CAPE TOWN – A blistering 91-run unbroken partnership between Jon-Jon Smuts and Sinethemba Qeshile ended any lingering doubts by the Warriors, and helped them seize a pivotal six-wicket victory over the Cape Cobras in their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter at Newlands on Thursday.
Defeat for the log-leading hosts, coupled by the Highveld Lions winning the Jukskei derby against the Titans, threw the title race wide open.
With two rounds remaining, the Cobras, whose first-innings batting display was their let-down at Newlands, saw their near 20-point advantage slashed to just over one-and-a-half following a crucial loss against the impressive Warriors.
The Eastern Cape franchise started the final day on 109/3, needing a further 97 for victory.
They were dealt an early blow when Lesiba Ngoepe became the fourth victim of Dane Piedt (4/68) to leave the away side on 115/4.