On Sunday Warriors Cricket Club were looking for a win following last week’s embarrassing loss against Spartans in the Komani internal cricket league.
They faced Dongwe Cricket Club and things did not seem to be going their way again when they lost. Lizalise Malusi, the Dongwe skipper, elected to bat.
Warriors never let the visitors settle in. They lost wickets regularly and the whole team was out in the 14th over, with only 52 on the board. Had it not been for the valiant efforts of Mihlani Dalivane who anchored their innings by batting for 10 overs, they would have been worse off.
Sibabalwe Mabeka was the Warriors best bowler. He got six wickets, conceding eight runs in his four-over spell.
With the bowlers having done their part, the Warriors batsmen did not relent. They came out hitting hard and the first wicket partnership between Mabeka and Chuma Mgwayi put 30 on the board.
In the fifth over Mgwayi was caught at mid-on. Warriors lost another wicket quickly, but wrapped up the game in the next over.
They won by eight wickets and bagged the bonus point for winning in less than seven overs.
Malusi said he appreciated the hosts’ welcome more than the cricket. “They were very welcoming, but showed we need to work hard and get our fitness up. The batting was really disappointing not managing to even make 100.”
The Warriors skipper was proud of his charges. “It felt like a practise match. We played very well, restricting them to a low score and finishing it off in six overs.”