Kimberley - The
Knights saw their Sunfoil Series title hopes suffer a major blow after a
crushing defeat against the previously winless Warriors inside two days in
Kimberley on Friday.
wickets fell on the opening day, there were another 16 that went down on the
second as the visitors were first dismissed for 165 in reply to the hosts 128,
before again rolling over the central franchise cheaply.
Knights’ second innings lasted a mere 34.4 overs as they were sent tumbling for
a paltry 131.
the Warriors needing 95 for victory and they raced there in 17.2 overs for the
loss of just rookie Martin Walters, whose score of 40 was the second highest in
the match after Rudi Second’s unbeaten first innings 41.
Edward Moore (29) and Colin Ackermann (21) were the other two not out batsmen
as the men from the Eastern Cape finally ended their winless four-day run this
season, having lost seven out of their eight previous games.
Warriors had started the day on 93/5 and managed to squeeze their way past the
Knights and grab what proved to be a valuable 37-run lead as they were all out
in 74.1 overs.
Olivier picked up 5/61 and Malusi Siboto incredibly claimed 4/19 in 19 overs.
Sisanda Magala top-scored with 36.
Nortje, playing only his second franchise cricket game, then stood out with the
ball for the Warriors by taking a career-best 5/34 in 10 overs to leave the
home side in a huge mess.
provided excellent support with 3/28 and Simon Harmer was at his usual best
leaves the Warriors bottom, although they will be over the moon with their 15
points, while the Knights picked up just four points to all but end their title