T20 Domestic Cup
Warriors see off Titans
Christiaan Jonker (Gallo Images)
Benoni - An innings of 50 from Christiaan Jonker helped the Warriors to a 12-run victory over the Titans in their Ram Slam T20 Challenge match here on Friday night.
Set a respectable target of 152, the Titans started poorly, losing the wicket of Henry Davids off the first ball, identical to his dismissal in his previous match.
The Pretoria outfit continued their chase slowly, but crept toward their target, despite losing Roelof van der Merwe and Martin van Jaarsveld inside 11 overs.
Jacques Rudolph scored a quick 32 off 36 but played a miscued pull shot and skied his effort straight to Ashwell Prince, who took a simple catch to dismiss the former Protea batsman at the end of the 13th over.
Scott Styris - playing in his first match for the Titans - was next in and combined well with Albie Morkel, with the pair putting on a fifth wicket stand of 44 off 28 balls, before Morkel was bowled by skipper Wayne Parnell, for his third wicket of the night, before dismissing Mangaliso Mosehle the very next delivery.
Requiring 24 off the last over, Styris and Marchant de Lange were unable to get their team across the line.
Styris was unfortunate not to reach his half-century and ended with 47 off 34 deliveries.
Earlier, an opening stand of 75 between Jonker and Prince set the foundation for the Warriors.
Sent into bat by their hosts, the pair faced 122 balls, smashing 17 fours and five sixes before Van der Merwe made the breakthrough.
The spinner forced Jonker into pulling a delivery toward the boundary, which found Rudolph in the deep, but not before he had scored 50 off 33 deliveries.
The Warriors lost wickets at regular intervals, with the next two batsman - Prince and Samit Patel - falling for just eight runs, before Adrian McLaren offered some resistance, scoring 28 from 18 balls.
Alfonso Thomas shone with the ball, taking three wickets for 30 runs, steering the hosts to a comfortable position at the interval.