107-Run partnership ensures victory

By SA CricketMag 

Proteas all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius impressed with the bat, but couldn’t prevent the Lions from falling to a nine-wicket defeat in Wednesday’s CSA T20 Challenge fixture against the Warriors at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

Pretorius’ 48 not out, which featured a sextet of fours and duo of sixes, powered the Lions to a final total of 144 for six. Opener Reeza Hendricks, meanwhile, weighed in with a complementary 29.

In reply, the Warriors relished a 107-run partnership between openers Gihahn Cloete and Matthew Breetze. Cloete struck 54 to Breetzke’s 72 not out. They were key in ensuring triumph with 33 deliveries to spare.

Pretorius was named in South Africa’s squad for the 2019 World Cup earlier this year, while Hendricks was overlooked despite a burgeoning international career – and a superb stretch of form for the Jozi Stars in the inaugural Mzansi Super League late last year.

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Above: CSA T20 Challenge match between bizhub Highveld Lions and Warriors at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on April 24, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)