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The Matches St George's Park - Peterson Blasts the Warriors to Massive Win
Peterson Blasts the Warriors to Massive Win
Alvin Reeves

THE Chevrolet Warriors produced a clinical performance with both ball and bat to thrash the Gestetner Diamond Eagles by 10 wickets in a Standard Bank Pro20 Series semi-final second leg replay that was not without drama at Sahara Oval St George‘s last night.

The win has ensured that the Warriors keep their final hopes alive by pushing the tie into a deciding third leg tomorrow night.

Warriors openers Robin Peterson and Justin Kreusch were merciless with the bat as they chased down the Eagles‘ pathetic total of 101 with 47 balls to spare.

But it could have far different had sufficient light not been restored to the ground after a floodlight failure due to a burnt out capacitor during the dinner break.

Once power was restored to the Park Drive floodlight, Peterson and Kreusch took on the Eagles bowlers and carved them to all parts of St George‘s, much to the delight of the home fans.

Peterson finished with an unbeaten 49 runs off 31 balls, including seven fours and one six. Kreusch made an undefeated 44 from 42 deliveries with five fours and a six.

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, the Eagles failed to come to grips with a disciplined Warriors attack.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Rusty Theron were particularly impressive in frustrating the Eagles batsmen by bowling in the correct channel.

And the visitors were strangled even further when captain Davy Jacobs introduced the spin of Johan Botha and Peterson.

Botha went for 12 runs in his first over but then pulled it back beautifully to concede only five runs in his next three overs.

He did not take a wicket, but managed to stem the flow of runs effectively enough.

Peterson claimed three wickets for 24 runs in his four overs.

But it was Theron who proved the hero on the night as he claimed three scalps for only 16 runs in four overs including the wicket of the hard-hitting opening batsman Adrian McLaren, trapped in front for eight.

Dean Elgar was the only bright light as far as the Eagles batting was concerned as he belted 24 runs in as many balls.
But he received precious little support from his team-mates as the Eagles lost wickets at regular intervals.

They failed to face their full quota of overs when last man Thandi Tshabalala was dismissed by Theron on the last ball of the 19th over.

Dippenaar c Parnell b Tsotsobe 11 A McLaren lbw b Theron 8 Van Wyk lbw b Peterson 13 Elgar b Kreusch 24 Bailey b Peterson 15 Hendricks run out (Botha/D Jacobs) 3 R McLaren c A Jacobs b Peterson 4 V Schalkwyk c D Jacobs b Theron 4 Du Preez c Botha b Tsotsobe 6 De Villiers not out 2 Tshabalala c Parnell b Theron 4
Extras (b1 lb2 w3 nb1) 7
Total (all out; 19 overs) 101
Fall of wickets: 1-16 2-20 3-53 4-69 5-75 6-78 7-85 8-92 9-94 10-101

Bowling: Theron 4-0-16-3 (1nb 1w) Tsotsobe 4-0-23-2 Parnell 2-0-12-0 (2w) Botha 4-0-17-0 Peterson 4-0-24-3 Kreusch 1-0-6-1

Kreusch not out 44 Peterson not out 49 Extras (b4 lb2 w4) 10 Total (0 wickets; 12.1 overs) 103
Bowling: Du Preez 2-0-17-0 (1w) De Villiers 3.1-0-30-0 (1w) R McLaren 2-0-14-0 Tshabalala 3-0-22-0 Van Schalkwyk 2-0-14-0 (1w)

Warriors won by 10 wickets with 47 balls remaining

Batsman of match: R Peterson (Warriors)

Bowler of match: R Peterson

The Herald
February 17, 2009

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