Cider Watch: More runs for Kiesy in South Africa’s T20 tournament

cider watchCraig Kieswetter played another explosive innings in a losing cause for the Chevrolet Warriors in South Africa’s Ram Slam T20 Challenge at Buffalo Park, East London, on Friday.

Following his first innings of 51 against the Knights last Sunday, Kiesy hit 82, this time against the Lions, off just 64 balls with eight fours and three sixes.

But with no other Warriors player making more than 17 (2014 Somerset overseas player Colin Ingram being dismissed without scoring), they could only muster 144-6 off their 20 overs.


In reply, the Lions made short work of their target, reaching 150 without losing a wicket off just 14.2 overs.

Lions openers Chris Gayle and 2013/14 Somerset overseas player Alviro Petersen both faced 67 balls, but the West Indian far out-scored his fellow opener, hitting 108 with 10 fours and seven sixes. Petersen made a more sedate 29 with just the one boundary, but more importantly occupied the crease and took the singles to enable Gayle to dominate and take their side home:


This was the Warriors third straight defeat in the competition. In between the games against the Knights and the Lions, they were beaten by 54 runs by the Dolphins at Kingsmead, Durban.

In that game, Dolphins made 181-4 from 20 overs, Kieswetter claiming one catch. In response, Warriors could only manage 127-8 in their 20 overs, Kieswetter falling for 10 and Ingram again making a duck:

Craig is next in action for the Warriors against the Dolphins at Port Elizabeth on Friday 14 November.


In other matches in the tournament with a Somerset connection:

  • Kieron Pollard took 1-26 in four overs for Cape Cobras on Friday as they comfortably beat Dolphins at Newlands, Cape Town by eight wickets. Dolphins struggled to 127-9 off 20 overs, while Cobras reached 130-2 with 4.4 overs to spare, Richard Levi making 44:
  • Despite an unbeaten 65 off 64 balls with one four and two sixes from Dean Elgar, Titans (144-5) lost to Knights (179-7) by 35 runs at SuperSport Park, Centurion on Friday. Roelof van der Merwe, also playing for Titans, took 1-38 in four overs with the ball, but could only manage 1 run with the bat:
  • Titans (130-9) were back in action on Sunday, suffering another defeat this time to Dolphins (194-5) by 64 runs. Elgar took 1-24 in two overs, while van der Merwe conceded 30 runs in his two overs, without taking a wicket. Elgar made a useful 26 with the bat at almost a run-a-ball, before being caught behind, while van der Merwe made 10:
  • In the match of the tournament so far, the clash between Lions and Knights at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom on Sunday was decided by a super-over. For the Lions, Alviro Petersen made 34 off 27 balls with two sixes, sharing a stand worth 80 for the first wicket with Chris Gayle, who continued his superb form with another half-century. With both sides making 161-7, the match went into a super-over. Both sides could only reach 7-1 in their additional six balls, meaning the match had to be decided on the boundary count back rule, which handed the result to Lions: