Ingram helps Warriors clinch Super Over thriller
Warriors beat Knights in the one-over eliminator as the Ram Slam T20 got off to a thrilling start at Newlands in Cape Town.
A delayed started reduced the contest to six-overs-a-side and Warriors, who were asked to bat first, posted 81 for 2 in their quota of overs. Colin Ingram top-scored with a 25-ball 52, which included five fours and four sixes. In reply, Knights lost openers Tumelo Bodibe and Reeza Hendricks in the first over and were soon reduced to 40 for 4 before Ryan McLaren's unbeaten 14-ball 34 forced the game into a Super Over, with Knights finishing on 81 for 5.
Knights, who batted first in the one-over shootout, lost McLaren and Theunis de Bruyn off consecutive deliveries to pacer Andrew Birch to leave Warriors with just a run to score. Ingram then hit a boundary after one dot delivery to seal the game for Warriors.
Prenelan Subrayen came up with a decisive spell of offspin bowling as Dolphins beat Titans by six runs in a high-scoring clash in Centurion. Subrayen put the brakes on with figures of 4 for 22 off his four overs as Titans were restricted to 173 for 8 in pursuit of 180. That consigned Albie Morkel's unbeaten 34-ball 67 to second best.
Dolphins, who were asked to bat, got off to a brisk start with openers Morne van Wyk (41) and Cameron Delport (25) adding 48 in just 5.1 overs. Kevin Pietersen, making his Ram Slam T20 debut, hit two fours in his 22 to set things up nicely going into the second half of the innings. David Miller, who enjoyed a modest run during the limited-overs series in India, provided the power boost, hitting eight fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 32-ball 62 to finish with a flourish.
Titans' chase hit roadblocks as the top three fell inside the eighth over. Hopes were pinned on Farhaan Behardien to pilot the chase, but his dismissal for 11 meant Titans slipped to 81 for 5 in the 12th over. Morkel then took over, and nearly single-handedly took his side home by hitting three fours and seven sixes, but regular strikes put a lid on the chase.
A half-century from Rassie van der Dussen helped Lions beat Cape Cobras by seven wickets in a truncated fixture in Cape Town. Cape Cobras' 125 for 8 in 18 overs was overhauled with eight balls to spare, with Dwaine Pretorious, who made an unbeaten 10-ball 24, hitting the winning runs.
Cape Cobras got off to a brisk start as Richard Levi and Andrew Puttick added 54 in just 5.3 overs, before they lost four wickets for the addition of one run. Aaron Phangiso, the left-arm spinner, accounted for two of them on his way to figures of 2 for 8 off three overs. That Cobras put up a total of substance was courtesy Kieron Pollard's unbeaten 29.
Lions began steadily with the openers wiping out 42. But van der Dussen, who made an unbeaten 55, ensured they were ahead of the chase at all times and got home quite easily. Pollard was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets.