Knights, Warriors Qualifier abandoned, replay on Monday

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 26:  Discussions regarding problems with the pitch during the Momentum One Day Cup Qualifier between VKB Knights and Warriors at Mangaung Oval on March 26, 2107 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images)

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 26: Discussions regarding problems with the pitch during the Momentum One Day Cup Qualifier between VKB Knights and Warriors at Mangaung Oval on March 26, 2107 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images)

The Momentum One-Day Cup Qualifier between the VKB Knights and the Warriors had to be abandoned due to a dangerous pitch at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Sunday and will now be replayed from scratch on Monday.

There were 28 overs bowled in game, with the visitors reaching 88/3 in difficult conditions, before umpires Adrian Holdstock and Allahudien Paleker, in consultation with match referee Barry Lambson, decided to stop the game.

The umpires then spoke with the captains Pite van Biljon and Jon-Jon Smuts before ending the match.

It means all those involved in the match will have to do it all again on Monday, which is the reserve day, with the clash due to be played as a day-night affair starting at 14h00.

The event technical committee will also meet later today to decide what will happen should the pitch be still deemed dangerous on Monday.

For the record, the Warriors had won the toss and opted to bat first, but found scoring extremely difficult, particularly against the quicker bowlers.

Dillon du Preez was the stand-out performer with his sevens overs reading a remarkable 2/11, including four maidens. His wickets included Jon-Jon Smuts, who took an uncharacteristic 36 balls for his 14 runs, and Colin Ingram (7).

Gihahn Cloete was the other man to fall, when he was dismissed by Mbulelo Budaza (1/13), after taking 77 deliveries to make 30.
The winner of the match is due to meet the Multiply Titans in the final at SuperSport Park on Friday.