Ackermann hits half-century on rain-hit Day One

Colin Ackermann

Colin Ackermann

Colin Ackermann’s unbeaten half century ensured the Warriors were well-placed after a rain-hit opening day of their Sunfoil Series encounter against the VKB Knights at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Monday.

The right-hander struck 76 not out (135 balls, 11 fours, 2 sixes) to take his side to an early close on 120 for two after they won the toss and opted to bat first in the Northern Cape.

Only 40 overs were sent down after a wet outfield initially delayed the start, before rain returned later in the afternoon to further hamper the progress of the game.

The Warriors began the round five encounter by losing their in-form opener, Eddie Moore, to Marchant de Lange (1/21) in the opening over for a four-ball duck.

Fellow opener Gionne Koopman (22) added 50 for the second wicket alongside Ackermann, before he fell to Werner Coetsee (1/31).

Another in-form man, Yaseen Vallie (21), then knuckled down alongside the visiting No. 3 batsman, sharing an unbroken 60-run stand that took them to the early close.