T20 Challenge

Morris secures win for Lions

2012-03-07 22:32
Chris Morris (File)
Potchefstroom - The Highveld Lions overcame rain and light disruptions to clinch a seven-wicket victory over the Knights, with four balls to spare on the Duckworth-Lewis method, here on Wednesday evening.

Chris Morris shone with bat and ball as the hosts, who picked up their fifth win in seven matches, cemented themselves at the top of the T20 Challenge standings.

The match was reduced to 18 overs a side after rain delayed the start.

Chasing 137 to win, the Lions were restricted to 61/2, still needing 76 runs from 48 balls, when the stadium lights failed.

When they returned, the home side needed a revised target of 29 runs off three overs.

Chris Morris, unbeaten on 21, smashed three successive boundaries off Werner Coetsee, including two sixes, to put the Lions in control as they strengthened their grip on the competition.

Gulam Bodi had laid the foundation of the Lions' innings, contributing 40 runs off 34 balls to set up the win.

Earlier, Morris returned career best figures of 4/22 as the visitors reached 136/9.

The Knights got off to an explosive start after they were sent in to bat.

Morne van Wyk, who made 38 runs, and Rilee Rossouw, with 27, raced to their half-century partnership from the first five overs before spinner Aaron Phangiso got the early breakthrough, removing the opening pair.

Morris spearheaded the attack through the middle overs as they tore through the Knights line-up, with the visitors losing six wickets for 24 runs.

Coetsee put up a stubborn fight with 28 runs down the order, but he stood alone as wickets tumbled around him.


Highveld Lions: Jonathan Vandiar, Gulam Bodi, Quinton de Kock, Neil McKenzie, Thami Tsolekile (captain, wk), Jean Symes, Chris Morris, Sohail Tanvir, Ethan O’Reilly, Aaron Phangiso, Dirk Nannes.

Knights: Morne van Wyk (captain, wk), Rilee Rossouw, Werner Coetsee, Reeza Hendricks, Obus Pienaar, Ryan Bailey, Ryan McLaren, Johan van der Wath, Jandre Coetzee, Aubrey Swanepoel, Malusi Siboto. 

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