MiWAY T20 Challenge 2011-12 March 5, 2012

Impi crash to eighth straight loss

ESPNcricinfo staff

Another day and another defeat for Impi, their eighth in eight games, this time to Warriors by 48 runs in East London. Warriors chose to bat and a strong performance from the top order led them to 168 for 4. The captain Colin Ingram top-scored with 51 off 30 balls and Craig Thyssen made 26 off 12. Impi's chase foundered after a decent start. They were 32 for 1 in five overs but then slumped to 46 for 4, with Paul Collingwood making only 8. Ryan ten Doeschate scored 56 and had it not been for him Impi would have finished with far fewer. No other batsman made more than 20. Andrew Birch took 3 for 18 for Warriors, and Nicky Boje and Makhaya Ntini took two wickets each, as Impi were dismissed for 120 in 18.4 overs.

Titans overcame a minor blip in their chase and secured a six-wicket win against Cape Cobras at Newlands. Chasing 143, Titans were well placed at 81 for 1 after 12.5 overs. Their run-rate wasn't exceptional but they had plenty of wickets in hand. However, they lost Pieter Malan, who top-scored with 48, and Heino Kuhn in quick succession and needed 55 runs off 33 balls with two new batsmen at the crease. The captain Martin van Jaarsveld then provided momentum with 25 off 14 balls and Farhaan Behardien made 29 off 14 deliveries to secure victory in 19.1 overs. The Cobras legspinners Brad Hogg and Alistair Gray turned in another impressive performance, taking 2 for 22 and 1 for 18 in four overs each. Titans' victory was set up by their bowlers, who limited Cobras to 142 for 5 in 20 overs. Cobras slumped to 31 for 3 in five overs before Owais Shah and Dane Vilas gave the innings direction again. Alfonso Thomas took 2 for 32 and Roelof van der Merwe 1 for 19 for Titans.

The match between Dolphins and Lions in Durban was washed out without even the toss taking place. The teams were awarded two points each. Lions stayed top of the league with 20 points from six games, and have a match in hand over Titans, who are second with 19 points from seven games. Dolphins are second from bottom, with 14 points from six games.

Edited by George Binoy