Brown leads rally with undefeated half century to see side to 279/9
A SPIRITED lower order fightback from the Chevrolet Warriors’ tailenders saw them to a half decent 279/9 when stumps were called for bad light with 16 overs still to play on day one of their Sunfoil Series clash against the bizhub Highveld Lions at Buffalo Park yesterday.
Border allrounder Darryl Brown was unbeaten on 50, the day’s top score, after he batted superbly with the tail and kept a cool head to make sure the Warriors posted a competitive score.
After coming in at the start of the 49th over following the demise of his captain Colin Ingram with the score on 159/5, Brown shared in partnerships of 20 with Simon Harmer (8), 55 with Andrew Birch (37), 16 with Sisanda Magala (6) and an unbeaten 28 with Basheer Walter (9*).
The Birch partnership was especially important as it allowed the Warriors to go from a dangerous 180/7 to 235/8 when Birch’s entertaining knock, which featured four fours and two sixes off 23 balls, came to an end.
Brown and Walters will now look to get as many runs as they can before the Lions bowl them out when play resumes this morning.
The Lions won the toss and put the Warriors in to bat.
Michael Price and David White (15) shared in an opening stand of 23 before White was first to go, caught behind by keeper Thami Tsolekile off the bowling of Sean Jamison.
Jamison then claimed the second wicket of Colin Ackermann for 11, bowling him, as the Warriors slipped to 58/2.
This brought Border batsman Somila Seyibokwe to the crease and he and Price confidently took the Warriors to lunch on 105/2.
Seyibokwe was looking in good nick, scoring freely as he cracked seven fours to sit unbeaten on 30 off just 29 balls, while Price was on 42.
Following the lunch break, Price did not last long, adding just five to his total before he became Jamison’s third victim, caught by Neil McKenzie, three short of what would have been a good half century.
This brought Ingram to the crease and he and Seyibokwe shared in a 46run partnership, with Ingram the aggressor, while Seyibokwe battled to keep up his earlier rate.
With the score on 159, the Warriors then suffered a difficult 27-ball spell that almost derailed their innings.
First Seyibokwe, who had only scored seven more runs after lunch off 55 balls, was dismissed for 37.
Thirteen balls later, Ingram followed for 40, and Luthando Mnyanda (1) then joined them in the dressing room, leaving the Warriors on 160/6, having lost three wickets for just one run.
However the lower order fightback then began.