T20 Challenge

Warriors ease past Dolphins

2012-03-02 21:20
Ashwell Prince (File)
Durban - Ashwell Prince made an unbeaten half-century as the Chevrolet Warriors strolled to a comfortable 10-wicket, bonus point victory over the Sunfoil Dolphins in their MiWay T20 Challenge match at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban on Friday.

Set a paltry 101 for victory, Jon-Jon Smuts (43 not out) and Ashwell Prince (52 not out) ensured that the visitors earned a bonus point for their comprehensive victory.

It was the Warriors second consecutive win this week after beating the New Age Impi in Benoni on Wednesday. Although the Eastern Cape franchise remain in sixth position on the log, the victory has seen them close the gap on some of the teams ahead of them and has kept them in the running for the top three and a playoff spot.

Chasing a hundred was always going to a reasonably easy task as long as the Warriors did not lose early wickets. Smuts and Prince kept the scoreboard ticking from the outset and once they were comfortable, set their sights on the bonus point.

Prince's innings was contsructed off only 48 balls and included six fours while Smuts faced 39 deliveries for the same amount of boundaries.

Earlier, the Warriors produced a superb preformance in the field to restrict the Sunfoil Dolphins to only 100 for eight wickets.

The homeside found runs tough to come by as the Warriors stuck to their disciplines with the ball to great effect.

Former Proteas seamer Makhaya Ntini was particularly impressive taking three wickets for only 12 runs in his four overs.

It was a dismal performance with the bat for the Dolphins. Ntini strangled them in an initial opening spell of three overs for only six runs while taking the wickets of Cameron Delport (11) and Imraan Khan (2) as the Dolphins battled to 21 for two in the sixth over.

It did not get any better from there with their batsmen struggling to play with freedom as Warriors bowlers turned the screws.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld top-scored as he struck a four and six in his 22 off 25 balls. But when he perished trying to pull Ntini, the Dolphins had collapsed to 82 for six in the 17th over resulting in the homeside making only 18 runs in the final three overs for the loss of two further wickets.


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