Dirk Nannes took 3-12 in 3.1 overs to help Highveld Lions defeat Northern Titans © AFP
Johannesburg: Mar 3, 2012
Bowlers Dirk Nannes of Australia and Fidel Edwards of the West Indies had contrasting debuts Friday in the South African Twenty20 Challenge.
Nannes took 3-12 in 3.1 overs to help Highveld Lions defeat Northern Titans by seven wickets at SuperSport Park in Centurion and replace inactive Central Knights as table toppers through a superior net run rate.
Chris Morris also captured three wickets as Titans collapsed to 121 all out and Quinton de Kock (72) averaged two runs per ball as the Lions reached 124-3 with 45 balls remaining in the Gauteng derby.
Edwards finished with 0-15 off three overs that included a maiden as Dolphins slumped to a 10-wicket defeat by Eastern Cape Warriors in Durban with former Proteas Ashwell Prince and Makhaya Ntini excelling for the visitors.
Ntini finished with 3-12 as Dolphins made a meagre 100-8 and an undefeated 52 from Prince, including six fours, steered Warriors to 102-0 and a second victory within three days.
Pre-tournament favourites Western Cape Cobras rose to third place with a 35-run win at bottom team The New Age Impi at Willowmoore Park in eastern Johannesburg suburb Benoni.
Owais Shah struck an unbeaten 60 as Cobras made 165-5 while fellow Englishman Luke Wright and Australian Ben Edmondson took two wickets each for the Impi, who reached 130-7 in reply with Khaya Zondo (35) top scoring. (AFP)