Port Elizabeth: David Jacob's blistering knock at the top of the order, followed by a superb fielding effort helped home side Warriors defeat Victorian Bushrangers by 28 runs in their Champions League T20 clash at Port Elizabeth.
Batting first, the Warriors got off to a flying start from the word go. Nannes looked very rusty and conceded three boundaries in his very first over.
The opening duo shared a solid opening stand of 81 runs for the Warriors.
Skipper David Jacobs hit a glorious 59 off just 39 deliveries before he was run out by McDonald after a big mix-up with his opening partner Prince.
Just moments later Mathew Wade then took a breathtaking catch to dismiss Ashwell Prince(16) who was trying to move accross his stumps and play a cheeky shot but just managed to baloon it behind the wicket. Andrew McDonald was the successful bowler who got the wicket of Prince.
Shane Harwood was taken for plenty of runs, he conceded 31 runs in his first spell of two overs. However, he did manage to make a comeback in his second spell, picking up the third Warriors wicket of Maxwell. Eventually, he ended up with figures of 1/47 in his full quota of 4 overs.
Wicket-keeper Wade was once again instrumental behind the wicket, as he completed a smart stumping to dismiss Kreusch off the bowling of McDonald. Warriors had lost their fourth batsman with Kreusch's fall and was losing momentum after an excellent start.
McKay then got the fifth Warriors wicket of Botha who chipped in with 20 off 14 balls. Just when Boucher and Botha were looking to increase the run-rate and help Warriors finish on a high, McKay managed to get the breakthrough.
Boucher who played a valiant innings of 31 off 28 balls was the next man to be dismissed in the second last over. Nannes who had started off badly, was the man who got Boucher's wicket. Boucher was earlier lucky to have got a life as he was dropped by Maxwell while batting on 18.
The Warriors eventually ended up with 158/6 in their 20 overs.
Bushrangers looking to chase down 159 got off to a bad start as they lost two wickets in the space of first five overs. Rob Quiny was the first man to be dismissed in the third over off the bowling of Makhaya Ntini. Ntini followed it up with another scalp as captain Jacobs took a flying catch to dismiss Brad Hodge.
Aaron Finch and David Hussey did manage to steady the Warriors chase. However, just when Finch was looking to open up and looking for boundaries, he was caught brilliantly by Jacobs once again at extra cover. Boje was the successful bowler who got the wicket.
Then the Warriors lost wickets regularly and lost track completely.
The Bushrangers eventually finished off with 130 for the loss of nine wickets, losing by 28 runs.
Warriors innings( 158 in 20 overs): DJ Jacobs - 59, AG Prince - 16, CA Ingram - 8, MV Boucher - 31, JP Kreusch - 1, J Botha- 20, CA Thyssen - 8, N Boje - 4, Extras- 11.
Victoria innings ( 130 runs from 20 overs): RJ Quiney - 1, BJ Hodge - 16, AJ Finch - 25, DJ Hussey - 29, AB McDonald - 19, MS Wade - 0, GJ Maxwell - 2 , JW Hastings - 6, CJ McKay - 1, SM Harwood - 17, DP Nannes - 9, Extras - 9.