Pool C fixtures of the 2018 T20 Africa Cup were played out at Police Park and Buffalo Park in East London over the past weekend and it was home side Border who came out tops in a group which also included teams from Namibia, Kenya and Mpumalanga, as well as near neighbours Eastern Province. With EP and Border making up the Warriors professional franchise the selectors decided to add some spice and rivalry to the affair by including a number of the warriors players in each side.
The two teams came up against each other in thefinal match of the weekend at Buffalo Park on Sunday and Border came out tops courtesy of a thrilling three wicket victory. After Eastern province batted first and posted 137/7 in their 20 overs, Border needied 138 for victory and recovered from being 82/5 at one stage to reach their target with six balls remaining. It was a desperately unlucky outcome for the EP team though who came into the match as the only unbeaten side in the pool but defeat by Border, as well as a Namibian victory over Kenya earlier in the day, left all three sides 2locked on 13 and Border qualified on the basis of a superior run-rate.
Border will now join Easterns, Gauteng and North West in next week’s semi-finals.
Amongst the Warriors bowlers to standout during the weekend were Kelly Smuts (3 for 17 vs Namibia) and Lutho Sipamla ( 2 for 14 vs Mpumalanga and 2 for 15 vs Namibia). It was the batsmen who really sparkled though. They were led by Marco Marais who smashed two centuries (103 vs Namibia and 106 vs Mpumalanga) as well as 75 off just 34 deliveries against Kenya while Eddie Moore weighed in with two half centuries and a 41. Gihahn Cloete and Yaseen Vallie contributed a couple of good knocks too.
Above image courtesy Border Cricket and Buffalo Park