Warriors ease to title win
Warriors 186 for 2 (Prince 69, Kallis 55) beat Lions 104 (Cameron 15, Boje 2-15, Botha 2-17) by 82 runs
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Half-centuries from Ashwell Prince and Jacques Kallis, and a combined bowling effort, helped a star-studded Warriors team inflict a crushing defeat over Lions in Port Elizabeth and take home the Pro20 title.
The Lions began as underdogs - sporting just two South African internationals as opposed to seven - and ran into an attacking opening stand of 129 between Prince and Kallis, off 97 balls. Prince struck nine fours and two sixes in his 52-ball 69, and Kallis, just a hint slower, smashed six fours and a six in his 55, off 47 balls. Colin Ingram and Mark Boucher provided the big hits at the death to take the Warriors, in front of close to 17,000 supporters at St George's Park, to a challenging 186 for 2.
The Lions never looked like scaling down the target, as they lost wickets at frequent intervals to surrender meekly. Makhaya Nitni, Johan Botha, Nicky Boje and Juan 'Rusty' Theron, who has been signed up by Kings XI Punjab for the IPL and picked in the South African squad of 30 for the World Twenty20, bagged two wickets each. The top score in the Lions effort was just 15, and they ended up falling 82 short in a one-sided encounter.
"We kept looking for the perfect game and I think we had it tonight," Warriors captain Davy Jacobs said. "Ashwell and Jacques were fantastic. The early wickets we took in the power play were important. This is the result of several years of hard work and we are now seeing the results."
The victory was the Warriors' second title-win in the domestic season, for they had previously won the MTN40 final as well. Both teams, having made it to the final, ensured qualification for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament to be held in India later in the year.