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Western Province claim fifth successive win

Jonathan Bird of Six Gun Grill Western Province Blitz in action during the CSA T20 Challenge match against ITEC Knights at St George's Park on Friday
SOLID FORM: Jonathan Bird of Six Gun Grill Western Province Blitz in action during the CSA T20 Challenge match against ITEC Knights at St George's Park on Friday
Image: Richard Huggard/Gallo Images

Six Gun Grill Western Province continued their winning ways as they picked up a fifth consecutive win when they blitzed the Itec Knights in the CSA T20 Challenge in Gqeberha on Friday.

Winning the toss and putting the Knights in to bat, the Western Cape side bowled well as they restricted their Free State opponents to 126 for eight wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

Wayne Parnell’s men chased down the target with 4.1 overs to spare, claiming their second bonus point of the tournament with that six-wicket victory.

The Knights found themselves in a spot of bother having lost the wickets of Chris Klijnhans (6 runs off 10 balls), Raynard van Tonder (1 off 9), Jacques Snyman (20 off 21), and Farhaan Behardien (6) as they struggled their way to 55 for 4 at the end of 11th over.

A 55-run stand between captain Pite van Biljon (40 off 35) and Patrick Kruger (34 off 21) helped steady the Knights ship to end on 126.

Junaid Dawood’s figures of 3-28 in four overs took him to  joint top of the leading wicket-takers list and Parnell took 2-16.

Keegan Petersen of Hollywoodbets Dolphins in action during the CSA T20 Challenge match against North West Dragons at St George's Park on Friday
STRONG START: Keegan Petersen of Hollywoodbets Dolphins in action during the CSA T20 Challenge match against North West Dragons at St George's Park on Friday
Image: Richard Huggard/Gallo Images

Losing Bird, De Zorzi and George Linde (10 off 10) did not sway the WP outfit as Dane Vilas (21 no) and Aviwe Mgijima (4 no) secured the victory.

In the day’s second match, the Hollywoodbets Dolphins were too strong for the North West Dragons as they claimed a comfortable seven-wicket victory.

The Dolphins won the toss, and like WP in the morning game, decided to field first as they tried to inflict a third defeat in as many matches on the Dragons.

Captain Nicky van den Bergh (52 off 37) and all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius (39 off 24) shared a 71-run partnership for the third wicket to take the Dragons from 27-2 to 99-3.

Opener Wesley Marshall’s 14 was the only other score of double figures in the Dragons line-up. They ended on 135 for eight in 20 overs as Eathan Bosch claimed 3-20 while Ottneil Baartman finished with 2-12.  

Chasing 136 for victory, a good stand between Keegan Peterson (43 off 36) and Grant Roelofsen (19 off 27) set the Dolphins up well.

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