Cape Town - Jon-Jon
Smuts starred with bat and ball as the Warriors beat the rain to
complete a compelling four-run Duckworth/Lewis victory over the Highveld Lions and
take charge of their RAM SLAM T20 Challenge destiny in Potchefstroom on
that only a win would suffice, the visitors first made 133 for four in
17.1 overs, before returning to defend a revised 97-run 10-over target
the hosts to 92 for seven at Senwes Park.
90 minutes were lost at one stage due to lightening and rain, threating
to wash out the game and with it the Warriors' prospects.
At that point, they had done well to storm back after struggling initially when Smuts won the toss and opted to bat first.
captain had not been at his fluent best this season, which has clearly
hampered his side, but his 69 not out (52 balls, 10 fours) put them on
course for a sizeable
total alongside Christiaan Jonker, who had just found his range by
Bjorn Fortuin (2/22) was the chief destroyer for the Lions.
the rain break, the Lions kept up with the rate thanks to an unbeaten
41 from their star batsman of the season, Reeza Hendricks.
needed 12 from the final over, but Andrew Birch conceded a meagre seven
to end with figures of one for 11, while Smuts’ two overs came at the
cost of one for
The pick of the lot was Sisanda Magala thanks to his two for 19 as
the Warriors pulled of an imperative win.
It leaves them now in fourth and knowing that victory over the Cape Cobras on Sunday will put them through.
Lions, now in fifth, host the Knights on Sunday when both sides
will be relying on a win and results going in their favour to progress.