Bloemfontein - The Warriors
utilised the most thrilling avenue possible to keep their adrenaline-fuelled
dash to the RAM SLAM T20 playoff on track, as they beat the Knights by
six wickets at the Mangaung Oval off the last ball of the game.
went into the last over needing eight runs to win, but lost top-scorer Somila
Seyibokwe to Andre Russell’s second delivery to leave eight required from four
Jonker’s boundary off the penultimate delivery left two needed from the last
ball, and Jonker duly pulled it off to record the Warriors’ second win in three
They can now
qualify for Wednesday’s playoff by beating the Lions at Bidvest Wanderers on
Sunday, and could even grab a home playoff if they win by a sufficient margin.
This match will be televised live on SS2.
Warriors’ task was made all the harder by Russell putting in one of his
trademark all-round performances, bludgeoning 52 from 24 balls in a total of
170 for five, and then removing Gihahn Cloete and Colin Ingram in his first two
overs with the ball.
Rossouw (43) and Theunis de Bruyn (36) had also contributed to the strong
Knights score, which was only reined in by the dismissal of Russell midway
through the 18th over and some tight bowling at the death.
Warriors’ campaign looked dead in the water when they lost their top three,
including the prolific Colin Ackermann (27) for 56 runs in the ninth over of
their chase, but Seyibokwe showed his potential value to the side with a
sublime 73 from 57 balls.
28-year-old was called into the Warriors side for the first time in the
campaign on Wednesday after striking a career-best T20 score of 78 for Border
last month, and his four sixes and four fours pulled the visitors back into the
Smuts’ contribution was also crucial, as he backed up his match-winning 61 on
Wednesday with an unbeaten 43 from 27 balls.
added a spectacular 107 runs for the fourth wicket in under 11 overs, and
although Seyibokwe fell with the finishing line in sight, Jonker made sure that
the Warriors travel to Johannesburg this weekend for a virtual quarter-final.