Van der Dussen stars as Lions edge past Warriors

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MOMENTUM Just one-Day CUP, 2017-18

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Reeza Hendricks made 80 in the chase.

Reeza Hendricks produced 80 in the chase. © Getty

In a substantial-scoring thriller at Buffalo Park on Thursday (January 11), Lions edged previous Warriors by 4 wickets in the Momentum Just one-Day Cup. Batsmen experienced a discipline working day in East London as six of them in total managed to go previous the fifty-operate mark regardless of a slow start off to the activity. Warriors experienced lost two early wickets soon after opting to bat initial but had been then rescued by a 137-operate stand for the 3rd wicket by skipper JJ Smuts and Yaseen Vallie.

Whilst Vallie took some time to settle down, Smuts scored at nearly operate a ball just before acquiring dismissed by Aaron Phangiso at a very important juncture in the innings. Lions then fought back to get on prime of the activity with Hardus Viljoen hitting timber 2 times but they failed to capitalise on the scenario. At 225 for 6, the Warriors innings appeared to be likely nowhere just before Christiaan Jonker and Simon Harmer collaborated for an assault that the Lions failed to see coming.

The duo additional 81 runs off just 39 balls to support Warriors go previous 300, which only appeared like a distant aspiration soon after the flurry of wickets. Whilst Harmer remained unbeaten on 34, Jonker assisted himself to a fifty percent-century, remaining not out on 51.

As opposed to Warriors, Lions produced an exceptional start off to their chase regardless of dropping skipper Stephen Prepare dinner early for 5. Reeza Hendricks and Dominic Hendricks shared a mammoth century stand to set their side firmly in advance in the chase. Even though equally the batsmen got dismissed shortly, Rassie van der Dussen ensured that he failed to stress in the chase regardless of witnessing a mini procession from the other conclusion.

At the conclusion of the 44th around, the chase was delicately poised following the endeavours of Sithembile Langa, whose three-wicket burst kept Warriors in the hunt. Needing 59 from the final six overs, van der Dussen shifted gears and was ably supported by Willem Mulder, who contributed with a very important unbeaten 25 off 17 deliveries. Van der Dussen nearly sealed the chase with a six in the penultimate around of the chase but with just two required in the final around to full the formalities, Ayabulela Gqamane induced some jitters in the Lions camp by bowling three consecutive dot balls just before van der Dussen ruined the opposition’s faint hopes by smashing the fourth ball for a boundary.

Transient scores: Warriors 306/6 in 50 overs (Yaseen Vallie 81, JJ Smuts 71 Hardus Viljoen 2-67) lost to Lions 309/6 in 49.4 overs (Rassie van der Dussen 83*, Reeza Hendricks 80 Sithembile Langa 3-50) by 4 wickets

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