Momentum One Day Cup 2013-14 October 25, 2013

Rossouw ton secures close Knights win

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Knights 256 for 4 (Rossouw 102, Reeza 70, Viljoen 4-60) beat Lions 231 for 5 (Cook 11, Van der Wath 3-44) by six wickets (D/L method)

Rilee Rossouw's 80-ball 102 helped Knights to their first win of this season's Momentum Cup, as they beat Lions in a rain-affected game.

The match, which had been reduced to 39 overs a side, went all the way down to the final ball of the innings, with Knights needing a single to secure victory. Hardus Viljoen had picked up a wicket in the second ball of the last over, but Johan van der Wath held his nerve and hit the last delivery for four to snatch a dramatic win.

Knights' run chase was built on a 170-run second-wicket stand between Rossouw and Reeza Hendricks, who made 70 off 88, as they raced to 193 in 29 overs. However, Knights lost the next three wickets for just nine runs, as Viljoen removed Rossouw and Hendricks, and Aaron Phangiso trapped Pite van Biljon lbw.

With t45 needed off 36, Lions held a slight edge, but van der Wath's late surge of two fours and a six during his 17-ball 23 turned the game Knights' way.

Lions, who opted to bat, were earlier propelled by a 117-ball 111 from the captain Stephen Cook, who also shared vital stands of 89 and 57 for the first and fifth wickets with Dominic Hendricks and Jean Symes respectively. The team made 231 for 5 in 39 overs, but Knights' target was adjusted to 256 after rain interruptions.

In spite of the win, Knights are placed last on the points table with one win in five games. Lions have also won only one of their five games but are ahead due to a better net run rate.

Warriors 284 for 8 (Ingram 59, Jacobs 59) beat Titans 210 (Kuhn 82, Birch 2-17, Smuts 2-17) by 63 runs (D/L method)

Fifties from Colin Ingram and Davy Jacobs, as well as incisive spells from Andrew Birch and JJ Smuts led Warriors to a 63-run win over Titans. The win helped Warriors achieve a bonus point and move up to second place on the points table, behind Dolphins.

Put in to bat, Warriors scored a competitive 284 for 8 from their 50 overs, built around a 102-run, fourth-wicket stand between Ingram and Jacobs. Ingram scored his fourth successive List-A fifty before being dismissed for 59 and Jacobs, too, fell for the same score. Middle-order contributions of 49 and 43 from Christiaan Jonker and Simon Harmer then propelled the Warriors innings to a challenging score.

Titans were set a revised target of 274 in 46 overs after four overs were lost between innings. The side were dismissed for 210. Birch, Smuts, Rusty Theron and Ayabulela Gqamane picked up two wickets apiece to bowl out Lions in 36.5 overs. Wicketkeeper Heino Kuhn made 82 off 69 and Graeme van Buuren made 42, but these were the only significant contributions from the Lions batsmen.

Cape Cobras v Dolphins
No result

Only 12 balls were possible in the game between Cape Cobras and Dolphins before rain brought an end to the match. Cape Cobras were 5 for 1 after two overs, having lost the opener Andrew Puttick.

Dolphins were awarded two points from the game and are now at the top the table with 17 points from five games, one point ahead of second-placed Warriors.