Cape Town - A
107-run opening stand between Gihahn Cloete and Matthew Breetzke paved
the way for the Warriors to climb second on the CSA T20 Challenge table
after a thumping nine-wicket
bonus-point win over the Highveld Lions in Johannesburg on
batsmen hit half-centuries with right-hander Breetzke top-scoring with
an unbeaten career-best 72 off 45 balls (5 fours, 4 sixes), while the
left-handed Cloete struck
a fluid 54 off 33 balls (7 fours, 2 sixes) – the visitors winning with
33 balls to spare.
was a result that vaulted the Eastern Cape franchise above their hosts
and to within two points of the Cape Cobras, who
beat the Titans
in the other big game of the evening.
the Warriors fully deserved their move after earlier turning in an
efficient all-round bowling display that had limited the hosts to 144
Warriors won the toss and opted to bowl first, a decision that proved
spot on as they kept the Lions batsmen on their toes throughout.
pair Ryan Rickelton (1) and Rassie van der Dussen (2) fell inside the
opening three overs, leaving the home side on eight for two, Lutho
Sipamla and Andrew Birch
(both 1/29) the men to strike.
Hendricks (29) and Temba Bavuma (24) stabilised things momentarily by
recovering their side to 55 for two. But three quick strikes left the
Lions in a huge hole
on 61 for five – Jon-Jon Smuts (1/22), Sisanda Magala (1/25) and
Sithembile Langa (1/19) all striking.
Pretorius managed to rescue his team with an unbeaten 48 off 27 balls,
with support offered by Nono Pongolo (33) as they managed to scratch up a
Cloete and Breetze flew out of the blocks with their century opening
stand, before Smuts (11 not out) helped carry his side over the line.