Cider Watch: Kiesy’s Warriors suffer another defeat in South Africa T20 tournament

Ram Slam t20Craig Kieswetter’s Warriors suffered their fourth defeat in this season’s South African Ram Slam T20 Challenge on Sunday.

Warriors went down by six wickets to league leaders Lions, a side containing former Somerset overseas player Alviro Petersen.

The defeat follows Warriors’ first victory in the competition last Friday in a last-ball thriller at Port Elizabeth against Dolphins.

Sunday’s game against Lions was part of a triple-header at Kingsmead, Durban with a number of former Somerset overseas players in action throughout the day.

Warriors v Lions

In their match, Warriors could only manage 126-7 in 20 overs. Kieswetter was dismissed for an 18-ball innings which produced eight runs, while Somerset 2014 overseas player and Warriors skipper Colin Ingram fell for just five as the Lions bowlers kept things extremely tight. After 15 overs Warriors had only reached a perilous 71-5. Only a belligerent, unbeaten 38 with three fours and two sixes from all-rounder Simon Harmer, ably supported in a stand worth 56 by Christiaan Jonker (25), helped his side post anything approaching a competitive score.

In reply, Lions took their time in reaching their target and after 15 overs were 74-4, only slightly ahead of Warriors’ total at the same stage. Their progress was checked by losing two wickets off consecutive balls at the end of the 14th over.

Still needing to score 20 off the last 12 deliveries, they only crossed the line mid-way through the final over, with just three balls to spare. Skipper and veteran South African Test player Neil McKenzie, who top scored with an unbeaten 46 off 38 balls, shared a 60-run partnership with Temba Bavuma (37* off 21 balls, 3×4, 2×6), to see their side home. Fifteen runs off the penultimate over, including two boundaries from McKenzie relieved the pressure going into the final six balls.

Earlier Petersen made 30 off 42 balls at the top of the order, with one four and a massive straight six down the ground into the sight-screens:


Cape Cobras v Titans

Kieron Pollard smashed an unbeaten 56 off just 29 balls with three fours and four sixes (including one enormous hit off an attempted yorker which ended up on the roof of the West Stand) to set up a thrilling win for Cape Cobras against Titans at Kingsmead, Durban. Richard Levi was run out for just five, but with Pollard’s innings and two useful scores in the 30s from Dane Vilas and Omphile Ramela, Cobras finished with 169-6 from their 20 overs.

In reply, Titans stuttered early on, losing two wickets off consecutive balls in the eighth over, but Adams and Dean Elgar rallied with a stand of 78 in 8.3 overs.

By the time Elgar edged a low full toss and was caught for 24, Titans were 121-4 in the 17th over. Adams continued to take the attack to the Cobras, hitting consecutive sixes in the next over to keep his side in the hunt. But when he fell for 68 (36 balls, 4×4, 5×6), Titans were 141-5 with 13 balls remaining.

David Wiese immediately made an impression, smashing one four and three maximums in an eight-ball stay at the crease for 24 runs. But Pollard (3-0-28-2) had the last word, picking up the wickets of Wiese and Darren Sammy in the 20th over, leaving Roelof van der Merwe needing to score five off the final ball to win. Pollard kept things tight and van der Merwe failed to score:

Dophins v Knights

Meanwhile weather disrupted the other game in Sunday’s triple-header; one containing the only two sides in the competition without a Somerset connection.  Knights looked to be well on course for a deserved victory after dismissing Dolphins for just 82 in 18.5 overs, but the weather prevented them from even beginning their reply and both teams walked away with two points apiece:


Lions still lead the table, now five points clear with a game in hand over second-place Knights. Kiesy’s Warriors side are fifth out of six teams, eight points (but with a game in hand) behind Dolphins in fourth place, their next opponents in a day/night game today (Friday 21 November).