Ram Slam T20 Challenge 2012-13 March 3, 2013

Prince leads Warriors to victory

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Warriors 138 for 1 (Prince 70*) beat Dolphins 136 for 4 (Van Jaarsveld 58*, Bopara 42*, Birch 2-21) by 9 wickets
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The Warriors comfortably chased the Dolphins' target in East London to win by nine wickets. Dolphins won the toss and batted first, but were in serious trouble as they lost both openers for seven runs on the board. Cameron Delport's cameo of 23 off 14 was cut short when he was caught by Ayabulela Gqamane off Simon Harmer, leaving them at a precarious 38 for 4. The most experienced pair in the squad, Ravi Bopara and Vaughn van Jaarsveld, put on 98 runs for the fifth wicket to revive the innings. Van Jaarsveld top-scored with 58 off 41 balls, as the Dolphins put up 136 for 4 at the completion of their 20 overs.

The Warriors started assuredly, with their openers putting on a 73-run stand. Once Christiaan Jonker fell, Colin Ingram came in and helped opener Ashwell Prince maintain the course. They eventually steered the Warriors to victory, achieving the target with 15 balls to spare. Prince finished unbeaten on 70 off 55 balls.

Knights 125 for 9 (Rossouw 33, Tahir 2-23) beat Lions 121 (Symes 46, McLaren 2-16) by 4 runs
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The Knights won a low-scoring thriller against the top-placed Lions at the Wanderers. The Knights were put into bat, but despite the openers getting a start, none of the batsman were able to capitalise, with only Rilee Rossouw (33) and Johan van der Wath (24) passing the 20-run mark. The Dolphins' bowlers bowled as a unit, with Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir and Hardus Viljoen picking up two wickets each. The Knights finished their quota of 20 overs with 125 for 9.

The Lions simply couldn't string substantial partnerships together as they attempted to chase the Knights' target. Jean Symes top-scored with 46 off 37 balls, but once he was dismissed off the second last ball of the innings, the game was heavily in favour of the Warriors as van der Wath bowled an excellent final over, picking up Temba Bavuma as well. His final over clinched the game for the Knights, who moved to third place in the points table.

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  • on March 4, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    The more experienced players are making a comeback this year: Van der Wath, Prince, Rudolph, McKenzie, Van Jaarsveld. But will they be considered against the non-performing Pro20 and ODI Protea squads? It seems the selectors are stuck within contracted boundaries. Certain players play certain formats regardless of how they perform in other formats, because that's how the contracts fit in the pattern. Hashim Amla set a great example by deciding for himself what format he should play because he had been contracted for all and would play all regardless of how it suited him. Anyone but the selectors and two year-old ratings could see he was not at home in the short format anymore.

  • on March 4, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    The more experienced players are making a comeback this year: Van der Wath, Prince, Rudolph, McKenzie, Van Jaarsveld. But will they be considered against the non-performing Pro20 and ODI Protea squads? It seems the selectors are stuck within contracted boundaries. Certain players play certain formats regardless of how they perform in other formats, because that's how the contracts fit in the pattern. Hashim Amla set a great example by deciding for himself what format he should play because he had been contracted for all and would play all regardless of how it suited him. Anyone but the selectors and two year-old ratings could see he was not at home in the short format anymore.

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  • on March 4, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    The more experienced players are making a comeback this year: Van der Wath, Prince, Rudolph, McKenzie, Van Jaarsveld. But will they be considered against the non-performing Pro20 and ODI Protea squads? It seems the selectors are stuck within contracted boundaries. Certain players play certain formats regardless of how they perform in other formats, because that's how the contracts fit in the pattern. Hashim Amla set a great example by deciding for himself what format he should play because he had been contracted for all and would play all regardless of how it suited him. Anyone but the selectors and two year-old ratings could see he was not at home in the short format anymore.