By SA CricketMag / Anitha Madikizela
The Warriors secured a 4-run win over the Titans on the DLS method as the rain put a damper on proceedings in Centurion.
The Warriors won the toss and elected to field first on a belter of a wicket at SuperSport Park. The Titans rocketed to a competitive 216-5 thanks to a blistering half-century from Theunis de Bruyn. Gihahn Cloete was equal to the task during the Warriors’ chase but unfortunately, the rain cut proceedings short.
The entire fixture was a stop/start affair as both rain and lightning regularly interrupted the high-scoring match. De Bruyn starred with the bat in the first innings by smashing 74 off just 38 balls, including four fours and five sweltering sixes, at a strike rate of 195.
Cameos from Diego Rosier (37) and Grant Thomson (42 off 18 balls, 4×6) also contributed to the home side’s mammoth first innings with Lutho Sipamla the pick of the Warriors bowlers with his 2-34 in four overs.
The Warriors eventually began their reduced innings with a revised target of 200 off 18 overs. Cloete took to the opposition bowlers with flare as he struck an unbeaten 46 off 25 deliveries (5×4, 3×6). His 60-run opening partnership alongside Matthew Breetzke power his side to victory after 6 overs, when they were four runs beyond the DLS par score.
It was at this point that the heavens opened and the rest of the fixture was abandoned and the 26-year-old left-hander claimed the Player of the Match award for his heroics.
Above: Gihahn Cloete of the Warriors during the CSA T20 Challenge match between Multiply Titans and Warriors at SuperSport Park on April 05, 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)