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McLaren and Olivier ensure catastrophic warriors collapse

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The pair shared seven wickets between them with the former claiming 4/42 and the latter landing 3/23

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A twelfth career century by Keegan Petersen followed by a dreadful collapse from the Warriors helped the VKB Knights complete their biggest-ever 4-Day Domestic Series victory at the Diamond Oval yesterday.

The hosts won by 284 runs – their biggest margin in terms of runs in the history of franchise cricket, surpassing a 211-run triumph over the same opponents back in 2011/12.

It was all set up by Petersen, who struck a free-flowing unbeaten 103 (133 balls, 10x4s, 1×6), and the bowlers, in particular Ryan McLaren and Duanne Olivier.

The pair shared seven wickets between them with the former claiming 4/42 and the latter landing 3/23.

But the Warriors will be feeling they only have themselves to blame after they lost their final five wickets for 12 runs and the last nine wickets for 60 runs.

But the day undoubtedly belonged to the Knights. They were batting at the start of it on 206/4 and were still together when the declaration arrived on 330/4 – a victory target of 490.

Petersen was at the heart of their display, while Andries Gous supported him brilliantly with his 67 not out (95 balls, 9x4s, 1×6).

The two ensured no wickets fell for their side on day three as they put on 162 together for the fifth wicket as the innings was ended on 70.2 overs.

The Warriors then made a strong start to the reply thanks to Eddie Moore’s 60 (123 balls, 8x4s, 1×6). He was aided by Gihahn Cloete (45) and Yaseen Vallie (23) with the three helping their side reach 145/1.

But it all went pear-shaped from there as McLaren and Olivier ripped through the batting to help seal a memorable win.