Warriors v Eagles, Standard Bank Pro20, Port Elizabeth January 26, 2006

Warriors self-destruct to huge loss

Eagles 175 beat Warriors 65 (13.4 overs) by 110 runs

The Warriors dismal Standard Bank Pro20 campaign continued to slide with their worst performance of the season, bowled out for 65 in 13.4 overs, and receiving a 110-run whipping at the hands of the Eagles. With wickets falling all over the place even the St. George's Park faithful could not stand the humiliation and started leaving as early as the 11th over.

The problems started for the Warriors with them surprisingly sending the Eagles in to bat first. The top five Eagles batsmen all got into the twenties but did go on to dominate. Despite a short break for rain they maintained a healthy run rate to post 175 for 7 with Roger Telemachus top scoring with 34 off 16 balls. Under the circumstance two good bowling performances came from Tyron Henderson (0 for 16) and Justin Kreusch (2 for 28).

The Warriors innings self destructed from the first over. With the ball once again swinging more under the floodlights they were 2 for 2 at the end of the first over and 36 for 5 after six. Two silly run outs had contributed to the collapse as the innings came to an end in 61 minutes. Cliff Deacon picked up two wickets with some good swing bowling. Victor Mpitsang and Dillon du Preez were rewarded with two wickets each for some accurate bowling but once again the player to catch the eye was Thandi Tshabalala bowling his offspin for 2 for 5 in 2.4 overs. With some careful nurturing this youngster promises a bright future.

Keith Lane works for Cricinfo in South Africa