Colin Ingram and Jon-Jon Smuts returned to form to give the Warriors some much-needed joy in the Ram Slam T20, as they got their campaign off the mark with a last-ball victory over the Dolphins at St George’s Park. Both batsmen made an excellent start to the Momentum One-Day Cup as they scored a century and five fifties between them in six matches, but their struggles in the shortest format coincided with the Warriors losing their opening three games. However, Smuts hit 54 and Ingram stroked an unbeaten 64 to see the Chevrolet Warriors to a target of 143/7 in hand and give the Warriors just their second win all season – though not before some late jitters.
The Warriors appeared to be strolling to victory with Smuts and Ingram adding 97 for the second wicket, and went into the final two overs requiring just 11 for victory. However, Smuts was run out by Dwayne Bravo, and the West Indian dismissed Christiaan Jonker two deliveries later before limiting the Warriors to three in that penultimate over. Robbie Frylinck then kept the hosts to six from the first five deliveries to leave two needed from the final ball, which Ingram managed when he cut Frylinck through extra cover – to the great relief of the home crowd.
While Rusty Theron had provided the strike power in the Sunfoil Dolphins innings, grabbing the big wickets of Morne Van Wyk and Bravo, spin had been the key weapon in restricting the visitors to 142/6. Simon Harmer recorded figures of 2/22 in his four overs, and although Smuts failed to take a wicket he went for just 18 runs in his quota. That negated the early momentum generated by Cameron Delport (34 from 21 balls), and ensured that the Dolphins were kept to an achievable target.