Champions League Twenty20, 12th Match, Group A: Central Districts v Warriors at Port Elizabeth, Sep 18, 2010
Champions League Twenty20 - 12th match, Group A
Warriors won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
18 September 2010 (20-over match)

Warriors have Tsotsobe opening the bowling for them. Peter Ingram to take strike

Shivam: 'What an interesting stat. out of the 10 teams participating 9 have a batsman as their captain and out of those 9, 5 are openers... i wonder when was it last in a Global tournament so many teams were captained by the openers :)" News flash: it's a batsman's game. And one of those opener-captains walks out as we speak

1.25pm Ravi: "Cricinfo at the start of the commentary says that Warriors is one win short of progressing to the semifinals. That's not true. Bushrangers could beat CSK, CSK could beat Warriors and there could be 3 way tie with all 3 of them at 6 points each (provided Wayamba and Stags lose to Bushrangers, CSK and Warriors). Run rate could determine the semifinalists and Warriors could fail to qualify" Correct chief. My bad. Three wins in three might not be good enough in this group. Thanks for pointing out. Five minutes to the start

1.07pm Time for toss. Jamie How finds the nippy weather "a little bit like home". And he has won the toss and CD will be batting first The only change in the teams is the comeback of Adam Milne for Central Districts. Warriors are staying with the winning combination

1.05pm The drizzle has stopped, the covers are off, the players are warming up. So even though the toss has been delayed a bit, we are expecting a timely start

12.55pm With five minutes to go to toss, the groundsmen are covering the pitch up. More as a precaution because of the presence of a big cloud there. Doesn't look too bad

12.50pm Game 12. Warriors are one win short of progressing to the semis, Central Districts one defeat short of elimination. Undefeated Warriors v unsuccessful Central Districts. Hello and welcome. Toss in 10 minutes


Tsotsobe to Ingram, no run, looks for a golf swing first ball, and is beaten by the inswing


Tsotsobe to Ingram, OUT, another duck for Ingram! Beaten by the big swinger, and given out lbw. Ingram doesn't look too pleased with the decision. I wonder why, though. this has pitched middle, and swung - straightened rather - to hit him smack in front of middle. Plumb

PJ Ingram lbw b Tsotsobe 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Brad Patton is the new batsman


Tsotsobe to Patton, no run, left alone outside off


Tsotsobe to Patton, no run, pushed to point


Tsotsobe to Patton, FOUR, first runs! going with the swing, deliberately going over the infield, square on the off side


Tsotsobe to Patton, no run, almost another lbw, as this one moves in towards the left-hand batsman, but an inside edge saves him

End of over 1 (4 runs) Central Districts 4/1 (RR: 4.00)

    • BMK Patton 4 (4b 1x4)
    • JM How 0 (0b)
    • LL Tsotsobe 1-0-4-1

Theron will look to swing it too


Theron to How, 1 run, too full and too straight, though, to start off with, and concedes an easy single to fine leg


Theron to Patton, 1 run, throws his bat at one wide outside off, gets a toe-end for a single to third man


Theron to How, FOUR, better delivery, and a superb shot! This one started middle and off and swung away, but was itched too far up and he punch-drives it down the ground, between the bowler and the mid-off


Theron to How, no run, this one moves in, and How ends up playing slightly across the line, falling over. Sliding down the leg side


Theron to How, FOUR, another beautiful shot, leaning into this delivery full and wide, down on a knee, and driving it between cover and extra cover


Theron to How, FOUR, action replay! Just as full and wide, just as beautifully he gets on a knee and drives it through the same spot

End of over 2 (14 runs) Central Districts 18/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • JM How 13 (5b 3x4)
    • BMK Patton 5 (5b 1x4)
    • J Theron 1-0-14-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 1-0-4-1

Tsotsobe to Patton, 1 run, hint of swing away from him, gets a single to third man


Tsotsobe to How, no run, angled across him, pushed to cover


Tsotsobe to How, FOUR, can't bowl short to How! And short and wide, now way Jose! He has cut it, deliberately over point, for another boundary


Tsotsobe to How, FOUR, How is putting up a show here, Tsotsobe overpitches this time, and he check-drives it straight down the ground, between the bowler and mid-off. Top-quality batting


Tsotsobe to How, FOUR, this man has made his own luck! His boundaries have got a slip out, and just then he gets an edge that flies through where the second slip have been. Fortune favours the batsman who has hit five boundaries in seven deliveries. Make it six in eight now


Tsotsobe to How, 1 run, and again through wide slip region, guided deliberately this time

End of over 3 (14 runs) Central Districts 32/1 (RR: 10.66)

    • JM How 26 (10b 6x4)
    • BMK Patton 6 (6b 1x4)
    • LL Tsotsobe 2-0-18-1
    • J Theron 1-0-14-0

Makhaya Ntini to bowl now


Ntini to How, no run, is on front foot too early, has to wait for it. It's not the usual Ntini pace, 127ks


Ntini to How, SIX, How is a superb puller and Warriors need to know that! Gentle short ball, he sizes it up early and sends it flying over square leg. He is superb at the pull


Ntini to How, no run, full and wide, and almost another boundary. Driven beautifully again, but the off ring is heavily populated and he finds extra cover


Ntini to How, no run, loser to the off stump, he drives straight down the ground, but finds mid-off


Ntini to How, 1 run, steers this widish delivery to third man for one


Ntini to Patton, 1 leg bye, pitched outside the leg stump, he looks for runs over the on side but gets only a leg-bye

End of over 4 (8 runs) Central Districts 40/1 (RR: 10.00)

    • BMK Patton 6 (7b 1x4)
    • JM How 33 (15b 6x4 1x6)
    • M Ntini 1-0-7-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 2-0-18-1

Tsotsobe to Patton, no run, shortish, around off, pushed back to the bowler


Tsotsobe to Patton, FOUR, short, straying into the pads, and Patton has short-armed this over square leg, for a one-bounce four. Almost like a Guptill swivel-pull


Tsotsobe to Patton, 1 run, better line, gets an inside edge onto the pad when looking to force this into the on side, and they steal a single


Tsotsobe to How, no run, nicely bowled, swinging from back of a length, tailing in towards of, How respects the delivery


Tsotsobe to How, no run, full outside off, pushed to extra cover


Tsotsobe to How, FOUR, very well played! He seemed to have put his front foot too far across as the ball swung back in, but the angled bat came down just in time, sending the ball towards the midwicket boundary

End of over 5 (9 runs) Central Districts 49/1 (RR: 9.80)

    • JM How 37 (18b 7x4 1x6)
    • BMK Patton 11 (10b 2x4)
    • LL Tsotsobe 3-0-27-1
    • M Ntini 1-0-7-0

Ntini to Patton, FOUR, ordinary bowling, very ordinary! Length ball, gentle pace, on the ads, fine leg up. Patton says thank you very much. Christmas card will be sent your way too

goes round the wicket now


Ntini to Patton, no run, bowls a low full toss outside off, Patton pushes it to extra cover


Ntini to Patton, 1 run, into the pads, flicked away to deep square

Nick: "Are there any people on ground to watch my boy How smacking local side all over or it's empty seats again?" Not too many in Nick, even though Warriors are playing this game


Ntini to How, 1 run, inside edge onto the pad, gets a single


Ntini to Patton, FOUR, premeditated! Or is he also telling Ntini he is damn predictable! Just backs away, knows there is a full delivery coming, and just crashes it between cover-point and cover


Ntini to Patton, FOUR, slightly too straight, ever so slightly, and he has clipped it past short fine leg. All placement here. Warriors are in a war as we speak

End of over 6 (14 runs) Central Districts 63/1 (RR: 10.50)

    • BMK Patton 24 (15b 5x4)
    • JM How 38 (19b 7x4 1x6)
    • M Ntini 2-0-21-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 3-0-27-1

Nicky Boje to bowl now. Meanwhile Piyush Kaul writes in, "Be ready to see HOW in IPL soon. he has marketed himself well here like POLLARD did in last year CLT20... welcome HOW to IPL" Wonder when terms like "marketed himself" become commonplace in cricket. Wonder why any performance anywhere has to lead to IPL


Boje to How, 1 leg bye, angled into the pads, pinches a leg-bye


Boje to Patton, no run, nice length, not too full, not too short, around off, defended back to the bowler


Boje to Patton, no run, turning into the pads, misses a flick


Boje to Patton, OUT, plumb lbw! Spin has worked! He just goes for a big sweep to a straight delivery and misses it altogether. Caught dead in front

BMK Patton lbw b Boje 24 (27m 18b 5x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Matthew Sinclair, "Skippy", is the new batsman


Boje to Sinclair, no run, stays back to a defend a fullish delivery

Dave Perl: "given that the main function of 20/20 seems to be to generate random statistics for online gambling why do we need people in the ground?"


Boje to Sinclair, no run, stretches forward to defend this one

End of over 7 (1 run, wicket maiden) Central Districts 64/2 (RR: 9.14)

    • MS Sinclair 0 (2b)
    • JM How 38 (20b 7x4 1x6)
    • N Boje 1-1-0-1
    • M Ntini 2-0-21-0

Trevor Chesterfield clearly doesn't like PE. He says: "Nick - It is sleepy hollow Port Elizabeth, no one wakes up before three in the afternoon and then they only watch sleazy soccer or thugby. It is too early in the year for a decent game like cricket in that part of the nation". Meanwhile Botha to bowl


Botha to How, no run, full and flat, pushed back to the bowler


Botha to How, no run, sharp offbreak, beats How on the cut


Botha to How, no run, length ball, around off, turning in defended to midwicket


Botha to How, 1 run, fuller this time and pushed down the ground for one

Irishman: 'I would hope he would be playing in the tests in India first!" He being How. Good on ya Irishman


Botha to Sinclair, 1 run, driven down to long-on for a single


Botha to How, no run, turning into the pads, played to midwicket

End of over 8 (2 runs) Central Districts 66/2 (RR: 8.25)

    • JM How 39 (25b 7x4 1x6)
    • MS Sinclair 1 (3b)
    • J Botha 1-0-2-0
    • N Boje 1-1-0-1

Boje to Sinclair, 2 runs, driven past extra cover


Boje to Sinclair, 1 run, chipped over the bowler's head for a single


Boje to How, no run, looking at the sweep as the get-away shot, is beaten outside off


Boje to How, 1 run, sweeps again, for a moment it looks like he might be in danger because the length is too full for the shot, but he gets bat down in time


Boje to Sinclair, 1 run, shimmies down the track and gets a single to long-on


Boje to How, 1 run, pushed down the ground for another single

End of over 9 (6 runs) Central Districts 72/2 (RR: 8.00)

    • JM How 41 (28b 7x4 1x6)
    • MS Sinclair 5 (6b)
    • N Boje 2-1-6-1
    • J Botha 1-0-2-0

Gareth: "The South African fans are probably just boycotting the Kiwi side after the recent rugby results. We would do the same over here in Aus." Go All Blacks


Botha to How, 1 run, another single to long-on


Botha to Sinclair, 1 run, turning into the pads, helped away to square leg for one


Botha to How, 1 run, goes for the big hit over the on side, and it's good for him that he hasn't timed it well as it bounces in front of deep square leg


Botha to Sinclair, no run, pushed to midwicket

they are rushing through their overs


Botha to Sinclair, OUT, third lbw! Stays back playing a full ball and pays the price. This one pitches middle and turns in, but hardly has any distance to go because Sinclair is far back, and playing across the line. No hesitation from the umpire

MS Sinclair lbw b Botha 6 (9m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Noema-Barnett is the new batsman


Botha to Noema-Barnett, 1 run, pushed to cover for a single

End of over 10 (4 runs) Central Districts 76/3 (RR: 7.60)

    • K Noema-Barnett 1 (1b)
    • JM How 43 (30b 7x4 1x6)
    • J Botha 2-0-6-1
    • N Boje 2-1-6-1

These spinners are rushing through their overs


Boje to Noema-Barnett, no run, on the pads, and he is beaten on the flick shot


Boje to Noema-Barnett, no run, pitched up around off, played with an open face


Boje to Noema-Barnett, no run, straighter, middle and leg, and pushed back


Boje to Noema-Barnett, no run, almost a fourth lbw! Big, big shout as he looks to flick it from middle-stump line, and is beaten. Not given, but it is awfully close


Boje to Noema-Barnett, 1 run, decides to finally play down the ground, gets a single to long-off


Boje to How, 1 run, swept away from in front of stumps

End of over 11 (2 runs) Central Districts 78/3 (RR: 7.09)

    • JM How 44 (31b 7x4 1x6)
    • K Noema-Barnett 2 (6b)
    • N Boje 3-1-8-1
    • J Botha 2-0-6-1

Botha to How, no run, run-out, or is it? How shimmies down but plays it straight to midwicket. Takes another step down and then decides against the single. Too late for Kieran who is halfway down, and is trying to dive back. Interesting, interesting decision follows. The bails are off before the bat slides in, but Botha has done so with his forearm with the ball in his hand. In a hurry to knock off the stumps, Botha misses, then the arm hits the stumps on the rebound. He has been given not-out, but Simon Doull and Sourav Ganguly feel you are fine if you remove the bails with the arm as long as the ball is in his hand


Botha to How, 1 run, runs this down to point for a single


Botha to Noema-Barnett, no run, hit back to the bowler


Botha to Noema-Barnett, FOUR, Kreusch and Tsotsobe have had a communication failure! Kieran Noema-Barnett top-edges a slog-sweep, which is landing between long-on and midwicket. Neither of the fielders call, both the fielders want it. Not only is the catch spilled and four runs conceded, Kreusch's elbow gets Tsotsobe in the nose. Large hush in the crowd, which has built up a bit


Botha to Noema-Barnett, 1 run, full outside off, driven down to long-off for one


Botha to How, no run, another dot, quick offbreak played to midwicket

End of over 12 (6 runs) Central Districts 84/3 (RR: 7.00)

    • JM How 45 (34b 7x4 1x6)
    • K Noema-Barnett 7 (9b 1x4)
    • J Botha 3-0-12-1
    • N Boje 3-1-8-1

Irishman: "On Botha and Boje's quick-spin: Is there such a thing as rhythem in T20?, apart of course when the jugular is parked!"


Boje to Noema-Barnett, 1 run, pushed to long-on for one


Boje to How, FOUR, more misfielding! Theron this time at deep square leg. Swept away from outside off, and the ball spins after three bounces, that too a nasty turn, and beats Theron


Boje to How, SIX, fifty for How, and how! Slog sweep, from outside off, and he is down on the back by the time the ball reaches the crowd. A-la AB de Villiers


Boje to How, no run, yorks himself, the inside edge tickles away towards Boucher but by the time he breaks the wicket, the overbalanced How is back in the crease


Boje to How, 2 runs, paddled away fine for two runs


Boje to How, no run, looks for a cover-drive, but gets an inside edge

End of over 13 (13 runs) Central Districts 97/3 (RR: 7.46)

    • JM How 57 (39b 8x4 2x6)
    • K Noema-Barnett 8 (10b 1x4)
    • N Boje 4-1-21-1
    • J Botha 3-0-12-1

Re the Noema-Barnett run-out, Conan says, "I agree, that was suppose to be a runout. 1999 WC, SA vs AUS in the semi final. Steve's runout was because the bowler use his elbow to knock the stumps with ball touching his hands" I agree. I think Asad Rauf has got this one wrong. Kreusch to bowl now


Kreusch to Noema-Barnett, SIX, and Noema-Barnett shows they are at home against medium-pace and now spin, lofting the first ball of pace over long-on for six. What a release from the spinners' strangle hold


Kreusch to Noema-Barnett, 1 run, looks to play for the slog sweep, gets an underside edge for a single to short fine


Kreusch to How, no run, slower ball outside off, driven straight to extra cover


Kreusch to How, no run, yorker, well bowled, can't do much with that


Kreusch to How, 1 run, back of a length, into the pads, turned away for one


Kreusch to Noema-Barnett, no run, full and straight, gets an inside edge onto the pad as he looks to whip it through midwicket

End of over 14 (8 runs) Central Districts 105/3 (RR: 7.50)

    • K Noema-Barnett 15 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • JM How 58 (42b 8x4 2x6)
    • JP Kreusch 1-0-8-0
    • N Boje 4-1-21-1

Theron to bowl now


Theron to How, 1 run, full, outside off, dug out for a single


Theron to Noema-Barnett, no run, full and wide, misses out, he looked quite eager to hit it over covers


Theron to Noema-Barnett, no run, shorter, quicker, beating him outside off


Theron to Noema-Barnett, 1 run, short, angling away, opens the face on it


Theron to How, 1 run, nice yorker, not much he can do with it except take a single

Gav: "No one is at the ground because they have all travelled to the more anticipated Namibia V Uganda clash at Windhoek" But a nice crowd has built up by now here. Anybody out there at Windhoek?


Theron to Noema-Barnett, no run, slower one outside off, and he swings early

End of over 15 (3 runs) Central Districts 108/3 (RR: 7.20)

    • K Noema-Barnett 16 (17b 1x4 1x6)
    • JM How 60 (44b 8x4 2x6)
    • J Theron 2-0-17-0
    • JP Kreusch 1-0-8-0

Ntini comes back too


Ntini to How, 1 run, bowls from wide of the crease, full and wide, nicely driven away, but gets just a single to sweeper-cover


Ntini to Noema-Barnett, 1 run, short ball, gets a bottom edge on the pull


Ntini to How, 1 run, full and wide again, How drives but ends up slicing it to third man


Ntini to Noema-Barnett, FOUR, length ball on the pads, and he clears the front leg and swings, past midwicket for four


Ntini to Noema-Barnett, 1 run, gets the yorker right, only a single conceded

Abhimanyu Gupta on the run-out indecision: "From the laws of cricket, the wicket is down if: Law 28.1.(iv) a fielder, with his hand or arm, providing that the ball is held in the hand or hands so used, or in the hand of the arm so used. Therefore he should have been out." So there...


Ntini to How, FOUR, and what a risky shot he had pulled off, walking right across the stumps and hitting this wide of short fine leg.

End of over 16 (12 runs) Central Districts 120/3 (RR: 7.50)

    • JM How 66 (47b 9x4 2x6)
    • K Noema-Barnett 22 (20b 2x4 1x6)
    • M Ntini 3-0-33-0
    • J Theron 2-0-17-0

Theron to Noema-Barnett, FOUR, length ball wide outside off, and he smashes it past point for another boundary. CD finally getting a move-on after the spinners' choke


Theron to Noema-Barnett, 1 run, yorker, around off, gets a single


Theron to How, FOUR, how has he done this? Shuffling way across the stumps, looking for the scoop-paddle, and he gets a faint inside edge, just big enough to miss the stumps


Theron to How, FOUR, dropped at midwicket by Tsotsobe, this was fired at him with all How's might, and he let it through


Theron to How, SIX, How is lining 'em up, and he is going for the shorter on-side boundary. Picks the slower ball early, gets under it, and sends it sailing over square leg


Theron to How, 1 run, lucky that that leg stump is standing there, twice this over the ball has missed it by inches. This time it is a yorker, and what's more they have stolen a single

End of over 17 (20 runs) Central Districts 140/3 (RR: 8.23)

    • JM How 81 (51b 11x4 3x6)
    • K Noema-Barnett 27 (22b 3x4 1x6)
    • J Theron 3-0-37-0
    • M Ntini 3-0-33-0

Botha to bowl


Botha to How, 1 run, swept away from middle and leg for a single

round the wicket goes Botha. No man in front of square inside the circle on the on side


Botha to Noema-Barnett, no run, and he responds with a yorker, fired into the pads, dug out back to the bowler


Botha to Noema-Barnett, no run, another yorker, just outside off, gets an inside edge onto the pads


Botha to Noema-Barnett, 2 runs, gets it down the ground this time, not much power behind it, and they steal the second


Botha to Noema-Barnett, no run, looks like a juicy full toss but it dips on him, and he gets only an underside edge on the slog-sweep


Botha to Noema-Barnett, 1 run, fired into the pads again, will be just a single, what an 18th over, and what a spell, just 16 runs in four overs

End of over 18 (4 runs) Central Districts 144/3 (RR: 8.00)

    • K Noema-Barnett 30 (27b 3x4 1x6)
    • JM How 82 (52b 11x4 3x6)
    • J Botha 4-0-16-1
    • J Theron 3-0-37-0

Dave Perl: "suggestion for even shorter version of the game--give the team that wins the toss 165 runs and let the other team chase" What's up today, Mr Perl?


Theron to Noema-Barnett, 1 run, hit powerfully square on the off side, gets a single to sweeper-cover, it's the shorter boundary


Theron to How, FOUR, Theron gives length, and How jumps into it, lofting him straight over his head. How closing in on a ton. Can he get there?


Theron to How, 1 leg bye, second-guesses the bowler and charges down the pitch, looking to negate the yorker, but Theron bowls length again. Had he stayed in the crease he could have got under it, but ends up with just one leg-bye


Theron to Noema-Barnett, 1 run, hit inside-out for a single


Theron to How, 1 leg bye, length ball again, but How is moving around too much and gets hit in the pad again as he looks to scoop it over short fine


Theron to Noema-Barnett, FOUR, and there is the boundary that CD were looking for, off a thick edge between the keeper and short third man

End of over 19 (12 runs) Central Districts 156/3 (RR: 8.21)

    • K Noema-Barnett 36 (30b 4x4 1x6)
    • JM How 86 (55b 12x4 3x6)
    • J Theron 4-0-47-0
    • J Botha 4-0-16-1

Ntini to bowl the last over


Ntini to How, 1 run, full and wide, and driven to long-off for one


Ntini to Noema-Barnett, SIX, length, length, length! That's a sin at the death in a T20, and Noema-Barnett deposits it over the short midwicket boundary


Ntini to Noema-Barnett, SIX, slightly fuller but it is a half-volley and he has lofted it over long-off, what timing. Forget How's century, Noema-Barnett is taking them towards a big target, and himself towards a fifty

goes round the wicket


Ntini to Noema-Barnett, FOUR, misfires the yorker, bowls a low full toss, wide outside off, and he steers it between backward point and short third man. He has had his chances, but has scored a valuable fifty here


Ntini to Noema-Barnett, 1 run, half-volley again, drilled down the ground, but can't beat long-off


Ntini to How, 1 run, another straight hit, so straight it hits the stumps at the non-striker's end, and he will get just a single

Time for a break now then. Do join us for the chase

Anush: "CD have uprooted Theron's all kinds of reputations as a bowler...Death bowler, T20 specialist, everything" He does tend to bowl a bit of a length, and doesn't have much pace either. So he had done well to build that reputation up despite those limitations. Gav: "Erm.... short midwicket boundary??? Want to think about that one?" Well it's the midwicket boundary, but it is short in length. And yes a correction, How's 88 is not the highest individual score of the tournament so far; Finch's 93 is

End of over 20 (19 runs) Central Districts 175/3

    • JM How 88 (57b 12x4 3x6)
    • K Noema-Barnett 53 (34b 5x4 3x6)
    • M Ntini 4-0-52-0
    • J Theron 4-0-47-0





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