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WARRIORS END SEASON WITH A BANG

Saturday, 09 April 2016

SISANDA MAGALA finished with eight wickets in the match as the Warriors wrapped up a resounding innings and 101-run victory over the bizhub Highveld Lions midway through day three of their Sunfoil Series clash in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The medium-pacer, who took an outstanding 6/25 in the first innings, claimed 2/33 in the second to help bowl the visitors out for 206 at St George’s Park.

Magala’s match figures of 8/58 in 28.5 overs also earned him the man-of-the-match prize in a match that was ultimately decided by the Lions’ woeful day one 68 all out.

It meant the defending champions had all but blown their title hopes, and despite improving second time around with the bat, they suffered a heavy second defeat of the season.

There were also three wickets apiece for Andrew Birch (3/42) and Simon Harmer (3/51) on what turned out to be the final day.

The visitors had started the day on 76/4, with debutant Kagiso Rapulana (40) and top-scorer Nicky van den Bergh (52) putting on 74 for the fifth wicket.

But both were removed by Harmer, and once they fell, with it faded the bleak chances of the Lions, who could yet surrender their second position on the log depending on the outcome of the clash between the Sunfoil Dolphins and VKB Knights in Durban.

The bottom-placed Warriors, on the other hand, took 19.1 points from the game, to end the season with back-to-back victories after going winless for the first eight rounds of the campaign.

Update courtesy of Cricket South Africa 

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MAGALA SHATTERS LIONS TITLE HOPES

Thursday, 07 April 2016

A first-innings batting meltdown by the bizhub Highveld Lions saw their Sunfoil Series prospects go up in smoke on the opening day of their clash against the Warriors on Port Elizabeth on Thursday.

Sisanda Magala claimed the outstanding figures of 6/25 in 12 overs as the visitors were sent packing for a hapless 68 in 36 overs – the lowest total overall this season. Andrew Birch also played his hand with a superb 3/19 – the Lions being dismissed for their second lowest total ever against the Eastern Cape outfit.

Colin Ackermann then made 65 (124 balls, 9 fours) as the hosts reached 171/4 nine overs before the scheduled closed after bad light ended play.

That gave the Warriors a lead of 103 and left the Lions needing a miracle to defend the title they won 12 months ago.

They started the day by losing the toss and being put into bat.

Despite Birch making the early inroads, they still managed to reach 60/4 just after lunch. But their remaining six wickets crumbled for only eight runs giving Magala his best ever figures.

Debutant Kagiso Rapulana top-scored with 20.

David White then fell to Hardus Viljoen, who claimed all four wickets to fall, without a run on the board as the Lions were momentarily given hope.

But Ackermann was then involved partnerships of 63 with Edward Moore (38) and 87 with Somila Seyibokwe (47 not out) as the hosts ended the day in total control.

Viljoen finished with figures of 4/75. 

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Update courtesy of Cricket South Africa 

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