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CLT20 Desk in Mumbai

Match Report: M13 - Highveld Lions vs Yorkshire

Lions hold nerves, qualify for semi-finals

The Highveld Lions confirmed their passage to the semi-finals of the Karbonn CLT20 2012 with a thrilling win over Yorkshire at the New Wanderers Stadium. After keeping Yorkshire down to a modest 131, the Lions got past the finish line in 19.2 overs, thereby taking their tally to 12 points. This result also means the semi-finals door is shut for the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians as well.

It wasn’t a straightforward run-chase by any means. Both teams had their moments and the threat of rain added to the drama. Yorkshire pulled the match back into the balance after the Lions had raced to 89 for 4 in 13 overs. The dismissals of Neil McKenzie, Quinton de Kock and Dwaine Pretorious (who played a useful cameo) brought Yorkshire back into the game. And just when Yorkshire were running away with the match, the Lions found a hero in Jean Symes.

After crawling to six runs off sixteen deliveries, the 25-year-old Symes stepped up the heat just when it mattered. With his team needing 20 runs off the final two overs, he got stuck into Oliver Hannon-Dalby and Steven Patterson to seal the deal for his team; he hit the former for a six over extra cover and then followed it up with a boundary straight down the ground. In the following over, he hit Patterson for boundaries off the first and second deliveries to complete the formalities.

Iain Wardlaw, playing his first match of the tournament, was the most impressive of the Yorkshire bowlers; he finished with figures of 1 for 23 in his four overs. Hannon-Dalby was the most successful, returning with figures of 2 for 21 from 3.2 overs, even if it was his 19th over that swung the pendulum decisively in favour of the Lions.

Earlier in the evening, Yorkshire, who made two changes to the side that played the previous game, got off to a sound start with the openers adding 54 in eight overs. Apart from running ones and the twos consistently, skipper Andrew Gale and Phil Jaques pounced on any width or error in length and scored boundaries off them. Dwaine Pretorious, introduced into the attack in the ninth over, gave the Lions their first success when he had the Yorkshire skipper top-edging one to the wicketkeeper.

The left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso, who has been quite impressive in the competition, struck in the following over – his first of the innings – when he accounted for the wicket of Joe Root. Jaques was the next to be dismissed; soon after play had resumed following a brief interruption, he lost his stumps while attempting a slog sweep.

From 54 for no loss, Yorkshire had slumped to 67 for 3. Gary Ballance scored three boundaries with deft touches before he would be Phangiso’s second victim. A cameo from Adam Lyth (21 off 17 balls) and useful contributions from Adil Rashid and Dan Hodgson took the English County side to 131 for 7.

Aaron Phangiso was the pick of the Lions’ bowlers; he bowled impressively to return with figures of two for 25 from his two overs, while Sohail Tanvir returned with figures of two for 25 in his four overs (which included a maiden over). Chris Morris, Alviro Petersen and Dwaine Pretorious were the other wicket-takers for the Lions.

Brief Scores: Yorkshire 131-7 in 20 overs (Phil Jaques 31, Aaron Phangiso 2-23) lost to Highveld Lions 134-5 in 19.2 overs (Quinton de Kock 32, Dwaine Pretorious 25, Jean Symes 27*, Steven Patterson 2-21) by 5 wickets.

Man of the Match:
Jean Symes for his match-winning 27 that steered his team home in the run-chase.

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