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Chris Morris scripts victory for Highveld Lions in MiWay T20 Challenge

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Chris Morris produced a superb all-round performance to lead the bizhub Highveld Lions to a bonus points victory over The New Age Impi in their opening MiWay T20 Challenge match at Senwes Park on Friday evening. The Lions won by 61 runs after making 153/7 and then dismissing the competition newcomers for 92.

The Impi had looked well in the game after winning the toss and reducing the Lions to 108/7 in the 17th over. But then Morris took charge with an unbeaten 31 off 13 balls (3 fours and 2 sixes) to propel his side to a respectable total. The only surprise was that Morris batted as low as No. 9 as he gave a wonderful example of clean hitting on a surface on which most of the other batsmen struggled.

When it came to their turn to bat the Impi could not cope with the pace and intensity of Ethan O'Reilly and Morris. The former took 2/4 in his four overs, two of which were wides, for the most economical figures ever in South African franchise cricket.

Morris took 1/15 in his four overs and also produced a spectacular run out from the boundary's edge to account for the Impi captain, Paul Collingwood.

The Nashua Titans also got their campaign off to a winning start when they beat the Chevrolet Warriors by 29 runs at Buffalo Park.

The standout performers for the Titans were Martin van Jaarsveld who made 77 off 46 balls (9 fours and 3 sixes) and Farhaan Behardien (54 not out off 37 balls, 3 fours an 3 sixes). Together they added 94 for the fourth wicket in 10 overs to set up a total of 174/5.

This proved to be well beyond the Warriors who have now lost two home matches to put themselves under pressure.

The most successful Titans' bowlers were their international spinners – Roelof van der Merwe (2/21 in 4 overs) and Paul Harris (3/22, also in 4 overs).

Ashwell Prince top-scored for the Warriors with 49 (40 balls, 4 fours) while Makhaya Ntini and Andrew Birch took two wickets each.

The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras and the Chevrolet Knights played to a tie in their match at the De Beers Diamond Oval under the Duckworth/Lewis method after the last seven overs of the match were washed out.

Andrew Puttick got his second half-century in a row and shared another 80-run partnership with Stiaan van Zyl to set up the Cobras total of 181/4.

In reply the Knights were 119/5 in 13 overs when play was halted. The Knights had scored at 9.15 to the over up to that stage compared with the Cobras' run rate of 9.05.