Cape Town - Christiaan Jonker delivered a timely 49-run blitz as the Warriors consolidated their
second position on the T20 Challenge log with a superb six-wicket win over the Highveld Lions at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
right-hander plundered five sixes and three fours in a magnificent 18-ball
display of hitting to turn what was looking like a tricky pursuit of 153 into a
dawdle for the hosts.
recipient of Jonker’s assault was young Wiaan Mulder, who endured a night to
forget after his 27-run 16th over swayed the game in favour of the Warriors.
over, the Lions looked in control after they had their opponents on 98/4, still
needing a further 55 from the final five. It was a fairly cagey contest until
from Johannesburg, having won the toss, elected to bat first before posting
152/5. Mangaliso Mosehle top-scored with an attacking 49 from 28 balls, with
Dominic Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen chipping in with 38 and 29
Jon-Jon Smuts, outstanding with the ball after bagging 2/15 in four overs, gave
his team a solid start with 31, but the introduction of Eddie Leie (1/29) and
Aaron Phangiso (1/20) checked the run-rate.
Mulder’s three overs proved the difference as he was plundered for 39,
including four successive boundaries - 6-4-6-6 - by Jonker in that telling 16th
Ngoepe made 18 out of 71 in that unbroken match-winning stand, which came from
just five overs, as the Lions remained last on the competition table.