Warriors, Knights play out draw

24 November 2013 4:35 PM

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Warriors, Knights play out draw

Simon Harmer took a five-wicket haul before the Chevrolet Warriors and Knights Sunfoil Series match ended in a draw on the fourth day of their clash in East London on Sunday.

Off-spinner Harmer captured 5-92 off 44 overs as the Knights were bowled out for 284 in their second innings at the end of an extended second session.

Johan van der Wath struck an unbeaten 77 off 146 deliveries which included six fours and three sixes, his 21st first-class fifty, as the Knight set the Warriors 210 to win in the final session with about 30 overs left in the match.

However, the captains decided to shake hands after the tea break to settle on a draw as neither team believed a result was possible.

The Warriors had taken a strong grip on the match during the morning session with Harmer at the heart of a mini-collapse which saw the visitors lose three wickets in as many overs for the addition of just one run.

The Knights added just 10 runs to their overnight 105 for one before they went into free-fall.

Opening batsman Reeza Hendricks, who had battled manfully in compiling 44 off 156 deliveries, was dismissed by seamer Andrew Birch to precipitate the collapse.

Rilee Rossouw was out for 36, trapped leg-before by Harmer, before Birch claimed his second scalp when he had Diego Rosier (0) caught behind by keeper Davy Jacobs as the Knights crashed to 116 for four.

The Knights held just a 32-run lead at the time and Rudi Second and Werner Coetsee (18) tried to repair the damage with a 25-run fifth-wicket stand before Coetsee became Harmer’s third victim when he was trapped leg-before by the off-spinner.

Harmer had his tail up and he removed Lefa Mosena (0) as the Knights limped to 148 for six.

But Van der Wath and Rudi Second added some stability to the innings with a seventh-wicket stand which produced 85 runs off 25.5 overs.

Second struck a patient 42 off 118 deliveries before becoming Harmer’s fifth wicket of the innings.

Dillon du Preez (2) was then bowled by seamer Ayabulela Gqamane before the same bowler accounted for Quinton Friend (4).

Gqamane wrapped the innings up by trapping Malusi Siboto leg-before to end with the impressive figures of 10.5-5-23-3.

CHEVROLET WARRIORS: Michael Price, Ashwell Prince, Colin Ingram, Ryan Bailey, Davy Jacobs (capt, wk), David White, Simon Harmer, Ayabulela Gqamane, Andrew Birch, Rusty Theron, Basheer Walters.

CHEVROLET KNIGHTS: Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw, Rudi Second, Diego Rosier, Johan van der Wath (capt), Werner Coetsee, Lefa Mosena (wk), Quinton Friend, Dillon du Preez, Malusi Siboto.

Source: supersport.com

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