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The Matches St George's Park - Light Relief as Warriors Live to Bat Again
Light Relief as Warriors Live to Bat Again
Alvin Reeves

The Chevrolet Warriors came perilously close to being denied a berth in the lucrative Standard Bank Pro20 Series cricket final when floodlight failure brought a dramatic halt to their second leg semi-final replay just minutes before the start of their innings at Sahara Oval St George‘s last night.

After the home side had restricted the Gestetner Diamond Eagles to a meagre 101 all out, the Warriors seemed certain favourites to push the semi-final into a third leg, until a bulb on the floodlight adjacent to the scoreboard started smoking.

The power to the floodlight was then cut and a technician was sent up the pole to investigate the problem.

As matters stood then, play would have been abandoned and the Eagles would have progressed to the final as a result of their win in the first leg – and they would have qualified for the big payday in the Indian Champions League later this year.

Luckily for the Warriors, the offending bulb was bypassed and play continued without any overs lost.

The semi-final will now be decided by a third leg tomorrow night after the Warriors cruised to a 10-wicket victory in only 12,1 overs as they carved the visiting attack to all parts of the ground.

Robin Peterson was particularly destructive, smashing 49 not out off a mere 31 balls.

On Sunday, the Warriors received a lifeline when the second leg was forced into a reserve match last night due to rain, with the Eagles in full command.

But it could have been so different had play not resumed last night.

Warriors chief executive Dave Emslie said: “The fault was found to be a burnout capacitor on one of the bulbs. We were able to isolate the bulb and turn the remaining bulbs on. It was a relief to get the match back on track.”

This is not the first time this season that floodlight failure has affected a match at St George‘s.

On December 26 last year, the Warriors lost a match to the Lions after the lights had failed three times.

The failure also evoked memories of the Rugby World Cup in 1995 when the lights went out at the Boet Erasmus Stadium during the match between South Africa and Canada.

The issue was also resolved on that night and South Africa went on to win the match and the World Cup.

The Herald
February 17, 2009

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