew Birch (2/30) also taking two
wickets each after the struggling Central franchise had opted to bat after
winning the toss.
The Knights’ only win this season came in their first game
and their struggles continued despite a decent start, which saw them reach 32/0
at one stage.
Patrick Kruger got 37 of those runs, but they then lost all
their wickets for just 61 runs to be bundled out in 19.4 overs.
Smuts then came out blazing, and with Colin Ingram adding 23, the hosts eased to an emphatic win.