x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Warriors overhaul Wayamba target in Champions League

Boucher hit an unbeaten 40 and Kreusch 37 not out as the South African side triumphed over their Sri Lankan opponents with 10 balls remaining at St George's Park.

Mark Boucher and Justin Kreusch guided the Warriors to an opening win in their Champions League Twenty20 campaign with a seven-wicket Group A win over Wayamba in Port Elizabeth yesterday. Boucher hit an unbeaten 40 and Kreusch 37 not out as the South African side triumphed over their Sri Lankan opponents with 10 balls remaining at St George's Park. The pair came together with Warriors on 93 for three in reply to Wayamba's 153 for nine from their 20 overs. They put on an unbroken 63 for the fourth wicket to guide their side to victory, Boucher hitting two sixes and four fours in his 40 which came from 26 balls.

Kreusch scored his 37 from 29 balls and hit three boundaries. Warriors also got useful contributions of 34 from Colin Ingram and 26 by Davey Jacobs. Rangana Herath was the pick of the Wayamba bowlers with one wicket for 18 runs from his four overs. Wayamba had a dreadful start to their innings and never really recovered. Rusty Theron did the damage as he reduced Wayamba to two for two, having Mahela Jayawardene caught by Kreusch without scoring with the second ball of the innings and adding the wicket of Mahela Udawatte for the addition of just two runs.

Jeevantha Kulatunga offered some resistance with three sixes and six fours in his 59 which he made off 44 balls. Kushal Janith Perera chipped in with 39 but the Wayamba total of 153 proved insufficient as Theron finished with three for 23. Makhaya Ntini also had two wickets. * Press Association