Van der Wath, McLaren crush Warriors in low-scorer
Knights 105 (Second 38, Gqamane 3-16, Ntini 3-20, Birch 3-31) beat Warriors 46 (van der Wath 4-26, McLaren 3-11) by 59 runs
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Warriors needed just 106 to beat Knights in the Momentum Cup fixture in Port Elizabeth, but a dramatic collapse meant they fell embarrassingly short, being bundled out for 46. Knights' unbelievable win was crafted by seamers Johan van der Wath and Ryan McLaren, who combined to claim seven wickets and secure the 59-run victory on a surface that assisted the quicks. While it was Knights' second consecutive batting failure (they were bowled out for 94 in their previous game), Warriors' 46 was the second-lowest total in the history of the one-day competition.
Makhaya Ntini and Andrew Birch led the Warriors pace attack and didn't allow Knights to settle after they batted first. Half the side was dismissed by these quicks, with Knights struggling at 59 for 5 in the 19th over. The remaining wickets did not take much longer to fall, with another seamer, Ayabulela Gqamane, joining in to claim three.
But Warriors began their chase equally poorly, losing opener Ashwell Prince in the opening over. At 26 for 1, they looked to have settled down, but the game turned completely: they lost five wickets for a run, courtesy van der Wath and McLaren, to be left reeling at 27 for 6. Spinner Nicky Boje and seamer Maliusi Siboto then took care of the tail, as Warriors' slide culminated in a whopping defeat in the 21st over.
Van der Wath claimed figures of 4 for 26, and and McLaren 3 for 11 - those three scalps were enough to propel McLaren to within touching distance of the top of the tournament's wickets chart after six games.