Thando Gqamane and Sapa
THE Chevrolet Warriors yesterday had their second successive Momentum One-Day Cup game abandoned at Buffalo Park when their clash against the Chevrolet Knights was called off due to countrywide rain showers.
A saturated outfield and wet patches around the ground forced the same result the Warriors and the Cape Cobras endured on October 18 when their game was also called off without a ball being bowled.
The high-flying Warriors, who are still searching for their first home win in the competition with three wins on the road from five games, shared the spoils with the Knights, collecting two points each. The Warriors retain second spot on the log with 18 points, one behind the Dolphins.
The Warriors will play their next home game against the Lions in Port Elizabeth on Friday and then travel to face the Cobras in Paarl next Wednesday before going back to East London to host the Titans on Friday, November 8 in their last round-robin game of the season.
The qualifying play-offs take place the following week.
In Paarl, Justin Ontong hit form in spectacular fashion, leading the Cape Cobras to a crucial four-wicket victory over the Titans at Boland Park.
Ontong had previously failed to contribute with the bat this season, but picked his moment perfectly as his 97 from just 66 balls allowed the Cobras to take four points off their closest rivals in the last over for a playoff berth.
Ontong shared the key partnership of the match with Justin Kemp (36), and did the major hitting as they added 101 runs in 12.1 overs to put the Cobras back in the match.
The Titans' innings of 285 for seven was built on a patient 80 from captain Henry Davids and a 108- run stand in 12 overs between Farhaan Behardien (89) and wicketkeeper-batsman Mangaliso Mosehle (62).
Crucial to the Cobras' ability to restrict the Titans to a sub-300 score, however, was the early wickets they picked up. The visitors were reduced to 67 for three, which ensured that Davids spent a large portion of his innings providing a stabilising touch rather than playing expansively.
Lizaad Williams picked up one of those early wickets and then dismissed Mosehle and Wiese in the final over of the innings to finish with handy figures of 3 for 41 from nine overs.
Victory allowed the Cobras to consolidate third spot on the table – they now have 16 points from six matches, while the Titans have 11.
ýThe match between the Dolphins and the Highveld Lions at the City Oval in Maritzburg yesterday also had to be abandoned because of persistent rain.
When play was interrupted, the Dolphins, who had been sent in to bat, were on 227 for seven after 43.3 overs. Captain Morné van Wyk made 61 and Cameron Delport 56.
Chris Morris took three wickets for 59 runs. Both teams take two points from the match. – Sapa