The Central Districts Stags thougth they had enough on board. But there was one man in particular that they could not take lightly, the Warriors captain on home turf at St. Georges Park, Port Elizabeth in the Champions League Twenty20 2010 in South Africa.
Once again it was the CD captain, Jamie How, whow as in the thick of things as far as the batting was concerned.
Batting first, the Stags desperately needed a win. However, for that they needed to stop the Warriors and in particular David Jacobs who has been outstanding with the bat. A tall total was in order but they lost Peter Ingram to Lonwabo Tsotsobe without a run on board and lost a couple more wickets before they reached the 100 mark.
But the Stags still managed to score 175 runs in their allotted twenty overs courtesy their captain who led the assault with the bat. What is important to note is that the Warriors brought spin in the equation in the form of South Africa’s Twenty20 captain, Johan Botha, and Nickey Boje, to stem the flow of runs, and it helped keep the Central Districts down.
How was once again by far the best batsman in the team from New Zealand, scoring eighty-eight runs from fifty-seven balls with twelve boundaries and three sixes. And it seemed the Warriors would have work to do if they were goign to give themselves th ebest chance of qualifying for the CL T20 semi finals.
That though changed once the Stags took the field. The Warriors went hammers and tongs at the CD bowlers, upsetting the rhythm of Michael Mason while Doug Bracewell once again broke the brunt of the task, going at 17 runs an over when the match eventually concluded.
What also did not work in the CD’s favour was their lopsided fielding efforts that led them down when it mattered most. A couple of early wickets would have perhaps quietened the Warriors down, but by the time they did take the catches that came their way, the Warriors had the game in their pocket.
It was the thumping first wicket partnership of 147 runs in almost sixteen overs that decimated the Stags’ hopes. Jacobs combined well with Ashwell Prince, the former particularly ruthless on the bowling. Prince made sixty-four runs from fifty balls but Jacobs was unstoppable and fluent as he smashed six sixes to bring up the fastest half century in the tournament, same as Kieron Pollard, and eventually holed out for seventy-four from only forty-seven balls.
Noema-Barnett picked up a couple of wickets int he end as Warriors lost three wickets. But the result was never in doubt, Mark Boucher adding the final flourish as Warriors stepped closer to that semi final berth.
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