Ram Slam T20 Challenge 2013-14 January 16, 2014

Parnell error costs Warriors match

ESPNcricinfo staff

Warriors' Wayne Parnell committed a crucial error off the last ball of the innings to cede the high-scoring thriller to Titans in Benoni. Titans needed 12 runs in the last over but Farhaan Behardien, who edged the first ball for a boundary, was bowled by Parnell off the second. The incoming batsmen, Mangaliso Mosehle, missed his first delivery, but also managed to score a crucial boundary off an edge of the next before running a tricky double off the penultimate delivery - he had to put in the dive to be just safe. That brought the equation down to two off one. Mosehle was caught after skying the last delivery, but Parnell had overstepped - by a fraction; several replays were required to confirm that - and the batsmen had run one to complete the chase.

The win was set up by a 105-run partnership for the third wicket between Behardien and Albie Morkel, who smashed six sixes in his 25-ball 49. The top order had given the start Titans needed, and Morkel and Behardien scored at a scorching pace - Morkel hitting five of his first 13 balls he faced for sixes - to bring up the century of the partnership in 55 balls. Morkel was bowled by Juan Theron off the last delivery of the 19th over, allowing Warriors a way back and Parnell was well on his way to helping them sneak a win, but the last-ball error cost the team dear.

Warriors had been put in to bat and top-order contributions meant they kept the scoring rate up before Christiaan Jonker and Davy Jacobs helped them rocket to 197. The two smashed 54 runs off the last four overs.

A 145-run partnership between Hashim Amla and Stiaan van Zyl set the platform for Cobras' comfortable win against Lions in Paarl. Cobras didn't have the best of the starts as they lost Graeme Smith, who opened in place of Richard Levi, in the second over. Amla and van Zyl made steady progress in the next three overs before Azhar Mahmood was hit for consecutive boundaries by Amla in the sixth. Van Zyl, on the other hand, chose to open up against spinner Imran Tahir, launching him for a six and a four in the 10th over.

The peak acceleration, though, came between overs 13 and 17 as the two batsmen racked up 66 runs. Amla, after crossing his half-century in 41 deliveries in the 15th over, went after Chris Morris in the 16th, hitting the bowler for three sixes. By the time he was dismissed in the 18th over, Amla had progressed to 84 off 51. Van Zyl remained unbeaten and saw Cobras through to 187.

Much depended on Quinton de Kock to provide the initial thrust to Lions' chase, but he was dismissed for 24 in the fourth over by Vernon Philander. The only notable stand, thereafter, was between Alviro Petersen and Neil McKenzie - the two added 46 for the third wicket - but once it was broken, Lions lost the momentum. They finished 15 short of Cobras' total to lose their third match in a row, with Robin Peterson accounting for three batsmen.

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  • creebo on January 16, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    parnell should consider himself unlucky with those edges,,hashim amla on fire didnt know he can be explosive..wheres lonwabo tsotsobe for the lions????

  • Keiran on January 16, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    @blkmstd - Agree on Van Zyl.

    I think a lot might depend on this Aussie series - if we win guys like Petersen and even Duminy might buy themselves a year or so. If we get smashed we may find the selectors willing to freshen up the batting order with guys like Van Zyl and maybe even De Kock.

    @surlyCynic - I mean people will laugh at me but I really believe the lions had a fair degree of luck along with a few exceptional individual contributions the last two years. Their side has long been made up of way to many bit part players that really dont look the part at even provincial level. I find it so hard to believe that there are not more quality young players coming out of the school system in Johannesburg. There should be a couple of De Kocks every year. Where do they go? I think the lions have the most potential access to money, the biggest potential player pool, and unfortunately a bunch of administrators that couldn't run a shebeen never mind a union the size of the Lions.

  • des on January 16, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Looking at the Lions openers, De Kock scored 24 off 16 balls and Bodi scored 9 off 18 balls. How can you score at a s/r of 50 when chasing over 9 an over? Ignoring what came later, if Bodi had scored at the same rate as De Kock the Lions would have won. But as I mentioned after the last game they are only selecting 4 batsmen so not surprising they're losing every game.

    As for the Titans game I actually thought Behardien went too slowly as he was going at a run a ball. Luckily he had Morkel going crazy at the other end and then got a few full tosses to increase his own strike rate. But they were lucky to win as the runs in the last over came from edges behind and that idiotic no ball! Mosehle should have just got a single off his first ball as he couldn't connect and had Wiese at the other end.

  • philip on January 16, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    What a mixed-bag of a game. Some great batting, a lot of misfields, sprinkled with some dropped catches and of course, Parnells grand finale.

    Also, well done cobras! I reckon its time that Stiaan van Zyl gets a national call up. He's been scoring consistently in all formats. Hashims presence can only be a positive influence on the cobras batting, especially if you're involved in a 100 plus run partnership with him.

  • Francois on January 16, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Behardien and Morkel is looking good so far in thistournament, so won't be surprised if both make the T20 world cup squad.

  • Paul on January 16, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    To be fair, Zeeshan, when you've already been smashed for 47 runs off 28 balls, as Parnell had, the last thing a bowler needs to do is add 10 inches to his delivery with just a single run to play with.

  • Paul on January 16, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    Doesn't come close to matching Richard Snell's stellar effort at Kingsmead v KZN a good few years back - memory tells me KZN needed eight off the last ball, all Snell needed to do was dish up a legitimate delivery, no matter how crap, and Gauteng would have won. So he bowls an above waist height full toss (no ball) which Jonty Rhodes smashed for six. Scores level, one ball remaining...and KZN score off it to win. Ouch!

  • Zeeshan on January 16, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    What an error to commit... Sometimes I just don't understand why fast bowlers always bowl so closely to front line... Can't they bowl 10 inches behind the line?

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