Standard Bank Cup December 18, 2005

Kreusch's all-round effort crushes Cobras

Cricinfo staff

Warriors 176 for 6 43.5 overs (Kreusch 58, Peterson 47) beat Cape Cobras 172 for 9 45 overs (Strydom 63, Henderson 3-23, Kreusch 2-18) by 4 wickets
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On a below-par pitch at Boland Park, the Cape Cobras were beaten by four wickets by the Warriors. Without any wins in seven Standard Bank Cup matches, one more loss will put them out of the running for a semi-final spot. The Warriors, with this win are right back in the picture for one of the final four spots.

The Cobras were sent into bat, but they struggled to come to grips with a pitch that produced awkward bounce. Thanks to 63 from super-sub Gerhard Strydom and a partnership of 71 with Thami Tsolekile (28) they recovered from 44 for 5 to reach 172 for 9 in their 45 overs. Tyron Henderson was the major wicket-taker with 3 for 23, but it was Justin Kreusch who had put the brakes on the scoring with nine consecutive accurate overs of 2 for 18.

Kreusch, who won the Man-of-the-Match award, scored an invaluable 58 opening the innings and once he and Robin Peterson (47) had taken the score to 127 for 2 the Warriors could almost afford to coast home, scoring the 176 needed with six wickets down and seven balls to spare. Monde Zondeki picked up three late wickets for a return of 3 for 43.

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