SB Pro20 series April 11, 2005

Warriors and Eagles gain Pro20 wins

Warriors 137 for 6 (Henderson 52) beat Lions 136 for 5 (van Jaarsveld 55) by 4 wickets

Tyron Henderson took the Warriors to their first PRO20 Series win of the season when they narrowly beat the log leaders, the Lions, by four wickets at Buffalo Port in Port Elizabeth.

Sent in to bat the Lions innings never gained the momentum it required despite a quick 55 off 29 balls from Vaughn van Jaarsveld. Mfuneko Ngam and Robin Peterson, with two wickets each, were instrumental in keeping the pressure on the batsmen.

Chasing a target of 137 nearly proved too much for the Warriors as they lost three wickets in the first five overs. Henderson's 50 got them back on track while Pieter Strydom took them to the win in the 20th over.

Eagles 132 for 2 (van Wyk 80*) beat Western Province Boland 129 for 8 (Tsolekile 52, Deacon 3-16) by 8 wickets

At Goodyear Park in Bloemfontein Morne van Wyk played a captains innings for the Eagles as Western Province Boland again failed to impress, losing by eight wickets.

Thami Tsolekile was the only WPBOL batsmen to come to terms with the Eagles bowlers, as he scored 52 out of a total of 129. The top order had failed miserably having been 10 for 4 after four overs.

With a relatively small target of 130 the Eagles paced their innings well to score the winning runs with two balls to spare. Van Wyk was in a class of his own as he batted through the innings for his 80 off 69 balls.