Cider Watch: Kiesy’s Warriors record their first win

Ram Slam t20Craig Kieswetter’s Warriors side tasted victory for the first time in this season’s South African Ram Slam T20 Challenge yesterday.

In a low-scoring, last-ball thriller at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth, Warriors restricted their opponents Dolphins to 142-6 in their 20 overs.

In reply, Kiesy and opening partner JJ Smuts put on 35 for the first wicket in the first 4.5 overs of the powerplay before the Somerset keeper was bowled by West Indies star Dwayne Bravo. Kiesy had hit 16 off 13 balls with two fours and a six, a lofted drive to the deep extra cover boundary.

Smuts was then joined by 2014 Somerset overseas player and Warriors skipper Colin Ingram and the pair shared a stand worth 97 in 13.2 overs, pulling sixes off Craig Alexander to take the equation to 19 needed off the last three overs. But Warriors then proceeded to lose two wickets in three balls at the start of the 19th over to throw the match back into the balance. First Smuts was run out by Bravo for 54, who promptly had Christiaan Jonker caught without scoring two balls later.


Warriors were now 132-3, needing another 11 runs with just nine balls remaining. Dolphins kept things tight and did not concede another boundary, but new man Yaseen Vallie and Ingram calmly knocked off the runs in ones and twos.

The match was destined to go down to the wire though after Ingram failed to connect with the fifth ball of the 20th over, leaving Warriors needing two to win off the last ball. Ingram cut the final delivery from Robbie Frylinck to deep extra cover for two to secure his side’s first victory of the campaign.

Ingram was named batsman of the match for his unbeaten 64, a captain’s knock, which came off 54 balls with three fours and three sixes:

ChevWar15thIn other matches with a Somerset connection yesterday:

  • Alviro Petersen’s Lions side comfortably beat Cape Cobras by 47 runs at the New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. Petersen made 18 as Lions notched up 141-7 in their 20 overs, Kieron Pollard taking 2-26 in four overs for the Cobras. In reply Cobras struggled to 94-9 in 20 overs, Pollard making 13 and Richard Levi 20: This was the second disappointment of the week for the Cobras after their match against Knights on Wednesday at Boland Park, Paarl was rained off without a ball being bowled.
  • A Titans side containing former Somerset overseas players Roelof van der Merwe and Dean Elgar lost to Knights by eight wickets at Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein. Titans reached 135-6 in their 20 overs, with Elgar making 23 before being run out. However Titans’ total was never enough and Knights reached their target with 22 balls remaining:

 After 13 games, Lions are comfortably out in front at the top of the table with three points and a game in hand over second-place Knights. Kieswetter’s Warriors have now moved off the bottom of the table into fifth place out of six teams with four points.

Warriors are next in action against leaders Lions at Durban tomorrow. We’ll continue to keep you updated on Craig’s progress here on The InCider.