War­riors cut down Co­bras

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - DARRYN POL­LOCK

ALTHOUGH their blushes were saved by in­clement weather in Dur­ban in their pre­vi­ous Sun­foil Se­ries match against the Dol­phins, the War­riors bounced back to skit­tle out the Co­bras thanks to a su­perb bowl­ing dis­play at Buf­falo Park, East Lon­don, yes­ter­day.

Basheer Wal­ters was the man to lead the War­riors in their on­slaught against Ash­well Prince’s men, the seamer claim­ing fig­ures of 3/42 in short spells through the day.

But what helped Wal­ters along the way­wasa fan­tas­tic sup­port­ing per­for­mance from Sisanda Ma­gala, with 3/71 off 19 overs.

Andrew Puttick, ev­ery re­li­able for the Cape team, was the only main­stay at the crease as he notched up a watch­ful 85 runs from 186 balls.

Down the or­der, Aviwe Mgi­jima pro­videda lit­tle re­sis­tance as he got to a half-cen­tury off 92 balls.

There was just enough time for the War­riors to pad up as the day drew to a close, but when Gionne Koop­man fell three balls into the se­cond over of the War­riors’ in­nings, the day­was­called with the Eastern Cape team on 5/1 as they look to their bats­men to sup­port a solid bowl­ing ef­fort on day two.

Mean­while, in Benoni, the Lions man­aged to work up some de­cent part­ner­ships in their first day’s ac­tion against the ta­ble-top­ping Ti­tans.

The Lions ended day one on 265/8 thanks to ef­forts from the se­cond and third-wicket part­ner­ships.

Reeza and Do­minic Hen­dricks were the first to frus­trate the Ti­tans with their se­cond-wicket stand of 79, but not to be out­done Nicky van den Bergh and Devon Con­way put on 128 runs for their third-wicket part­ner­ship.

Star for the Ti­tans with the ball wasMalusi Si­boto, who claimed three sticks for only 30 runs in 17 overs, while newly capped Proteas player Tabraiz Shamsi was­made to toil for 30 overs on day one for his haul of 2/87 on a tough pitch.

In Kim­ber­ley, al­most a lit­tle un­ex­pect­edly, an en­tire day was washed out be­tween the Knights and the Dol­phins as stumps were called early on day one of that­match with­out a ball be­ing bowled.

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