Knights snap seven-match losing streak

A splendid display with the ball paved the way for the VKB Knights to end their seven-match T20 Challenge losing streak with a three-run Duckworth/Lewis win over the bizhub Highveld Lions at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Friday.

Rudi Second anchored the chase of a mediocre 125/8 with an unbeaten 52 (55 balls, 4 fours, 2 sixes), before rain arrived late in the game preventing the final two overs to be bowled.

But by then the visitors had done just about enough to win for the first time since the opening day of the competition.

All the hard yards were put in by their four front-line bowlers, who went for seven or less to the over.

The stand-out was paceman Mbulelo Budaza with a rare completed four-over spell that cost just 10 and included one wicket (1/10) and a maiden.

Corne Dry was the most successful in terms of wickets with 2/27, while Dillon du Preez took 1/25, both from their full four overs.

Lwandiswa Zuma sent down three overs for 21 as the hosts failed to set any sort of meaningful total after they lost the toss and were asked to bat first.

They had to rely on the lower order pair of Wiaan Mulder, who managed a career-best 35, and 22 from Dwaine Pretorius. The Lions also did not help themselves with three run-outs.

Opener Second was the star man for the Knights with the bat as his team ended on 112/2.

He shared in an 81-run second-wicket partnership with rookie Leus du Plooy, who made 39, to take their team to a deserved win.

Despite the loss, the Lions remained fourth on the table and they need to beat the third-placed BuildNat Cape Cobras in what is effectively a quarter-final on Sunday if they want to reach the play-offs.