- The much-unfancied North West Dragons continued upsetting the apple cart in the CSA T20 Challenge at St. George's Park in Gqeberha
- The men from Potchefstroom climbed to the top the log after a convincing victory over the ITEC Knights in the first match of the day
- This comes after they also shocked their big brother union Imperial Lions in a script-ripping result
An outstanding bowling and fielding effort by the North West Dragons saw them turn over another prestigious team in local cricket.
The Dragons hammered the ITEC Knights from the Free State comfortably by an impressive eight wickets in the first match of day three in the 2022 Cricket South Africa T20 Challenge in Gqeberha. This comes two days after they'd upset the Imperial Lions from Gauteng.
According to supersport.com, Dragons spinners Senuran Muthusamy (2-8) and Johannes Diseko (2-19) were the chief destroyers of the Knights. Excellent fielding also contributed to three run-outs in the latter's innings as they were restricted to a paltry 95/9 in their allotted 20 overs.
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Patrick Kruger (20), Jason Raubenheimer (19) and Migael Pretorius were the only batters to reach double figures that were never going to trouble their opponents.
This was made painfully clear when the Dragons chased the target of 95 runs in next to no time. A brisk 43 from Wesley Marshall and 30 not out from Heino Kuhn saw them reach the score with nearly 10 overs left, gaining themselves a bonus point on top of the regulation four that come with a win.
Patrick Kruger, Raynard van Tonder, Jacques Snyman, Pite van Biljon (captain), Farhaan Behardien, Jason Raubenheimer, Mangaliso Mosehle, Migael Pretorius, Gerald Coetzee, Gregory Mahlokwana, Alfred Mothoa
North West Dragons
Heino Kuhn, Wesley Marshall, Dwaine Pretorius, Nicky van den Bergh (captain), Senuran Muthusamy, Lesego Senokwane, Nono Pongolo, Duan Jansen, Caleb Seleka, Johannes Diseko, Chad Classen
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The Cricket South Africa T20 Challenge returned to television screens in an explosive manner.
As reported on Sports Brief, the Warriors held on to defeat the star-studded Titans by eight runs. Having set the Tshwane-based side a target of 164 after finishing on 163-8 in their 20 overs, they restricted the visitors to 155-8.
Earlier in the opening match of the tournament, Western Province barely broke a sweat in beating their neighbours Paarl Rocks by six wickets.