David Warner, a man living the fairy tale has proved his Twenty20 innings was no fluke, despite scoring 7 and 5 in his last two games, he managed 69 off 60 balls in the 3rd ODI in fron of his home crowd. I have to assume he plays his village cricket in Sydney somewhere – anyone know more about David Warner?
The warriors kicked off with a massive victory against the titans and the Kaboom award if there is suck an award must have gone to Davey Jacobs who hit 6 sixes of which 5 were in a row!!!!
21 Chevrolet Warriors vs Nashua Titans – Warriors won by 81 runs
23 Nashua Cape Cobras vs Chevrolet Warriors Pro20 Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town 6pm
23 Gestetner Diamond Eagles v Nashua Dolphins Pro20 OUTsurance Oval, Bloemfontein 6pm
25 bizhub Highveld Lions vs Gestetner Diamond Eagles Pro20 Liberty Life Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 2.30pm
25 Nashua Titans vs Nashua Dolphins Pro20 SuperSport Park, Centurion 2.30pm
28 Gestetner Diamond Eagles vs Nashua Cape Cobras Pro20 De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley 6pm
30 Nashua Dolphins vs Nashua Cape Cobras Pro20 Sahara Stadium Kindsmead, Durban 6pm
30 bizhub Highveld Lions vs Nashua Titans Pro20 Liberty Life Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 6pm
1 Nashua Cape Cobras vs Nashua Titans Pro20 Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town 2.30pm
1 Chevrolet Warriors vs Nashua Dolphins Pro20 Buffalo Park, East London 2.30pm
4 bizhub Highveld Lions vs Nashua Cape Cobras Pro20 Senwes Park, Potchefstroom 6pm
6 Chevrolet Warriors vs bizhub Highveld Lions Pro20 Sahara Oval St George’s, Port Elizabeth 6pm
6 Nashua Titans vs Gestetner Diamond Eagles Pro20 SuperSport Park, Centurion 6pm
8 Nashua Dolphins vs bizhub Highveld Lions Pro20 Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban 2.30pm
8 Gestetner Diamond Eagles vs Chevrolet Warriors Pro20 OUTsurance Oval, Bloemfontein 2.30pm
13 SF Round 1 vs SF Round 1 Pro20 TBA 6pm
14 SF Round 1 vs SF Round 1 Pro20 (Reserve Day) 2.30pm
15 SF Round 2 vs SF Round 2 Pro20 TBA 2.30pm
16 SF Round 2 vs SF Round 2 Pro20 (Reserve Day) 6pm
18 SF Round 3 vs SF Round 3 Pro20 TBA – if required 6pm
19 SF Round 3 vs SF Round 3 Pro20 (Reserve Day) 6pm
20 Final vs Final Pro20 TBA 6pm
21 Final vs Final Pro20 (Reserve Day) 2.30pm
The series is levelled at 1-1 after SA managed to throw the last game away. There are going to be many justified questions around Neil McKenzie’s place or the rather curious decision to send him in at such a crucial time of the match.
SA needed 94 runs from 14 overs (84 balls) which is not a tough ask, especially when you are only 4 wickets down. I have nothing against Neil McKenzie, however he is not the man I would send in to win the match with 36 overs down and more than a run a ball needed – especially when there is Mark Boucher, Albie Morkel and even Johan Botha to choose from – in fact Dale Steyn can swing the willow successfully!!! After 15 balls Neil had managed just 8 runs and the scoring in the 5 overs he was in for didnt get past 4 in the over, in fact it was a 15 run partnership off 30 balls effectively making a score easy to chase with 6 wickets in hand a massive task.
Boucher came to the crease scoring more than a run a ball as did Morkely but the fat lady had sung and the poor Saffas that had to sit through were tearing the hair out possibly shouting obscenities at the coach and captain.
The 3rd ODI is at Sydney and should be a cracker – it will be interesting to see if Warner gets another chance and whether SA will toggle with the team – its a difficult match to call and no doubt it will be tight however SA should have the upper hand.
Most Australians had never heard of him, the South Africans could only have been chuckling yet the modern day fairy tale was witnessed on Sunday when David Warner came out to open the Australian innings.
Those who saw it live witnessed something special, something similar to the 438 game that SA won against Australia a few seasons back, something that will go down in the history books as the best Twenty20 debut ever made. The man had never played a first class game in his life yet he was opening for his country against one of the greatest cricketing nations. Many papers would have had a go at this curious decision made by the selectors.
Warner entered the match as the first man in 132 years to debut for Australia in any format without a first-class appearance to his name.
This was the debut of dreams and I am glad I got to see it
The One day squad has been announced with a few new additions. It is fantastic to see van Jaarsveld in the side he is an incredible talent and has a bright future ahead of him as does Wayne Parnell. Tsotsobe has been over for the tests and gets to stay for the ODI’s as well.
South African squad: Graeme Smith (Nashua Cape Cobras, capt), Johan Botha (Chevrolet Warriors, vice-capt), Hashim Amla (Nashua Dolphins), Mark Boucher (Chevrolet Warriors), AB de Villiers (Nashua Titans), JP Duminy (Nashua Cape Cobras), Herschelle Gibbs (Nashua Cape Cobras), Jacques Kallis (Chevrolet Warriors), Albie Morkel (Nashua Titans), Morne Morkel (Nashua Titans), Makhaya Ntini (Chevrolet Warriors), Wayne Parnell (Chevrolet Warriors), Dale Steyn (Nashua Titans), Lonwabo Tsotsobe (Chevrolet Warriors), Vaughn van Jaarsveld (bizhub Highveld Lions).