THE Northern Region Warriors claimed a 34-run victory against Siseko Dalamba Cricket Club in a 40-over match at the Dumpy Adams Sports Complex on Saturday.
The Warriors won the toss and elected to bat in reasonably good weather conditions as Anje Nongawuza and Lihle Jibilikile put on a 162 run opening partnership in 25 overs.
Siseko Dalamba fielders missed several catches and run-out opportunities, allowing the partnership a streak of five fours by Nongawuza and two by Jibilikile in six overs. Nongawuza was bowled by Siwaphiwe Mgwigwi when he was on 85.
Viwe Yawa came in to join Jibilikile and they had a 65 run partnership after 38 overs. Jibilikile was caught on the boundary on 77. In the 39th over, Yawa took the run rate to six per over, hitting four fours and one six to extra cover. He made a good contribution of 42, but fell to Sesethu Tsengiwe’s bowling. Ukhona Sinandile took the Warriors to a total of 269 with 36 runs and was unbeaten in the 40th over.
Siseko Dalamba needed 270 to win the match. It was a difficult chase as they lost three quick wickets for 18 after eight overs. Muntu Williams played a vital role in the Siseko Dalamba innings. Lutho Hadi made 28 and Williams 50 in their partnership which took the score to 86 after 21 overs.
After the drinks break Williams barely gave the Warriors spinners breathing room and soon raised a half century. It was up to Williams to find the boundaries as the Warriors needed 68 from 30 balls with three wickets in hand. Williams made top score of 85 (off 80 balls) before being bowled out by Jibilikile in the 36th over. Siseko Dalamba were all out on 235.
Warriors coach Yawa said his team had worked extensively on their death bowling skills to ensure an improved performance.
“Our bowling strategy has so much variety and ticks every box. Nongawuza and Jibilikile each contributed in all facets of the game, taking wickets at the back end of the innings and putting in some fantastic performances in the field, taking a number of catches.”
Siseko Dalamba coach Lwazi Shenxane was very harsh on his team, calling them lazy and said they often skipped practice. “I am glad they got see the results of not going to practice. I always have to chase after these old men to practise and only four people pitch. I hope they have learned their lesson and do better next time.”