Its Big Thing To See
Malusi Siboto, the 31-year-old pacer, bagged a five-wicket haul in the second innings to power Lions to a convincing nine-wicket win against Warriors in their first game of this season’s South Africa’s four-day franchise series, on Thursday (October 4). Lions chased down the paltry target of 60 for the loss of just one wicket in their second innings.
Warriors, who began the final day at 42 for 3, lost the wicket of Lesiba Ngoepe for the addition of just nine runs to the total. At that stage, Sinethemba Qeshile (69*), the 19-year-old, who averages over 50 in his brief first-class career so far, stitched a 75-run stand with the No. 3 batsman, Yaseen Vallie. However, once Beuran Hendricks castled Vallie, Warriors suffered a collapse as they lost their last six wickets for just 56 runs to be bowled out for 182. Siboto and Migael Pretorius bagged eight wickets between them.
In Lions’ second innings, Andrew Birch, the experienced pacer, with over 300 first-class wickets to his name, prised out Stephen Cook for just four runs, but by then the result of the match was more or less a foregone conclusion. Omphile Ramela (23*) and Dominic Hendricks (23*) completed the formalities.
Brief scores: Warriors 345 (Gihahn Cloete 81; Aaron Phangiso 4-61) and 182 (Sinethemba Qeshile 69*; Malusi Siboto 5-54) lost to Lions 470/6 decl. (Stephen Cook 188, Nicky van den Bergh 113; Anrich Nortje 4-104) and 60/1 (Omphile Ramela 23*, Dominic Hendricks 23*) by nine wickets.
Fawad’s Handscomb endorses bid for international return
After Rain Karnataka knocked out plays spoilsport