The Warriors pulled off one of the great escapes of T20 cricket history when they claimed a fantastic 18-run win against the Cape Cobras at Buffalo Park last night to sneak into the semifinals.
The Warriors started the Ram Slam T20 Challenge losing three of their first four matches, with the other one a wash out, before following that up by winning four of their next six games, culminating with last nights impressive victory, to make it to the knockouts.
Having set the Cobras 169 runs to win, the Warriors part-time bowlers came to the party to restrict the Cobras to 150/6 at the end of their 20 overs.
Colin Ingram was the pick of the lot with 2/18 off three overs claiming the prized scalps of Proteas stars Hashim Amla (39) and JP Duminy (14), while Christiaan Jonkers one over went for six with him also picking up a Proteas wicket removing Temba Bavuma for just six.
Andrew Birch also bowled well, with his final two overs going for just 15 runs and claiming the wicket of George Linde (3) as he finished with figures of 1/28 in four overs.
The only other Cobras batsman to trouble the scorers was Richard Levi, who had taken quite a liking to the bowling of Basheer Walters, hitting him for four boundaries and a six in an over and a half, before Walters got his revenge having him caught on the boundary by Jerry Nqolo for 31.
Vernon Philander and Carlos Koyana made 22 and an unbeaten 20 respectively, but with their runs coming off 20 and 24 balls each it was not enough to keep up with the run rate required.
In just the second over Mohammed Vallie (8) tried to chop Linde off the back foot only to see his middle stump knocked back, with the Warriors 16/1.
Ingram immediately made his intentions clear by hammering his first ball to the boundary and along with captain Jon Jon Smuts took the attack to the Cobras bowlers.
Ingram skied Mthiwekhaya Nabe high to the boundary at deep midwicket where Bavuma took the catch as Ingram departed for 41 off 32 balls (2×4; 3×6).
Smuts fell for 48 off 30 balls (5×4; 1×6) in the 13th over. Jonker and Colin Ackermann tried to keep the scoreboard ticking, but Ackermann was caught at mid off by Duminy ff the bowling of Dane Paterson.
Jonker caught by Paterson on the deep midwicket boundary off the bowling of Kleinveldt to be out for 38 off 26 balls (3×4; 2×6) as the Warriors posted 168/5 which proved to be enough.