On Sunday Warriors Cricket Club faced Spartans to ascertain who would be crowned kings of the Komani T20 cricket league for the 2019-20 season.
Warriors, who were the defending champions, won the toss and their captain, Ngamsithi Mdoda, elected to bat. However, things did not go their way with wickets falling regularly throughout the innings.
After eight overs they had not managed a single boundary and after 10 overs there were only 46 runs on the board.
In all, Warriors only managed 87 all out in the 17th over. Their best batsmen was Mohammed Mahdi with 13 runs. Almost a third of their score, 33, was extras charitably doled out by the Spartans bowlers.
Spartans’ best bowler was Bonginkosi Nkomisane with three wickets while Esethu Tsengiwe impressed on the field with three catches
In reply Spartans also got off to a slow start. The match almost looked as if it would slip away from them in the third over when Litha Dubase set up a hat-trick dismissing Spartans opener Lutho Hadi for one and Nkomisane, also on one. The next batsmn, Baviwe Dlabantu, would also fall to Dubase albeit in the seventh over.
The game got away from the Warriors when Dlabantu joined opener Muntu Williams, with the match precariously set on 24 after eight overs.
Dlabantu stole the show, partnering with Williams, who, by the 10th over, had pushed the Spartans score to 40. The game ended two overs later when Dlabantu hit two brilliant sixes, one at long-on and the other back of square, leaving the Warriors with no way back in the game.
The hero of the day fell in the same over on 39 and Williams followed shortly after with a well-played 18. The match was wrapped up by Spartans skipper Aphiwe Ngqongqo and Khwezi Dubase in the 14th over, having batted eight and four respectively.
Ngqongqo said the game was more challenging than he had anticipated but complimented his charges on a disciplined performance.
The trophy was handed over by the chairman of the Enoch Mgjima Cricket Association, Siviwe Nqoqo, who praised Spartans for their discipline and dedication throughout the season.