It set up a wonderful afternoon of cricket, which ended with the home side taking 5.6 points to the visitors’ 5.8
The Warriors missed a golden chance to get one hand on the Sunfoil Series trophy and instead had to settle for a dramatic draw against the VKB Knights deep on the final day of their clash at Buffalo Park in East London yesterday.
The hosts fell just eight runs shy of what would have been an epic victory after ending on 248/8 in 64 overs shortly after 5.30pm. They were chasing a target of 256 in the same number of overs they eventually faced.
The hosts were competition leaders heading into round nine, but the draw, coupled by other results, meant they slipped down to second on the standings ahead of next weekend’s finale.
They still have a fair chance of winning their first-ever four-day title in the franchise era, but missed a big chance against the Knights, although they may well look at the result in another way – as having escaped with a draw.
In a topsy-turvy final day, they looked well on course for victory on 153/1 in 32 overs thanks to 73 (101 balls, 12x4s, 1×6) by Eddie Moore.
But Werner Coetsee claimed 6/71 to turn the tables and leave the home side on 185/7.
At that stage, defending champions the Knights looked like they were heading for the title, but a stubborn unbeaten 35 from Simon Harmer denied them. Earlier, the spinner claimed 3/82 as the Central Franchise moved from their overnight 87/3 to 248/8 declared.
Anrich Nortje was also amongst the wickets with 4/57, while Patrick Kruger top-scored with 87 (107 balls, 15x4s).
It set up a wonderful afternoon of cricket, which ended with the home side taking 5.6 points to the visitors’ 5.8.