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The Knights, led by some accurate seam bowling, pulled off an unlikely and spectacular 59-run victory over the Warriors in their One-day Cup. Photo by Richard Huggard

Port Elizabeth – The Knights, led by some accurate seam bowling, pulled off an unlikely and spectacular 59-run victory over the Warriors in their One-day Cup at St George's Park on Friday.

Taking advantage of a pitch that proved low and slow, the Knights dismissed the Warriors for a dismal 46 runs. This after winning the toss and only posting 105 themselves.

It was a surreal night at St George's and one the Warriors will want to forget in a hurry as they head north to face the Titans in Benoni on Sunday.

The Warriors will now have to win their remaining four matches to have any chance of qualifying for the three play-off berths.

The Knights on the other hand kept their chances alive and will move on to Pietermaritzburg confident of their chances against the Dolphins.

The Knights dismissed the Warriors for their lowest-ever total in this format, easily eclipsing their previous low of 71 against the same opposition, also in Port Elizabeth, in the 2010-2011

season.

The 46 was only slightly better than the record low total in the competition of 39, scored by the Cape Cobras against the Eagles in Paarl in 2008-2009 season.

Knights captain Ryan McLaren took three for 11 in his eight overs while Johan van der Wath was the most successful claiming four for 26 in nine.

They both bowled wicket to wicket and allowed the pitch to do the rest, and were rewarded with five leg before decisions.

Colin Ingram top-scored for the Warriors with 12.

Earlier, the three primary destroyers for the Warriors with the ball were Andrew Birch, Makhaya Ntini and debutant seamer Aya Gqamane, as they each got three wickets.

Knights opener and wicketkeeper Rudi Second was the highest run-scorer of the game managing a slow and patient 38 off 96 balls. – Sapa


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