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Cricket | Momentum One-Day Cup 2018/19

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Knights collapse to remain winless

The Warriors produced an excellent comeback to stun the Knights and beat them by 14 runs (D/L method) in their Momentum One Day Cup clash in Kimberley on Friday.

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With no victories from their first three matches of the tournament, the Knights were desperate to get on the board, and when they bowled the Warriors out for 195 in the rain-affected, 47-over contest, they thought they were in with a chance.

With 50 runs needed from the last 14 overs and with six wickets in tact, it was very much theirs to lose.

But that's exactly what happened as a superb collective bowling display from the Warriors allowed them to maintain their unbeaten run, with two victories and a no result so far for the joint-defending champions.

The Knights won the toss and chose to bowl, justified virtue of the fact that both of their defeats had come from failing to defend their totals. The momentum was with the Warriors before the rain came down at 73-1 off 17.3 overs.

That was the break the Knights needed as they took the remaining nine wickets for just 122 runs, courtesy of spin duo Jacques Snyman and Eddie Leie.

Snyman, in the team more for his batting, started things off with the wicket of Matthew Breetzke for 39, before wiping away the middle order of JJ Smuts, Christiaan Jonker and Sinethemba Queshile for single-figure scores. Snyman finished with a career-best 4-36.

Leie finished with figures of 2-45 after removing Lesiba Ngoepe (37) and Yaseen Vallie (25). The Warriors had Andrew Birch to thank for giving them something to work with, striking 38 off 43 balls. And how crucial that turned out to be.


The Knights struggled for decent partnerships as Birch and Anrich Nortje bowled with discipline. Nortje would be the one to remove the openers, seeing off Andries Gous and Grant Mokoena for 26 and 10 respectively.

When skipper Pite von Biljon and Ryan McLaren were sent back cheaply, the Knights were left struggling on 77 for four. But the in-form Keegan Petersen came to the rescue, as he brought up his third 50-plus score in as many innings, taking a measured 83 balls to do it.

He manufactured a 73-run stand with Patrick Kruger, which put them within sight of victory. But then came a complete and utter collapse, as four wickets fell for just 15 runs, largely thanks to Smuts and Birch, who finished with respective figures of 2-22 and 3-28.

With Petersen still at the crease, the Knights still had some hope, but he ran out of partners quickly, and eventually he was run out on 88, as the Knights fell 15 runs short of the target.

KNIGHTS: Andries Gous, Grant Mokoena, Jacques Snyman, Mbulelo Budaza, Patrick Kruger, Pite von Biljon, Marchant de Lange, Eddie Leie, Ryan McLaren, Shadley van Schalkwyk

WARRIORS: Matthew Breetzke, Gihahn Cloete, Lesiba Ngoepe, Yaseen Vallie, JJ Smuts, Christiaan Jonker, Sinethemba Queshile, Sisanda Magala, Andrew Birch, Lutho Sipamla, Anrich Nortje


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