Cape Town - Jon-Jon Smuts struck a second successive century to script another vital win for the
Warriors in their quest to reach the One-Day Cup playoffs as they
clinched a tense six-run win over the Knights at St George’s Park in Port
Elizabeth on Friday.
captain, who made a career-best unbeaten 173 against the Cape Cobras
on Sunday, followed that up with 132 (144 balls, 8 fours, 5 sixes) as the men
from the Eastern Cape amassed 284/8.
number Pite van Bijon then lead a strong reply with his 84 (104 balls, 10
fours), but the visitors were restricted to 278/8.
Warriors had won the toss and batted at the start, and after a 46-run opening
stand, they lost Gihahn Cloete (22) and Colin Ingram (8) in quick succession.
Ackermann then joined his captain and struck a fine 86 (96 balls, 5 fours, 3
sixes), sharing in a record 151-run third wicket stand for the Warriors against
the Knights in the process.
fell, followed by Smuts after he notched up his sixth List A hundred, the home
side lost five wickets in the last 13 balls to end their inning disappointingly.
Budaza was the pick of the bowlers with 4/69.
Warriors bowlers struck thrice in the first five overs and then claimed the
prize wicket of David Miller (18), who was struck on the helmet by a Sisanda
Magala bouncer first ball, in the 10th over, leaving the Knights on 48/4.
Mnyanda led the recovery with 43, before Aubrey Swanepoel (76 off 77 balls, 6
fours, 2 sixes) then provided support for Van Biljon. And after the captain
fell, Swanepoel battled hard right to the end, but fell just short.
was the pick of the bowlers with 3/45, while there were two wickets each for
Magala (2/61) and Ackermann (2/37).
left the Warriors in second position, three points behind the Dolphins.