The Chevrolet Warriors had Davey Jacobs (46) and Johan Botha (41) to thank, as the duo added 87 to propel their side to141 for 6 in their MiWay T20 Challenge match against the Chevrolet Knights at De Beers Diamond Oval.
Jacobs rattled up his runs off 36 balls, with two fours and one six, while the in-form Botha took 38 balls for his 41. Their stand for the fourth wicket came after the Knights had struck thrice in the first six overs, including the scalps of JJ Smuts and Colin Ingram off successive balls.
Ashwell Prince (10) was the first wicket, after the Knights had won the toss and elected to field first. Prince was snaffled by Johan van der Wath, before Ingram’s run out and Smut’s nick behind off Ryan McLaren reduced the Warriors to 30 for three.
From there, Botha and Jacobs built a run-a-ball fifty stand, with boundaries few and far between in the face of some tight bowling. Crucially, they both fell within three balsl of each other, to the impressive Jandre Coetzee, who ended with fine figures of 3 for 25 in his allotted overs.
Wayne Parnell clubbed two sixes at the death to lift the Warriors closer to 150, but they will have to bowl superbly to stay in the T20 competition. Anything less than a win will see the former champions eliminated, and the Knights will equally be looking for a win to maintain their challenge for a Champions League spot.
CHEVROLET KNIGHTS: Morne van Wyk (capt, wk), Rilee Rossouw, Werner Coetsee, Reeza Hendricks, Dean Elgar, Ryan Bailey, Ryan McLaren, Dillon du Preez, Jandre Coetzee, Aubrey Swanepoel, Malusi Siboto
CHEVROLET WARRIORS: JJ Smuts, Ashwell Prince, Davey Jacobs, Johan Botha(capt), Colin Ingram, Athi Dyili (wk), Wayne Parnell, Craig Thyssen, Rusty Theron, Makhaya Ntini, Andrew Birch.